While there may not be too much known on Marvel’s The Punisher at the moment, we can offer you this: The tiniest bit of footage.
If you look below, you can see via the fine folks over at Netflix some of the first bits of footage for the upcoming spin-off show, which is featuring Jon Bernthal as the title character. It may be fair to wonder if the Punisher is appearing in The Defenders based off of this, but according to Entertainment Weekly, that’s not the case. This is just Netflix coming up with a super-cool way in order to preview the spin-off when it does eventually premiere, and there is every reason in the world to be psyched about that! Remember for a moment here that being on the streaming provider enables the show to be the best version of the character possible — that means one that is faithful, brutal, violent, and basically anything and everything in between. If you’ve loved the comics, odds are that you’re probably going to enjoy this. We know that they’ve got the right lead in Bernthal.
Of course, there are some ways that Netflix could make us even more excited to see The Punisher, should Netflix ever want to start throwing that out there. For one, why not go ahead and include some more tie-ins to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe? We know that there are all sorts of minefields to navigate around, but one of the biggest criticisms that we’ve offered of the Netflix iterations is that despite being set in New York City, they exist on more of an island than they should. That’s even more complicated when you consider for a moment that Spider-Man has now been introduced and there’s a ton of crossover between Daredevil villains and the people that he tends to encounter.
Beyond all of that, we mostly just want to see The Punisher try not to do too much with huge arcs. (We want little MCU tie-ins, and not big ones.) One of the biggest issues that we had with Daredevil season 2 is that Elektra felt a little shoehorned, and its story could’ve been extended over to two seasons to give everyone a little bit more time to grow and develop as characters. Meanwhile, Luke Cage simply struggled to find a worthy villain who could challenge the title character. We do think that Iron Fist was a little better than many critics made it out to be, but Jessica Jones was probably the last time that a Marvel Netflix series ended up getting the sort of reviews that gave it the classification of “generally well-received.”
Oh, and the logo we’ve attached to this article is the new one for The Punisher. If that’s not awesome, we don’t know what is.
Let us know what you think about this footage in the comments below!
As for The Defenders, rest assured that we’ve got all sorts of news regarding the show over at the link here. (Photo: Netflix.)