The Punisher's First Trailer Is Filled with Rage and Bullet Holes

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Image: Netflix

We’ve known that Netflix was working on a Punisher solo series spun off from the character’s appearance in the second season of Daredevil for some time now, but the streaming giant’s been secretive about when we can actually expect to see the show.


After dropping a series of cryptic hints and messages tucked into short video snippets, we still don’t exactly know what The Punisher will start streaming online. Today, though, Netflix suddenly dropped the series’ first trailer and gave us a look at just what all to expect from Frank Castle’s first solo outing as a Marvel anti-hero. In short: there are going to be a lot of guns, blood, and explosions.

What else did you expect?

To be fair, the trailer is trying very, very hard to emphasize how witnessing his family being murdered broke Frank Castle in a deep and profound way. He’s a man who’s lost his will or desire for much else other than revenge on those he believes have wronged him. It’s an ugly, dark, and somewhat understandable emotional mindset and one that, from the looks of it, is going to define The Punisher when it makes its way to Netflix sometime this year.



I’m of two minds on this series. On the one hand, Bernthal’s casting is fantastic. And I do (more or less) trust the MCU Netflix crew to do a decent job of this. (Except for Metallica in the trailer, which caused a reaction.)

On the other hand, I feel like there are so many other great Marvel characters that could afford the attention instead of the Punisher, who, imo, is best used as a foil with other characters rather than standing solely on his own.

I don’t know. Doubtless the show will do well enough, but I’m not the primary demo for the whole thing.