Unless you’ve been in a coma or living off the grid in Montana then you know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, etc. have been coming to the big screen since 2008 and I absolutely love everything that Marvel’s been producing. A couple of years ago Marvel teamed up with its own channel (Disney/ABC) to bring us Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD sort of the companion show, but not really of the MCU. More recently, Marvel’s been playing an R-rated game on Netflix.
The first character Marvel’s brought to life in the new MCU was Jessica Jones. Jessica was followed by Daredevil, and will soon be followed by Luke Cage and Iron Fist. In the most recent season of Daredevil (season 2), a new character was introduced. Well, he’s not new, but he’s new for the modern MCU. Frank Castle, an Iraq/Afghanistan War veteran came home from his service and his wife and family were murdered. In front of him. Frank took it upon himself to exact revenge on all those who were responsible for his family’s murder. He didn’t care about seeking justice, he only cared about punishment. Fittingly, Frank is dubbed, The Punisher.
To all of the Marvel fans’ delight, Netflix announced today that The Punisher would be getting his own show on Netflix. Waking up to this news was pretty damn awesome. I’ve always loved The Punisher so I’m really looking forward to what Marvel’s going to do and how they might have him involved in another upcoming project, The Defenders. In the MCU, Frank Castle is played by Jon Bernthal. You might remember him as “Shane” from AMC’s The Walking Dead (if not then you need to see that). I’m a fan of those books and of the show and Bernthal made me absolutely hate Shane. Which, I believe to be the mark of a good actor. I think of it like bad guy wrestler where their goal is to get you to boo them, and boo them hard.
Bernthal did an absolutely amazing job in Daredevil and he definitely deserved to get this kind of opportunity from Marvel and Netflix. I can’t wait to see an entire season of him portraying one of my favorite characters. If you haven’t seen any of these shows yet, do yourself a favor and check them out. There are easter eggs galore for the sharp-eared and eyed viewer, and you don’t have to have any of the comic back story to enjoy these shows. I’ve felt that Marvel’s done very well at opening their universe to fans of the comics and movies alike and I can’t wait to see what’s coming up!