Netflix’s rendition of Marvels Daredevil series taught us that Marvel could be just as dark and brooding as the DC live action movies. We’ve come a long way from Ben Affleck’s gimp inspired leather Daredevil costume, which clung just a little too tightly in certain places (and lets not forget Collin Farrell’s grandma murdering and all round fucked up version of ‘Bullseye’). Hell’s Kitchen is a bleak place, a dark underbelly of New York which most other heroes apparently don’t have the time to deal with. That is of course for except for Hell’s Kitchen’s resident and blind lawyer/vigilante Matt Murdock (and I guess Jessica Jones and Luke cage but hey that is a story for another article).
Season two brings us back into Murdocks (Charlie Cox) world, as he cleans out Hell’s Kitchen’s dirty laundry. Only this time he’ll be unwittingly competing with another vigilante; one that’s willing to get his hands a hell of a lot bloodier than Ol Murdocks (I assume by that point it’s more blood than actual hands). Frank Castle AKA ‘The Punisher’ (John Bernthal), a fan favorite Marvel character that will be shooting up Hell’s Kitchen and anyone bad enough to get in his way (or out of his way). It looks like the Punisher will play a big part of season two, with the trailer essentially spelling out to us that these two are gonna duke it out. Interestingly this trailer is labelled as part one and as we already know the Punisher won’t be the only vigilante type of character in this season, thanks to a quick view of Murdock’s old flame ‘Electra’ (more on her soon) right at the end of the trailer.
Bernthal seems like such a perfect fit for the role of the Punisher, based in his prior work as ‘Shane’ in the Walking Dead series. So it’s not so much of a surprise that Marvel/Netflix are looking into this characters future in the Marvel cinematic universe (anyone else thinking of a spin-off sitcom called ‘Fun times with The Punisher…no just me?). I think it’s safe to say that we will see a lot more Punisher Punishing in Netflix’s future.
It’s also worth noting that a lot of Punisher/Dadevil scenes look as though they were heavily inspired by the comics. Murdock being chained up on a roof is nothing new in the world of Marvel, a near identical scene appeared in the 2000-2001 Punisher series run. So it’s cool to see that they’re paying attention to the source material. Especially since Murdock and Castle have a lot of history together: dark, violent, lead based, blood spilled, sometimes chummy history together. One can also hope that another iconic Daredevil scene from the comics (below) will happen this season (probably not but you can’t say it wouldn’t be cool as fuck if they did).