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The other day, Netflix dropped the trailer for their next Marvel series, The Punisher. Jon Bernthal returns to the character that was a highlight of Daredevil season 2. If you haven’t seen it, what have you been doing with yourself? Check it out here:

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How great was that, right? Considering Hollywood’s hit or miss record with bringing the exploits of Frank Castle to the screen, this sure seems like it is going to be a hit.

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Pictured: Miss

I am a huge fan of Garth Ennis’ run on Punisher across Marvel Knights and Max lines, so to see something like this is promising. Clearly, there is a darker tone here, hopefully more so than even the other Marvel Netflix shows. If any of these series are going to super-dark, it should be this one. Frank’s life is a brutal one, and the trailer doesn’t shy away from this with the apparent slaughtering of his wife.

(Prediction: I’m betting the scene depicted in the trailer is a nightmare that Frank is having. Daredevil season 2 detailed how Castle’s family died on a carousel at the park. This shot is from later in the trailer and seems to relate to that.)
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In keeping with what is hopefully a leaning towards the Ennis work, Punisher is shown taking on multiple adversaries. Something that was a mainstay of his run and that Ennis said was necessary for Castle to accomplish his mission.

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Another aspect of the Max run is Castle’s apparent, matter-of-fact attitude when dealing with “bad guys”. The cold demeanor of Bernthal as he dispatches his foes really says that this is not a character who will be making quips. This is a character who won’t be taking any $#!#. As the Punisher should not.

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The big highlight of this trailer though, is the music. Like the fantastic Luke Cage trailer, this uses a song that is PERFECT for the story of the Punisher. Metallica’s One is an inspired choice and hearkens back to a time when the character was in his early heyday at Marvel. If there had been a big budget action movie of the Punisher back in the ’80’s, this song would have been ideal for it.

If you haven’t heard it in a while, here it is. (Please don’t sue me for linking to it here, Lars.)

Don’t be confused though, I’m not saying that the song is dated.  The staccato drums intentionally mimicking gunfire completely works for this trailer. Along with the song’s theme of a wounded soldier, could there be a better theme for a Punisher song?

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Even the opening, acoustic version of the song is well done when depicting Castle’s idyllic home life before the events that lead him down his inevitable path. Transitioning into the familiar electric version sends a clear message to the viewer: something is going to happen and it is going to be metal AF.

Apparently, Defenders has had the lowest number of views for a Marvel/Netflix outing. I blame this entirely on Iron Fist (to date the only show I haven’t binge watched within the first few days). Hopefully Frank Castle’s mission of vengeance will get audiences pumped to watch this series.

Now I can’t wait to watch this show, but how long do I have to wait?

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C’mon! What the hell, Netflix?

 

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