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The Punisher

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Who he is: The Punisher, a.k.a. Frank Castle

His power: No superpowers. The Punisher is just a one-man killing machine, highly trained in combat, weapons, and intelligence.

His story: Frank Castle was a decorated war hero who returned home from Afghanistan to his wife and son, only to have them killed during a botched sting operation by the police that turned into a multi-gang shootout. Once he...

Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jul 15, 2019 at 13:21.

Daredevil impresses as Matt has a chained-up chat with The Punisher

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Chained to a chimney on a rooftop overlooking the Dogs Of Hell’s clubhouse, Daredevil is in an extremely compromised position in “New York’s Finest,” an episode that delves into Matt...

Shea Hennum Shea Hennum Jul 15, 2019 at 13:14.

Squirrel Girl injects life into an otherwise stale All-New Wolverine

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Big pieces of Marvel’s core lineup these days is defined by what it isn’t, rather than what it is. Many titles unapologetically point out what’s missing: Captain America: Sam Wilson isn’t about the real Captain America, or even the other two Captain Americas—it’s about Sam Wilson. It leaves the impression that these aren’t the actual books, but instead alternate titles that will soon be...

Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Jul 14, 2019.

Jon Bernthal says we haven’t really met The Punisher yet

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[Daredevil’s second season premiered over three months ago, but if you haven’t seen or finished it yet, beware because there are some spoilers ahead.]

We were delighted when Jon Bernthal was cast as Frank Castle a.k.a the Punisher on Netflix’s (and Marvel’s) Daredevil, because his granite-hewn features were in line with the ones we envisioned when we learned that the series’ second season...

Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jul 14, 2019.

Daredevil becomes a disaster when the truth about Elektra is revealed

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The Hand gets a hold of Elektra in “The Dark At The End Of The Tunnel,” and her character takes major damage once she realizes her destiny...

Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Jul 14, 2019.

Jessica Jones and The Punisher cancellations officially bring Netflix's Marvel universe to an end

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It is finished. Jessica Jones and The Punisher have officially been canceled, reports TheWrap, thus ending the Marvel era of Netflix. Their cancellations follow the individual axes buried into the skulls of Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist, not to mention The Defenders.

Though this means that The Punisher’s so-so second season will be its last, rest assured that Jessica Jones will air its...

Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jul 14, 2019.

Tensions explode as Daredevil begins the trial of Frank Castle

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At the end of “Semper Fidelis,” Daredevil throws a flashlight into a giant hole seemingly being dug by the Yakuza, and waits to hear the moment of impact when the object finally hits the bottom. He...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 14, 2019.

The Punisher’s second season kicks off with some kiss kiss, bang bang

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It’s a weird time for the Defenders universe. With Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil rather unceremoniously canceled (the first two with overt setups for new seasons in place), that leaves just The Punisher’s second season and Jessica Jones’ upcoming third to wrap up the Marvel Netflix universe. And given the...

Alex McLevy Alex McLevy Jul 14, 2019.

Greedy Tom Hardy also wants to play The Punisher

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For many actors, the chance to play Mad Max would satiate their need to play an iconic antihero. But Tom Hardy’s lust has merely been stoked by his tenure as Max Rockatansky, and he’s looking to add more notable names to his roster, denying other actors the opportunity to glower menacingly for an hour and forty minutes. Collider spoke with the actor recently, and Hardy announced that he would...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 14, 2019.

The penultimate Punisher sets up the season’s endgame

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Let’s talk about Dr. Krista Dumont, a wildly uneven character who feels reflective of this wildly uneven season of The Punisher. There are times when the character totally worked—pretty much anytime she was putting on a polite face to manipulate someone and particularly in her relationship with Dinah Madani. But...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 13, 2019.

Karen Page stands by her man as The Punisher backs down on its convictions

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To be fair, this season of The Punisher already warned us that it didn’t actually have the guts to meaningfully critique Frank’s violent philosophy. That’s exactly what the show did when it had Frank experience guilt over getting an innocent hostage killed even as it revealed that said hostage wasn’t actually a...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 12, 2019.

The Punisher finale has some questionable thoughts on who deserves redemption

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Hey, remember when Frank Castle experienced a morality shifting existential crisis when he thought he’d accidentally murdered three innocent people in a manic shootout? No? Well, good because neither does The Punisher! That hugely dramatic scene from the end of “The Dark Hearts Of Men” has literally no bearing on the climax of the...

Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jul 12, 2019.

The Punisher returns to New York in this exclusive preview

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The first year of Becky Cloonan’s exceptional The Punisher run took Frank Castle out of New York City for a thrilling, horrifying story that pitted The Punisher against an old military friend and his gang of mercenary drug dealer. And now that Frank’s mission is done, he’s headed back to his regular stomping grounds. Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire’s cover for next week’s The Punisher #13...

William Hughes William Hughes Jul 12, 2019.

Frank Castle's new life looks just as bloody as his old one in the first trailer for The Punisher season 2

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The first season of Netflix’s bloodiest Marvel show, The Punisher, ended on a note of possible redemption for Jon Bernthal’s gun-toting vigilante Frank Castle, making an open question of whether he might, hypothetically, be able to leave his life of near-endless violence behind in favor of something a little more normal. Not so much, it turns out, at least as far as the trailer for...

Eduardo Marín Eduardo Marín Jul 11, 2019.

Netflix y Marvel confirman que The Punisher tendrá segunda temporada

Netflix y Marvel confirman que The Punisher tendrá segunda temporada
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Netflix y Marvel confirman que The Punisher tendrá segunda temporada. La primera temporada de The Punisher se estrenó a mediados de noviembre, con mucha más acción y violencia que en ninguna otra producción de Marvel. Si creías que no veríamos más de Frank Castle puedes estar tranquilo, The Punisher tendrá segunda...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 11, 2019.

The Punisher heads to the gym with bloody results

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It would be a stretch to call Frank Castle a mentally healthy character, but I’m fascinated by the way this season is built around Frank as its relatively well-adjusted center. There are no more endless flashbacks to Frank’s personality-free dead wife. He really has moved on, even as everyone around him is left dealing with a whole lot...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 11, 2019.

Frank holes up in a motel as The Punisher frustratingly slows down its pace

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If I’m being charitable, I’d say that “Fight Or Flight” is an episode with about 20 minutes of story stretched across a 55 minute runtime. It’s not that the plot and character choices the episode makes are bad, per say, it’s just that they’re way too simplistic. And once they’re established, the episode doesn’t do...

Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jul 10, 2019.

The Punisher bares his soul as Daredevil takes a guilt trip

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The last episode of Daredevil focused on Catholic ideals of hope and redemption as Daredevil tried to convince The Punisher to reconsider his mission of murderous vengeance, but “Penny And Dime”...

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An exhilarating Punisher asks: How do you solve a problem like Billy Russo?

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The previous episode of The Punisher ended with a statement of purpose for Frank that doubled as a statement of purpose for the show: Take care of Billy Russo first and then tackle the rest of the season’s dangling threads, most notably John Pilgrim. So “One Bad Day” is an episode all about what to do with dear ol’...

Caroline Siede Caroline Siede Jul 10, 2019.

The Punisher gets unapologetically operatic as a brotherly betrayal takes center stage

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“My Brother’s Keeper” operates in a slightly different mode than any of The Punisher’s previous episodes, either this season or last. It’s operatic in tone—shamelessly melodramatic and extremely heightened. I could imagine that over-the-top quality being divisive, but it really worked for me. I’ve previously written...

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