Geekery: Frank Means Business in New Punisher Teaser

Netflix isn’t pulling any punches in their newest Marvel series. Watch Frank at work in this new teaser!

It looks like the series is going to follow Frank’s core story line:

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The new teaser gives a look at the revenge part of that…

In season 2 of Daredevil we got to see Frank Castle’s all kill, all the time ethos in contrast with Matt Murdoch’s thou shalt not kill personal code. In the new solo series there’s nothing stopping Frank from doing what he wants – a balance needs to be struck in the series that allows him to remain human and not become a campy, mindless killbot.

The Marvel team at Netflix has done well so far – minus that one we don’t talk about – so I think they’ll manage it. Bernthal is great. I have a lot of trust in showrunner Steve Lightfoot because of his history – he produced Hannibal, Narcos, and House of Saddam. 

Still no release date for this, but rumor is November.

What are your expectations for this series?

  • euansmith

    Fingers crossed they will keep the season lean and mean and relentless.

    • Thomas

      Yeah, the Defenders totally burned me out on these Marvel shows, but the prospect of a proper, violent, well-paced Punisher show (with no Ninjas!) could get me back in.

      • euansmith

        I quite enjoyed Defenders; it was the glacially slow and poorly structured Iron Fist that got on my nerves. 🙂

        • Thomas

          God, that actor. Like a moody primary school kid being forced to act in the school play.

          • euansmith

            I think that the series would have been a whole lot better if Netflix had doubled down and made it the story of Danni Rand (Jessica Henwick) and Colin Wing (Finn Jones). I’m no martial arts aficionado but her form seemed so much more convincing than his.

            It might not have mattered if Danny was supposed to be a master of a soft martial art, like Master of Jujutsu; but his style is called “Iron Fist” for Pete’s sake, not “Noodle Arms”.

            Add to that a storyline that simple didn’t develop in to anything (we got an endless training montage, split over multiple episodes, that finally leads to… nothing) and the only thing really going for it were some fun, though inappropriate villains, and Night Nurse (Though how the heck is she supposed to be able to kill ninjas in a stand up fight? Beaning a man with a fire extinguisher was pretty cool though).

            When Madame Gao said, “There are some problems you cannot punch”; that pretty summed up everything that was wrong with the series for me.