For months, Netflix has teased what’s to come for Matt Murdock and Hell’s Kitchen. Following the first seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones, a new face isn’t just knocking on the door…
He’s blowing up your whole damn block.
Enter Frank Castle aka “The Punisher”, portrayed by The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal. Castle is a vigilante, like Murdock, but fueled by revenge over the death of his family and has no problem dishing it back to anyone in his way. Bernthal has a knack for characters of serious conflict, and that appears to be a central theme as Daredevil and Punisher clash over how to deal with the scum of Hell’s Kitchen
The storyline comes at an interesting time as the landscape of two highly anticipated superhero films are centered around similar rivalries, i.e. Batman v. Superman and Captain America: Civil War. The Punisher can be considered more as an anti-hero, almost in a Dexter Morgan light, but he’s a character from the comics that fans obviously sympathize with. Comparing how Punisher and Daredevil deal with baddies will be interesting, as will the perception of Castle’s actions by both characters in the show and the audience. If Foggy hated Matt’s version of justice, he’s going to LOVE Castle.
If you’ve followed the Netflix “Hell’s Kitchen” series over the past year, the success of Deadpool as a hard Rated-R Marvel film shouldn’t shock you. Daredevil and Jessica Jones proved to be very excellent television for Netflix, thanks in part to not holding back in violence and adult themes. While both shows make multiple nods to characters and events from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, there’s no way Disney will allow Hulk to decapitate someone with a car door…like Wilson Fisk did. Fans can also recall The Punisher with Thomas Jane in 2004 being an R-Rated Marvel film, 4 years before The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man kicked off the MCU series.
Also introduced in the trailer is Elektra (Elodie Yung), an assassin and love interest from “Matthew’s” past. One could assume we will get more of her story in the next trailer that is set to be released February 25th, but she can also be a big part of the battle between Daredevil and Punisher.
We’ll be keeping an eye on more developments before the Daredevil S2 Netflix release on March 18th. Check for updates on Facebook or Twitter.