Netflix has locked and loaded a new trailer, along with an official release date for their new Marvel series, The Punisher.
Marvel’s partnership with Netflix has allowed the studio to expand the borders of the MCU in unexpectedly inspired ways in recent years. The streaming service gave them the platform to create gritty shows that speak more to adult audiences and has resulted in over five new shows, including the past summer’s, The Defenders.
This winter will be the Punisher’s time in the spotlight – or target hairs – as the Marvel Comics’ character will get his very first television show. Jon Bernthal returns as Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, in his own series that will explore the character’s origin and psychology in ways that were only skimmed in previous feature films.
The Marvel/Netflix shows have done a masterful job of adding layers of depth to their properties by exploring complex real-world issues, whether it’s a broken criminal justice system, inequality in black communities, or the lasting effects of emotional abuse. This has elevated the material and it’s clear that they will be doing the same with The Punisher, by exploring Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.), that millions of military veterans are afflicted with.
The trailer seems to indicate that a lot of the plot revolves around the misdeeds that occurred in the Middle East while he was in the service. It appears that this is what leads to his family’s murder and the birth of the Punisher. Following the tragic real world gun violence in Las Vegas, the second official trailer strays away from glorifying the Punisher’s armory and zeroes in on the broken character that becomes the ultimate anti-hero. From the looks of the show, this could become another signature performance for Bernthal who continues to impress with his intensity and commitment to the role.
While the newest sizzle reel delivers on introducing audiences to the story and motivations behind Frank Castle, the most notable frame of the entire trailer is the series’ release date. After a calculated marketing campaign that obscured exactly when the show would be made available, the date is unscrambled in one of the trailer’s final frames and illuminates Marvel’s mischievous plan. The Punisher will be released on November 17th, a date that almost every geek has thought about…it’s the same day that Warner Bros and DC Films release Justice League.
At this point it’s impossible to ignore Marvel’s release strategy and attempts to dampen DC Films’ feature film releases. In 2016, they dropped the second season of Daredevil (that actually featured the debut of Bernthal’s Punisher) on the same weekend of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The movie had a profitable $166 million dollar domestic opening, however never coming close to the $207 million dollar opening of The Avengers. It’s unclear how many millions of dollars that Netflix drew away from the theaters that weekend. But anyone who has binged new shows, knows how easily time can get away from you.
Regardless, it should be a great month of November. Enjoy the trailer!
Known throughout New York City as The Punisher, Frank Castle must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.
The first season of the The Punisher debuts on Netflix on November 17th, 2017.