Marvel's Punisher: Trailer Breakdown
The trailer for Netflix's next Marvel series, The Punisher was released and it delivered two minutes of pure action, as well as a ton of gunshots. The quick-paced video delivered a lot of information about the upcoming 2017 series--which doesn't have specific release date yet--and there were a few Easter eggs for fans of the comic book series. Here's a breakdown of everything we saw, and what you can expect from The Punisher.
It opens with Frank Castle and his daughter Lisa playing the opening to "One" by Metallica. At one point in time, Castle was a family man and not a vigilante with homicidal tendencies.
After staring lovingly into the eyes of her husband, Frank Castle, Maria gets shot in the back of the head by a masked man who sneaks into the room. This flashback gives us a great insight into what pushed Castle into the deep end, making him a man fueled by vengeance.
After a few quick shots of Punisher gearing up by readying his guns and strapping on his vest, he goes on the offensive, getting into a firefight with a bunch of people.
Punisher stands over someone and says, "What do you know about my family?" The man he's talking to says he doesn't know anything, and Punisher's reply is, "Fair enough."
Very quickly, Punisher shoots the guy he was talking to. He takes no prisoners. While we've seen him in Season 2 of Daredevil he has no problem shooting people, this feels cold and robotic.
"They killed my family to get to me," explains Punisher. We get a quick shot of what is obviously one of the villains this season, Rawlins. In the comics, the character appeared in Garth Ennis' Punisher Max series as a CIA agent who has committed numerous war crimes.
Castle goes on to say he was part of a covert CIA operation. We see him tied up with masked men around him. Was this part of his training or initiation?
We know that this happens in the past because we see a video of this on a computer, which we believe is Castle's.
If you're wondering, the web address for the video does not work.
Castle mentions the man in charge--Rawlins--wants him dead. He mentions Homeland Security and the FBI. This is the first time we see the character Dinah Madani, who works at Homeland Security and is tracking Punisher.
There is a very brief shot of Karen Page standing next to Castle. She and the Punisher made a connection with each other during Season 2 of Daredevil, so this crossover cameo really works for this show.
Punisher talks to David Lieberman, who is known as Micro in the series. He wants Castle to work with him because they want the same thing. Punisher says he'll do it on one condition: he'll kill them all. More than likely, this has to do with Rawlins and the team that killed Castle's family. In the comics, Microchip is a weapons engineer who is great with technology. However, Microchip betrays Punisher, which ends up getting him killed.
One of Punisher's most important villains makes an appearance in the trailer. Very briefly, we see the character Billy Russo walking away from an explosion. In the comics, he goes by the name Jigsaw. He was known for his good looks until Punisher sent him through a window, which scarred his face.
Someone is holding Castle hostage, with a gun to his head. It's hard to make out just who has Punisher looking down the barrel of a gun.
Punisher is walking through his own hideout firing his gun at someone. His gunshots go along to the beat of the music.
Apparently, Punisher's hideout has been invaded by armed officers. This results in a large explosion. Did someone give his location away or was he betrayed?
Dinah Madani tells someone that Frank Castle is back. During the tail end of Season 2 of Daredevil, the police believed him to be dead. She's working to discover what's going on with Castle, as she is one of the few people who thinks he's alive.
Madani is talking to Sam Stein, her partner, who still believes Castle is dead. Both characters are not based on anyone from the comics but seem as though they could have come from the comic series Punisher Max.
Finally, the trailer closes out with Punisher shooting someone in the back of the head. The character has gone through some changes since the last time we saw him: he colder, shows no mercy, and will kill anyone in his way. The trailer makes it seem as though this is a darker, more unforgiving character than the one we saw in Daredevil.
Punisher will hit Netflix sometime before the end of the year.