First Trailer for The Punisher

Marvel and Netflix have finally shared the first full trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher, and it one hell of a hard-hitting slugfest. Rightfully as it should be. Metallica blaring over the speakers, with guns, explosions, and a lot of blood. This is The Punisher. This is Frank Castle done right.

Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil and he’s joined by newcomers Ben Barnes as Billy Russo aka Jigsaw, Frank’s Castle’s best friend from his days in the Special Forces who runs a private military corporation called “Anvil;” Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, a former NSA analyst whose secrets may be of great value to Frank Castle and everyone around them.

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Punisher Battle Van Confirmed to Appear

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The best character in Punisher history is set to appear in the upcoming Netflix adaptation for The Punisher, and Jon Bernthal seems to be pretty excited about the prospect. The Battle Van is an oft-used mode of transportation for Frank Castle, that is loaded to the brim with defensive weapons, and an arsenal that could support an army. It also made for one of the coolest toys ever.

“They travel around in the Battle Van in the comics, so it was important for us to do our version of that,” Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb confirms on Netflix’s Media Center. “It’s not the Batmobile, but it’s definitely an iconic character that people know.”

New Punisher Key Art and Stills

Netflix has posted a cryptic new teaser for The Punisher spotlighting the shows focus on trade secrets and conspiracy theories that will factor heavily into the still-unknown plot of the upcoming series. Mention of Micro, and Operation Cerberus, as well as a good shot of the full logo.

In addition, we also have a batch of stills from the first episode which feature Jon Bernthal as the vigilante and some of his supporting cast, including Daredevil alum Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo/Jigsaw, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro. Hit the jump to check out the stills.

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The Punisher Trailer and Episode Titles Revealed

The official Twitter account for Netflix’ upcoming Punisher series has been on a rampage this morning, revealing the order and episode titles for the series’ first season, through a series of tweets in morse code.

S01E01 – 3 A.M.
S01E02 – Two Dead Men
S01E03 – Kandahar
S01E04 – Resupply
S01E05 – Gunner
S01E06 – The Judas Goat
S01E07 – Crosshairs
S01E08 – Cold Steel
S01E09 – Front Toward Enemy
S01E10 – Virtue of the Vicious
S01E11 – Danger Close
S01E12 – Home
S01E13 – Memento Mori

On top of that, the account also revealed a new trailer, featuring the cast of the show in stylized fashion in what appears to be an opening credits-esque sequence.

Is Moon Knight Joining The Punisher?

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Former Marvel Comics editor, turned Senior Vice President of Creator and Content Development, C.B. Cebulski, has stoked the fires of rumor on Jon Bernthal’s Punisher series. Reports are saying that Cebulski told the crowd at the Asia Pop Comic-Con in Manila, “another Marvel hero may be showing up [in the Punisher].”

While the most logical conclusion would be Daredevil, his fate at the end of Defenders would imply that it would be best to leave him in the dark until his third season begins. Fans have begun to speculate that it could be Marc Spector, aka Moon Knight. We know that Brian Michael Bendis is writing a series for the silver and black Avenger, and the recent reveal of Shohreh Aghdashloo’s supporting role as a psychiatrist, it’s possible that Marc Spector (who suffers from  multiple personality disorder) might be one of her patients. We’ll find out soon, as The Punisher debuts later this year.

New Photo of Jon Bernthal’s Punisher

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If you stuck around to the end for Marvel’s Defenders, well after the credits, you would’ve seen the first trailer for the upcoming Marvel’s The Punisher series starring Jon Bernthal (we also posted it on Friday). Now, Netflix has released a new image of the vigilante in all his skull-emblazoned glory.

Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil where he’s joined by newcomers Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, aka Jigsaw, Frank’s Castle’s former friend from his Special Forces days who runs a successful private military corporation called Anvil.

The Punisher Gets a First Trailer

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For the few that binged the entirety of The Defenders since its release this morning, you received a gift in the form of the first Punisher trailer. The rest of us? Well, it’s been leaked online! The trailer is short but does a good job of showing the tone of what to expect from the ultra-violent vigilante.

We get shots of Frank Castle reliving his time in the Middle East, as well as the murder and memories of his family, interspersed with the man himself pummeling a concrete floor, revealing the iconic skull logo. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, which was posted on Twitter.

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Posters for Marvel’s The Defenders & Punisher

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Marvel Studios has unveiled two new posters that they’ll be giving out to attendees at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The first, seen above, is a cool promotional poster for The Defenders featuring our 4 heroes in what amounts to their costumes at this point, stylized with a colorful New York back-drop.

The second, however, seen after the jump, gives us our first look at The Punisher logo, and the usual stylized artwork of Frank Castle holding a sniper rifle, bloodied and battered. It’s a cool poster, that falls in line with the usual initial style these posters are released as. Hopefully, we’ll see some sort of trailer or footage at SDCC!

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Three Defenders Getting new Seasons in 2018

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We knew that Jessica Jones was absolutely getting a second season next year, as that confirmation is already out there. We also know that Luke Cage was filming its second season later this year, implying a mid-to-late 2018 release, as well. However, Entertainment Weekly has also put out there that the 3rd season of Daredevil will be released next year, as well.

It makes sense that Netflix would start putting out a yearly 3 new seasons each year, as that’s the plan starting this year, with The Defenders on August 18th, and Punisher slated for a November release.

Netflix’s The Punisher Release Date Leaked

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It’s been a busy year for Netflix’s Marvel series, and it’s only getting busier. The Defenders comes out later this year, August 18th to be exact, and it looks like The Punisher will be joining it come this November.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, director Dearbhla Walsh let slip the series general release date of November, while discussing her first television projects outside of the U.K.

I’ve directed one other time that hasn’t been aired yet, which was an episode for the new Marvel series The Punisher, which I did just before Christmas, but it’s not airing until November. I directed that in New York and edited in L.A., but this was my first directing experience in lovely Canada.

New Comic Books: May 31

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Another slower week for comic releases as we start to approach San Diego Comic-Con, and many of the large event releases throughout August. It was a great week for reading, at least, as what books there were, were fantastic. Great twists, charming origin stories, and some absolutely mind-boggling art this week.

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Naturally, my recommendation for this week, is Wonder Woman Annual #1 – which consists of a series of short stories about Diana of Themyscira. The first is, by far, the most charming. We’re back to the moment Diana revealed herself to the world, and Supermand and Batman quickly take notice. Both attempt to spy on her at the military base, and much to their dismay, she instead finds them, in a fantastic scene. The art and characterization in this story alone is what made this my recommendation for the week.

The other few stories are hit and miss, with the kaiju story being particularly a hit, with beautiful artwork, and a small, personal story about Diana rescuing the child of a giant monster.

FLASH

Now that The Button has concluded, we’re suddenly back to a more personal Flash story, as a surprise visit from Multiplex, after a surprise visit from Hal Jordan, after a surprise party all happens with 4 pages. The entire fight, Barry is struggling in his head about whether to tell Iris the truth about who he is. It’s a rare moment, to stay so strictly in a heroes head, and it makes the story feel incredibly personal to Barry Allen and his struggle.

The real takeaway here, though, is the final page. After getting Iris back home safe, Wally opens the door, and lo and behold… the Reverse Flash. Eobard Thawne. Already back from the dead. That somewhat takes away from the power of the Button event doesn’t it?

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The only Marvel read this week is the 3rd installment of the primary Secret Empire event, which is pulling no punches, at this point. Steve Rogers is going back and forth between save Supreme Leader, and caring politician like a light switch, while the heroes bicker and split in an attempt to save the day. We saw much more of the mysterious other Steve Rogers, who I’m going to call it now, is navigating his own head. The blue glow of the world they’re in closely resembles that of the Cosmic Cube, and I could see that twist happening.

My favorite moment in this book came at the end, though. Fred Myers, aka Boomerang, had started his own restaurant, and facilitated a meeting between Black Widow and Maria Hill. Late that night, he steps into the bathroom to reveal a landmine. Finally, in a shocking, but totally-makes-sense twist, the Punisher reveals himself to have aligned with Hydra. Proudly hailing, with a Hydra/Punisher skull variant adorned across his chest.