Netflix has dropped a new trailer and a release date for the 13 episode first season of Marvel’s The Punisher, the latest entry in the Netflix Marvel TV Universe which stars Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal as the vigilante Frank Castle.
Netflix had kept the release date (November 17… no need to drag this out anymore) under wraps leaving fans eager to know when they would get to see Bernthal next after his first appearance in the second season of Daredevil.
As you can see, the trailer is full of flashbacks that lay the groundwork for what appears to be a rogue military mission led by Rawlins (Paul Schulze) that transformed Frank Castle into the dangerous man he is in the present. We’re not just seeing a Frank Castle damaged by the loss of his family, he’s noticeably stricken with remorse for the acts he committed while on that mission.
There’s also a persistent hacker who tries to convince Frank to team up and take down the group responsible for their shared pain, revealing a cause behind the chaos that the Punisher is sure to bring.
While there’s still a few weeks before the premiere it’s likely that this trailer was held (or that maybe — and this is just speculation — it was recut) after The Punisher panel was pulled from the New York Comic Con lineup in early October after the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Obviously, that was the right call, but there will surely be people who will wonder if the timing will ever be right for another ultra-violent series about a damaged vigilante killer in a country beset by gun violence. The Punisher isn’t alone in having to shoulder the burden of those questions. Look at the Bruce Willis-starring Death Wish reboot that’s coming, though that trailer seemed to giddily embrace violence, laughing it off at a point. Will Hollywood pump the breaks on making content like this at some point? Should it? Those are big questions, but the answer to the first is likely tied more to how many people watch The Punisher than how many people are outraged by it.