After being teased in the post-credits of Netflix’s Defenders – Marvel has finally opted to unleash its Punisher trailer upon the world – and it’s a bloody glorious trailer at that. Will that be enough to get eyes on the new series, or will it make The Punisher stand out like a sore thumb?
The trailer introduces a lot of the themes and characters that will be important within the Netflix series – including a helpful reminder that Frank Castle’s wife and kid were brutally murdered. Overlayed with an excellent helping of Metallica, the trailer goes all-in on The Punisher’s violent delights as Castle tries to uncover a conspiracy that “runs deeper than any of New Yorks current gang problems.
Firstly, I’d make a strong argument that this trailer is the best of any of the Netflix series. It’s nice that they haven’t opted to tone down the more extreme elements of the character – something that the television series was critiqued for. By going all-in, they’re giving fans the best look at The Punisher character and allowing him to potentially steal the show.
The action in the trailer is really up there, and that’s what I want from this series. The action in Netflix’s series is usually the part that lets it down, in particular with the recent Iron Fist series – that was such a letdown because the action just fell completely flat, failing to deliver the kind of experience I wanted from that character.
I hold my hands up and say that I don’t know much about The Punisher. I know he’s more extreme than most other Marvel characters – but this is arguably the first time I’ve ever felt interested in seeing the character. His brief appearance in Season Two of Daredevil was a nice hat tip for audiences – but this seems like the perfect entry point for those of us who don’t know much about him.
That might be a problem for the Netflix Marvel universe. One of the major things people hated about The Defenders was how tame it felt – here comes The Punisher launching an entire can of whoop ass. Once audiences have seen that level of excitement can be done in this cinematic universe, are they really going to sit down and watch Daredevil and Luke Cage mutter endlessly about not killing people?
It’ll be interesting to see just how integrated the show is with the rest of the Netflix lineup, considering that Castle has already popped up in Daredevil Season 2 (Where he helpfully blew up a house and faked his own death). He was absent for The Defenders last month, a real shame as he might have injected some excitement into that series.
Certainly, Netflix could be on to a winner with the series if they can balance the political intrigue (The infighting between FBI, CIA and other government organizations may yet prove to be the series undoing).
There isn’t a release date yet for the series, but the trailer does indicate that a 2017 release date is on the cards. You’ll be seeing us review it when it touches down.
Are you excited for Netflix’s Punisher series?