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Teaser for Marvel’s Punisher Series Hints at Cathartic, Righteous Fury We Need

I was a huge fan of Daredevil S1, but the best part of a much weaker S2 was the introduction of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), A.K.A. The Punisher. While Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) was being a whiny hypocrite about how killing people is wrong while basically leaving people for dead all over town, The Punisher provided a refreshing, handling of mother-effing business. Now, more than ever, we need a Punisher series.

The teaser above doesn’t give us very much in terms of actual plot or other characters in the upcoming Netflix series. What it does give us is a glimpse into the journey of the character. “All the things that I’d done,” he begins in voiceover. “Memories, they never hurt me. But the past…is more than memories. It’s the devil you sold your soul to. He’s comin’. He’s comin’ to collect.”

Watching this trailer, I couldn’t help but think that this is exactly the kind of hero we need right now. A regular person with special training, but no superpowers. Someone who looks at the horror and injustice of the world and rages with very human fury and takes action when others won’t.

We live in a world where the high road feels like a luxury none of us can afford, and while we might individually work within ourselves to be true to higher ideals, it can be really cathartic to have a hero to watch who has completely run out of fucks to give, and just wants to kill bad guys with zero reservations about it.

What do you think? Are you excited for The Punisher on Netflix?

(via Nerdist, image: screencap)

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Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.