A new trailer for the Punisher TV series (opens in new tab) has revealed that the show will premiere on Netflix on November 17. Not only that, but it's the most revealing look at Frank Castle (and his life before he became a vigilante) we've had yet. If you haven't already, be sure to give it a watch. And then another watch, because it's really good.
When Castle made his debut in Daredevil season 2, he was already in the midst of a revenge-driven rampage and mission to rid New York of every last criminal he found in his crosshairs. It looks like this series will take us back to before all that, when Castle was just another military grunt serving overseas.
Clearly that did not go well, as we see Castle attack his commanding officer, saying "What we did was wrong," and another character tell him the government turned him into a hitman. Meanwhile, a detective is looking for him and she thinks Castle might have connections to a case she's currently working on.
If I'm being honest, it sounds a bit like a retread of the plot from Daredevil S2, where Karen Page, a journalist and secretary for lawyers Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson, started tracking Castle down because she thought she could shed light on his story. Speaking of Karen, she's back as well, probably there to help curb Castle's rage and help him with the less bloody parts of his quest.
I don't know about you, but watching the trailer, I felt like I was witnessing a modern-day version of this scene from Rambo: First Blood:
Don't push Castle. Don't push him, he'll give you a war you won't believe.