Marvel and Netflix’s upcoming series The Punisher will be about “men suffering tragedy and trauma.” The show, following on from Jon Bernthal’s Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Daredevil season 2, is expected to delve even deeper into Frank Castle’s motivations, murky morals, and mental state.

The Punisher is unique among Netflix’s Marvel heroes, not just because he’s bloody and brutal, but also in the sense that he won’t be appearing in the streaming service’s epic crossover event Defenders. Frank is too much of a loner and a loose cannon to have a role in a bantering team-up, which in turn means that his own series has space to tackle ...

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