Marvel’s The Punisher actor Jon Bernthal hopes that his first solo season on Netflix can help further the USA’s gun control debate. The links between The Punisher and gun control are already sizeable, and that’s not just because Bernthal’s protagonist Frank Castle is known to be highly violent. (see also the second  Punisher trailer, which is filled to the brim with brutality).

Because of Frank’s status as a symbol of gun-based violence, the relationship between The Punisher and gun control has also bled into real life. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, The Punisher premiere date was pushed back and the show’s New York Comic-Con panel was canceled as a sign ...

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