As The Punisher circles closer, details have emerged about why Frank Castle operates independently from the rest of the street-level heroes known as The Defenders, which is an intentional move on the part of Marvel. Netflix’s universe of street-smart heroes and heroines have become a beloved part of the MCU at large and while they have yet to interact with their big screen counterparts they have worked together – but Frank hasn’t been among them.

That makes sense, up to a point. The Punisher first appeared in 1974 in Spider-Man #129. Created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru, Frank Castle predated the wave of psychologically tortured anti-heroes who made ...

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