After making his debut in the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil, Jon Bernthal quickly became a favorite amongst comic book fans for his portrayal of Frank Castle, a.k.a The Punisher. We all saw what the Punisher is capable of in the second season of Daredevil. His arc was really amazing, and he was one of the main reasons for Daredevil season 2 being the best Marvel Netflix series ever made and he could probably do that with his show too.
There have been several actors who have portrayed Castle in different mediums, including Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson, but Jon Bernthal’s stellar portrayal of the character has given him more depth than those before him. His performance was the main reason the character got his own show and became one of the most beloved Netflix characters, and he is the main reason why fans are really excited about the show.
Now, the critics have taken their excitement to another level. According to ComicBook.com, it’s the best Marvel show till date. Here’s what their reviewer said:
“The Punisher may seem like the latest in the assembly line of Marvel Netflix series, but it definitely breaks the usual mold to offer fans a surprisingly deep and nuanced tale of violence and the trauma it leaves in its wake. It’s unlike anything else in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and ranks up there with the best of the Marvel Netflix brand (Daredevil season 1, Jessica Jones).”
The Variety also had similar views about the show. Here’s what they said:
“But ‘The Punisher’ transcends what it appears to be. Not completely, and not always; this is still a very violent show, saturated in tortured masculinity. But thanks to Jon Bernthal’s seamless performance as the non-superpowered vigilante Frank Castle and showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s sharp, conscious storytelling, ‘The Punisher’ approaches the high points of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” by introducing a damaged, deadly character and telling his story as one piece of an unjust whole. Despite first impressions, Frank Castle is, in fact, a marginalized figure — because he is a veteran.”
According to FORBES‘s reviewer Merrill Barr, the show is the best MCU series ever made. Here’s what he said:
“When Guardians of Galaxy hit theaters in 2014, many praised it as the best MCU film to date, not for the least of which being because it chose to not tie itself to existing mythology. It is within this prism we can praise the television side’s latest Netflix series: The Punisher.”
“The Punisher is the best Marvel series to date set within the fictional MCU. Why? Because it does its own thing.”
Only IGN reviewed the first episode of the season, “3 AM.” Still, the review was very positive. Here’s what it says:
“Marvel’s The Punisher begins its journey in brutal fashion. Frank Castle’s (Jon Bernthal) introduction is a bloody reminder of how vicious a character The Punisher can be, but that’s just the opening few minutes. The rest of the premiere focuses on Castle and his quest for a peaceful existence, which was an unexpected surprise.”
The series also stars Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Daniel Webber as Lewis Walcott, Paul Schulze as Rawlins, Jaime Ray Newman as Sarah Lieberman, Michael Nathanson as Sam Stein, with Daredevil‘s Deborah Ann Woll returning as Karen Page.
Here’s the synopsis:
“After the murder of his family, Frank Castle is both haunted and hunted. In the criminal underworld, he’ll be known as The Punisher”.
Marvel’s The Punisher will debut on Netflix this Friday. GET READY!