So far, based on what's been released ahead of Netflix's premiere of the The Punisher, it would be understandable to get caught-up in news reports and interviews where Jon Bernthal and others from the show discuss how Frank Castle is going to become much more introspective and attempt to reach out to others to begin being some kind of "human" again.
We know that Frank's going to be flashing back to his own origin story and working closely/bonding with tech/gear guy Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). There's even some guitar-playing and beer-drinking in the mix. All the while, a grand government conspiracy tied into something called "Operation Cerberus" has been tracking Frank…waiting to make their move.
But this is Frank Castle, folks — and in case the early previews made you forget, Marvel and Netflix released a new teaser video as a not-so-friendly reminder that the Punisher's "happy place" still comes with a body count (and a battle van):
— The Punisher (@ThePunisher) September 18, 2017
The 13-episode series is set to establish Castle's own piece of the Netflix/Marvel universe, giving viewers a better opportunity to get to know Castle more as a man than as just a killing machine. For Bernthal, this season is about Frank trying to open up more and care more for those around him — but the Punisher aspect of him is something that Frank is going to find himself having to lean on once again:
"During this show, nobody is who they appear to be… This season is much darker as it goes, it gets darker and darker and more visceral. The show takes you on this journey of Frank becoming more and more human again and then shutting off and shutting off and going back to what works for him, and the place where he kind of belongs, and I think that's a place of solitude and of darkness and destruction. It's going to get into as dark and as brutal a place as you've ever seen in the Marvel world, I can promise you that."
The Punisher features Bernthal, Moss-Bachrach, Jason R. Moore, Michael Nathanson, Jamie Ray Newman, and Amber Rose Revah. Steve Lightfoot serves as the series showrunner, with the series expected to stream on Netflix some time in late 2017.