We're creeping ever so closer to that "sometime in 2017" date when Netflix releases Marvel's The Punisher, and the streaming giant has already been feeding fan anticipation with the release of promo images, a teaser trailer and even the titles of the season's episodes…through Morse code on Twitter, naturally. Ahead of their on-set report for an upcoming issue, Empire Magazine released an exclusive image of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) during his pre-Punisher service in the military.
Set during a flashback to Castle's past, we can see Bernthal in full tactical sniper gear during his time in the US Marine Corps. Based on what we're seeing, it would be safe to presume that we will be getting much more of Castle's backstory during the first season; and see more closely what contributed to Castle's downward spiral to homicidal street vigilante.
The 13-episode series will 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, it was about being able to flesh-out the character more while still taking chances:
"For me, it's not a question of what they want to do with a character, it's more, how are they going to do it, and who's going to be the ones to do it. This character is in my bones now, he's in my blood. If they want to go forward in any way, for me it's just really going to be about making sure we do it in a way that's raw and intense. I want to push the envelope. I wanna alienate more of the audience and try to bring them back."
The Punisher features Bernthal, Jason R. Moore, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, 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.