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– by David Kozlowski

Like it or not, we don’t know a heckuva lot about Marvel and Netflix’s The Punisher TV series, starring actor Jon Bernthal. That’s cool. We know secrets are a big deal with these superhero films and shows. So, what do we know? Let’s break it down…

Daredevil Season 2 established Frank Castle (Bernthal) as a decorated combat veteran with a bullet in his head and a tendency toward bloody, visceral violence. By the end of Season 2 Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Frank Castle, despite some violent interactions, had established a kind of non-agression pact (more like a temporary cease fire), and they even forged a brooding respect for one another — to the extent that the Punisher freely stalks rooftops in Hell’s Kitchens shooting ninjas, and Daredevil seems mostly OK with that. As a jumping off point, Castle embraced his alter ego, burned down his house, and walked away with an old DVD bearing the word “Micro” on it, a (likely) reference to one of the Punisher’s extended allies in the Marvel Universe (more on that in a moment).  

We also have a few suspicions about The Punisher‘s cast… Crossing over from Daredevil is investigative reporter Karen Page, as played by actress Deborah Ann Woll — Castle’s tenuous friend and confidant. Billy Russo, portrayed by actor Ben Barnes, is an old war buddy of Castle’s, who also happens to run a shady private military company called “Anvil;” It should be noted that in the comics Russo becomes the villain Jigsaw. Actress Ebon Moss-Bachrach assumes the role of Micro, a government spook with dark secrets of her own to share (or not). 

Well, that’s great, but we still don’t know anything, really. 

Well, one thing we know for sure — if Jon Bernthal Source on Twitter can be trusted — is that The Punisher Season 1 has just wrapped: 

Sure, it’s possible these alleged wrap photos are fakes, invented to throw us fans and media off the trail. But that’s dishonest, and if we know anything about The Punisher, it’s that he’d sooner punch us in the face than be party to a bunch of lame rumors and falsehoods.

So, let’s just accept the evidence evident in these photos, and prepare for The Punisher‘s arrival on Netflix sometime soon, after the debut of The Defenders, which Castle may or may not be a participant… seriously, this lack of information is annoying. 

Are you ready for a full season of stabbing, shooting, punching, and payback in Marvel’s The Punisher on Netflix? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Jon Bernthal (via Twitter)

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.