– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When it was first announced that the Punisher would be having a pivotal role in the second season of Daredevil, not everyone positive it would work. Punisher is a character who has been adapted several times to the big screen, and yet with each iteration, it never really hit the mark. Perhaps it was the actor, the script, production design, or all the above, but it never fired on all cylinders for many fans (though Punisher: War Zone has since gained a cult following).

However, when Daredevil Season 2 finally hit Netflix, it was clear from the get-go that this was the Punisher done right. The performance from actor Jon Bernthal was tempered, broken, and most importantly, believable in this universe. He was a terrific, sympathetic foil to Daredevil himself, and a reflection of the type of man Daredevil could become after one bad day.

After the release of that season, it didn’t take long for Marvel to greenlight a Punisher spinoff. The first season has officially wrapped, and from what we’re hearing, the show will hit Netflix some time this year. However, if you’re itching to get your fix of the Punisher’s trademark skull, we got you covered. Thanks to some clever sleuths, we have a few set photos that show Bernthal a little worse for wear.

Check them out below:

It’s always a bit strange looking at set photos like this, mostly from a makeup perspective. On your average ordinary camera, the makeup usually looks really awful and fake, but it’s only under the right lighting that it looks as good as it does. So if you’re worried about how obviously fake Bernthal’s swollen face looks, fret not. It’ll likely look plenty believable by the time it hits Netflix.

Also of note is his skull armor. At the tail end of Daredevil Season 2, Punisher had donned his skull shirt for the first time, but at whatever point in the show this is, it looks like he’s traded up his shirt for some legit armor, which is another classic look for the character. It’s a natural progression of escalation that we get in these shows, and I look forward to seeing how this change gets incorporated into the final series.

What do you think of Frank Castle’s armored costume? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: FantastikMarvel (via Twitter)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.