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Marvels The Punisher is a pleasant surprise. Not in terms of quality (I think we all expect these Marvel Netflix shows to rise to at least a certain level these days), but in its tone and approach. Frank Castle has never been the most nuanced of characters, and it would have been easy (and for some, even appealing) to drop the character into a series of situations where he just brutally murders deserving scumbags in increasingly inventive ways. Instead the show takes a more thoughtful approach.
Watch Marvels The Punisher Online. In this vein, the first hour considers what happens to Frank Castle when he thinks his war is over. What does he do when he believes he has exacted all the revenge that is necessary on the criminals who murdered his wife and kids? We’re left with is a man who is merely existing, whose rage isn’t spent despite the lack of a target. So he takes it out by wielding a sledgehammer, day-in and day-out, on a construction site. Granted this is roughly as subtle as Frank’s tool of choice (I told you I didn’t love that first episode), but it does help illustrate that Castle probably never intended to survive his personal war. Without it, he’s adrift, tormented both by his personal demons and the horrors he saw while serving his country.