4 Punisher Stories We Want to See on Marvel's Daredevil
We're psyched to hear the news that the Punisher is joining Netflix's Daredevil. Not only is he one of Marvel's most recognizable characters (and most marketable, you may have seen his skull-adorned T-shirts once or twice), but he also represents an expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on television.
We already knew about the upcoming series for Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones, but a character as notable as the Punisher joining Daredevil signifies that all kinds of Marvel heroes may soon populate the television landscape, possibly even giving the movies a run for their money. But Frank Castle is hardly a secondary character, and though a series of his own in the future remains a possibility, here are four storylines from the comics we'd like to see in Daredevil.
Punisher: Year One
While we're not super confident that Daredevil will take the time needed to do a full-on Punisher origin story (nor do we think they should), a series of flashbacks showing Frank Castle's motives would be helpful and would keep with the show's structure. Were they to take this route and be in need of source material, they wouldn't have to look any further than Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's work. Seeing Frank witness his family's murder at the hands of the mob, try to go through the police only to find they're corrupted, and then eventually take matters into his own hands, would be thrilling introduction to the character while still being very much in line with the dark tone of Daredevil.
Good Guys Wear Red
This face-off between Daredevil and the Punisher comes from comic legend Frank Miller's epic Daredevil run, and features both crime fighters pursuing the same criminal, which in this case is a drug dealer who is responsible for the death of a high school girl. In the climax, Daredevil encounters the killer after accidentally getting him off the hook in court (the killer had a pacemaker which fooled Matt Murdock into thinking he was telling the truth when claiming his innocence), but Punisher shows up just moments later. After Punisher tries to shoot the killer, Daredevil confronts him, and ends up shooting Punisher in the leg with his own gun in order to stop him. Punisher routinely brings out the vicious side of Daredevil in their meetings, and this might be the best example of that.
Daredevil vs. Punisher: Means and Ends
This arc by David Latham features Daredevil and the Punisher trying to take down the mob bosses who have replaced the recently-jailed Kingpin (so it could work with the show's current timeline!), but going about it in very different ways. Daredevil obviously wants the law to win out and has a code against killing, while Punisher prefers to shoot first and ask questions later. The two heroes end up squaring off directly against each other multiple times during their pursuit, which ends with the Punisher going to jail and crime rates skyrocketing, leaving Daredevil to question if his own methods are really best.
The Punisher: Homeless
This storyline by Jason Aaron sees the Punisher pursuing Kingpin and coming across Fisk's new bodyguard, Elektra. Elektra is a big supporting character and love interest in the Daredevil comics, and was of course portrayed in the abysmal Daredevil movie by Jennifer Garner, but since it seems like Marvel does plan to include her in the Netflix series, this would serve as a pretty interesting introduction. Punisher actually dies in the story's conclusion and is eulogized by Nick Fury, which would make for a pretty fantastic end for the character if Marvel doesn't have larger plans for him. But we're betting they do.