Yesterday, Marvel (via Entertainment Weekly) dropped the first official shot of Benedict Cumberbatch's Dr. Strange on us. We looked upon it, saw that it was good, and we expected nothing more from our Marvel overlords.
But the overlords are nothing if not generous, and today their gift-giving continues with our first official look at Jon Bernthal's The Punisher, who'll be a major player in Daredevil's second season.
They also came bearing news. Via a set visit interview with showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, Entertainment Weekly learned that The Punisher will appear in Daredevil's season premiere ("We hit the ground running and then we ran as fast as we fucking could", says Petrie). They also revealed that The Punisher's status as a good guy or a bad guy will be intentionally hard to pin down, which Petrie makes an interesting observation about:
Viewers watching the show will be rooting for this guy with a gun but we’re also going to force people — the way we force Matt — to second-guess themselves,” Petrie says. “Taking lethal justice into your own hands in America in 2015 is tricky shit. We have not shied away from the rich complicated reality of Now. If you’ve got a gun and you’re not the police, you’re going to incite strong feelings. We’re stirring the pot and we’re aware of the headlines where we live and we’re trying to get people to think.”
Ramirez goes on to compare The Punisher to Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle, and Bernthal says he's determined to keep everyone happy:
People have been coming up to me on the streets of New York saying, ‘Do not mess this up,’” says Bernthal, who for months walked alone to the Daredevil set across the Brooklyn Bridge to help get into Castle’s isolated and joyless headspace. “This character has resonated with law enforcement and military. He’s brought the war home with him in the worst possible way. And the best thing about him is that if he offends you, he just doesn’t care.”
Elsewhere, Ramirez and Petrie reveal the show will be better lit than season one, that Elektra will basically operate as Daredevil's "id", and that there'll be more boning than season one. Man, I was not a fan of Daredevil's first season, but all of this sounds great to me. How about you guys?