As hype starts to quiet down for last month’s The Defenders, the buzz for The Punisher is slowly starting to kick in. Following the much-awaited romantic comedy’s first trailer and a promo video teasing a yet-to-be revealed release date, my favorite movie magazine Empire has gotten their hands on an exclusive Punisher flashback image featuring a Frank Castle in his US Marine Corps duds serving in the Iraq War. Check it out!

The promo video from last week had some interesting things to tease regarding Frank’s time in the war. We saw images of Frank’s redacted files from his rumored stint in Jigsaw’s private military corporation named ANVIL, along with CIA big bad Rawlins. We’re guessing that those connections will be prominently featured in flashbacks such as this image. We’re also hoping that the alleged Marvel hero cameo we reported two weeks ago will show up in these flashbacks too.

And in addition to Empire’s dope image, series star Jon Bernthal had this to say about his experience revisiting the role after his acclaimed performance in last year’s Daredevil Season 2:

It’s the only thing that silences the demons, temporarily. There’s going to be an attempt to move beyond the Punisher, but that’s something he can’t shake. There’s part of me that’s hungry to get back into the darkness, that’s excited to see it fall apart.

What do you think of this pre-Punisher image of Frank Castle? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Empire Magazine