It may have been some dark times for the Marvel-Netflix shows but there is still a lot to look forward to. The Punisher is getting its second season in January and we finally got some details on what we can expect from the new season. The first ended with Frank Castle finally ending his war. He took out the man responsible for what happened to him and his family. The battle with his former friend Ben Barnes has come to an end and he finally accepted the fact that he won’t be able to continue on the same path forever. This makes one question what does Frank do after all that. Well, it looks like he is going to take a short road trip. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot offered the following statement on finding Frank doing a cross-country tour.
“Getting a look at the country he fought for but has never really seen.”
This is also the first Marvel-Netflix show that does not start off in New York City. It is quite a huge deal when one considers that the Netflix shows were known for centering around NYC as the main location, something that became a strong challenge for Iron Fist, where they stuck to the NYC setting while still including scenes from China and the fictional city K’un-L’un. This new direction is also used to introduce the new character Amy, who is played by Giorgia Whigham, most known for 13 Reasons Why. She is described as a grifter whose troubles become intertwined with Frank. It seems his new “war” will be one that he reluctantly gets dragged into after meeting Amy.
The question is how all this will work on a thematic level. Even if Frank gets stuck in a fight with some random thugs, we saw him give up the Punisher moniker. We only got a few glimpses of his famous uniform and it seemed like he finally found some form of peace. It looks like that the next season will drag him right back and finalize him becoming the man who would be known as Punisher.
“What is the theme of season 2? It’s about Frank really adopting the mantle of The Punisher.”
Looks like Frank won’t have peace for too long but that is in the nature of our favorite heroes and anti-heroes. Sadly, with Netflix’s current trend, it will be questionable if we actually ever see the character’s development after finally accepting his role as the Punisher. Still, Jon Bernthal is such a great Punisher that he has become just iconic in the role, just like Charlie Cox is as Matt Murdock. There is hopefully a long and bright future ahead for this franchise.
What do you think of the story? Where do you think they might be headingß