What Frank Castle’s Military Past Could Mean For Phase Two Of The Marvel Netflix Universe

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While fans do not know the exact date Marvel’s The Punisher will air on Netflix — my guess is October 13, 2017 — all are excited to watch Jon Bernthal return as the title character. The show will officially kick off ‘Phase Two’ of the Marvel Netflix Universe. We know the show will follow Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher as he exacts revenge — punishment— on those responsible for the death of his wife and children. We also know that the show will delve into Frank Castle’s past, him enlisting in the United States Marine Corps, his military service in the Middle East, and his time with the elite Marine Corps Force Recon unit under the command of Colonel Ray Schoonover. The flashbacks to Frank’s past may help launch the Netflix shows into the greater MCU and provide a more cohesive thread between the Netflix shows and the theatrical films.

If you have not watched Season 2 of Daredevil or The Defenders on Netflix then stop here: there will be some SPOILERS ahead for things that happened during those series.

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Now for those who have watched Daredevil and The Defenders, you know that Frank Castle was released by Wilson Fisk from prison to massacre all the other criminal empires in New York City. Fisk did this so that when he is eventually released, he will become the new ‘Kingpin of Crime’. Frank did not make any appearances in The Defenders and was last seen at the end of Season 2, Episode 12 of Daredevil in search of a mysterious ally from Frank’s past called “Micro” after retrieving a CD with his name on it.

David Lieberman a.k.a. Micro is the first link to the greater MCU. Aside from being mentioned in Daredevil, the character is also mentioned in Season 2, Episode 7 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maybe members of S.H.I.E.L.D./HYDRA took part in framing Castle along with the CIA, FBI, and DHS. Hopefully, we get a couple mentions of Sharon Carter and Everett K. Ross – as they are both CIA operatives.

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Shifting back to Frank Castle’s past, we know that he took part in many combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Another major player in the MCU was present for a time during War in Afghanistan. By now we all know how Tony Stark escaped his captivity with the Ten Rings and was found by a search and rescue unit led by Colonel James Rhodes. There’s a good chance that Frank Castle’s unit was there for the Jericho missile presentation or a part of the search and rescue mission. With his military background, I wouldn’t doubt it.

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We still do not know if The Punisher is set before, after, or during the events of The Defenders. Frank’s absence during The Defenders allows for all settings to be possible. We do know that the show will include returning characters Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Turk Barrett (Rob Morgan), and Detective Brett Mahoney (Royce Johnson). Hopefully, they all make it out of this first season alive as it would be a shame to lose them as soon as ‘Phase Two’ starts. Lastly, it would be nice if there is mention of the other Netflix heroes or some new ones we have yet to see. Other Marvel shows taking place in ‘Phase Two’ include Daredevil Season 3, Jessica Jones Season 2, Luke Cage Season 2 and Iron Fist Season 2.

The Punisher premieres globally █████ 2017, only on Netflix.

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Stone By Day, Warriors By Night: Why Gargoyles Needs A Live Action Reboot

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“1000 years ago, superstition and the sword ruled. It was a time of darkness. It was a world of fear. It was the age of gargoyles. Stone by day, warriors by night. We were betrayed by the humans we had sworn to protect, frozen in stone by a magic spell for a thousand years. Now, here in Manhattan… the spell is broken! And we live again! We are defenders of the night. We are GARGOYLES!”

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Hasbro Toy Images Reveal Erik Killmonger’s Golden Jaguar Suit

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Black Panther is gearing up to be the most highly anticipated Marvel film of 2018. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. Taking place after Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther has T’Challa returning home as king of Wakanda, but soon finds his rule threatened by a long-time adversary. T’Challa must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje to stop Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue in a conflict that could have global consequences. Ever since San Diego Comic Con we have been dying to see what suit Killmonger would don when he battles T’Challa and we now have new images of said suit thanks to the film’s tie-in Hasbro merchandise.

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So far we have only seen Erik Killmonger in one outfit. The outfit spotted in the first trailer is very similar to the outfit that he wears in the comics, with the addition of horns. It’s look is more akin to a tribal leader fused with that of a guerilla soldier. Marvel is is very keen on updating the suits from the comics while keeping with the same aesthetics. Although, after returning home to Wakanda to take the throne it looks as if he will be donning a vibranium outfit very similar to T’Challa’s.

The Golden Jaguar

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The Golden Jaguar outfit was first seen during the trailer that premiered at San Diego Comic Con. The suit is very similar to the Black Panther suit worn by T’Challa during Captain America: Civil War only with a few subtle changes. The suit has golden highlights as opposed to silver ones, representing the Jaguar. Also the mask is fanged and more menacing. The action figure also includes vibranium swords that emanate blue energy. Whether this is an older suit or if Killmonger gets access to the technology to create his own suit remains to be seen.

Black Panther is due to hit theaters on February 16, 2018.

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What Misty Knight’s Bionic Arm Could Mean For Phase Two Of The Marvel Netflix Universe

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If you have not watched The Defenders on Netflix then stop here! There will be SPOILERS ahead for specific things that happened during that series. Now for those who have watched you know that Misty Knight lost her arm to Bokuto’s sword during the season finale. I believe this incident will be the catalyst that will launch the Netflix series into the greater MCU. I will add up the facts of how this event can help bring a more cohesive thread between the Netflix shows and the films.

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After losing her arm Misty ends up in a high-end hospital thanks to Danny Rand’s connections. She is not sure where her life will go from here, but she knows she did the right thing and blames no one else for the loss of her arm. Considering that we were told that she would be returning for season two of Luke Cage fans wondered how this would play out. Misty Knight lost her arm in the comics as well and received a vibranium replacement thanks to none other than Tony Stark. By now we should all know where vibranium comes from. We all hoped that this would be the case in the Netflix series as well. Well thanks to some recent photos released by Entertainment Weekly it looks like we have our answer.

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Misty Knight can clearly be seen sporting a bionic arm next to Luke Cage. If they do indeed continue to follow the comics then we may be getting a mention of Tony Stark and Stark Enterprises subsidiary AccuTech. Last mentioned in promotional material for Iron Man 2, AccuTech was known for making breakthroughs in anthropo-robotics. Considering that Tony is a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist and he has relocated to New York in recent years. It would make sense for him to be involved in helping a prominent NYPD Detective regain her right arm. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s had up close and personal experience with the Winter Soldier’s bionic limb in Captain America: Civil War.

What we do not know is if Misty is still a member of the NYPD after the events of The Defenders. Her boss threatened that she could possibly lose her job because the Defenders stole a ton of C4 and blew up a building on her watch. If she is now working outside the law, like Cage, then maybe we are seeing more clues about the beginnings of the Daughters of the Dragon. In the comics, Daughters of the Dragon is a private investigation agency that Misty starts with her close friend, Colleen Wing. At this point in the Netflix series, Misty has just met Colleen, but we see them share a tender moment in the hospital. If Netflix and Marvel does develop the Daughters of the Dragon from this, then they can easily add characters to the team. Élodie Yung’s Elektra Natchios and Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple are likely candidates.

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‘The Defenders’ Season One Review

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Since 2015, we have been waiting to see the culmination of Marvel’s Netflix Series that started with Daredevil. The Defenders brings together the Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist series in a crossover event with decent success. Serving mainly as a follow-up to Iron Fist, the first season of the crossover series was short in length, but I thought that was a good thing. It would be harder to drag a series like this out over 13 episodes. To start with the positives, I enjoyed the way the camera filters changed between the characters. We get the reds for Matt Murdock/Daredevil, the yellows for Luke Cage, the blues for Jessica Jones, and the greens for Danny Rand/Iron Fist. This also extends to the secondary characters from their respective shows and the clothing that they all wear. There was one scene that we thought would focus on Jessica Jones, but everything around her was red. Then we see Daredevil show up to help her out. This was a cue to let the audience know that she was not going to be the focus of the scene. The show also does a great job integrating the main and supporting characters from the other shows into this one. The first meeting of Danny and Luke is hilarious, but one must wonder why it took Danny so long to activate his Iron Fist ability. The other introductions are more fluid, and it made sense how they would bump into each other. The character growth was good and noticeable. Each of the important characters have learned from their past experiences, but some things that still haunt them. Becoming a team helps them going forward, similar to how forming the Avengers helped Tony Stark/Iron Man. The acting was great, overall, and I was surprised by how well done the fight choreography was. Especially, from Finn Jones, since this was lacking in Iron Fist. Now, to move on to the negatives, the show has a few issues. Only Daredevil has a legit costume. At this point in all I mentioned that the shorter season was a good choice. However, I do wish the episodes were longer. An additional 20 minutes each would have been great. This would have allowed for them to get through the set up quicker and get into the action. In addition, the fact that they don’t mention the greater Marvel universe is a mistake, a mistake that has plagued all the Marvel Netflix series from the beginning. The Defenders has the least mentions of any of the other shows before it. There is one mention of the “incident” but nothing else. It is unclear how much time has passed since Avengers. People are shocked to hear about superheroes in a world where aliens attacked New York and an army of robots destroyed Sokovia! My point is that they either need to state that this is an elseworlds universe or start making more firm connections with a better sense of timeline in reference to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. Finding out more about The Hand was great. Seeing all the leaders unveiled and learning their backstory was interesting. However, overall, this was a lackluster group of villains for this show. I was very skeptical when Sigourney Weaver was cast as the main villain for the show because I didn’t think she would bring the right amount of evil to the role of Alexandra. Unfortunately, I was right. We see Elektra in the trailers and her parts in the show are fantastic. Élodie Yung brings back the same conflict and viciousness Elektra had in season two of Daredevil. She should have been the main focus of the show, and The Hand should have been left in the background. I give The Defenders season one a Good 4/5. They left many questions open for future exploration. I hope things are better by the time the studio makes season two.