The second trailer for The Punisher series is more Rambo and less Death Wish than we have seen previously. This might not be surprising considering the effect that the recent shooting in Las Vegas had on Marvel and Netflix's plan.
Leading up to NY Comic Con, a campaign was launched that gave cryptic messages alluding to a secret release date for The Punisher series. A panel was scheduled for the Saturday of New York Comic-con and was one of the convention's most high-profile, and highly anticipated events. The rumor was that Netflix would secretly make the series available during thge panel and it would be announced on stage. In the week before this was to occur, the largest shooting in American history unfolded in Las Vegas and, due to the nature of The Punisher, it was decided to cancel the NY Comic Con panel, along with any plans that may have coincided with it.
Now we know that The Punisher will hit Netflix on November 17, which does not seem to be a date of any significance beyond the fact that we've long waited for its announcement. The trailer released alongside it also takes on a different angle than previous materials related to the series; it focuses more on Frank Castle's military history and an underlying cover-up than a well-armed vigilante dispatching his own brand of justice, one bullet at a time. Surely, this is a continued reaction to the recent shooting, and an attempt to distance a character who is synonmous with guns and killing from real-life events.
Regardless of intent or motive, this trailer is a welcomed change that highlights the depth of the character, and it is great to finally know when our binge can begin.
The Punisher finally launches on Netflix November 17, 2017.