After Daredevil: Five More Marvel Heroes We’d Like To See On Netflix

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1. The Punisher

Perhaps the obvious choice to top this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s the wrong one. The Punisher movies aren’t horrible, but they still didn’t quite capture the essence of Frank Castle, the special qualities that have helped him last well beyond the “grim and gritty” era of the late 80s and early 90s when Punisher-mania was at its peak.

First and foremost, it’s because Castle will cross the line that super heroes won’t. He sees justice in very black and white terms, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make sure the worst of humanity pays the ultimate price.

It’s the flip side to the same coin that turned many comic book characters into super heroes in the first place. Instead of taking a personal tragedy — in Frank’s case, the murder of his wife and kids — and using it as motivation to ensure the same tragedy doesn’t befall others, he makes it the fuel for his never-ending quest to condemn the guilty. Noble? Not by a long shot, but certainly compelling.

Many fans have already latched onto the idea of a Punisher Netflix series, partially because he’s been known to cross paths with the Man Without Fear on a semi-regular basis. In that sense, he’d make a great foil for Daredevil, one that reminds Matt Murdock of a more vengeful road he could have taken.

The Punisher is too rich with storytelling possibilities to remain merely a guest star, though, and the excitement among comic fans seems to focus on the fact that we’ve never seen him in other media with the gloves truly off. A Frank Castle series done right would be extremely violent, and perhaps even tough to watch at times, but that’s also why it’s an enticing idea. There’s a “number one with a bullet” joke here that I’ll simply let go, but Marvel should definitely be considering the man with the skull logo for a Netflix treatment if it isn’t already in the planning stages.

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