18. The Punisher
Jon Bernthal's arrival as Frank Castle in the second season of Daredevil created another layer of intrigue in the complex shared universe that the Netflix shows were building. He was a wild card that was technically on the same side as The Man Without Fear but intent on doing things his own way; even if that meant killing Daredevil himself. It was also the beginning of the shared universe's second phase, introducing another Marvel character who would go on to headline his own show.
Needless to say, anticipation was high for The Punisher. Not only would Bernthal return as Frank Castle, Deborah Ann Woll would reprise her Daredevil role as Karen Page. It was a thrill to see the two share the screen together in what would unsurprisingly be a gritty, bloody, and compelling first season.
In many ways, The Punisher was exactly what you'd expect it to be; a violent, tense action thriller full of complicated character journeys. However, as the Netflix shows were beginning to run out of stream at this point, it suffered from some of the same issues which hampered some of the shared universe's most recent outings at the time, such as pacing issues. Some of the character work, particularly in the second season, also let it down, preventing it from reaching the heights of Daredevil and Jessica Jones' first seasons.
Bernthal was incredible and we hope to see him return to the role someday but if The Punisher had been released during the glory days of the Netflix shows, it might have fared a bit better.