Marvel’s Most Badass Veteran Is Returning To Netflix In His Own Show


If you’re tired of seeing two-dimensional portrayals of military veterans on television, then you should be really fucking excited for the upcoming series “The Punisher,” by Netflix and Marvel. A spinoff of “Daredevil,” which follows Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer by day and acrobatic vigilante by night, the new franchise centers around Marvel’s Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal.

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In the series, Frank Castle is a former Force Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After the violent murder of his family, Castle dons his signature black tee emblazoned with a white skull and brings vengeance to criminals outside the reach of the law, acting as judge, jury, and executioner.

In addition to Bernthal’s return as Castle — now rocking an operator beard and long hair — the upcoming series will feature another military veteran as a principal character, and likely, a key antagonist. Billy Russo, to be played by Ben Barnes, is best known by his villainous moniker “Jigsaw.” Once fast friends from their time in the Marines, the two become mortal enemies after Russo plays a role in the botched mob hit that kills Castle’s family. Russo takes on his nom de guerre after Castle violently disfigures him.

The casting of Barnes as Jigsaw also opens the door for flashbacks to Castle’s time in the Marines, which would be great since his military service has been firmly established as central to his character.

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Castle has always had strong ties to the military, but in recent years, they’ve become more integral to the character’s identity, both in the comics and in “Daredevil.” The show took some meaningful steps to address issues and themes common in the veteran and military sphere, culminating in a heated debate over whether or not Castle should cite post-traumatic stress disorder as the cause of his bloody war against the crime syndicates running New York’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Sometimes in television, a character’s military service is referenced to justify a certain action or trait, their skill with firearms, an injury, or the like. This can make their veteran status feel more like an addendum to the character than something integral to his or her identity — not so with “Daredevil,” and since “The Punisher” is a spinoff, it’s likely that his backstory, as it's been established, will remain unchanged.

Production has just started, and the series is expected to air sometime in 2017.

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On Nov, 10, 2004, Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia knew that he stood a good chance of dying as he tried to save his squad.

Bellavia survived the intense enemy fire and went on to single-handedly kill five insurgents as he cleared a three-story house in Fallujah during the iconic battle for the city. For his bravery that day, President Trump will present Bellavia with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday, making him the first living Iraq war veteran to receive the award.

In an interview with Task & Purpose, Bellavia recalled that the house where he fought insurgents was dark and filled with putrid water that flowed from broken pipes. The battle itself was an assault on his senses: The stench from the water, the darkness inside the home, and the sounds of footsteps that seemed to envelope him.

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With the Imperial Japanese Army hot on his heels, Oscar Leonard says he barely slipped away from getting caught in the grueling Bataan Death March in 1942 by jumping into a choppy bay in the dark of the night, clinging to a log and paddling to the Allied-fortified island of Corregidor.

After many weeks of fighting there and at Mindanao, he was finally captured by the Japanese and spent the next several years languishing under brutal conditions in Filipino and Japanese World War II POW camps.

Now, having just turned 100 years old, the Antioch resident has been recognized for his 42-month ordeal as a prisoner of war, thanks to the efforts of his friends at the Brentwood VFW Post #10789 and Congressman Jerry McNerney.

McNerney, Brentwood VFW Commander Steve Todd and Junior Vice Commander John Bradley helped obtain a POW award after doing research and requesting records to surprise Leonard during a birthday party last month.

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Hundreds of Marines will join their British counterparts at a massive urban training center this summer that will test the leathernecks' ability to fight a tech-savvy enemy in a crowded city filled with innocent civilians.

The North Carolina-based Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, will test drones, robots and other high-tech equipment at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Indiana, in August.

They'll spend weeks weaving through underground tunnels and simulating fires in a mock packed downtown city center. They'll also face off against their peers, who will be equipped with off-the-shelf drones and other gadgets the enemy is now easily able to bring to the fight.

It's the start of a four-year effort, known as Project Metropolis, that leaders say will transform the way Marines train for urban battles. The effort is being led by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, based in Quantico, Virginia. It comes after service leaders identified a troubling problem following nearly two decades of war in the Middle East: adversaries have been studying their tactics and weaknesses, and now they know how to exploit them.

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WASHINGTON/RIYADH (Reuters) - President Donald Trump imposed new U.S. sanctions onIran on Monday following Tehran's downing of an unmanned American drone and said the measures would target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Trump told reporters he was signing an executive order for the sanctions amid tensions between the United States and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil.

Trump also said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. He said the supreme leaders was ultimately responsible for what Trump called "the hostile conduct of the regime."

"Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support," Trump said.

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