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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.
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.
— The Punisher (@ThePunisherMCU) October 4, 2016
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.
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.
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would press on with its offensive into northeastern Syria and "crush the heads of terrorists" if a deal with Washington on the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters from the area were not fully implemented.
Erdogan agreed on Thursday in talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence a five-day pause in the offensive to allow time for the Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a "safe zone" Turkey aims to establish in northeast Syria near the Turkish border.
President Trump stoked confusion Friday by declaring the U.S. has "secured the Oil" in the Middle East amid continued fallout from the Turkish invasion of northern Syria that he enabled by pulling American troops out of the region.
It wasn't immediately clear what the president was talking about, as there were no publicly known developments in Syria or elsewhere in the Middle East relating to oil. White House aides did not return requests for comment.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. State Department investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state has found no evidence of deliberate mishandling of classified information by department employees.
The investigation, the results of which were released on Friday by Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley's office, centered on whether Clinton, who served as the top U.S. diplomat from 2009 to 2013, jeopardized classified information by using a private email server rather than a government one.
BYESVILLE — A Meadowbrook High School student removed from class last Friday for being intoxicated is now facing a felony charge after allegedly threatening to shoot people if the previous incident harmed his chances to join a branch of the United States military.
Gabriel D. Blackledge, 18, of Cambridge, is facing one count of making terrorist threats, a third-degree felony, filed by the Guernsey County Sheriff's Office on Thursday. Blackledge remained incarcerated in the county jail on a $250,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed, according to the sheriff's office's website.
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan earlier on Friday said Turkey will set up a dozen observation posts across northeast Syria, insisting that a planned "safe zone" will extend much further than U.S. officials said was covered under a fragile ceasefire deal.