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The Punisher, Marvel’s Baddest Veteran, Is Back With Some Brand New Gear
A new promo trailer for forthcoming Netflix super hero mash-up The Defenders just dropped, and while Marvel icon Stan Lee delivers a pretty inspiring monologue as each of the series’ principal characters — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist — get a moment in the spotlight, the real standout star has just two seconds of screen time.
I’m talking about The Punisher, the legendary anti-hero currently portrayed by Jon Bernthal. And although Bernthal first appeared in the second season of Daredevil, this new teaser marks the first time Frank Castle shows up with his iconic leering white skull body armor — with a pair of slugs embedded in the chest plate — to deliver a single line: “Looks like I got here just in time.”
Based on the July 20 trailer, it’s unclear if Castle, a former Force Reconnaissance Marine turned gun-toting murder-machine after his family was killed, will have a cameo in The Defenders, but it seems likely. What is known, however, is that The Punisher will get his own show on Netflix, slated to air sometime this year.
As one of the few veterans in the Marvel Universe whose military service is still crucial to his identity — yeah, yeah, I know, Captain America, Deadpool, and Wolverine, among others, were also in the military — Castle’s time in uniform is more than just an addendum to his backstory, or an easy way to explain his proclivity for firearms. It’s a defining feature of who he is, and that, combined with his all-or-nothing approach to dealing with bad guys has made him a sort of cult comic book icon in the military community.
“He takes with him a military code for accountability and responsibility and he is very much an objective oriented person,” Gerry Conway, one of The Punisher’s original creators, told Task & Purpose in a March 2016 interview. “There’s not a lot of room for nuance when you’re in a firefight. … He in that sense has a certain appeal.”
So if you’re as stoked as we are to see Frank Castle dish out punishment — not justice — you’re in luck. Like the man said: He got here just in time.
It sure would be nice to know what the hell is going on in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently claimed the U.S. military had killed more than 1,000 Taliban fighters in little more than a week – because body counts worked so well in Vietnam – and President Donald Trump said during his speech commemorating the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks that the United States had gone on the offensive against the Taliban.
"The last four days, we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before, and that will continue," Trump said, without elaborating further.
It's clear that Afghanistan is the new hotness, but the only people who aren't talking about how the strategic situation has changed since Trump abruptly ended peace talks with the Taliban via tweet are the U.S. military leaders in charge of actually fighting the war.
Nearly a decade after he allegedly murdered an unarmed Afghan civilian during a 2010 deployment, the case of Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn is finally going to trial.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Taliban have sent a delegation to Russia to discuss prospects for a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan following the collapse of talks with the United States this month, officials from the insurgent group said.
The move, days after President Donald Trump canceled a planned meeting with Taliban leaders at his Camp David retreat, came as the movement looks to bolster regional support, with visits also planned for China, Iran and Central Asian states.
We salute the foul-mouthed Navy vet remembered as 'the most inappropriate guy with the biggest heart'
Per his final demands, Joe Heller was laid in his casket Thursday in a T-shirt featuring the Disney dwarf Grumpy and the middle finger of his right hand extended. He also told his daughters to make sure and place a remote control fart machine in the coffin with him.
"My father always wanted the last laugh," daughter Monique Heller said.
The Essex volunteer firefighter and self-described local "dawg kecher" died on Sept. 8 at age 82, and the off-color obituary written by his youngest daughter has become a nationwide sensation — a lead item on cable news sites, a top story on The Courant's website and a post shared far and wide on social media.
Laced with bawdy humor, the irreverent but loving obit captured Heller's highly inappropriate nature and his golden heart, friends who filled the fire station for a celebration of his life on Thursday evening said.
A 19-year-old man who planned a July mass shooting at a West Lubbock hotel that was thwarted by his grandmother was upset that he was considered "defective" by the military when he was discharged for his mental illness, according to court records.
William Patrick Williams faces federal charges for reportedly lying on an application to buy the semiautomatic rifle he planned to use in a shooting, according to a federal indictment filed Aug. 14.
He is charged with a federal felony count of making a false material statement during the purchase of a firearm on July 11, a day before he planned to lure people out of a hotel and shoot them. The charge carries a punishment of up to five years in prison.