The very same day that Netflix released Marvel’s The Defenders — a superhero mashup featuring Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and The Iron Fist — the streaming site decided to up its crime-fighting game with an Aug. 18 teaser trailer for the hotly anticipated Daredevil spinoff, The Punisher, slated to air sometime in 2017.
Then, on Aug. 22, Netflix and Marvel started trolling fans clamoring for the return of Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) as The Punisher. Netflix dropped a new promotional image showing Frank Castle, a recon Marine-turned-boogieman for the criminal underworld, kitted out in his skull-emblazoned body armor, looking ready to take out whatever idiot villain gets in his way. His iconic uniform seems to have gotten an upgrade. Netflix’s Punisher has traded in the historically white skull t-shirt and trench coat we’ve seen on previous versions of the character for a more tactical look.
Castle left the military a war hero, but took on the mantle of The Punisher after his family was brutally murdered in a gang-related shooting. Driven by revenge and the conviction that those who operate outside of the law don’t deserve its protection, Castle hunts down criminals with military precision, and unlike The Defenders, he just straight-up wastes them.
The hype for the upcoming series didn’t stop with the promo image, either. A Twitter video promoting the upcoming series, dropped on Aug. 22, but the release date was — at this point, predictably — missing.
The Trump administration is trying to assure Congress that it does not want to start a war with Iran, but some lawmakers who fought in Iraq are not so sure.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford both briefed Congress on Tuesday about Iran. Shanahan told reporters earlier on Tuesday that the U.S. military buildup in the region has stopped Iran and its proxies from attacking U.S. forces, but the crisis is not yet over.
"We've put on hold the potential for attacks on Americans," Shanahan said. "That doesn't mean that the threats that we've previously identified have gone away. Our prudent response, I think, has given the Iranians time to recalculate. I think our response was a measure of our will and our resolve that we will protect our people and our interests in the region."
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would be met with "great force" if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East, and government sources said Washington strongly suspects Shi'ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad's Green Zone.
"I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything," Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening for an event in Pennsylvania. "If they do something, it will be met with great force but we have no indication that they will."
After a year and a half since the Army took delivery on the first of its souped-up new version of the M1 Abrams main battle tank, the Pentagon's Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio is ramping up to deliver the service's first full brigade of upgraded warhorses to bring the pain downrange.
On Tuesday, two political veterans groups, one on the left, the other on the right, announced a new lobbying campaign aimed at ending America's 'forever wars.'
In a video tied to the announcement, Dan Caldwell, the senior adviser to Concerned Veterans for America, a conservative veterans' group, and Jon Soltz, the chairman of VoteVets, a liberal vets group which aims to get former service members into office, laid out their plan for a lobbying campaign aimed at changing policy on how the United States wages war.