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The Punisher: Curtis Hoyle Was A Comic Book Villain | Screen Rant

He may have been a loyal friend to Frank Castle on the Netflix series, but Curtis Hoyle was a ruthless villain in The Punisher comics. The Punisher is one of Marvel’s most unique superheroes since he has no powers to speak of and tends to straight-up murder villains instead. Frank Castle/The Punisher was introduced as a Spider-Man villain before earning a solo series. He was also one of the first Marvel characters to hit the big screen with 1989’s The Punisher starring Dolph Lundgren. The film received a poor reception at the time – especially due to the controversial decision to remove the trademark skull from his vest – but it’s earned a fanbase in the years since.

Tom Jane would next don the armor for 2004’s The Punisher where his performance was praised but the movie itself had mixed reviews. It was successful enough to greenlight a sequel, though Jane opted out of returning. Instead, a soft reboot dubbed Punisher: War Zone emerged with Ray Stevenson taking the lead. This movie was a box-office dud but like its 1989 counterpart, it’s now considered a cult gem. Jon Bernthal is the most recent actor to take on Frank Castle, making his debut in Daredevil season 2 before receiving a solo Punisher series.

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The Punisher show lasted for two seasons and while the overall reception was mixed, it was praised for its performances. Both seasons revolved around Frank’s friendship with fellow war veteran Billy Russo (Ben Barnes, Westworld), who turns out to have been involved with his family’s death. Billy barely survives their confrontation in season 1 and returns as villain Jigsaw in season 2. Another friend of Frank on the show is Curtis Hoyle (Jason R. Moore), another war buddy who lost a leg in combat.

Curtis doesn’t agree with Frank’s war in The Punisher show but remains a loyal friend. Curtis also runs a support group for veterans suffering from PTSD, which is a major theme in both seasons. While he’s an all-around good dude on the series, the Curtis Hoyle in the comics is a very different character. Hoyle only appears in two issues of The Punisher comic and is a Vietnam vet who ran into Castle during their tours, though they weren’t friends.

Instead, Curtis Hoyle fakes his death and works for drug lord General Buktir Van Tranh. Hoyle becomes the General’s right hand and most ruthless operative. Their push to expand into the U.S. is what brings The Punisher into proceedings, who tries to infiltrate their group in disguise. Hoyle recognizes him, however, and Castle is imprisoned. Castle later breaks out and by the end of Punisher Vol 2 #2, he throws Hoyle to his death from a helicopter. The Curtis Hoyle seen in The Punisher comic and TV show are two very different characters, outside of sharing a name.

Next: The Punisher Reveals Why Frank Castle’s Family Was Really Killed


2020-02-05 01:02:16

Padraig Cotter

How The Punisher Turned In The Cosmic Ghost Rider | Screen Rant

Here’s how The Punisher got an upgrade and became the Cosmic Ghost Rider. The Punisher is one of Marvel’s most unique “superheroes” in that he just tends to shoot villains in the head and call it a day. Frank Castle – AKA The Punisher – was first introduced as a villain in a Spider-Man comic before earning his own series. The character has had multiple live-action versions, having been played by Dolph Lundgren, Tom Jane and Ray Stevenson in different movies. Jon Bernthal was the latest to take on the iconic skull, first appearing in Netflix’s Daredevil season 2 before earning a solo show, which ran for two seasons before it was cancelled.

The Ghost Rider first appeared in comics in 1972, and many characters have taken on the name, including Johnny Blaze and Robbie Reyes. The Ghost Rider is possessed by the Spirit Of Vengence, which causes the rider’s skull to burst into flame and gives them supernatural power. The character has also had an eventual live-action journey, with Nicolas Cage playing Johnny Blaze in two ill-received movies. The Ghost Rider then appeared as a recurring character on Agents On S.H.I.E.L.D. during season 4 with Gabriel Luna playing Reyes. Luna was set to return for a solo Ghost Rider Hulu series which was later cancelled in late 2019.

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Ghost Rider has fused with some interesting characters in the comics, including the time he joined with Red Hulk and Venom. There’s unlikely to be a more perfect pairing than the Spirit of Vengeance and The Punisher, however, which is how the Cosmic Ghost Rider came to be. In an alternate version of Earth, The Punisher was going about his vigilante duties when Thanos arrived and slaughtered the planet, with Frank Castle later sent to Hell. There’s where he makes a literal deal with the Devil to return in the form of the Ghost Rider, but when he comes back to Earth, Thanos is long gone and Frank is left on a dead planet.

Thankfully, Galactus arrives and Frank makes a deal, becoming his herald for a shot at revenge against Thanos. This is how he becomes the Cosmic Ghost Rider, and he and Galactus become buddies as they travel the galaxy their quest. This ends badly, with both Cosmic Ghost Rider and Galactus being killed. Frank still can’t get any rest in death, with Odin bringing him to Valhalla. When it’s clear he’ll never fit in there, Odin restores his Ghost Rider powers and sent him back to a time when Thanos was just a baby.

Cosmic Ghost Rider prepares to kill baby Thanos, only to realize he could still change his fate. He brings baby Thanos with him in an attempt to show him another way and creates a new timeline where the Mad Titan becomes something ever worse – Thanos the Punisher. He shows his “father” the world he created under The Punisher’s influence, where he saved Frank’s family but became a savage dictator, leading to a battle between them. The journey of the Cosmic Ghost Rider is still ongoing, and will likely only get crazier.

Next: Why Ghost Rider 3 Will Never Happen


2019-11-16 02:11:34

Padraig Cotter

The Punisher Writer Agrees: Frank Castle is NOT a Superhero

Legendary comic book writer Garth Ennis agrees The Punisher is no superhero – he’s a gunfighter. The Punisher is one of Marvel’s most iconic characters, a brutal and bloody vigilante who’s known for taking down criminals with extreme prejudice. He may appear in Marvel comics and TV shows, but in truth he’s an oppositional force, created to contrast with a traditional superhero’s moral code. That’s why many of the Punisher’s best stories have placed Frank Castle side-by-side with classic heroes like Spider-Man and Daredevil.

The Punisher controversy was sparked when a St. Louis police union called on officers to use his logo in protest against internal investigations. Comic book writers were appalled, insisting that any law enforcement official who feels the Punisher represents them either doesn’t get the character, or is probably in the wrong job. Legendary writer Kurt Busiek went one step further, claiming that the Punisher is a serial killer. Now another major figure from the comic book industry has waded into the debate.

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Garth Ennis is generally considered one of the best Punisher writers in the business, and in an interview with CBR he’s confirmed that he too thinks the Punisher is no hero. “Essentially he’s a gunfighter rather than a superhero,” he explained, “and being one step closer to the real world as a result, he’s just the character you want when you’re exploring the nastier side of human existence.

Ennis’ comment appears to suggest that the Punisher should be treated as a modern-day Western rather than a superhero comic, and frankly he’s right. The best Punisher stories place Frank Castle in a frontier world where crime runs rampant and conventional law enforcement officials are unable to keep the peace. He embodies the desperate desire to exercise control and seek retribution in the face of the ugliness and horrors of modern society. Perhaps students of film have been looking in the wrong places when they debate whether or not the Western genre has died; perhaps its themes and ideas have simply been transformed into complex characters like the Punisher, who operate in a world that’s disturbingly modern.

Like the traditional cowboy gunslinger, the Punisher is vengeance personified, a simple system operating in a complex world. He represents the hope that the criminal will get what’s coming to him, that evil will be destroyed rather than accepted, and that the suffering of the innocents will be avenged. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Punisher logo should be embraced by the police; the truth is that the police are supposed to represent the legal system that keeps evil in check, rather than choose a symbol that speaks of a lawless modern-day outlaw.

More: The Punisher Makes A Thanos One-Liner Even MORE Badass

Source: CBR


2019-10-29 05:10:02

Thomas Bacon

The Punisher Makes A Thanos One-Liner Even MORE Badass

Warning: SPOILERS for The Punisher #15

In the pages of The Punisher, Frank Castle has been tracking down Baron Zemo and Hydra from one end of the world to the other. When things came to a head back in New York City, he grew from a one man army to a powerful squadron including the likes of Ghost Rider, Moon Knight and Black Widow. And if that isn’t enough of an MCU dream come true for fans, he decides to embarrass Zemo’s new Thunderbolts by taking a line delivered by Thanos in Avengers: Endgame–and making it so much cooler.

During what is arguably one of the best scenes of the film, Scarlet Witch and the rest of the dead heroes return to life to join the final epic battle against Thanos. The Vision was brutally murdered by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, and Wanda has obviously been waiting for the chance to get some payback. Without even a hint of fear, Wanda walks directly up to Thanos, informing him that he is about to pay for taking “everything” from her. Of course this Thanos is from the past, and has no clue what she is talking about. He offers a simple “I don’t even know who you are,” once again proving he couldn’t care less about those standing in his way.

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Well, Frank Castle just stole that line and made it so much cooler than Thanos did. Partly because he actually won that fight, and Thanos… well, we all know what happened to him, don’t we? In The Punisher #15, during an all out war between heroes and villains, Frank Castle and his allies come face to face with The Thunderbolts. One of the team of criminals is particularly excited at the idea of getting to kill the Punisher, as The Fixer allows his bravado to get ahead of him – leading to the ultimate insult.

Frank raises his guns, empties his clip into The Fixer, and nonchalantly dismisses him as he steps over the dead man’s body. The Punisher isn’t completely alone in this, as The Fixer is one of the lesser known Marvel Comics characters. The short of it is he invents weapons and is really smart. But the fact that Frank used this line, helps us draw a parallel between him and Thanos. They really are similar in the fact that they will not let anyone stand in their way.

  • THE PUNISHER #15 (2019)
  • Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
  • Art by; Szymon Kudranski
  • Cover Art by: Greg Smallwood
  • THE BATTLE OF NEW YORK! You can’t fight City Hall…unless, of course, you’re Frank Castle. But he won’t fight alone! Unfortunately, Zemo’s got his new Thunderbolts, and they’re ready for war.

The Punisher #15 is available at your local comic shop, or direct from Marvel Comics.

NEXT: The Punisher Confirms: He HATES Cops Who Support Him


2019-10-20 01:10:24

Tessa Smith

The Punisher Characters Sorted Into Hogwarts Houses | ScreenRant

Out of the entire body of Netflix’s Marvel related work, The Punisher is likely both their darkest show and the show that is the most grounded in reality. All of the other Netflix MCU shows include some kind of magic or mysticism, but The Punisher seems to stick to the real world completely without ever addressing the more bizarre aspects of the MCU world.

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So then, blending The Punisher‘s world together with something like the fantasy world of Harry Potter isn’t necessarily the easiest mix. But considering the strange and magical things that have happened in the broader Marvel cinematic universe, it’s not completely out of the realm of imagination that the characters of The Punisher could have wound up in something resembling the Harry Potter world. So if Frank Castle and the rest of his enemies and companions were sent off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a top-notch magical education, which Hogwarts house would they have ended up in?

10 Lewis Wilson – Slytherin

Lewis Wilson is absolutely a skilled and dangerous soldier, but to be honest, he also has some delusions of grandeur and clearly sees himself as more important and more powerful than he truly is. He doesn’t belong in Slytherin simply because he’s one of the bad guys though. Slytherin is well known for it’s elitist and exclusive attitude, and while Lewis does care a lot about the people he views as his contemporaries he clearly has zero regard for anyone who isn’t a part of that little club. And Lewis is willing to do anything, however dangerous, to achieve his goals, which makes him very much a Slytherin.

9 John Pilgrim – Hufflepuff

There are very few people on earth who can step to someone like Frank Castle and even hold their own, let alone look like they might have an actual chance at victory. But John Pilgrim just so happens to be one of those people.

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This mysterious character entered season two of The Punisher looking like the biggest and baddest villain on the block, but it turns out he was a lot like Frank and just willing to do whatever it took to save his own family. He’s clearly a formidable warrior, however, his devotion to the ones he loves and doing his twisted version of the “right” thing makes him a great fit for Hufflepuff.

8 Krista Dumont – Slytherin

In theory, Dr. Krista Dumont was a psychotherapist helping trauma patients recover, but how effective of a therapist can you really be if you’re a complete lunatic? Dumont excelled at creating an even-keeled facade to show the world, but her relationship with Billy and her total disregard for all of his destruction and heinous behavior just demonstrated how cold and self-centered she really was. Krista was undeniably a Slytherin through and through, and beneath the veneer of a kind and caring doctor was an incredibly twisted and cunning individual who seemed to have no regard for anything or anyone outside of her own desires.

7 Amy Bendix – Ravenclaw

Amy Bendix’s naivete nearly cost her her life more than a few times during her time on the lam, but she’s still one of the cleverest characters The Punisher has ever seen and undoubtedly would have been one of the brightest witches of her age if she had wound up at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Amy is definitely freakishly smart, resourceful, and seems to always find a way to land on her feet, but a Ravenclaw education undoubtedly would have made her life easier. Learning ways to channel all of her intelligence into something constructive would have been enormously beneficial for her.

6 Karen Page – Ravenclaw

Karen Page has been forced to adapt throughout most of her life in order to survive, and she hasn’t really had anything to help her along with that aside from her own wits. She has repeatedly found herself thrust into the lives of some very dangerous people (whether or not they were villains or heroes) and while she couldn’t match them in strength or resources she managed to survive or even best them by simply just outsmarting them.

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Karen is actually cunning enough to roll with the Slytherin crowd as well, but her commitment to doing what’s best for everyone outweighs her commitment to doing what benefits her, so she’s really a Ravenclaw at heart.

5 Dinah Madani – Gryffindor

Dinah Madani’s intelligence and ambition would actually make her a great fit in either Ravenclaw and Slytherin houses, however, she is committed to doing what’s right when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of things which is why she ultimately belongs in Gryffindor. Madani is brave to be sure, and honestly, her arrogance would probably fit right in with most other Gryffindors too. And while Madani does value doing the right thing over everything else, she does tend to lose sight of that sometimes unless she’s forced into high stakes situations, so being in Gryffindor may have taught her to keep her eye on the prize.

4 Curtis Hoyle – Hufflepuff

Curtis Hoyle’s intelligence and morality makes him an amazing soldier, and it would have made him an amazing student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry too. And while Curtis is an undeniably heroic man, he doesn’t do what he does because he wants to play the hero or get a lot of attention and accolades.

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His devotion to all things just and right are what make him the ideal Hufflepuff, and had he actually attended Hogwarts then he undoubtedly would have been one of the few students to bring a lot of attention and glory to the typically low key and humble house of Helga Hufflepuff.

3 David Lieberman – Ravenclaw

Micro has actually more than earned his spot in house Gryffindor if that is where he truly wanted to be, but his ability to literally outsmart the entire US government means that it would be kind of absurd if he wound up anyplace besides house Ravenclaw. David Lieberman almost died because he was so set on doing the right thing (so he’d actually be a good fit for Hufflepuff too), but he managed to both think quickly on the fly to save his own life and figure out how to play the most amazing game of 3D chess the world has ever seen in order to keep himself alive in the long run.

2 Billy Russo – Slytherin

Billy Russo is a character who could probably fit into any Hogwarts house outside of Hufflepuff, but given his ultimate goals and motivations in life he really belongs in Slytherin. He’s brave and he’s clever to be sure, but he only uses those talents to further his own agenda.  And while there is a small part of Billy that cares for other things and other people, he would never let his affections for someone else prevent him from doing whatever he thinks is necessary to ensure his own success or survival, and he thinks he’s pretty justified in doing so many awful things because his happiness matters more than anyone else’s life.

1 Frank Castle – Gryffindor

If there has ever been any character on earth who had the brave heart of a Gryffindor lion, it’s Frank Castle. If we’re being honest, it would probably benefit Frank to have a bit of fear instilled into such an absolutely fearless man, however considering the fact that he has never been bested by anyone no matter how grim the odds looked it’s actually pretty rational that he fears nothing and no one. Frank would not only fit right into Gryffindor because he’s such an unstoppable badass, but a Gryffindor education would hopefully have been able to temper some of Frank’s scarier and less self-preserving impulses.

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2019-08-29 03:08:44

Hilary Elizabeth

Disney Can’t Use Daredevil, Punisher & The Defenders For A Few Years

Looks like fans are going to be waiting longer than they’d hoped for the live-action return of characters from the crop of canceled Marvel Netflix shows, such as Daredevil and The Punisher. It turns out that Disney won’t have access to them for quite some time. Previous reports indicated that the Marvel/Netflix deal precluded Disney from using the characters until 2020, but apparently viewers shouldn’t expect that year to yield the return of any member of The Defenders.

In an unprecedented move, Netflix and Marvel struck a deal in 2013 in which the steaming service would be developing live-action series for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. These four standalone shows would eventually culminate in a limited crossover event titled, The Defenders. Praised by critics and embraced by fans – to varying degrees, depending on the series – these shows continued even after the heroes’ initial team-up, with The Punisher spinning out of Daredevil. When Netflix canceled Iron Fist after season 2 last October, fans didn’t think too much of it. Although the show’s sophomore outing was a large improvement, it was still the weakest of the bunch. However, the critically acclaimed Luke Cage got the axe a week later. This led to speculation that there was a Heroes for Hire project in the works, but those hopes were quashed with the cancellation of flagship series Daredevil the next month. At that point, there was little doubt as to the fate of Jessica Jones and The Punisher. Netflix announced the end of both shows in February, although the former will still air its season 3.

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Now, IndieWire reports that Disney is unable to use the characters until two years have passed since the cancellation of their Netflix shows. What this actually means, though, is that the company is unable to even attempt developing new content featuring any of these heroes until that time. So, if Disney does choose to reboot or revive them, it’s going to take a lot longer than fans had hoped. The Mouse House isn’t allowed to begin work on any of those potential projects until the two year mark has passed.

It’s unclear how exactly the relationship between Marvel and Netflix soured, although many believe that it has something to do with the imminent launch of Disney’s own streaming service, Disney+. Although, the steady decline in viewership of the Marvel shows was likely a factor as well. With the Netflix corner of the MCU going dark, there was hope that the fan favorite heroes could eventually be resurrected in some form for Disney+. After all, the platform will be airing TV series centering on several Marvel characters. Vision and Scarlet Witch are starring in WandaVision, while the Falcon and the Winter Soldier are also teaming up for their own show. Loki will be getting the small screen treatment as well. If Disney chooses not to use the characters, Hulu has even thrown their hat in the ring, expressing interest in reviving the titles, which seems like a long shot.

While not every Marvel Netflix show was a bona fide success, the cancellation of Daredevil was particularly shocking after such a stellar season 3. It seems unlikely that Marvel would bench such a beloved character any longer than they have to. Thanks to the long wait until Disney once again has access, it’s probable that any Defenders who eventually return to the fold will be recast. However, certain performances are going to be near impossible to top. Either way, it would seem as though these heroes are in dire need of some rescuing.

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Source: IndieWire


2019-04-25 03:04:49

Jamie Gerber

Punisher: 25 Strange Details About Jigsaw’s Antatomy

From the minds of comic creators Len Wein and Ross Andru, Jigsaw made his comic book debut in the 1970s. He was a brutal Marvel villain who tended to have a one track mind: making Frank Castle (aka The Punisher) pay for what he did to his face.

Jigsaw, real name Billy Russo, grew up in an abusive household and slowly worked his way up in organized crime. That meant he spent a lot of time in violent situations, and his body took quite the beating, over and over again. When he took on a job that involved taking out Frank Castle’s family, he had to follow it up by taking out everyone else involved as well. The only one to escape was Castle himself, which came back to haunt Billy in a big way. If he thought he had a violent life before the job, he certainly had one after.

His many clashes with Frank Castle over decades in comics and now, live action stories, caused the character to heal and injure his face repeatedly, and even get resurrected by a demon. With a new version of the character appearing in the Netflix Punisher series, we’ve got all the details of just what he’s been through up until now.

Check out what we’ve rounded up with the 25 Strange Details About Jigsaw’s Anatomy.

25 His Scars Were Meant To Send A Message

Billy didn’t become Jigsaw by accident. The Punisher allowed Billy to live after already ending the lives of everyone else involved with the attack against his family. He wanted to send a message.

He left Billy in such a state that there was no doubt there would be lingering physical effects. Frank Castle wanted the physical reminders to be a visual trigger for anyone else who would even consider coming after him. He hoped it would deter anyone else from getting in his way. Instead, his decision created a nemesis who repeatedly came after him.

24 The Mask Has Special Meaning

Though Jigsaw doesn’t use a mask in the comments, Billy used one in season two of Punisher on Netflix. Many fans noticed the stars and stripes on the side of the painted mask, but there happens to be a story behind it.

Billy’s mask is more than just a way for the series to hide his scars. It’s inspired by a method of art therapy used for members of the military affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. One program asks their patients to create a mask reflecting their feelings. It’s step one in getting them to talk about their trauma. Ben Barnes revealed National Geographic’s coverage of the practice inspired the use of Billy’s mask.

23 His Body Debuts Later Than His Storyline

Jigsaw’s comic book debut is an interesting one. Though he’s primarily known as a Punisher villain, he didn’t make his debut in a Punisher comic. Instead, he debuted in Amazing Spider-Man, but his physical first appearance was actually an issue later than his scheming began.

Amazing Spider-Man #161 featured someone framing Frank Castle while Spider-Man investigated. All of the events put into motion in that issue were orchestrated by Jigsaw, but fans didn’t get to see the new villain until the next month’s comic book! He made his debut while the Punisher, Spider-Man, and the X-Men’s Nightcrawler all investigated the same crime.

22 He Had A Beautiful Nickname

One hallmark of the character that certainly stuck for Netflix’s Punisher series is his physical appearance. Plenty of characters commented on how pretty Billy Russo was in the first season of the show, foreshadowing a big change in appearance for him.

In the comics, Billy even had a nickname before he officially became Jigsaw. As a member of organized crime, his cohorts called him “Billy the Beaut.” The name served as a nod to how attractive the character was supposed to be. Along with his pretty face came leadership skills and natural charisma that allowed him to gather his own followers.

21 A Punishing Confrontation Gave Birth To Jigsaw

When you have a nickname like Billy the Beaut, and your looks are drastically altered, keeping the old name might make you even more self conscious. At least, that seems to be Billy’s feelings on the matter. He christened himself Jigsaw after one massive fight.

Billy and Frank Castle came to blows after Castle discovered that Billy was one of many responsible for the destruction of Castle’s family. During their confrontation, the Punisher put Billy through a plate glass windows. When Billy had surgery to repair the damage, his face resembled the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle put together.

20 He Is Not Superhuman

One common misconception about comic book characters is that they all must have superpowers to keep up with the likes of the X-Men and the Avengers. However, this is not always the case. Neither Jigsaw nor his nemesis the Punisher are superhuman.

Because neither of them are superhuman, they have to work to keep themselves in fighting shape. Jigsaw is considered “peak condition” for a man of his age and size. That means he can probably lift a couple hundred pounds, but he’s not going to be throwing any cars around. That’s why Jigsaw relies on a range of weapons to give him an edge.

19 He Was Pelt Man

DC and Marvel Comics created a crossover event that combined their universes. It also mashed up their characters to create whole new ones. Jigsaw combined with DC’s Cheetah to become Pelt-Man.

This character’s real name was Billy Minerva, and he was cursed to look like a giant cat. His anger at his appearance caused him to target only the “beautiful people.” He used his skill set to permanently mar their faces until Trevor Castle (aka the Amalgam Universe’s combination of Steve Trevor and Frank Castle) wound up on his trail.

18 The Trust Brainwashed Him

In the 1980s, Billy Russo spent some time as a member of a villainous group called the Trust. It wasn’t exactly by choice. The group created a hit squad of those with fighting and weapons experience. In Billy’s case, though, he was brainwashed to make him lead the squad.

Eventually, a trigger caused him to remember his old life – including his days as the villain Jigsaw. All he had to do was encounter Frank Castle and all of his old memories began flooding back. Billy remembered who he was, and he went right back to his old ways, trying to make the Punisher miserable.

17 The Rev Healed His Scars

Because his appearance was so important to him before he crossed paths with the Punisher, Jigsaw was still self conscious about his looks after becoming a criminal. He fell in with a man who worshipped a demon, calling him the Rev. Since the Rev was able to draw power from the demon he followed, he convinced Jigsaw to work for him, in exchange for healing his scars.

The Rev used the magic he could access to heal Jigsaw’s scars. All Billy had to do to keep his good looks was do a few more jobs. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out that way.

16 The Punisher Ruined The Rev’s Handiwork

Fairly soon after the Rev gave Billy his good looks back, the Punisher turned up. The Rev had initially broken Jigsaw out of prison in order to make the offer to him. The Punisher tracked them down, intending on stopping Jigsaw and the Rev from whatever other criminal activity they were up to.

Once The Rev healed Billy, Frank decided to remind Billy of their old times together. Intending to put Billy in his place, when they came to blows again, Punisher used some of the local flora to mar Billy’s face all over again.  

15 Rev Resurrected Him

During the same story arc, Punisher also gave Billy a well-placed bullet. Frank Castle might have thought he put an end to his Jigsaw troubles, but with the Rev’s connection to the demon known as Belasco, that wasn’t so.

The Rev and Belasco were able to resurrect Billy. When he was brought back to life, Billy went right back to tracking down the Punisher. The fight led to the aforementioned close encounter with the local plant life. Billy just couldn’t escape being Jigsaw, no matter how hard he tried to get away from the Punisher.

14 He Has A Son

A lot of Marvel comic book villains don’t have the time to have a family. They become so consumed by power or revenge that their relationships suffer. Billy Russo is no exception.

Jigsaw does have a son named Henry. His treatment of Henry drove a wedge between the two, but that wasn’t all. Henry also became an ally for the Punisher, putting him directly opposed to the actions of his father.  At least Jigsaw doesn’t have to worry about his son attempting to take over the family business and stealing his power right out from under him like other villains do.

13 He Survived A Serious Fall

Jigsaw isn’t above using his own son as a means to an end. When Billy teamed up with Stuart Clarke, they named themselves the Jigsaw Brothers and set out to end the Punisher. In order to do that they manipulated Billy’s son Henry into helping him, though he didn’t realize what was happening until it was almost too late.

Jigsaw betrayed his teammate, ending Stuart’s life, thinking he would be able to take all the credit for bringing the Punisher down. In their big confrontation on top of a burning building, Billy fell. Henry watched his father fall, letting it all happen, thinking the conflict would be over with his father gone. Jigsaw miraculously survived.

12 He’s Been Lucky With Bullets

Reading comic books certainly requires a suspension of disbelief. After all, most of the characters achieve impossible feats on a regular basis. For Billy Russo, who has no superhuman powers, he seems to survive more impossibly than most.

In particular, he survives his rounds with gunshots extremely well. In addition to being resurrected by the Rev after the Punisher ended his life, he also survived several more gunshots at point blank range in the following years. One of those was even another bullet to the head during a confrontation with the Punisher.

11 There Are Two Live Action Jigsaws

Modern Punisher fans know Billy Russo as the Ben Barnes version of the character. The Netflix show reimagined him as military from his organized crime roots. The 2008 Punisher movie War Zone played things a little closer to the comics, however.

There, the first live action portrayal of Jigsaw came to life from Dominic West. Makeup artists went all out, getting the character as close to the comic book look as possible for the screen. While the appearance and background of the characters were very different, both men brought Billy Russo to life in a calculated and slightly unhinged way.

10 A Fairy King Influenced His Actions

We already know Jigsaw is susceptible to brainwashing and mind control, but one instance in particular gave readers pause. After falling into that burning building, he wasn’t seen again until pictures surfaced in the Thunderbolts Annual of him with Spider-Man.

The two appeared to be buddied up – a far cry from their usual relationship – as they shared ice cream together. It turned out, Jigsaw’s mind was under the influence of the Fairy King known as Oberoth’M’Gozz. If the fairy “thrall” was enough to get him to play nice with Spider-Man, imagine how well it could have made him get along with his mortal enemy.

9 He Likes To Impersonate The Punisher

Despite Jigsaw’s obsession with the Punisher, he still runs his own crew and takes on the odd job for other criminal organizations. Even when he’s not devoting his time to the Punisher, though, his thoughts are occupied by his enemy. Even though they don’t look much alike, he’s impersonated him as a result.

When the Punisher spent a little time in prison, Frank Castle faked his own demise. Jigsaw was so upset that he didn’t get the chance to “finish the job” he was hired to do so many years earlier that he actually created his own Punisher costume, setting out to take out those who took the chance from him.

8 One Version Of Jigsaw Is A Cyborg

The 2099 Marvel universe was an alternate future where many of the heroes and villains comic fans knew found themselves augmented by technology. Jigsaw was no exception.

Initially introduced as a cyborg named Multi-Factor connected to organized crime, the character encountered the Punisher during a job gone wrong. A machine that was supposed to enhance his power actually destroyed him. When that happened a veterinarian and a mortician teamed up to put him back together with machine and animal parts, creating Jigsaw 2099. That version of Jigsaw encountered the Punisher again. He found himself destroyed and put back together multiple times.

7 The Joker Got Him Plastic Surgery

DC and Marvel comics created a crossover for Batman and the Punisher not once, but twice. In both stories, Jigsaw allied himself with the Joker in an effort to beat the heroes and take over Gotham. It was in the second outing that the Joker decided to help Jigsaw put himself back together.

The Joker extorted one of the best plastic surgeons in the DC universe to help his new friend out. It’s a bit of a surprising move since Joker doesn’t even go that far for his more frequent allies. Regardless, the surgery was ruined by one of the Punisher’s fragmentation grenades, and Jigsaw ended up behind bars again.

6 Ben Barnes Trained For Jigsaw

When Ben Barnes snagged the role of Billy Russo for the first season of Punisher, he knew his character was on track to become the title character’s nemesis. For the series, though, the character was a military man with a particular skill set. To prepare for the role, Barnes took up some very specific training methods.

His two primary areas of training were boxing and knives. Both became part of Billy’s style. Barnes also took a less conventional route: walking the city streets of New York in the middle of the night. He told Cinemablend he wanted to learn to carry himself like someone who would be comfortable in a dark alley, and it paid off.

5 He Has A High Tolerance For Pain

Unlike his Netflix counterpart, the Marvel Comics version of Jigsaw didn’t spend time in the military training to avoid compromising a military unit. Despite that, he can still withstand an “exceptional” amount of pain.

Every so often, the publisher updates their Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe with stats on the characters present in comic book pages. Billy Russo’s Jigsaw doesn’t have superpowers listed for him, but he does have a note about his high pain tolerance. Perhaps that’s the real reason why he’s been able to survive so many catastrophic encounters: he just doesn’t let the pain get to him.

4 He Has A Special Exoskeleton

When you operate in the realm of organized crime, and you do it in a world full of superpowered people, you have to take some precautions. As Jigsaw, Billy Russo ran afoul of more than just the Punisher. He also found himself at odds with Daredevil, Spider-Man, and members of the X-Men on occasion. As a result, he had to give himself an edge in a fight.

He owns a specially designed exoskeleton for the times when he knows an enemy is more powerful than him. In addition to titanium and steel construction, it also holds hidden adamantium wrist blades and increases his strength.

3 His Scars Take Time To Create

Ben Barnes doesn’t have the same facial scarring that Billy Russo has when season two of Punisher begins. As a result, he had to spend a lot of time in the makeup chair when his face was visible on camera.

Makeup artist (and a member of Marvel TV’s Prosthetic Department) Joshua Turi designed the look for the Netflix version of Jigsaw. Rachel Hevesi then had to apply the makeup for filming everyday. According to Hevesi, who shared a video from Barnes online, she got the entire process down to just under an hour everyday.

2 He Suffers From Nelophobia

Thanks to his first major encounter with the Punisher, Jigsaw suffered psychological trauma. Before the two got into a serious altercation, there’s no indication that Billy Russo had any reason to fear glass, but afterwards, he certainly learned to.

Jigsaw suffers from nelophobia in the comics. While the condition refers to a fear of glass, Jigsaw specifically fears large panes of glass. Being thrown through one and having to have your skin stitched back together will likely do that to you.  His fear is never named outright on the pages of a comic book, but the sixth volume of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe made sure to make a note of it.

1 Some Of Those Punches Were Real

Plenty of actors have stunt performers who who work on intense action sequences for them. It’s only natural to let the pros handle a fight sequence when they’ve trained for it and you haven’t. Both Jon Bernthal and Ben Barnes were able to perform many of their own stunts – especially during fight sequences with one another.

Barnes revealed that the two did some training together in season one, so when it came time to do the big carousel scene at the end of the season, some of the fighting got pretty intense. In fact, Bernthal actually punched Barnes in the face a few times. It lends an air of authenticity to the sequence, right?

Did you learn anything new about the Punisher villain? Or did we miss something about Jigsaw’s anatomy that fans should know? Let us know in the comments!




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THE PUNISHER Season 2 Trailer (NEW 2019) Netflix Series HD



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Marvel’s The Punisher Promo Teases An Action-Packed Season 2

Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle in The Punisher Season 2

A new promo has landed for the second season of Marvel’s The Punisher, and it promises an action-packed ride. Despite the relatively simple premise of the comic, the character proved tricky to translate to live-action in the past. Dolph Lundgren was the first to try with 1989’s The Punisher, but despite a gleefully high body count and some creative action, it failed to make much of an impact and ended up going straight to video in the U.S. following the bankruptcy of its production company. Tom Jane took over for the 2004 attempt, but while the actor received good reviews for his work, the film was criticized for its jarring tonal shifts and John Travolta’s villain.

The character was rebooted again for Punisher: War Zone, which has since become a beloved cult classic thanks to its over-the-top gore and black humor, but it remains to this day the lowest-grossing Marvel movie. Given the inherent R-rated nature of the material, the character was never going to get his own MCU movie and instead made his debut on the second season of Daredevil played by Jon Bernthal. The actor was pretty much perfect casting, and the character proved so popular he soon earned his own solo series. While reviews for The Punisher’s first season were somewhat mixed, it definitely made fans very happy.

Related: Screen Rant’s The Punisher Season 2 Review

The Punisher returns to Netflix on Jan. 18, with Frank Castle once again trying to turn away from his past, only to quickly strap the bulletproof vest back on. Now a new promo for the show has arrived on Twitter, which concisely sets up the plot of the second season and teases some of the brutal encounters The Punisher will find himself in.

The Punisher’s new season also sees Castle’s former friend Billy Russo (Ben Barnes) transform into the villain Jigsaw, though the character has been reimagined for the show. In the comics, Russo is a handsome gangster whose face is completely disfigured, but in the series, his scars are relatively tame following his brutal showdown with Castle. Instead, his shattered memory is considered the ‘jigsaw’ he needs to figure out while he seeks revenge against the Punisher. Some fans are disappointed by this approach, and Barnes has defended this more psychological take on Jigsaw.

While The Punisher hasn’t technically been cancelled by Netflix yet, many are expecting it will receive the axe very soon. Daredevil and Luke Cage are already gone, while many expect Jessica Jones to end after its upcoming third season. If this really is the final season of The Punisher, hopefully, the show will go out on a strong note.

More: Why The Punisher Will Probably Be Canceled After Season 2

The Punisher season 2 premieres Friday, January 18th on Netflix.

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