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.

Related: A Complete Timeline Of Netflix’s Marvel Cancellation

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.

Next: Every Single Original TV Show & Movie Coming To Disney+

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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2019-01-25 01:01:11

20 Things Jigsaw Can Do (That Punisher Can’t)

The Punisher has an interesting history in Marvel comics, beginning as a Spider-Man villain before being gradually turned into an anti-hero. His origin story is well known by now: Frank Castle, a former soldier, finds his family deceased after a mob hit that was meant for him. Using this grief to fuel his vengeance, he set out to terminate pretty much every violent criminal he could find. This, obviously, is a distortion of justice, and his rehabilitation into something resembling a hero embraced even by some cops bothers his creator, Gerry Conway.

One of the Punisher’s main villains (after he stopped being portrayed as a villain himself) is Jigsaw, a maniacal crime boss named Billy Russo who used to be a pretty boy before his face was disfigured. In the Netflix, show, these two characters (played by Jon Bernthal and Ben Barnes, respectively) are depicted as old war buddies, who served on the same covert sniper squad. Much of the plot of the first season revolves around Frank Castle realizing that his former best friend sold him out to their military higher-ups, which led to his family’s destruction.

The first season finds Billy Russo before his disfiguration; a more charming and sneaky version of the character. Because neither of the two characters have superpowers, their abilities are very similar, even receiving the same training in the show. However, there are a few tricks, natural talents, and advantages that Jigsaw has over the Punisher, and this list compiles them all.

These are 20 Things Jigsaw Can Do (That Punisher Can’t).

20 Pelt Man

There have been several crossovers between Marvel and DC characters, one of which was the Amalgam Universe, a joint publishing venture by the two companies (that went defunct very quickly). This universe’s gimmick was amalgamations (fusions) of two characters from both DC and Marvel into one.

In this universe, the Punisher was named Trevor Castle, as he was an amalgamation of Steve Trevor and Frank Castle. Jigsaw had a much stranger time, as he was fused with DC’s Cheetah supervillain to create Pelt Man. Thus, in this reality, Jigsaw had access to Cheetah’s superpowers of heightened agility and senses, not to mention the claws and fangs. We’re not sure we envy Pelt Man, but hey, they’re powers the Punisher has never had.

19 Be a womanizer

Jigsaw may have gotten his name because his face resembles a jigsaw puzzle, but in the days before his injuries he was quite handsome. Anyone who watched the first season of Netflix’s The Punisher remembers just how well-groomed and well-dressed Ben Barnes was as Billy Russo– not to mention his relationship with Amber Rose Revah’s Detective Madani.

Frank Castle, on the other hand, has never been what anyone would call a player. Even before he became a revenge-obsessed vigilante, Castle was never a pretty boy. In all his incarnations, the Punisher has never been as attractive as Billy “the Beaut” Russo. Heck, even with his scars in season two, Ben Barnes is still the more handsome man.

18 Run an organization

Jigsaw has had many different incarnations through the comics and on screen, and the majority of them depict him involved in organized crime. Even the ones that don’t, like his appearance in the Netflix series, often have him in charge of some other kind of organization. In the case of the show, it’s a private security firm.

This is an ability that Jigsaw can lord over Punisher, as Frank Castle has always been a loner. The Punisher is a great tactician, but he’s not much of a leader, and Billy Russo takes to command easily. Can you imagine if Frank Castle tried to run an organization like Anvil? We’re guessing it wouldn’t do quite so well.

17 Be charming

Billy “the Beaut” Russo got that nickname because he used to be handsome, a ladies’ man. He wasn’t just a pretty face, though: he also knew how to smooth talk, a skill that Frank Castle never mastered. This skill was on full display in The Punisher’s first season, as Ben Barnes’ Russo talked his way out of several sticky situations (not to mention into the arms of Detective Madani).

While the Punisher is not what anyone would call “eloquent,” Russo knew how to make himself look good in pretty much every conversation. Russo was always popular, always the life of the party– at least before the Punisher messed his face up so badly that it turned him into Jigsaw. It would be a mistake to think he forgot how to be charming after his injuries.

16 Lie

Frank Castle is many things, but no one would ever accuse the Punisher of being a liar. While he might occasionally do so to a police officer to stay out of jail or to normal people about his secret identity, Frank Castle is generally very truthful about his quest for vengeance. He just doesn’t seem capable of maintaining big lies for very long.

Billy Russo, on the other hand, has been shown to be capable of lying to his friends and enemies alike. In just the Netflix show alone, Billy lies to his best friend, to his lover, to the press, and pretty much everyone else on the show. That’s just one show– we’re not even including his comics history. It’s safe to say this is something he’s much better at compared to the Punisher.

15 Be part of a team

Billy Russo is first and foremost a very selfish man, one who thinks about his own wellbeing at all times and not much else. There’s also the small fact of his being a violent supervillain called Jigsaw. Yet, despite these traits, he is somehow better at being part of a team than the supposed hero, Punisher.

The Punisher has never done well on teams, though some comics writers have tried to force him into that role. It usually ends up with him offing somebody he shouldn’t have or being too violent in general– but Jigsaw has the advantage of being a bad guy, and his teams don’t generally have those scruples. Whether it’s the mafia, supervillain alliances, or other organized crime, Jigsaw is happy to work with a team to bring down heroes.

14 Keep his head down

Part of the narrative of The Punisher’s first season comes from Frank Castle’s relationship with Billy Russo, often flashing back to their time spent in the war on the same squad. Castle eventually realizes their unit is being used by corrupt leadership, and he gets so angry he assaults a superior officer.

The twist is that Russo had actually realized their squad was dirty long before Castle did– he just didn’t say anything. He knew the consequences of speaking out far outweighed any benefit to him, so he kept his head down. Castle’s inability to do the same speaks volumes about the differences between the characters– only one of them can put his morals aside for personal gain.

13 Unpredictability

The Punisher is not someone you would call “unpredictable.” Frank Castle pretty much moves in straight lines, taking down whatever target is in front of him. He can be stealthy, but he’s not really creative. Jigsaw takes a different approach to tactics, and his outside-the-box thinking is, according to the comics, what makes him such a difficult opponent for the Punisher to deal with.

Jigsaw is unorthodox, charismatic, and completely selfish, which makes it easy for him to attract goons to do his bidding without worrying about their safety. He has tried all manner of schemes in his vendetta against the Punisher, who sometimes needs the help of other superheroes just to untangle Jigsaw’s nefarious plots.

12 Gather henchmen

One of the main tenets of the Punisher as an antihero and vigilante is that he pretty much works alone. He’ll occasionally team up with another superhero, but never for a long time, as his only teammates are people like Micro who are really just running support. He does not have anything approaching what one might call underlings.

Jigsaw, on the other hand, never runs out of henchmen, because even if worse comes to worst, there are always plenty of people who hate the Punisher. In that specific brand of comic book logic, there is a never-ending stream of baddies always willing to take on the positively suicidal task of fighting the Punisher. It sure works out for Jigsaw, though.

11 Wrist blade

One of Billy Russo’s signature moves in the first season of The Punisher was a sneaky little blade he kept hidden up his sleeve. The vast majority of Russo’s arsenal is pretty much identical to the Punisher’s– they even use the same combat knives– but this is one thing that set him apart.

We know what you’re thinking, and yes, Frank Castle could wear a blade on his wrist in the same way. Castle is intrinsically less sneaky than Russo, making him much less likely to do something so underhanded. We know he’s physically capable of doing the same, but his personality differences pretty much amounts to the opposite. Jigsaw keeps a hidden blade– Castle keeps his where everyone can see.

10 Access to money

This one is fairly simple: Billy Russo is a successful businessman, and Frank Castle is not. Jigsaw, both in the comics and on screen, is always connected to a lucrative organization, be it the mob or a legal private security firm. This means he pretty much always has money, and Castle pretty much never does.

In the Netflix show, Castle has to shake down a local arms dealer to get his gear back, because he just doesn’t have the money to buy it for himself. Lucky for him, he still has access to an arsenal, but Russo’s money backs him up in all sorts of other ways, from armored cars to pretty much unlimited goons to bribing influential figures. He’s no Tony Stark, but he definitely has access to more funds than the Punisher.

9 Betray his friends

Say what you will about Frank Castle, but once he makes up his mind about something, there’s no going back. That extends to his friends and allies, to whom he is extremely loyal. Jigsaw, on the other hand, wouldn’t think twice about double-crossing his friends for his own sake.

The obvious example of this is the Netflix TV series, where Billy Russo knowingly let his former superiors carry out a hit on Castle and his family. Betrayal runs through all his stories, but this one is especially cutting because Frank really, actually trusted Billy. Not only does Russo stab the Punisher in the back, he twists the knife more than a few times.

8 Resurrection

Jigsaw has always had a complicated relationship with the afterlife, as his villain origin story revolves around him getting disfigured, whether it was by falling in a glass-crushing machine or a grenade or whatever else. It turns out that, much like seemingly every other comics character, he’s come back from the afterlife more than once.

There was the time that Jigsaw harassed Frank Castle in the afterlife of Earth-9997, coming back no matter how many times Castle bumped him off. There was also Jigsaw 2099, who wasn’t Billy Russo at all, but a Frankenstein’s monster made of machine and animal parts. The Punisher is probably happy he doesn’t have this ability.

7 Military-grade exoskeleton

Perhaps at odds with his image as a normal gangster who just happens to have a messed-up face, there are, of course, a few iterations of Jigsaw that get much weirder. Because these are comics we’re talking about, it just wouldn’t make sense if this supervillain didn’t have a few appearances where he used a metal exoskeleton mounted with guns against the Punisher.

Even ignoring the half-machine Jigsaw 2099, the main continuity’s Jigsaw has apparently delved into the use of exoskeletons to mount weapons onto his body. This suit included guns, explosives, and blades, and proved an issue for anyone that had to fight against it, something the Punisher never stooped to.

6 Demon worship

In the long and confusing history of Marvel comics, pretty much every character has some head-scratching choices. Jigsaw may be a supervillain, but even he isn’t immune to that, since he once teamed up with a guy who called himself “the Rev” who said he worshipped Lucifer during the Endless War storyline.

Weirdly, that “Lucifer” actually ended up being the sorcerer Belasco, and the Rev didn’t really reappear in any comics after that. Somehow, his run-in with the demon worshipper made Jigsaw warm up to the whole concept, so if he ever wanted to try it out, that’d be one advantage over the Punisher he’d have in his back pocket.

5 Work for Al Capone

Many of Jigsaw’s incarnations across media have him working in organized crime, and a few of those have him be an old-fashioned mafioso-style gangster. The film Punisher: War Zone notably played into this side of the character. The comic series Punisher Noir took that idea a bit further when they had Billy Russo literally work for Al Capone himself.

Punisher Noir retells the Punisher origin story in the Roaring Twenties, with Frank Castle becoming Frank Castelione, Jr, who sees his father terminated by a mobster. Jigsaw is one of the men responsible for Frank’s father’s demise, ordered by Capone himself. It’s safe to say the Punisher never got the opportunity to work with that guy.

4 Ally with the Joker

Weirdly enough, Jigsaw has featured in multiple different Marvel/DC crossover events, because the writers seem to really like him. There were two different Batman/Punisher crossover series, and Jigsaw teamed up with none other than the Joker in each one to fight the two superheroes.

Neither of the two villains seem the type to have lasting partnerships, but the Joker is actually a pretty good friend to ol’ Billy Russo, even getting a plastic surgeon to fix Billy’s face. They’re an effective team, taking over Gotham together, but not quite as effective as Batman and the Punisher, who of course end up taking down the villains– and destroying Billy’s face again.

3 Work within the system

One huge advantage Jigsaw has over the Punisher is that he’s actually much more comfortable working within the legal system than his foe. Frank Castle, in most iterations, is legally deceased, which means he can’t generally rely on the authorities for any kind of assistance.

You might think that Jigsaw, being a villain, would also have trouble getting cops to help him, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Billy Russo actually has a history of working with corrupt cops and other agents of the law– and his being legally alive is definitely a boon. Just look at the first season of The Punisher, where he was friendly not just with his private security firm, but also the cops and politicians in New York.

2 Talk to his son

This one is a little mean, but it’s true: Jigsaw has at least one living family member, which is not something the Punisher can say. Frank Castle’s origin story is famous by now. His entire family was destroyed in a mob hit– or a military assault in the TV show. Billy Russo, meanwhile, has a son named Henry in the comics.

The twist here is that, while Billy can talk to his son and Frank can’t talk to his, Billy’s son actually ended up teaming up with the Punisher in the comics. Henry had no love lost for his abusive supervillain father, and apparently actually saved the Punisher’s life at one point. While this is something Jigsaw can do that the Punisher can’t, he might have preferred otherwise.

1 Network with old contacts

In Netflix’s The Punisher, the people who put out a hit on Frank Castle and his family aren’t mobsters, like in other versions of the story. They’re Frank’s old military buddies and superiors. It’s a hit that Russo allowed to happen, specifically because he wanted access to that network of contacts– not to mention he didn’t want to next on the list.

That means that in the show itself, Russo can contact all the most powerful military connections he has, while Castle is left with basically nothing. Russo’s powerful friends are a serious help to him, though in the end they don’t save him. It’s a whole network of information of favors that Castle is completely shut out from.

What else can Jigsaw do that The Punisher can’t? Let us know in the comments!

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2019-01-19 01:01:07

Jon Bernthal Has Made Peace With The Punisher’s Possible Cancellation

Jon Bernthal in Marvel's The Punisher Netflix

Fans may not be OK with The Punisher’s seemingly imminent cancellation, but Jon Bernthal has already made peace with it. The actor made his debut as Frank Castle during Daredevil’s sophomore outing and was such a hit with viewers that Netflix quickly greenlit his own series.

Due to the fact that the episodes only just became available, it may seem strange to already be discussing the possibility of The Punisher’s cancellation. However, considering Netflix’s recent decisions regarding its Marvel properties, Frank Castle’s future is looking pretty bleak. When Iron Fist got the ax after just two seasons, fans weren’t too surprised. That said, although it was the least popular Marvel Netflix entry, the general consensus was that the show’s second season was much improved, giving viewers hope that the series could continue. Still, Netflix canceling it wasn’t too much of a shock. However, the streaming titan then surprised fans by announcing the end of the criticality acclaimed Luke Cage just one week later. Then, despite rave reviews from fans and critics alike for its third season, it was revealed shortly thereafter that Daredevil had been canceled as well.

Related: Punisher Season 2’s Jigsaw Reveal Is A Hilarious Letdown

Jon Bernthal is aware of the likelihood that season 2 of The Punisher might be the show’s last. Speaking to Variety about his uncertain future as Frank Castle, the actor appears to be taking the possibility in stride, saying:

“I know the reality of the situation and I’m at peace with it. I really only worry about the things I can control. When I’m playing the character and I’m doing the job and it’s right there in front of me, I do whatever I can to make it as good as I can. But in this business there’s so much we can’t control. Whatever is happening with these shows, these decisions are being made in rooms I’m not invited into and I’m OK with that.”

Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle in The Punisher

Bernthal has gained some acceptance that his time as the Punisher may very well have come to an end, but Daredevil star Charlie Cox has expressed difficulty coping with the fact that he will no longer be playing Matt Murdock. Despite a fan campaign to save Daredevil, Netflix does not appear to be changing their minds on the matter, and all of this fuels speculation that Netflix’s partnership with Marvel is coming to an end. It won’t be long before Disney launches their own streaming service, a fact that many feel is responsible for Netflix’s corner of the MCU going dark. The Mouse House has already announced several shows centering on Marvel characters that will air exclusively on Disney Plus. And, though Netflix executives have previously stated that they remain in control of how long their Marvel shows continue, rumors persist that it was Marvel who pulled the plug.

The Punisher was safe for a time, but now that season 2 is on the air, it seems likely that Netflix will announce its cancellation soon. Jessica Jones is still waiting on a third season, set to drop later this year, but her story will probably be wrapping up as well. While it is true that the end of Frank Castle’s journey has not yet been announced, it would seem a forgone conclusion at this point. When Iron Fist and Luke Cage were canceled, it seemed possible that it was to make way for a potential Heroes for Hire or Daughters of the Dragon series. Sadly, Daredevil getting the ax seems to only confirm what many fans were already dreading: Marvel’s street level heroes will no longer be suiting up for Netflix. It’s admirable that Bernthal has already made peace with The Punisher’s possible cancellation, but most viewers have not.

More: The Defenders Is What Killed Netflix’s Marvel Shows

The Punisher season 2 is currently available on Netflix.

Source: Variety

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2019-01-18 03:01:18

The Punisher Season 2 New Cast & Character Guide

Marvel’s The Punisher returns for a second season on Netflix with some new faces joining the first season’s cast. The character first appeared in season 2 of Daredevil where he quickly became a fan favorite before earning a stand-alone series. Now, The Punisher and Jessica Jones are the only two Netflix Marvel shows left, after the cancelation of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil. Unlike the rest of the MCU, the Netflixverse took a grittier approach to superheroes, showing them as the complex, bloody, messy humans they can be underneath their costumes.

In season 1 of The Punisher, Frank Castle was out for revenge. His mission was to kill anyone associated with the death of his wife and children. While on this mission, Frank stumbled on a conspiracy that went far beyond the death of his family. With the help of Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach), Frank enacted a plan to get back everything he had lost. While the season was jam-packed with action, it was also a deep examination of how loss shaped Castle and turned him into the ruthless anti-hero.

Related: Why Punisher & Jessica Jones Haven’t Been Canceled (Yet)

Now season 2 picks up with Frank on the road looking for some peace. That is, until he gets pulled into another mystery. Here are the characters to expect in season 2 of The Punisher.

Jon Bernthal Returns As Frank Castle

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Jon Bernthal returns as Frank Castle in season 2 of The Punisher. We last saw Frank fighting Billy Russo on the same carousel where his family was murdered. Billy’s betrayal of Frank and his family was a crushing blow. Frank considered Billy his brother after their time in the Marines together. He brutally beat Billy, disfiguring his face and causing him to fall into a coma.

With the death of his family avenged, Frank must figure out how to live without a war to fight. However, it’s unlike the Punisher to sit still for very long. Season 2 will see him caught up in another mystery, this time involving a young girl and the secrets she’s protecting. It will be interesting to follow Frank as he continues down this road to recovery with old demons never far behind.

The Punisher’s Season 2 Returning Cast

Ben Barnes as Billy Russo – Despite Frank’s best efforts, Billy wasn’t killed from the beating he took in the season finale. Instead, Billy was left scarred, his brain damaged. While comic book fans know Billy Russo as Jigsaw, the character won’t go by this name in the series. Instead, the jigsaw puzzle is used as a representation of the state of his mind as he tries to remember his identity.

Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page – Karen Page was last seen in Daredevil season 3 becoming full-fledged partners with Matt and Foggy as part of Nelson, Murdock, and Page. Despite her friendship with the hero, she maintains a relationship with the morally ambiguous Punisher. In season 1, Karen worked tirelessly to prove Frank’s innocence and help him investigate the people who killed his family. The two last saw each other in season 1, episode 10. Frank saved Karen’s life and she, in turn, pretended to be his hostage to help him escape.

Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle – Curtis is a Navy veteran who befriended Frank and Billy on a mission in Iraq. He counsels other veterans dealing with PTSD, including Frank and is one of the first to learn his identity as the Punisher. In season 1, Billy uses Curtis to get to Frank and shoots him for his troubles.

Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani – Dinah is a Homeland Security agent trying to uncover the truth about the death of her partner in Afghanistan. Her investigation leads to Frank Castle and the two eventually come to work together. Dinah also engages in a relationship with Billy before he reveals his true nature. Billy shoots Dinah in the head, but she survives with a vendetta against her former lover.

Royce Johnson as Brett Mahoney – Brett Mahoney has appeared in 3 Netflix shows including The Punisher season 1, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones. He’s an NYPD detective who constantly finds himself cleaning up the mess of New York’s vigilantes. He was last seen in Daredevil season 3 arresting Wilson Fisk and Vanessa Marianna.

Related: How Daredevil Season 3 Builds Off Of The Punisher TV Show

New Cast of The Punisher Season 2

Giorgia Whigham in 13 Reasons Why

Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix – The character of Amy is described as “a street smart grifter with a mysterious past”. When Frank witnesses an attempt on Amy’s life he becomes involved in the mystery surrounding her and the information she is protecting. Whigham is known for her roles in 13 Reasons Why and MTV’s Scream. 

Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim – Frank won’t only be going up against his old foe Billy, but he will also be facing John Pilgrim this season. The character has a background in Christian fundamentalism and a violent past. The actor describes the character as “very by the book”. Previously Stewart has been seen in shows such as Criminal Minds and Shooter and movies like The Dark Knight Rises.

Floriana Lima as Dr. Krista Dumont – Also joining the cast is Floriana Lima. She will be playing Dr. Krista Dumont, a psychotherapist for military veterans. From the trailers, it appears she will play a role in Billy’s recovery- or perhaps helping to shape him into the villain he becomes. Lima was previously seen on Supergirl playing Detective Maggie Sawyer.

Read More: Every Marvel Movie & TV Show Coming in 2019

The Punisher will be available to stream on Netflix beginning on Friday, January 18th.

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2019-01-18 02:01:22

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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2019-01-16 01:01:04

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