Marvel's The Punisher is going to be a very divisive show when it hits Netflix in a few days. It was always going to be controversial, there's no way a show featuring a gun-toting vigilante as the protagonist would be, but the recent shooting in the US have scrutinized it even more. With all this in mind, the show's lead Jon Bernthal is hoping it will lead to more conversations about gun control.
Bernthal told USA Today that the series would explore many different sides of the gun control debate. While Bernthal admits that the show won't be giving a definite answer on the debate, he says he will be happy if it at least raises more talks about gun policy. Since this is something people will argue about for years to come, it's good seeing the show tackle the topic somehow.
"Art, at its absolute best, can hold a mirror to society and can make society look at and question itself. I don't think it's our job to answer those questions, but I do think it's our job to make us ask the questions. If this show does that in some way, I think that's a really positive thing."
Anyone who's read comics of The Punisher, particular the MAX version of the character, knows that viewers are in for a violent ride. The most recent trailer for the show had plenty of violence, so the actual series will have much more of that. Frank Castle is no role model, as anyone who's read the comics or watched the second season of Daredevil would know, and it's important for the show to portray that.
The Punisher will premiere on Netflix on November 17.