The second season of Daredevil dropped today. I’m not one for binge watching, personally, so I have no idea how long it will take me to watch the show, but as of this typing I’ve watched the first episode and liked what I saw.
But the promised appearance of the Punisher had me reflecting that, no matter how popular a character he is, he is a weird anomaly in the Marvel pantheon of a character with little discernible personality and few memorable appearances.
Daredevil has been a roaring success for Netflix, and with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist on the way, plus Elektra and the Punisher being added to Daredevil, it does seem to be a good place for Marvel’s street level heroes to get some exposure.
While Iron Man was the first film of what we now know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was far from the first Marvel film. That distinction belongs to…ugh…Howard The Duck. But they followed that up with The Punisher…starring Dolph Lundgren. And then Captain America and Fantastic Four films so bad they never received theatrical release. Marvel was really not off to a good start.
But starting in 1998, though there would still be some bumps in the road going forward, Wesley Snipes came along and saved the day. Yes, Wesley Snipes.