So last week we heard that Punisher would be appearing in season 2 of Daredevil, played by Jon Bernthal, signalling that whilst the MCU would be home to the lighter side of Marvel, Netflix would be the home to the darker side of Marvel. And as much as it is fun to watch Agents of Shield and Agent Carter, I feel like the Netflix shows have the potential to be really great and showcase a whole other side of the MCU.
You know what I wouldn’t really expect to see in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie? A guy crushing another guy’s skull with a car door. It doesn’t exactly fit in with the established tone of that universe. But that’s exactly what we saw in Daredevil. Netflix allowed the MCU to explore the darker aspects of its universe, without upsetting the current tone of the movie universe.
Look I love me some Avengers beating up aliens/robots etc, but sometimes you want to see those street level heroes and the dark, brutal and unfair world they’re living in. Thankfully Daredevil gave us this on Netflix. And now that we know we’ll be getting The Punisher, it appears they will continue exploring this side.
Introducing Frank Castle’s character onto the show is great as it will set up an interesting discussion on what means does it take to clean up a city. How does one effectively stop crime? Because whilst the Avengers are out stopping aliens and world-wide destructive events, who’s stopping the crimes that are happening on the streets. The mob bosses who have taken over cities? And Netflix allows the Marvel universe to explore this side. To take a darker approach and examine the harsh reality of crime.
The Punisher is veteran who lost his family because of street level crime. Because of mob violence. Because of that his focus isn’t generally on what evil alien force is trying to take over the world, but rather on what’s happening on the streets. He uses lethal force and isn’t the reluctant hero trope that we often see. This moral certainty will play off perfectly off our hero Daredevil, who isn’t as lethal.
Matt Murdock is a man who has respect for the law (being a lawyer and all). So he has his bounds. But are bounds an inefficient force when dealing with crime in a place like Hell’s Kitchen? Perhaps The Punisher would be more effective? These are the types of questions that will be dealt with in season 2 of Daredevil.
Netflix has provided a platform where we don’t have to see watered down versions of these characters to fit in with the lighter tone of the MCU. I’m really not expecting to see Daredevil or Punisher popping up in the movies for these reasons (although there is a rumour floating around that Daredevil has popped up on the Civil War set).
It’s interesting, whilst the MCU are using their television side to showcase the dark and gritty, the DCCU are kind of doing the opposite. You have lighter shows like The Flash and Supergirl on TV, with the darker stuff in the movies. Either way we get to see both lighter stuff and darker stuff from both the universes, which is great.
Heroic Hollywood has suggested that characters like Blade and Ghost Rider may be popping up in the Netflix world as well. Again, these characters are more suited to the Netflix world than the movie world, because of the dark violence that comes with them. However introducing those characters means introducing the supernatural world, so it will be interesting to see if they use the Netflix world to open up more of the supernatural world of the MCU.
I’m hoping Marvel television have built a plan for their Netflix shows, that builds up in well developed phases like their movie universe. Netflix have provided a wonderful platform to showcase the dark and ugly side of the MCU which is pretty exciting (or maybe I just have a dark soul).
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