After a publishing a few teasers on Twitter, Netflix has at last delivered an honest-to-goodness trailer for the second season of The Punisher. The trailer is arriving just in time as well, since the second season premieres on Netflix in just over a week. The trailer is predictably violent, but of course, we wouldn’t expect anything less from The Punisher.
The new trailer sets the stage for the conflict at the heart of The Punisher season 2. Frank Castle and a new companion are being hunted by a shady organization headed up by a new villain named John Pilgrim and Castle’s former friend Billy Russo. After the conclusion of the first season, Russo’s face has been left horribly scarred, and comic fans know that the resulting villain goes by the name Jigsaw. The trailer doesn’t refer to him by this name, though we’re sure we’ll hear it pop up at some point throughout the season.
The trailer doesn’t actually give away very much in terms of story. Instead, the main focus seems to be on fighting, guns, and violence in general, so it should certainly get fans ready for the brutal return of The Punisher.
The second season of The Punisher premieres on January 18, and though it hasn’t been outright confirmed yet, many are expecting this to be the final season of the show. Last year, Netflix canned three of its six Marvel shows: Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil. While many of us probably figured that Netflix was simply culling under-performing shows when it cancelled Luke Cage and Iron First, the cancellation of Daredevil shortly after its well-received third season meant that all bets were off in regards to the service’s Marvel shows.
With those three shows all canned, the future of The Defenders is probably similarly grim, leaving two shows standing: Jessica Jones and The Punisher. Jessica Jones season 3 and The Punisher season 2 were both still in development when Netflix started its Marvel purge, and a lot of us are assuming that Netflix will cancel those shows after those seasons have premiered. We’ll see how everything shakes out, so stay tuned.