Marvel-Netflix’s Punisher debuted Friday so today I’ll be running a double feature for the main man, Frank Castle. This morning’s post will be a respect thread and in the afternoon – a list Punisher Easter Eggs from the show, and I have a pretty good eye.
Let’s get started. Frank Castle aka the Punisher was a dedicated US Marine, excelling in every way. He’s just a man. No superhuman serum, no genetic weapon experiments, everything he learned to do was under the same body as everybody else.
Castle has an extensive background with weapons and hand-to-hand combat and is in peak physical condition. His missions are always well planned, and carried out with the utmost preparation and attention to detail. He is able to access and adapt to just about any situation and turn it to his advantage using only his skills and killer instinct. While a Marine, he also received training from the Airborne School and U.S. Navy SEALs as well as cross-training with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment during the Vietnam War. During his training, Frank developed skills in multiple forms of martial arts such as Nash Ryu Jujutsu, Ninjutsu, Shorin-ryu Karate, Hwa Rang Do, and Chin Na.
Both Nick Fury and Tony Stark have commented on how extraordinarily high his pain tolerance is. Once he intentionally been hit by shrapnel just so he could use it as a weapon. He does not take painkillers, as he feels that their benefit of dulling pain is not worth the side effects of drowsiness and slowed reflexes. He has shown exceptional feats of pain tolerance and endurance other than the shrapnel weapon. He tanked a shotgun blast to the body, lost a rib entirely and carried on fighting, has removed a knife from his chest and carried on fighting, has had a rifle stock broken over his head and still got up. He is also an accomplished knife fighter, and his hand to hand combat techniques are extremely deadly. He was also able to show impressive skill in hand-to-hand combat against Daredevil, US Agent and Black Widow. He improvises his fighting skills with a series of lethal maneuvers. He is more than capable of killing up to a dozen enemies unarmed. He is very rarely unarmed, so these skills aren’t used often but it is a well-known point that the less options he has to hand, the Punisher only becomes more dangerous.
He knows and is skilled with just about every type of firearm known to man, even able to grasp the most advanced weaponry from SHIELD and other hi-tech organizations. He often repairs and crafts his own weaponry and tech, and has incredible learning instincts. He has been shown to operate the Green Goblin’s Glider, as well as Whiplash’s Weapons.
Castle is also an excellent military tactician/strategist, able to create effective plans on the spot and has repeatedly outwitted even SHIELD, HAMMER and the Avengers – a true master of both conventional and guerrilla warfare strategies. Frank using different tactics has been shown to be able to defeat characters that are quite capable of killing him in a heads up fight. He has floored Spider-Man who as we know has lightning fast reflexes, and sense. The Punisher, through strategy, has been able to defeat Spider-man, Daredevil, and Wolverine when they teamed up against him on three separate occasions. Frank has peak Olympic level strength, stamina and speed, when coupled with his marksman ability, fighting skill, and tactical ability makes him one of the most dangerous people in the Marvel universe.
Punisher has defeated the Hood’s Gang single-handedly and even put down the Hulk. His methods include combat assaults, bombings, ambushes, going undercover using different identities, using the enemies’ money, weapons and supplies against them, creating rivalries between different gangs, and using the city of New York to his advantage, fading in and out of sight with considerable ease. He has taken strikes and blows from Daken, while returning blows.
All these skills, apart from those he learned in the military, he taught himself through decades of waging war against criminals. He has a natural mind for warfare. He has assisted SHIELD, the NYPD and many superhero factions – such as the Thunderbolts, who do the jobs the likes of the Avengers don’t see as an immediate world threat, yet would be in short time. He is a reconnaissance and survival expert, armourer and gunsmith. He modifies his own weapons and is also a demolitions expert.
Frank is a skilled programmer and hacker, being capable of programming things strong enough that the U.S Government and Microchip have had problems breaking into; as well as hacking into several key files from the police to assist his crusade.
That’s all for today! I hope you learned a thing or two and enjoyed the thread! Later today will be my list of Easter Eggs from the Netflix-Marvel show, and next Tuesday will be my next respect thread of Green Arrow.