5. Marvel’s The Punisher
The Punisher didn’t arrive until the end of the year, but it was highly anticipated for months before.
It’s a part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it’s safe for viewers to assume that you need to have seen at least a few of the Marvel movies and TV shows to really understand all of the allusions completely. In fact, The Punisher is an anti-hero first introduced in Netflix’s Daredevil.
Frank Castle is a vigilante, set out to take revenge on those who murdered his family. He’s a Marine vet and overall badass, so his methods are not only extreme but also well-executed. His murderous weapons of choice include plenty of guns and explosives.
In The Punisher, Jon Bernthal stars as the mysterious vigilante who is surprised to uncover a larger conspiracy during his persistent quest for to fight crime. His deadly mission—as well as the show as a whole— is overall dark, gritty, and pretty stinkin’ great.
Jon Bernthal really shines in the title role. Maybe it’s just because the mainstream public knew him primarily from his brief stint as the hotheaded and extreme Shane Walsh on AMC’s The Walking Dead, but it’s very natural to believe him as the Punisher. Through all his bad, we’re somehow always rooting for him.
According to both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB, The Punisher actually had a better audience response than the other Netflix Marvel show that came out this year, The Defenders. Check this one out to really get the full “super” experience.