Marvel lately introduced there shall be a brand new Punisher taking the mantle from Frank Citadel, the identification of who shall be revealed throughout San Diego Comedian Con. The official announcement is coming July 21 in the course of the ‘Marvel: Heroes, Hulks and Tremendous-Troopers’ panel, however who’re the most effective candidates to take up the cranium?
Teased in a Tweet from Marvel promising a model new Punisher (beneath), this unidentified character shall be taking on for Frank Citadel following the occasions of the most recent Punisher sequence by Jason Aaron, Jesus Saiz and Paul Azaceta. That sequence noticed the Punisher recruited by the Hand ninja clan, the place he grew to become the Fist of the Beast, donning an all-new cranium emblem and buying and selling his weapons for katana and demonic superpowers. That sequence ended with Frank stranded within the alternate dimension Weirdworld, swearing off his former codename. Punisher is Marvel’s deadliest and most pushed hero, so it is going to take somebody with a really particular mindset to say the mantle. Listed here are the 12 character we expect may simply be the brand new Punisher.
A mutant who was experimented upon within the Weapon X program that additionally remodeled Wolverine and Deadpool, David North could be an attention-grabbing hero to tackle the position as the brand new Punisher. As an skilled marksman and highly-trained espionage operative, Maverick has all the abilities wanted to wage the Punisher’s one-man battle, and his added mutant powers to soak up kinetic vitality and mission it out as lethal blasts would make for an attention-grabbing twist.
Though he presently doesn’t have his mutant skills, there’s no cause they couldn’t be introduced again, and the character continues to be lethal sufficient to deal with himself in a battle, powers or no. Latest Wolverine comics from Benjamin Percy, Adam Kubert and Juan Jose Ryp have introduced Maverick again into Logan’s orbit – with the Fall of X occasion about to see a significant assault on mutantkind, it is plausible that Maverick will quickly have a deadly grudge in opposition to the anti-mutant Orchis group.
Punisher’s final nemesis has stolen his look earlier than, and corrupting Frank’s legacy by taking over his identification could be the final word revenge for Jigsaw. Billy Russo was an up-and-coming Mafioso given the nickname “the Beaut” due to his attractiveness, however after the Punisher threw him by means of a glass window pane, his lovely face was horribly scarred. Taking the identify Jigsaw, Russo grew to become some of the feared villains in all of New York Metropolis, and a relentless thorn within the Punisher’s facet. Jigsaw turning into the brand new Punisher looks as if a little bit of a protracted shot – if solely as a result of it is occurred earlier than – however Marvel by no means mentioned it might be a hero taking over the position…
10 Henry Russo
Henry Russo was Frank’s quartermaster in the course of the opening arc of Rick Remender and Jerome Opena’s fondly remembered Punisher vol 8. Ultimately revealed to be the son of Jigsaw, Henry has a burning hatred for criminals like his father, and helped Frank function his most refined arsenal ever by customizing stolen supervillain tech. Whereas it has been a number of years since followers final noticed Henry, he’d swimsuit the extra hi-tech swimsuit proven in Marvel’s teaser, be desirous to proceed Frank’s legacy, and has had the time to beef up and fill out the uniform.
9 Maria Citadel
Resurrected by the Hand as a “reward” for Frank serving as their chief, Maria Citadel solely lately discovered the darkish flip her husband took after she and their kids have been murdered. Disgusted that Frank used their deaths as an excuse for mass homicide, it might be attention-grabbing to see Maria don the cranium emblem for her personal functions now that Frank is now not round. The probabilities of what may lead Maria to comply with her husband’s darkish path would make for an attention-grabbing story, and contemplating she’s nonetheless alive (and seemingly pregnant) after the occasions of the final Punisher sequence, her story should be continued sooner relatively than later.
8 Woman Punisher
An NYPD officer who obtained assist from Frank, Lynn Michaels finally grew to become a vigilante herself after believing Frank was killed. Donning his cranium and taking over the alias of “Woman Punisher,” Lynn proved to be simply as lethal as Frank in coping with the legal underworld. She finally determined to depart the vigilante way of life behind, settling down with fellow crime-fighter Eddie Dyson, aka Payback. The character hasn’t been seen since 2008, the place she was revealed to be working with S.H.I.E.L.D., so the time feels proper to carry again this necessary character from Frank Citadel’s previous. Having her don the cranium once more and turn into the Punisher correct could be a wonderful solution to reintroduce her within the current day.
7 Moon Knight
Marvel has been teasing ‘the Final Days of Moon Knight’ over in his personal sequence – and whereas followers have taken this to imply Marc Spector’s loss of life, it might simply imply a change of codename. Spector’s background as a mercenary would make him a really perfect alternative to hold on Frank Citadel’s battle on crime, and he has adopted completely different hero identities earlier than to help in his mission. Marc Spector’s alternate personas might additionally imply that it is Jake Lockley or Steven Grant who tackle the mantle.
Moon Knight was one of many heroes who appeared to take Frank Citadel into custody in The Punisher #12 after defeating the Hand, and had an attention-grabbing tackle Frank’s unending quest for vengeance. Moon Knight left Frank by telling him he nonetheless believed within the energy of redemption, even for Frank himself. Was this a set-up for Moon Knight making an attempt to redeem the Punisher’s mantle? Solely time will inform…
On condition that the teaser artwork launched for the brand new Punisher options the character wielding futuristic wanting weapons, it might make sense for the cybernetic murderer Deathlok to tackle the position. Luther Manning was a soldier killed within the line of responsibility who was resurrected in a post-apocalyptic future, though the character finally traveled again in time to turn into part of principal Marvel continuity. A number of different characters have been resurrected as Deathlok cyborgs all through the years, so there are various prospects for who particularly may very well be taking on Frank’s mantle. Deathlok lately received some big moments in Avengers Endlessly – by Jason Aaron, Aaron Kuder and Jim Towe – and Savage Avengers – by David Pepose and Carlos Magno – so he is nonetheless on followers’ minds, however presently with nowhere to name residence.
5 Agent Anti-Venom
Flash Thompson’s Agent Anti-Venom was lately resurrected within the King in Black occasion, however appears to be ready on the sidelines, kicking his heels till his subsequent huge storyline. A former soldier like Frank, Flash could be the proper character to tackle the mantle of the Punisher, giving army techniques a superhero edge. On condition that he’s already hung out combating crime whereas in possession of the Venom and Anti-Venom symbiotes, Flash Thompson has each the expertise and the violent edge required to wage a one-man battle on crime. He is additionally received a rounded head whereas in costume, as does the silhouette in Marvel’s teaser picture.
The UK’s reply to the Punisher, Nigel Higgins was impressed by Frank Citadel’s one-man battle in America and determined to use his strategies to wash up the London underworld as Outlaw. Though the character has modified his methods and turn into a non-lethal vigilante nowadays, the laser weapons within the teaser picture may very well be a manner of sustaining his non-lethal techniques. Higgins affords a number of story prospects by bringing a special perspective to the Punisher’s battle on crime, and taking the character out of America might assist make Frank’s time in exile really feel vital.
3 Rachel Cole-Alves
Created by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto for Punisher vol. 9, Rachel Cole-Alves is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan whose total household was murdered by the Owl at her personal wedding ceremony. Setting out on a quest for revenge, it wasn’t lengthy till she arrived on the Punisher’s radar. Sensing a kindred spirit, the 2 finally grew to become allies, with Frank even offering her with physique armor emblazoned along with his cranium emblem. Rachel could be a logical option to turn into the brand new Punisher, given her previous affiliation with Frank. And whereas she wore his cranium insignia, she by no means correctly took on the position. Now that Frank is trapped in one other dimension, it seems like the proper time for Rachel to make her return and fulfill her former associate’s legacy.
2 Nick Fury, Jr.
With SHIELD lengthy gone in present continuity, Fury has been missing for an identification, so it’s not exterior the realm of chance that the son of the unique Nick Fury would tackle the Punisher’s position. Whereas he definitely doesn’t fully approve of Frank’s strategies, Fury’s not against deadly power both. Fury might additionally undertake the Punisher’s mantle for his personal functions, probably searching Skrulls as a continuation of this 12 months’s Secret Invasion miniseries, or maybe on the path of the reborn ZODIAC cartel, launched on this 12 months’s Fury particular from Al Ewing, Adam Kubert, Ramon Rosanas, Scot Eaton, Cam Smith and Tom Reilly.
Fury shares the apparently bald head of the teaser picture and a love of devices, and has masqueraded as different heroes earlier than – particularly Moon Knight in Declan Shalvey’s Civil Battle II: Selecting Sides sequence.
1 Child Cable
The son of X-Males’s Scott Summers, there are presently two variations of Cable in Marvel canon – the unique, older Cable, and his youthful self, Child Cable. Child Cable initially meant to switch his grownup self, however in the end admitted he wasn’t but as much as the job, disappearing again into the time stream. He simply returned in Gerry Duggan and Joshua Cassara’s X-Males #24, solely to be instantly frozen and brought off the board. However why carry him again to the current solely to sideline him?
Through the Fall of X period, X-Males’s heroes shall be scattered the world over and given daring new standing quos. With Nightcrawler turning into the Uncanny Spider-Man, it is smart that Child Cable would likewise break unfastened and go on the rampage as a brand new Punisher, gunning down the mutant-hating military who attacked his household and residential. Cable is the primary identify on many followers’ lips purely due to the vitality weapons in Marvel’s teaser, which match the aesthetic of his personal future arsenal completely.
Followers solely have to attend a short time to search out out who would be the new Punisher, as Marvel shall be asserting the character on July 21 at San Diego Comedian Con.
Supply: Marvel Leisure