[Editor's Note: March kicks off a season of big-time showdowns, grudge matches and maybe a few team-ups. Infamous as the month when Brutus betrayed Caesar, March will get even more epic because Batman will take on Superman on the big screen, Daredevil will get company in Hell's Kitchen in the form of The Punisher on Netflix, and The Flash shall race on over to CBS to meet Supergirl. And, of course, just a few weeks after this kickoff, we'll see a breakdown in the friendship between Captain America and Iron Man in Marvel's Civil War movie. Because we love seeing a good battle between titans, we've dedicated March to versus. Over the next four weeks, check this space for stories on title fights in superhero stories, horror, science and more!]
The Marvel Universe is an infinitely weird and imaginative place, with all manner of super-beings: destroyers of worlds, sentient planets, invincible embodiments of rage and gods of thunder. In a world of super soldiers, living weapons and webslingers, one man stands apart from all the rest, and he’s just a guy with a gun.
Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, is one of Marvel’s most iconic antiheroes despite having no powers at all. Punisher is the perpetual underdog of the Marvel Universe, his one-man war on crime rendered all the more absurdly futile by the world of wonders he lives in. But that’s never slowed Frank down. From the very beginning, The Punisher has taken some of Marvel’s mightiest head-on, not letting a silly thing like power levels get in the way of justice.
The fan-favorite character is set to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Netflix later this month when Frank Castle — as portrayed byThe Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal — sets his sights on Matt Murdock in the second season of Daredevil. This will finally place him in his proper setting for the first time, after several live-action versions of the character, and allow him to act as dark contrast the Marvel Universe needs. In recognition of the Punisher’s homecoming, lock and load with these 10 classic battles featuring the Punisher taking on Marvel’s more significantly super characters, odds be damned!