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Netflix's Punisher Series Has Some Problems

I'm only four episodes into the Punisher series, but I have some strong thoughts already. It's my least well liked of the Marvel Netflix series, which is honestly surprising, because I hated Iron Fist. I don't think it's a worse show than Iron Fist, but I enjoy it less.

The Punisher has always had a unique status in the Marvel universe. He's a glorified serial killer, among all of the many vigilantes in comics, he's the only one I can think of that employs lethal force consistently, and yet is still treated as a hero. The man who got me back into comics as an adult was a big time Punisher fan, and even he agreed, he doesn't really fit as the hero of a story. In the comic universe, why haven't Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, any of the big time heroes put a stop to him? There's some kind of weird implicit acceptance that it's okay for him to kill people as long as their "bad people". My friend had always talked about how a good P…