In terms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it sure seems like we are going to get The Punisher into the mix at some point with plans to bring the character fully into that world. Whether it will be Jon Bernthal reprising the character remains to be seen. In the meantime, it looks like with this The Punisher new logo, we are getting an updated look on the comic book pages which could translate to the screen as well. Whether it’s permanent or just a temporary move isn’t clear, but we are definitely moving away from the iconic skull in the short term.
The Punisher new logo news comes with the announcement that Marvel is producing a new prestige series around the character. It will be a 13-issue run from Jason Arron with artists Jesus Saiz and Paul Azaceta. It sounds like it will be another violent story in Frank Castle’s world and is set up to encompass most of the major storylines from this character’s arc. With that release, they also gave out some samples of The Punisher’s new look and logo. Some major changes were put in place. Check it out:
While the representation of skull is still there in some form, the actual shape of the Punisher new logo more closely represents a minotaur now. This is a clear distancing from what we’ve seen on the character’s breast for decades now. In the release, there was no immediate explanation for why they made the move away from the classic Punisher logo. It could just be a one-off, meant to distinguish this new series from the other ones in the franchise. Or it could be a way to rebrand after real-world groups have used the Punisher logo for their own branding, something Marvel might want to move away from. That latter part remains to be seen.
Spider-Man: No Way Home spoiler coming in the next paragraph. Fair warning.
The Punisher’s new logo aside, in terms of The Punisher moving into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we are still waiting for news on that front as well. Jon Bernthal played the character in the Netflix Defenders timeline, starting in the second season of Daredevil. That story arc continued in a solo series, The Punisher. Bernthal was fantastic in the role, fully embodying the pain and rage of the character while keeping up with the physical side as well. It’s been rumored that he will reprise the role eventually in the MCU, and we already have the basis for this kind of move. Multiple characters have already moved over from the Netflix group, including Charlie Cox showing up as Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home. So there is already precedence for this kind of thing.
If and when we get The Punisher in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will be interesting to see if the studio tried to rebrand along some of the same lines as this upcoming comic book series. It could be The Punisher’s new logo moves there as well. If they are looking to distance themselves from some negative appropriation as well as move away from some aspects of the Netflix character, then it would make a lot of sense.