Thanks to his memorable appearance in Daredevil Season 2, Jon Bernthal’s Punisher now has a Netflix series of his own and even though it’s connected to previous entries in the Netflix Marvelverse, The Punisher is arguably the most “standalone” series in the franchise to date. The show revolves around Frank Castle’s continued quest to find (and punish) those responsible for the murder of his wife and children, but also explores some pretty heavy themes and storylines having to do with military corruption, PTSD, America’s gun debate and of course, the morality of a man taking the law into his own hands and killing criminals.
Depending on who you ask, The Punisher is either the best Netflix Marvel show yet or a boring, overly violent slog. We’re not here to pass judgment on the show but rather to point out many of the cool Easter eggs scattered across its 13 episodes. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already watched The Punisher and if so, here are the best hidden details you may have missed.
Note: Full SPOILERS for The Punisher Season 1 are discussed in this post.
23. The Battle Van
The Punisher’s iconic vehicle has been a staple since making its debut in 1975, but many fans had given up hope of actually seeing the Battle Van after it being missing in action in Daredevil Season 2. Fortunately, The Punisher series changes this by featuring it right out of the gate in the first episode, as we see Frank run down members of the Dogs of War gang with it. The only downside is that the TV version of the Battle Van is pretty lame compared to the one that appears in the comics, as it lacks a lot of the weapons and tech upgrades that made it resemble a Batmobile from hell (but you know, without the millions of dollars worth of advanced weaponry and computer systems).