Netflix’s The Punisher Will End on a Sour Note

If you’re gonna go out, go out with a bang, right? We recently learned that Netflix was cancelling all of their Marvel series, so Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and of course The Punisher will end with their current or next season.

Alt-Right has become the catch-all label for anyone who doesn’t agree with progressive politics. And lead actor for the series, Jon Bernthal, revealed his political bent when he came out hard against anyone he considered alt-right in an Esquire article last year.

Now we’ve got the scoop from Collider that the final season of The Punisher is making their villain a white, Christian, Alt-Right-er. Here are the pertinent details from the announcement:

  • Season two’s newest villain is a mysterious man named John Pilgrim, played by Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar actor Josh Stewart.

  • Pilgrim is a person with a dark past who has since devoted himself completely to Christian Fundamentalism. “On the exterior, he’s a man who is a Christian Fundamentalist who had a rage, a violent side of him,” Stewart said. “It’s buried deep. I think where this is all headed, that sort of side of him is going to resurface a bit.”

  • Calvert also described Pilgrim as “Alt-Right.”

  • The scene we watched them film featured John Pilgrim in action, and without giving too much away the character definitely gives off an uptight, creeping vibe as opposed to last season’s suave Billy Russo (Barnes). Stewart is fantastic in the role, all church-whispers and face-touching.

Sounds peachy.

While I believed season 1 of this program was one of the stand-out Marvel series on Netflix, I’m happy it’s ending if this is the kind of treatment Christian conservatives are going to have to contend with. And this sort of progressive narrative pushing will continue to be what conservative pop culture fans will have to deal with until the money dries up and these producers are unable to continue to live the lavish lifestyles that social justice certainly won’t fund.

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Jamison Ashley

Comic geek, movie nerd, father, and husband - but not necessarily in that order. Former captain of this ship o' fools secretly training everyone's computers and snarkphone spell-checkers to misspell 'supposebly.'