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Frank Castle has always managed to carve out a corner of the Marvel Universe alongside superhumans, mutants and literal gods, but the latest chapter of Marvel’s Punisher comic reveals just how strong Frank Castle has become in his new role as The Hand’s Fist of the Beast.

Warning: full spoilers for The Punisher #9 ahead!

Writer Jason Aaron has been teasing major changes to the Punisher status quo from the very beginning of the series, and the book has certainly lived up to that promise. The first issue alone established that Frank Castle has become the Hand’s new top assassin, and that the Beast has resurrected his long-dead wife Maria. More recently, we learned that Frank has been a killer since childhood.

Since then, the newly minted “King of Killers” has continued his worldwide war on crime, putting him in direct conflict with the Greek god Ares. The god of war sees Frank as his greatest avatar, and he’s not happy seeing Frank one-man crusade co-opted and perverted by the Hand.

Art by Jesus Saiz. (Image Credit: Marvel)

Art by Jesus Saiz. (Image Credit: Marvel)

Issue #9 finally showcases the deadly showdown between the Hand and Ares’ army. And while it may seem like the Punisher is no match for a literal god, Frank has begun manifesting supernatural powers as his connection to the Beast grows. That, plus a stash of bullets forged from an enchanted blade, allows him to gain the upper hand and kill Ares. The Punisher is now basically the MCU’s answer to God of War’s Kratos.

This is hardly the end of the challengers to Frank Castle’s reign, however. The heroes of the Marvel Universe have been growing wary of his new power and reach, and they’re finally moved to action in the wake of Ares’ death. This issue teases an alliance between Wolverine, Black Widow, Captain America, Moon Knight and Doctor Strange, as this team works to finally solve the Punisher problem once and for all. Though given Frank’s recent power boost, that may be easier said than done.

Art by Jesus Saiz. (Image Credit: Marvel)

Art by Jesus Saiz. (Image Credit: Marvel)

What do you think of Frank Castle’s latest evolution? Can the Fist of the Beast stand up to this mighty superhero alliance? Let us know in the comments what wild twists you think are still ahead for the Punisher.

Also, be sure to check out our full breakdown of what to expect from Marvel in 2023.

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