The latest Arrow season 5 spoilers reveal the appearance of a vigilante that is very similar to The Punisher.
Although the character of Frank Castle is owned by Marvel, it doesn’t mean that DC can’t make its own character very similar to The Punisher. The two companies have been borrowing each other’s ideas for decades.
According to TVLine, the role of a “cocksure/reckless ex-Marine turned vigilante” who will show up in season 5 will be a recurring one.
For now, it’s not clear who will play the role of the vigilante.
Meanwhile, Arrow season 5 spoilers hint of a flashback that will shed more light into Oliver Queen’s background. Executive producer Wendy Mericle said, “It’s a very good possibility that we’ll finally find out how he got that Bratva tattoo and how he learned to speak Russian.”
Specifically, the future episodes will explain why Oliver Queen was so adamant about keeping his secret even to the extent of killing a guy in the pilot.
But some may balk at more flashbacks, just like when Yahoo TV noted how they have lost their appeal.
However, Marc Guggenheim said to TVLine that they serve a purpose and one of the reasons why fans have been waiting for them is because they explain why Oliver Queen has donned on the mantle of a superhero. He said that fans may have noticed the gap between the old Oliver and the new Oliver, and so the flashbacks have become less interesting.
Nevertheless, Mericle said that fans would just have to trust that they have a bigger plan when it comes to the flashbacks. While she didn’t give any Arrow season 5 spoilers, the showrunner explained that it “will be easier to break because we have an endpoint, and we work backwards from there.”