This is almost but not all the way OT. Marvel’s biggest story of the year is Secret Empire. Secret Empire may have a real nice ring to it but it is also a major Captain America story line. All about Steve Rogers who is now a villainous leader of Hydra thanks to the warping of his reality by the Cosmic Cube that The Red Skull have managed to obtain and used to alter Steve’s reality making him into a sleeper agent of Hydra instead of the star spangled soldier people grew up knowing. This created so much shock and outrage among fans of Marvel Comics that most people will refused to buy a single comic from Marvel, boycotting the comic industry. When it is first revealed that Cap has became a Hydra Agent, there was so much outrage from the fans of Cap that Nick Spencer, the writer behind Secret Empire, have been receiving death threats and accusations of the company siding with fascism and Nazism, which Marvel flat out said they do not support. All they did is create a story where Cap is now evil and have managed to betray all of his fellow Marvel Heroes and those who fully trust him. He disposed his long time enemy Red Skull to take control over Hydra and start a massive invasion of the US. He’ll take over the US and make everybody’s life miserable before setting off on a crusade for world conquest. Leading all of the Marvel heroes to start a resistance movement in hopes of defeating Cap and Hydra and save the world.
I have to weigh a little bit on this because Frank grew up idolizing Cap whom he claims to have inspired him to join the military and serve in the US Marines. He has huge respect for Cap, even when Cap beat him up and kicked him out of the Avengers group for killing two thieves during the first Civil War story line. But all that respect is going down the drain now that it is discovered that Cap is evil. Leaving Frank no choice but to take him down, with deep regrets and a heavy sorrowful heart, and give him the ultimate punishment. I wouldn’t be surprised if Spencer decides to do several panels where Frank beats up Cap in a role reversal version of the Civil War scene. Frank beats up Cap severely. Cap does nothing to fight back. Apparently he knows that he has hurt and betrayed everyone, including Frank who violently attacks Cap and struck him down. But he still won’t kill Cap out of respect for him…. unless it is revealed that Cap is truly a murderous piece of trash that killed so many innocent people throughout his past campaigns with Hydra and the Nazis. Then Punisher, deeply ashamed of Cap, will kill him outright.
I understand that some people will not buy anymore comics from Marvel because of what they did to Cap. But will they buy comics from DC if they decided to do a major Batman/Punisher story line (part of the DC Rebirth series) where all of the events of the story, including the comic tie-ins, will lead The Punisher into becoming a permanent part of the DC Comics universe alongside The Justice League, The Batman Family, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Superman, HellBlazer John Constantine, Teen Titans, and others? Only time will tell.
In my honest opinion, I think Frank will fit in the world of DC Comics much better than the world Marvel Comics. Especially in the Batman areas of the DC Universe where he’ll clearly fit in with a whole lot of heroes who, like Frank, has no superpowers. But what’s to stop them from becoming the heroes (or anti-heroes) of the DC Universe? Why nothing, of course.