WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The Punisher #227 by Matthew Rosenberg, Stefano Landini, Lee Loughridge and Cory Petit, in stores now.
Ever since the start of Marvel Legacy, Frank Castle has had a pretty impressive piece of technology at his disposal in the form of the War Machine armor, which used to belong to James "Rhodey" Rhodes. After Rhodey tragically died in the opening salvo that would lead to 2016's Civil War II event, the superhero's armor was put into storage -- but it wouldn't stay there for long. Nick Fury, Jr. eventually leaked the suit's location to Frank Castle, in the hopes that the man who calls himself The Punisher would use it for a specific mission in a war-torn country.
While Castle did fulfill Fury's plans, he didn't exactly follow the super spy's final order, which was to return the armor once he was done. Instead, Frank used the weapon to set off a bevy of international incidents before returning to his old stomping ground of New York City to continue his war on crime with his brand new toy. With the War Machine armor, it wasn't long before the streets of the city were filled with blood -- something that inevitably attracted the attention of a lot of superheroes. Now, a few issues later, and the one Marvel hero we've all been wondering about finally shows up to try and stop Castle's armored rampage: Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.
Ever since most of the superheroes started hunting him down in The Punisher #224, Frank has been on a hunt for redemption for the actions he committed as a Hydra enforcer during the 2017 event series, Secret Empire. Naturally, for him, that means murdering as many Hydra goons as possible. He went after Baron Zemo first, only to meet more resistance than anticipated. Thankfully for him however, Castle met a few like-minded individuals in the Winter Soldier and Black Widow, who both have an ax to grind with Hydra. The three team-up in issue #227 to storm a supermax prison where the evil Steve Rogers -- the man entirely responsible for the Secret Empire -- is currently being held.
However, their attack doesn't go exactly as planned, and it doesn't take long before utter chaos erupts in the prison. While a large battle rages on between prisoners, superheroes and Hydra, Castle gets closer to his intended target, only to be stopped dead in his tracks by the arrival of Iron Man.
This meeting has been a long time coming, considering all the international damage that Frank has done with a weapon built by Tony Stark. This technology belongs to him, after all, and Castle has been using it to leave blood and destruction in his wake. It was only a matter of time before Stark declared enough is enough, and it seems like that moment has finally come. The issue ends with Iron Man's arrival, which means that next chapter of this story should feature an all-out brawl between the two armored superheroes. Iron Man may be more familiar with the technology, but Castle isn't exactly one to play fair. He's brutal, efficient and creative. This is a fight that will be interesting to see unfold.