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The Punisher Has Rid the Marvel Universe of a Major Marvel Villain

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WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for The Punisher #1 by Matt Rosenberg, Szymon Kudranski, Antonio Fabela and Cory Petit, in stores now.

As The Punisher, Frank Castle has never been one to refrain from pulling the trigger on a bad guy. After all, it's sort of what he's known for. In the Marvel Universe, Castle is essentially a movie monster, albeit one who goes exclusively after criminals and super villains, a relentless killing machine that stalks from the shadows and won't stop until his mission is done.

More often than not, you'll see Frank Castle dispose of faceless thugs. Armies of mercenaries and hired guns are usually the ones that stand in his way, and are thus the ones who find themselves on the receiving end of his ruthless ways. However, every now and then, The Punisher will set his sights on a character that is well established in the Marvel Universe -- and that is the case for the new relaunch of The Punisher comic

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In the first issue of Matt Rosenberg and Szymon Kudranski's new series, Castle finds a new target, and he wastes no time in putting a bullet in his head before the close of the book. And so we've apparently seen the last of none other than one of Iron Man's biggest villains: The Mandarin.

The Punisher death of the Mandarin

The Mandarin made his first appearance in 1964's Tales of Suspense #50, by Stan Lee and Don Heck. Since his debut, the character remained a major member of Iron Man's rogues gallery -- in fact, some might even call him the Armored Avenger's greatest enemy. However, after all this time, after decades of an unending rivalry, it's ultimately Frank Castle who apparently puts an end to the magic-powered super-villain. As for why Frank went after a target that is so far away from his usual wheelhouse, well, it's all part of his ongoing war against Hydra.

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