Follow this step by step guide to assembling an easy Punisher outfit. The Punisher’s an excellent go-to Halloween costume — the veteran vigilante is instantly recognisable, particularly following his recent dalliances in the Marvel Netflix universe, and it’s a straight forward outfit to get together in a pinch, perfect for cosplay or parties. So without further adieu here’s our complete guide DIY The Punisher; just in time for Halloween.
Who is The Punisher?
Comic book anti-hero The Punisher, also known as Frank “Francis” Castle, has seen a resurgence in popularity following his appearances in Marvel’s Daredevil, and is touted to have his own show on Netflix later this year. Driven by the death of his family, Frank’s waging a one-man war on the mob and all criminals in general using war weaponry and tactical smarts. A vigilante much in the vein of Batman, he has no super-powers. Unlike the caped crusader however, he does not have an infinite supply of cash. On the upside, The Punisher is a war veteran and a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper who knows martial arts, stealth tactics, and War. He also packs a ton of firepower, with additional rage. Brutal, dark and exceedingly violent — the vengeful outsider’s been going in the Marvel comics sphere since 1974.
A few things to bear in mind when cosplaying the Punisher
The Punisher, or Frank Castle, mostly wears actual military gear, being an ex-Vietnam or Iraq veteran (depending on what Marvel timeline you’re using.) The upside of this is anything you wear as Frank Castle will be extremely useful for hiking, paintballing or Airsofting scenarios. Carnage entirely optional. If we break the Punisher outfit down, we’re looking at a simple t-shirt, trousers and jacket combination, with differing tactical protection gear, and some toy guns for that extra pizzazz. He sports a military crew-cut, which you can gain some semblance of using a good gel/pomade.
How to DIY the Punisher yourself
Ready to unleash vengeance on crime? These are the items you’ll need:
- Leather military grade boots (Around £30) – Actual military boots can be pretty useful, inside or outside of Halloween.
- Tactical combat trousers (Around £15) – Infinite pockets, tuck ’em into your boots to match.
- Knee pads (Around £10) – Neither you nor Frank will have to tolerate scuffed knees with these.
- Punisher t-shirt (Around £15) – The Marvel t-shirt the Punisher wears, perfect match!
- Toy Machine Gun (Around £15) – A particular favourite of Frank’s.
- Toy Handgun (Around £5) – A pair of these toy guns will strike fear into the heart of crime.
- Leg holster (Around £17) – For keeping your many, many toy guns snug. With regards to the holsters, we’d say the belt is the most accurate in terms of comic book, but the shoulder and leg holster’s work too! Take your pick, Frank uses alot of holsters to transport his firepower.
- Tactical Belt (Around £8.89) – Breaks up the outfit a little, perfect for impromptu tactics.
- Shoulder Holster (Around £5) – For holding the pair of pistols.
- Leather Trench coat (Around £50) – This particular coat is the perfect mix of vintage leather and crumpled chic, you’ll want something thick, hard-wearing and bad-ass. Back away Neo.
Add that extra Halloween touch
Because it’s all about those delicious Halloween sprinkles.
- A bottle of Wild Turkey – Because The Punisher has Seen Some Things
- Some fake blood – Because The Punisher may come into contact with it now and again
- Black hair dye gel – This handy stuff will dye your hair black and keep it sleek. No need to sport Frank’s crew cut, gel will give your tresses some hold.
Once you’ve got the clothes and accessories together, you can gel your hair into a psuedo crew-cut and put on your best vengeful face. Happy Halloween!