A smuggling operation in Tampa Bay results in the deaths of Bobby Saint, the son of mafia boss Howard Saint, and Otto Krieg, an arms dealer. However, Krieg’s death was faked; he is revealed to be undercover FBI agent and Delta Force veteran Frank Castle on his final mission before retirement. Enraged about the death of his son, Saint orders his men to learn everything they can about Krieg, and acquires access by bribing corrupt federal law enforcement officers for his federal service history. He orders Castle killed at a family reunion, while Saint’s wife Livia requests that Castle’s family be killed as well. At the reunion, Saint’s men, including Saint’s best friend Quentin Glass and Bobby’s identical twin John, kill Castle’s entire family and shoot Castle, leaving him for dead. Castle survives and is nursed back to health by a local fisherman. The Punisher 2004 full
With the police and FBI unwilling to pursue the killers due to Saint’s power and influence, Castle moves into an abandoned apartment occupied by three outcasts—Joan, Bumpo, and Spacker Dave—and begins his mission to bring the Saints down. With the help of information provided by Mickey Duka, Saint’s less malevolent henchman, Castle studies the Saint family and learns their every move, during which he discovers Glass to be a closeted homosexual. He openly attacks Saint’s business and sabotages his partnership with his Cuban partners.
Saint discovers Castle is alive and sends assassins to kill him. The first, Harry Heck, ambushes Castle on a bridge until he crashes his car, but is killed when Castle stabs his throat with a ballistic knife. The second, a behemoth called the Russian, nearly beats Castle to death in his own apartment. Castle kills him by dousing his face with boiling oil and pushing him down a flight of stairs, breaking his neck. The tenants treat Castle’s wounds and hide him in his hidden elevator as Saint’s men arrive for him.