- "They wanna take away our guns, our freedom, and then we will be unable to defend ourselves. I have acted in defense of our liberty and identity. I have acted for all of us, to do what is right."
- ―Lewis Wilson
Lewis Wilson was a young United States Army veteran who had a difficult time re-assimilating into civilian society. In his return to the United States, he began suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, which cost him a career at Anvil. Psychologically conflicted by O'Connor's extremist rhetoric, and misreading Curtis Hoyle's attempts to help him, Wilson turned to terrorism, and later garnered media attention as the perpetrator of the Bombings of New York City. During an attack on the Royal Hospitality amid the election campaign of Stan Ori, Wilson was confronted by the Punisher and eventually killed himself in an attempted suicide bombing.
- "I once took out a machine gun nest, saw this guy's head explode and all I thought was "good shot". I hated the enemy 'cause I had to, but... but I respected him, too. They don't haunt me. One of our Apaches hit some of our own. Friendly fire. There is no such thing. But it's war, right? Shit happens. Except I then saw some press officer pass it off to reporters as an enemy ambush."
- ―Lewis Wilson
Lewis Wilson was recruited into the United States Army and joined the 1st Infantry Division. Wilson's commanding sergeant used to frequently quote Rudyard Kipling's poem The Young British Soldier while training his platoon, in order to teach them to keep fighting no matter what happened. Wilson deeply admired the lessons, as it was the only thing he could think about during the combat.
Wilson and his squad were stationed in Iraq where he was tasked to escort the resupply line in Mosul. Wilson's squad emerged into the firefight, as he managed to take down hostile machine gun nest. However, one of the Boeing AH-64 Apaches was hit by friendly fire from what Wilson could understand. However, the press officer decided to falsify the reports about the recent events and stated to reporters that it was an enemy ambush.
The Officer's actions horrified Wilson, as he thought that he dishonored dead soldiers who were trained enough to evade the ambush. Wilson had a dream where an officer lied about Wilson and discredited his service for his country. Terrible events that he experienced during the war negatively impacted on Wilson's mental health, what manifested as nightmares and inadequate behavior. Later, he was diagnosed with Posttraumatic stress disorder and discharged from the military.
Group Therapy Sessions
Returning to New York City, Wilson became a taxi driver and lived with his father Clay Wilson in their home. Upon his father's request, Wilson attended group therapy sessions for military veterans, organized by Curtis Hoyle. At one of the meeting, Wilson listened to O'Connor's point of view that liberal government running their country to the ground before he was confronted by Isaac Lange. Hoyle then stopped him and gave O'Connor the opportunity to speak.
When he finished, Wilson took the floor to say that he fought for a county where there's no place for him and now he doesn't know what to do. O'Connor noted that government-trained army for fifteen years and then abandoned it, and now they need to defend themselves before it's too late. Wilson then said "sic semper tyrannis", and Hoyle recognized it as "thus always to tyrants". Hoyle asked if Wilson really thought that their government were tyrants before he answered that all he knew that terrible things committed by soldiers at war meant nothing at their home.
When the meeting was over, Hoyle asked Wilson how he was sleeping. Wilson said that he sleeps better despite his work and group helps him. Hoyle noted that perspective is good for him but Wilson needs to find his own answers. Hoyle then asked Wilson to take care of himself before he left.
At another meeting, Wilson told the group about his service and described friendly fire on the battlefield that he witnessed. He told about the press officer's lies and O'Connor angrily noted that without trust to fellow soldiers, the only option is to take matters into their own hands. Hoyle agreed with him for the first time and told about his friend who was failed by system. When the meeting was over, O'Connor admitted his thoughts and gave Wilson a National Rifle Association pamphlet.
Waking From Nightmares
- "I had a nightmare. It's no big thing."
"And now you're sleeping in a hole in November."
"I don't have nightmares out here. I should never have discharged, Curtis. None of it, the heat, cold, sand, noise, fifty guys stinking up a dorm it never kept me up. Never bothered me. I slept good."
- ―Lewis Wilson and Curtis Hoyle
To insure that he wouldn't harm his father, Wilson dug a hole in the backyard and rested inside. He was then visited by Curtis Hoyle, under the concerns made by his father. Wilson then made some notes from pamphlet before he spotted Hoyle. He asked if he felt cold but Wilson said that he didn't. Wilson then told Hoyle about his nightmares which almost had his father killed. Wilson noted that he had no nightmares in his hole because he missed his trench in Iraq.
Hoyle then told him about the rain in New York City which quickly flooded out his hole. Wilson heard his thoughts about Wilson's point of view and Hoyle asked him to return to group. However, Wilson refused, noting that talking doesn't work. Wilson informed him that he decided to join Anvil to return to the battlefield. Hoyle wasn't sure that Wilson was ready for that kind of work but Wilson just refused to talk and Hoyle left him.
Lies and More Betrayal
- "Listen, this... this business is all based on trust."
"Please don't do this."
"I'm sorry, man. I... I can't take the risk."
- ―Billy Russo and Lewis Wilson
Wilson attends a meeting at Anvil Headquarters alongside other veterans in search of a new job. There, he trained heavily, building muscle and exercising different maneuvers.
Cooling down, he conversed with other recruits until he was called over by Billy Russo, who informed Wilson that he was being rejected from the program, not mentioning the fact that the action was under Curtis Hoyle's advisory. Gradually, he became angry and questioned the reason behind the decision, asking if Hoyle spoke of him to Russo. However, Russo remained tightlipped off Wilson's question. Eventually, he grabbed his belongings and left the premises.
Protest with O'Connor
- "Respectfully, sir, you have, um, no right to ask us to move. A permit is required if amplification is involved in any gathering or protest. No mic, no speaker, no permit needed. We have no vehicles. We're fewer than 20 people. We're not blocking the sidewalk or the entrance of a building."
"This is a city courthouse. You wanna hang out here? I'm your permit, son. And today is not the day. Go home."
- ―Lewis Wilson and NYPD Officer
Bailed by Curtis Hoyle
Confrontation with O'Connor
- "I read your army records. You never went to Vietnam."
"You have my records? Where'd you get my records from? The Internet? You know... the Jews run the internet."
"What's the name of the air base outside of Tam Kỳ? Well, you could google it. But if you were there, you would know."
- ―Lewis Wilson and O'Connor
Law Enforcement Office Attacks
Returning home, Wilson begun to craft pipe bombs in the basement and writing a letter for Karen Page and the New York Bulletin. Upon completion, he left on foot and planted his bombs in several different government-authorized businesses and buildings in New York City, including that of the ATF; Wilson also had his letter sent directly to Page's desk, in which he vocalized his vision of the world and requested she choose a side. Afterwards, Wilson listened to the Ricky Langtry Show on the radio and listened as Senator Stan Ori and Page spoke of their opinions on the bombings. Eventually, he phoned the station and continued to threaten Page and Ori.
Kidnapping Curtis Hoyle
To be added
Wilson sought out Isaac Lange, masquerading as a New York Bulletin mailman, and shot him dead in his apartment when he approached the door. Wilson searched the apartment. Realizing he had two birds in a cage, he attempted to free them by releasing them outside the apartment window.
Wilson entered Royal Hospitality dressed in Lange's security outfit. As he climbed the stairs to the lobby, killing an Anvil guard patrolling the stairwell, he noticed Billy Russo leave the elevator; Wilson redirected to the stairwell, where he distracted and killed other Anvil guards and continued upward to the senator's floor. He barged his way in, holding Stan Ori and Karen Page at gunpoint. When Frank Castle ran in, Wilson took Page as his hostage, revealing to Castle, and three Anvil security guards that he was armed with a suicide vest. Descending to the kitchen, he alerted the kitchen staffing and NYPD authorities that he was armed, scaring them off.
Reaching the kitchen, Wilson briefly releases Karen Page from his arms and tries to strategize his next move; a frightful Page continued to question him on his next move, unwilling to move. Soon, Frank Castle manages to locate them, unarmed and continuing to persuade Wilson that Page was not his true target. Using her as a hostage again, he listened to Castle, unaware of the hints passed to her on disarming the bomb. After Page cut the wire, Wilson attempted to detonate the vest, but to no avail.
In a brief scuffle with Castle, Wilson locked himself in the kitchen's freezer; he then rewired the bomb, and applied it unto himself, while reciting The Young British Soldier. Aiming to kill Castle and Page, Wilson then activated the bombs, taking his own life. However, his suicide was in vain, as Castle and Page narrowly escaped the blast.
After learning of O'Connor's true history and subsequently murdering him, it finally pushed Wilson over the edge. Thus he decided to take a pro-active stance on O'Connor's rhetoric against the U.S. government's apparent opposition to the Second Amendment, leading him to become a terrorist.
In spite of all his flaws, Wilson possessed a small fragment of conscience when he told Castle which wire to pull to disarm the bomb Curtis Hoyle was wearing.
- Expert Marksman: Even after his service in the military, Wilson has been able to execute multiple targets with one precise shot. When he assassinated Isaac Lange, he shot him directly through his door's peephole and in his eye, proceeding to shoot the apartment door's weak spots to open it. As he traveled through the stairwell of Royal Hospitality, he managed to kill every Anvil security official in site while under the disguise as another officer. When involuntarily shooting at his father, he only missed him from a fraction.
- Expert Combatant: As a former veteran, Lewis Wilson is a potent fighter and able to go to toe to toe with larger men than him, like O'Connor or a crippled Curtis Hoyle.
- Expert Tactician: Wilson was intelligent enough that he could orchestrate an attack on Stan Ori's penthouse.
- Explosives Mastery: Wilson was able to create, plant and use remote-controlled bombs from household objects like pans. It is never mentioned how he learned this skill, but he may have learned it in his time in the force. All of his bombs seem to be made with an open circuit as he makes the white wire the "trigger" both during his assault on Curtis and his kidnapping of Karen Page.
- Beretta 92FS: Wilson kept his army service pistol when leaving the United States Army, even sleeping with it despite his severe Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Due to this, while experiencing a nightmare, he instinctively grabbed his weapon and shot at his father Clay Wilson, believing him to be an intruder. Fortunately, he missed the shot, and his father ran to embrace him. A few days later, Wilson, having killed O'Connor, considered committing suicide, even placing his gun inside his mouth. Wilson then issued his handgun with a silencer, in order to stage an attack on Senator Stan Ori. He killed Isaac Lange in his apartment and used his gear to infiltrate the hotel, killing four Anvil operatives before losing his gun against Frank Castle.
- SIG Sauer SIG516: Wilson used this rifle to keep watch on Curtis Hoyle, who had been restrained and tied to a set of Claymore mines in case he had led the police to his position. However, as Frank Castle entered into the house to look for Hoyle, Wilson contacted Castle while aiming the rifle to watch the whole situation.
- Homemade Explosives: Wilson has knowledge in crafting bombs; upon their creation, he used them in bombing several businesses and the door into Stan Ori's penthouse. He would, later, detonate the bombs attached to his person to commit suicide.
- Clay Wilson - Father
- Mother †
- O'Connor † - Former Ally and Victim
- Stan Ori - Attempted Victim
- New York City Police Department
- Curtis Hoyle - Former Ally and Attempted Victim
- Karen Page - Hostage and Attempted Victim
- Frank Castle/Punisher
|Appearances for Lewis Wilson|
In chronological order:
Behind the Scenes
- Before The Punisher release, Daniel Webber's character was known as Lewis Walcott.
- Showrunner Steve Lightfoot argued that Wilson may not have become violent if he had not been betrayed by O'Connor: "Lewis' story is a tragedy. In so many ways, if someone had just gotten an arm around him at the right time or if certain things hadn't gone the way they had gone — you know, if O'Connor (Delaney Williams) hadn't lied to him, which unhinged him — he may not have lashed out. What's interesting to me is the psychology of when people are hurting, they lash out, and I think Lewis is a very extreme example of that. When people get in a hole that deep, it's incredibly difficult to see your way out."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Punisher: 1.09: Front Toward Enemy
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Punisher: 1.10: Virtue of the Vicious
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Punisher: 1.04: Resupply
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Punisher: 1.03: Kandahar
- ↑ The Punisher: 1.01: 3 AM
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 The Punisher: 1.06: The Judas Goat
- ↑ The Punisher showrunner answers burning questions, talks potential season 2