Time travel is illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past where a "looper," a hired gun, like Joe, is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self for assassination.
Frank Castle is an FBI special agent left devastated when his wife and children are ruthlessly murdered after they witnessed a mafia killing. Now consumed by his vow of revenge, he turns himself into a one man justice system; judging and punishing those who cross his path. He has no superpowers to battle the evil he sees, only his fierce intelligence, his years of combat experience and, above all, his iron determination to avenge those wronged by society's villains.