This announcement comes one day after the tragedy in Las Vegas.
[dropcap size=small]J[/dropcap]ust days before their appearance at New York Comic Con, Marvel’s The Punisher has cancelled their October 7th panel.
“We are stunned and saddened by this week’s senseless act in Las Vegas,”Netflix and Marvel said in a joint statement today. “After careful consideration, Netflix and Marvel have decided it wouldn’t be appropriate for Marvel’s The Punisher to participate in New York Comic-Con,” the companies added of the gun and violence heavy Jon Bernthal starring series. “Our thoughts continue to be with the victims and those affected by this tragedy.”
The Punisher released it’s first teaser trailer a few weeks ago, with the trailer showing that it would be released in 2017. No exact date was shown in the trailer. The first season will be 13 episodes long (like most of their superhero shows have been.) Considering the fact that The Punisher is about a guy who is ex-army and shoots to kill, this move by Netflix and Marvel makes a lot of sense.
The shooting in Las Vegas was one of the biggest in Las Vegas history, killing almost 60 people and injuring just over 500 more. At Vegas’ Mandalay Bay, shooter Stephen Paddock took aim from his hotel room on the 32nd floor at a country music concert across the Strip and fired down at countless people for at least 10-minutes. When police finally reached Paddock’s room, he had already taken his own life.
The Punisher panel was scheduled to appear from 5:15 to 6:15 PM on Saturday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Along with CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery and AMC’s The Walking Dead, NYCC will add another panel to replace The Punisher.
“New York Comic Con wholeheartedly supports Netflix & Marvel’s decision to cancel Saturday’s The Punisher panel,” the organization said late Wednesday. “NYCC takes great pride in offering fans the best in pop culture programming and we are working tirelessly to fill that time spot at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. We will continue to update fans via our social channels throughout the weekend.”
The Punisher will be released, at some point, in 2017!