Marvel’s The Punisher has canceled its October 7 NYCC panel following the the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Netflix and Marvel said in a joint statement:
“We are stunned and saddened by this week’s senseless act in Las Vegas. 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 panel was scheduled to run 5:15-6:15 PM Saturday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden and was to feature Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal, Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb and others from the series. NYCC will reportedly to try to fill the MSG Punisher spot with another panel.
New York Comic Con said of the announcement:
“New York Comic Con wholeheartedly supports Netflix & Marvel’s decision to cancel Saturday’s The Punisher panel. 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 13-episode series is based on the Marvel character introduced in comics over 42 years ago. The character was featured in three separate films: the straight-to-video 1989 movie starring Dolph Lundgren, a 2004 relaunch with Thomas Jane and 2008’s Punisher: War Zone featuring Ray Stevenson in the title role.
he Marvel and Netflix show is not the first TV series in just over a year that has had to recalibrate its debut due to a mass shooting in this county. USA Network’s Shooter was moved twice from its original premiere date. The series original July 19, 2016 premiere was postponed following the July 7 sniper attack on Dallas police. The premiere was then pushed a second time after a shooting July 17 attack in Baton Rouge, La. in which three police officers lost their lives. The series finally opened November 15, 2016.
Still no word on when The Punisher will premiere. So, as always, stay tuned, kids…