Gun-heavy show THE PUNISHER is stepping back from the New York Comic-Con spotlight.
New York Comic-Con started today, but it’s doing so with one less major Marvel property on display.
Following the Las Vegas mass shooting that killed 59 and injured hundreds more, Marvel and Netflix made the decision to pull its panel for The Punisher (and likely any previews due to drop during it) from the popular convention out of respect for the victims.
As seen in earlier advertising, The Punisher is certainly a bloody, shoot-em-up style show and while Frank Castle doesn’t kill indiscriminately, the show’s main characters will have a very loose definition of what makes someone evil and thus worthy of death if he’s similar to his comic counterpart.
Here what Netflix and Marvel had to say about the decision in a joint statement released via Deadline:
“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. Our thoughts continue to be with the victims and those affected by this tragedy.”
A preview of the show set to simulcast from Paris on October 7th was also cancelled.
The Punisher has yet to unveil its official release date, so it’s unknown if eventual release plans have been affected as well.