In the wake of Monday 2nd’s tragic events in Las Vegas in which a shooter opened fire on a country music festival, killing 58 people and wounding over 500, Marvel and Netflix have made a last minute joint decision to cancel their Saturday-scheduled MARVEL’S THE PUNISHER New York Comic Con panel.
Over the last week, Netflix and Marvel have both been ramping up their promotion of the imminent release of the upcoming joint venture, with social media teasing the dark and violent tone of the show. With a lead vigilante character defined by his use military grade weaponry, Deadline reports that the companies have agreed that previews and promotion at NYCC would not be sensitive to the mood in America at this time.
“We are stunned and saddened by this week’s senseless act in Las Vegas,” Netflix and Marvel said in a joint statement. “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.”
MARVEL’S THE PUNISHER is a 13-episode series created for the streaming service by Steve Lightfoot and starring Jon Bernthal as an adaptation of the character from Marvel Comics: Frank Castle, a war veteran and former Special Forces sniper who wages war on New York’s criminals after the violent deaths of his wife and daughters. Created in 1974 by Gerry Conway, John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru, the character of Castle has always been defined by his primary armory of conventional war weaponry and semi-automatic guns, the likes of which used by the Las Vegas sniper on Monday.
The social media for all of the major players of the show has, in the main, gone dark with only co-stars BEN BARNES breaking silence to extend his best wishes to fans, hoping to see the show represented at NYCC, and Jason R. Moore, resharing a screencap of the Deadline announcement. (Bernthal’s last tweet on Sunday refers to the unrelated passing of a PUNISHER fan.)
— Ben Barnes (@benbarnes) October 5, 2017
The New York Comic Con panel was scheduled to run on Saturday evening at the Theater at Madison Square Garden (5.15pm-6.15pm), with Bernthal, other cast members and Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb in attendance; genre fans were excited at the prospect of perhaps seeing Bernthal sharing a stage with his old WALKING DEAD cast mates at their panel the same evening. ReedPOP, the company behind NYCC, have announced that they will be planning to put something in place of the pulled content.
“New York Comic Con wholeheartedly supports Netflix & Marvel’s decision to cancel Saturday’s The Punisher panel,” ReedPOP has said in a statement. “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.”
With a few days to go for the various parties to arrange a panel substitute, no doubt it will be all hands on deck to fill the slot in the schedule. The second we hear of what will be put in MARVEL’S THE PUNISHER‘s place, we’ll let you know.