Punisher New York Comic-Con Panel Canceled After Las Vegas Shooting


In response of Sunday's horrific Las Vegas shooting, there's been a change to the New York Comic-Con 2017 lineup: "Marvel's The Punisher" has been pulled. The presentation was scheduled for an hour and a half in length, making it likely only the series premiere would have been shown in NY.

The upcoming series was going to have a panel at the New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 7.

The new series forms part of the Marvel properties at Netflix, which include, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. Despite planned appearances at New York Comic Con this weekend-and elsewhere-Netflix has decided it would be best for everyone if the show were to lay low for a bit. Understandably, the subject matter of the show, which revels in gun violence, makes the show's panel ill-timed in the wake of the largest mass shooting in United States history.

The companies added that "their thoughts continue to be with the victims and those affected by this tragedy". Castle, a character first introduced by Marvel over 42 years ago, is played by Jon Bernthal.

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But wait-times in Las Vegas blood centers are up to two hours, and that blood has to be processed before it can be used. Ruben Kihuen, a Democrat whose district includes part of Las Vegas, visited a hospital where some victims were taken.

Rather than announce the series' release date, Marvel has instead teased fans with the series' debut, keeping its release date a mystery in the marketing which has been ramping up.

The streaming service and the comic giant scrapped an event in Paris following a similar decision to bow out of their panel scheduled for Saturday at New York Comic-Con.

Netflix did not comment on whether the events in Las Vegas would affect The Punisher's premiere date, which has not been announced.

According to Deadline, the event was canceled out of respect following the mass-shooting in Las Vegas.