Marvel's and Netflix's THE PUNISHER Cancels New York Comic Con Appearance Due To Las Vegas Tragedy
Netflix's new Marvel show THE PUNISHER canceled its New York Comic Con (NYCC) panel in light of the Las Vegas tragedy, as reported by Deadline.
Netflix and Marvel released the following 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. Our thoughts continue to be with the victims and those affected by this tragedy," they said.
The new 13-episode show is based on the Marvel character "The Punisher," who was first introduced in the Marvel universe 42 years ago. The Punisher is a fire-arm carrying vigilante, which would prove too much for this week's Comic Con after the Las Vegas tragedy, where a gunman killed at least 58 people at a Country Music Festival.
The action series did not have a release date, but was set to show previews during its NYCC panel this Saturday 10/7 from 5:15-6:15pm at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. NYCC plans to put another panel in THE PUNISHER'S place.
"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," said NYCC.
THE PUNISHER is not the only show to have to adjust its premiere due to mass shootings. In 2016, USA's SHOOTER had to push back its premiere twice, due to the Dallas police shooting and the Baton Rouge attack.
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