After a series of trailer, one of the most anticipated Netflix series was Marvel’s The Punisher. New York Comic Con had announced a panel that would have been held at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night at 5:15 p.m. In light of recent events, the panel has been cancelled.
“We are stunned and saddened by this week’s senseless act in Las Vegas,” Netflix and Marvel said in a joint statement today. “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.”
Deadline is reporting that no one from the New York Comic Con has responded to the cancellation. Also, no replacement (if any) has been made. It would make sense that Marvel would cancel this panel, in light of the Vegas shooting attack. The character does not share any of the aspects of the shooter, but it would simply not be in good taste.
It is upsetting for attendees that were hoping to get more information about the series. The series, even release date, has been a closely guarded secret since the teaser was released at the end of The Defenders. As this is the final high-profile con for the year, we will have to wait until Wondercon in the early spring.