NYCC ’17: Marvel and Netflix Cancel Punisher Panel

by Erik Amaya

 

The New York Comic Con Punisher panel will no longer happen.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, October 7th, Marvel and Netflix announced today that the panel and presentation will not occur in consideration of the terror attack in Las Vegas this past Sunday. In a statement sent to TVLine, the companies said, “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.”

The series, staring Jon Bernthal, focuses on a Afghanistan veteran who loses his family and lashes out with any number of guns. Frank Castle’s antics are usually a harmless fantasy. But a shooter identified as Stephen Paddock decided to act on his own gun-laden fantasies, killing 59 people; including himself. While investigators still attempt to uncover what led Paddock to such acts of terror, it is completely understandable why Marvel and Netflix would decide to cancel their plans to highlight the upcoming program at New York Comic Con.

It is unclear if Netflix will also delay the debut of the series. It has been teasing a release date in trailer for sometime, leading many to believe the October 7th panel would have revealed when viewers could watch the series. Considering the date is still unknown, Netflix may choose to hold back the series until a later time.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com. A contributing writer at CBR, Fanbase Press, Monkeys Fighting Robots and Rotten Tomatoes. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.