Netflix and Marvel have cancelled an appearance by their series “The Punisher” at New York Comic Con after the mass shooting in Las Vegas took the lives of 58 people and left nearly 500 wounded. The new show was rumored to premiere on October 7th. A “Punsiher” panel discussion was planned for Saturday, during the 4-day event.
A joint-statement released on Wednesday, October 4th from both companies stating “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 character of The Punisher first appeared on Netflix and Marvel’s hit series “Daredevil.” Through the strength of a great performance by Jon Bernthal, it quickly became apparent that the vigilante could easily carry his own show. Fans of The Punisher finally embraced a version of the anti-hero after three failed attempts to bring him to life on the big-screen. Dolph Lundgren, Tom Jane, and Ray Stevenson all attempted to take on the role in movies that weren’t well-received by audiences or critics.
Created in 1974 by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita Sr. and Ross Andru, United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper Francis “Frank” Castle becomes The Punisher after his wife and two children are murdered by the mob for witnessing a killing in New York City. He begins taking revenge on their killers and then moves on to wage war against crime in general.
The first trailer for “The Punisher” debuted at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year. The official trailer for the series was released in September and showed the character firing guns at people. He was also covered in blood at one point.
In “Marvel’s The Punisher,” a former Marine out to punish the criminals responsible for his family’s murder finds himself ensnared in a military conspiracy. The series stars Jon Bernthal, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Ben Barnes.