Yesterday we got the news that Marvel had made the decision to cancel the planned panel for their new Netflix series, The Punisher, in the wake of the terrible tragedy in Las Vegas. We heard some rumblings late last night that Marvel had also intended to surprise everyone by dropping the show this weekend; it made sense given the Punisher’s deep ties to New York and the recent ramping up of its promotion. Now we know that Marvel had indeed planned to debut the series this weekend, but have no determined that it is best to put it on hold.
According to Newsday, Marvel hoped to surprise fans with the release given that all the recent promotion has really played up the intrigue by teasing a redacted date. However, given the extreme violence (much of it with firearms) expected in the show, the studio has decided that releasing it in now, so close to the Vegas killings, would NOT be in the best interests of anyone and have pulled back on the reigns. The report goes on to say that Netflix plans to release the series “later this fall” but that there is currently no set date.
Marvel and Netflix released the following 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.
Given the scope of the tragedy and the impact it has had on so many fans, it’s understandable (and wise) for Marvel to delay the release of the series. Given the social media buzz surrounding the show, it will be highly-viewed whenever they decide to release it.