MCU fans were undoubtedly looking forward to news on The Punisher from New York Comic-Con, with even rumors of a surprise premiere. However, in the wake of real-life tragedy, Marvel and Netflix confirmed through press release that these plans for the October 7th Punisher panel have been shuttered.
Last Sunday night, the worst mass shooting in American history was committed during a country music fair in Las Vegas, with 58 killed and 500 injured. The shooter was found dead in his hotel room with an entire arsenal of firearms. Understandably so, showing footage of a heavily-armed one man army vigilante would be highly insensitive less than a week after this tragedy that shook the nation.
Marvel and Netflix clarified their decision in their press release, via Deadline:
“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.”
You can help out the victims and survivors of the Las Vegas shooting through the following:
- A GoFundMe page from the Clark County Commission
- A Crisis Response page on Facebook for anyone in the Las Vegas area
- Finding a local blood donation center near you
- Donations to the Red Cross