NYCC: Netflix Cancels ‘Punisher’ Panel In Wake Of The Las Vegas Shooting

Marvel and Netflix made the right decision Wednesday afternoon when they pulled ‘The Punisher’ panel from the New York Comic-Con schedule of events, according to Deadline.

The Punisher is a hyper-violent character, and a new trailer depicting mass violence doesn’t make sense in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting. Marvel and Netflix put out a joint 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.”

Take note; this is how you handle public relations after a tragedy. On the other hand, NYCC released a statement shortly after:

“New York Comic Con wholeheartedly supports Netflix & Marvel’s decision to cancel Saturday’s The Punisher panel. NYCC takes great pride in offering fans the best in pop culture programming, and we are working tirelessly to fill that time slot at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. We will continue to update fans via our social channels throughout the weekend.”

The folks at NYCC should have left it after the first sentence. Everything else sounds like insensitive, money-grubbing, bull-shit.

Netflix has yet to announce a release date for ‘Marvel’s The Punisher.’ It will be interesting to when Netflix debuts the series, and if this will hurt or help ratings. When fiction starts resembling reality people tend to tune out.

Were you planning on watching ‘Marvel’s The Punisher?’ Comment below.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.