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Netflix, Marvel Cancel 'The Punisher' N.Y. Comic Con Panel

4 Oct, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Jon Bernthal in "The Punisher"

Companies cite Las Vegas mass shooting for the decision

Netflix and Marvel Television have canceled a planned Oct. 7 panel at New York Comic Con for Marvel’s "The Punisher,” an original Netflix series starring Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”) as Frank Castle (aka The Punisher), a gun-toting vigilante.

The companies made the decision in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and hundreds wounded.

“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," the companies said in a joint statement. “Our thoughts continue to be with the victims and those affected by this tragedy.”

An official launch date for the series, which is a spin-off from Netflix's Marvel series "Daredevil" hasn't been announced. 

Organizers of New York Comic Con, which has been held since 2006 and attracted 180,000 attendees last year, said it would attempt to fill the panel spot. CBS’s “Star Trek: Discovery” and AMC Networks’ “The Walking Dead” are holding panels the same day at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

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

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