The comic-book-inspired series centers on a firearm-wielding vigilante

By Maureen Lee Lenker
October 04, 2017 at 08:05 PM EDT
Credit: Nicole Rivelli/Netflix

Marvel and Netflix have pulled The Punisher panel from New York Comic Con in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“We are stunned and saddened by this week’s senseless act in Las Vegas,” the companies said in a joint statement Wednesday. “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.”

Last month the first trailer for the comic-book-inspired series showcased the titular character, Frank Castle (played by Jon Bernthal), bloodied and involved in a deadly shootout. The Punisher,who has been a Marvel character for more than 40 years, is a firearm-wielding vigilante, so the decision to pull out of NYCC makes sense in light of recent events.

The Punisher is still slated to hit Netflix before the end of the year, though the exact release date is unknown. New York Comic Con has yet to announce whether another show or panel will replace Marvel’s previously scheduled Saturday evening slot.

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