'The Punisher' NY Comic Con panel cancelled in wake of Las Vegas massacre

Marvel and Netflix announced that having the panel "wouldn't be appropriate."

ByLESLEY MESSER
October 5, 2017, 2:15 AM

— -- Netflix and Marvel announced Wednesday they canceled the "Punisher" panel that had been slated for New York Comic Con in the wake of Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

"The Punisher" is a spin-off of the "Daredevil" series and stars Jon Bernthal as violent vigilante Frank Castle.

"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," read a statement from Netflix and Marvel. "Our thoughts continue to be with the victims and those affected by this tragedy."

A trailer or "The Punisher" debuted over the summer, and depicted acts of gun violence. The decision to cancel the panel comes just a few days after 58 people were killed by a heavily armed gunman at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. An estimated 489 people were injured in the attack.

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