'The Punisher' Pulls Out of New York Comic-Con Appearance After Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Netflix and Marvel released a joint statement Wednesday saying it "wouldn't be appropriate" to promote the series at the annual convention.
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Jon Berenthal in 'Marvel's The Punisher'

The Punisher has pulled out of a planned appearance at New York Comic-Con in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting that left 59 dead and more than 500 wounded.

The panel for the Netflix-Marvel co-production was originally set for Saturday.

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

The forthcoming spinoff, which sees Jon Bernthal reprise his role from Netflix's Daredevil series, is one of Marvel's more violent entries compared to the slightly more family-friendly broadcast offerings on ABC (Agents of SHIELD, InHumans) and Fox (The Gifted).

Other Marvel shows set to make appearances at New York Comic-Con, which runs Thursday-Sunday, include SHIELD, The Gifted and Marvel's upcoming Hulu series Runaways.

Different networks and studios have responded in different ways to the shocking tragedy, which occurred Sunday night in Las Vegas at an outdoor country music festival. The next episode of FX's American Horror Story, set to air next Tuesday, opens with a mass shooting, and the network has not commented yet about whether it plans to alter the opening or delay the episode entirely.

On the film side, red-carpet events were canceled for the upcoming films Marshall and Blade Runner 2049 in the wake of the tragedy, which now ranks as the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

The Punisher's planned Comic-Con appearance in New York was supposed to come after the first trailer for the drama was unveiled in July at San Diego Comic-Con. 

The official trailer for the series, which was released in September, depicts intense gunfire and shows the main character shooting at several people. In one scene, he is shirtless and covered in blood.

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