In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, Marvel announced today that they are pulling their scheduled panel for The Punisher at New York Comic Con.
Marvel and Netflix issued a joint statement addressing the decision to pull the panel from NYCC, which had originally been scheduled for Saturday evening, Oct. 7:
"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."
Although Marvel's panels at New York Comic Con tend to center around one show in name, past years have seen the hour-long panel, hosted by Marvel TV EVP Jeph Loeb, used to deliver all sorts of Marvel-related announcements. Last year's NYCC panel, which was billed for Iron Fist, ended with the reveal that Sigourney Weaver had been cast as the villain in 2017's The Defenders.
This year, fans had speculated that The Punisher's panel would finally confirm a release date, since it had been redacted from recent trailers.
At this time, there's no word on whether or not Marvel will be filling their NYCC time slot with a different panel, or removing their presence at the convention altogether.