With a planned New York Comic Con panel on the new Netflix/Marvel series The Punisher canceled in the wake of last weekend's horrific mass shootings in Las Vegas, a replacement has now been announced.
The panel on the highly anticipated Punisher series was scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 7), but was pulled following the tragic events in Nevada late Sunday night, where a lone 64-year-old white male killed 58 people and injured hundreds more when he fired upon an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
Today, however, Marvel and New York Comic Con have revealed that the Punisher session will be replaced with a screening of a Q&A with Marvel legend Stan Lee. The talk, between Lee and Marvel's Joe Quesada, took place at the Paley Center in Los Angeles last April, and has only been seen until now by the 125 people in the room that day.
According to Deadline, the screening is being promoted as an opportunity to “experience Stan as he answers questions that he has rarely been asked and reveals never-before-heard stories and thoughts on some of the greatest moments in his personal life, professional career, and the history of Marvel.”
The screening will take place at 5:15 p.m. ET on Saturday at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, and will benefit the Hero Initiative, a charity that supports comic book creators in need.
Marvel, Netflix, and NYCC have shown considerable sensitivity with their handling of the Punisher situation: despite losing a chance to put the show (which by all accounts is hyper-violent and firearms-heavy) its cast, and its creative team in front of thousands of fans this weekend, they elected instead to take a step back while the horror in Vegas is still fresh (a simultaneous Punisher event in Paris was also canceled).
Of course, The Punisher will eventually emerge on Netflix, although an arrival date has yet to be announced. That may very well be affected by the events in Las Vegas as well, so stay tuned. And if you're at NYCC tomorrow, it might be worth your while to stop by the screening, see what Smilin' Stan has to say, and perhaps make a donation to help out some creators and bring a little light to the end of a grim week.