Despite cancelling the panel for The Punisher at this year’s New York Comic Con, Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb insists the series hasn’t been altered at all, as it doesn’t specifically focus on gun violence. The panel, which was expected to announce the release date for the Netflix show, was cancelled after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, spoke to Inverse about the company’s decision to cancel the panel after the incident. “This was a decision that we made specifically because it was a week after a horrible, horrible incident,” he explained. “We made a very hard choice with Netflix, and our hearts still go out to the people of Las Vegas and the people around the world who still deal with that senseless violence.”
While the series shows Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle using a gun — perhaps excessively — to deliver his own brand of “justice” upon bad guys, Loeb insists that the series hadn’t been affected or altered after the deadly shooting. “It hasn’t changed the television series, the show is not predominantly about gun violence, and in fact it shows you the problems that occur in that world.”
The second trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher was released earlier this week, and it finally revealed the release date for the series after months of promotion.
Arriving Friday, Nov. 17, on Netflix, The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Daniel Webber as Lewis Walcott, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Farah Madani, and Paul Schulze as Rawlins, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in an undisclosed role.
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