No Re-Edits For The Punisher, Despite Delay Due To Las Vegas Shooting
When Marvel announced that they were not only cancelling the panel for The Punisher at New York Comic Con, but also all interviews and the press room in response to the Las Vegas shooting, people were surprised. It was probably the right thing to do considering the subject matter of The Punisher and the way the character deals out justice, but it was still a mature response to take. The show was rumored to drop that day at the panel but since the panel was canceled, the show was unofficially delayed. Now the show is coming out November 17th, and some people have been wondering if there have been some last-minute edits to the show.
Marvel TV executive producer Jeph Loeb recently answered a question about the panel cancellation and gun violence in the MCU during an interview with Inverse.
"This was a decision that we made specifically because it was a week after a horrible, horrible incident. 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. But, to introduce that as close to what had happened. 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."
So the cancellation was only made because the Las Vegas shooting had just happened, and it sounds like The Punisher isn't going to get a last minute re-edit like the original Spider-Man or Gangster Squad. As for gun violence in the MCU, Loeb doesn't really comment, but it is interesting that Loeb mentions that the show isn't predominantly about gun violence — considering it's a show about the Punisher.
Summary: After the murder of his family, Frank Castle becomes a vigilante known as "the Punisher", who aims to fight crime by any means necessary.
The Punisher, from showrunner Steve Lightfoot, stars Jon Bernthal, Jason R. Moore, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Michael Nathanson, Jamie Ray Newman, and Amber Rose Revah. It will stream to Netflix on November 17th.