Hawkeye’s Vincent D’Onofrio Explains MCU Kingpin’s Daredevil Connections
Major spoilers for the Hawkeye finale, “So This Is Christmas?,” lie ahead, so read at your own risk.
The final episode of Hawkeye finally arrived this week, and it, appropriately, put a nice bow on a series that’s been an awesome Christmas present from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As explained in our analysis, the installment is filled with plenty of action and heart and even provided a sweet twist that has big implications for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Of course, it also finally gifted fans with the formal return of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin, following Episode 5’s big reveal. Some likely have questions regarding how the character’s role in the show connects to his past exploits. But thankfully, the actor himself has now provided an explanation for the MCU Big Bad’s links to Netflix’s Daredevil.
Wilson Fisk was last seen being escorted to prison at the end of the Netflix show’s series finale. When he shows up in Clint Barton’s show, he’s established as the head of the New York-based Tracksuit Mafia. Many fans have long debated whether Marvel Television’s Defenders-centric shows are actually MCU canon and, given Fisk’s new status, some may assume this is a “variant” of the antagonist. However, when I spoke with Vincent D’Onofrio, he provided a clear answer as to whether this is the exact antagonist from the original series:
So worry not, fans, this version of New York’s biggest crime boss is meant to be the same one you first met back in 2015. There definitely have been a few alterations made to the character, such as his physical durability (a signature attribute from the comics). However, it would seem as though the actor’s actual approach to the role of Wilson Fisk has not changed:
This week’s episode alone proved that the beloved actor hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to portraying the iconic bad guy. Kingpin still has the same dangerous temper and manipulative demeanor that made him a massive problem for the Man Without Fear.
The comic book behemoth is also a bit more power-hungry now within the world of Hawkeye, and as Vincent D’Onofrio explained, there’s actually a specific reason for this within his MCU arc:
That mission may have just become a bit more difficult, though. In one of the finale’s biggest moments, Wilson Fisk gets confronted by Maya Lopez, who has learned that the crime boss had her father killed. Maya points a gun at him and, though she does pull the trigger and the gunshots are heard, viewers don’t actually see Fisk get shot. Some fans are already theorizing that, just like in the comics, Lopez shot him in the eyes, rendering him blind. It would be a bold creative choice and one that would make things even more interesting if or when he crosses paths with Daredevil (confirmed to be played by Charlie Cox) again.
Regardless of what becomes of him, it’s a safe bet that this won’t be the last time Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk appears. There’s an entire cinematic universe for him to play in now, and Marvel Studios is sure to use him in some very fun ways.
All episodes of Hawkeye are now available to stream on Disney+.