Vincent D’Onofrio, who recently made an appearance as Kingpin in the Disney+ show Hawkeye last year, has been in the limelight surrounding Marvel ever since. Marvel brought back its classic star to reprise his role as Wilson Fisk. This is after D’Onofrio bid adieu to his character when Netflix’s Daredevil was canceled in the year 2018. D’Onofrio has been quite expressive about how he enjoys playing Marvel’s underground crime lord. And apparently, fans feel the same way.
Vincent D’Onofrio returned to Marvel Studios in his Daredevil role last month. And so did his Netflix co-star Charlie Cox. Cox reprised his role as Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Of course, there is the question of how the two Netflix characters’ involvement aligns with the current comic canon. As well as how they fit into the bigger picture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the discussions on the topic are endless, audiences continue to stress on the fact that the casting for their roles is immaculate.
Some small part of the MCU fandom is possibly unfamiliar with the two stars. But they hold the many years of professionalism with them. Thus, they know their way around certain ebbs and flows that come with a franchise’s vast audience.
Hawkeye’s Vincent D’Onofrio recently sat for a candid interview with ComicBook. And in conversation, the actor revealed that toxic Marvel fans no longer bother him.
The man exceptionally fleshed out a live-action version of the lord of crime, Kingpin, in Daredevil. As well as the face of the villain in last year’s Hawkeye, Vincent D’Onofrio admitted that he “used to have trolls,” but learned to “ignore [the hate].” The actor also added that he “used to get combative” when haters came at him, but he soon understood that “it was hurting nobody but [himself]:”
“I did. But, what I did was, I just stopped… I put them in a box where they don’t exist and I ignored them for a long period of time. They’ve just kind of gone away. Every once in a while, one will show up, and I just ignore it. Because I think that there’s too much going on in the world to perpetuate negative stuff. I used to get combative, and it was hurting nobody but myself.”
There have been several instances where actors are reluctant in joining a certain franchise. This is because of devoted fans and how they often let their emotions get the better of them. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no stranger to the intensity of a fandom. But it is incredible to see that Vincent D’Onofrio chooses to ravel in the glory instead. The Kingpin actor has expressed his feelings regarding the same on various social appearances. He says that his character loves to go about having fun with his fans online. It is remarkable how D’Onofrio has decided to focus on the good and entirely dismiss the bad.
A production as popular and huge as Marvel Studios is now familiar with online hate as much as it is receptive towards fan attention. In fact, everyone associated with the studio follows the same approach. Because if the adoration and applause is grand enough, so is the negativity and hate. In fact, sometimes, the latter is directed with much force towards actors or creators linked to the name. And it gets extremely tumultuous to ignore.
With that said, most part of the fandom only has love and sunshine to offer to the community. The fact that these veterans of the franchise blocked out all the bad stuff and embrace the good part. Which is why it is great to see the outcome.
Vincent D’Onofrio absolutely enjoys his character’s demeanor. And regardless of what Hawkeye’s final episode indicated with thay gunshot, it appears as if the actor has returned to the MCU with the intention of staying. And with that, the Marvel fandom’s onlookers, both good and bad, will continue to stay in Mr. D’Onofrio’s life for the time being.