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Kevin Feige Reveals How Vincent D’Onofrio’s Return Was Made Possible

By Mabel Judith Andrady
February 10,2022

The Daredevil character Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, played by Vincent D’Onofrio in the Netflix series Daredevil, makes an appearance in Hawkeye. Hawkeye’s fifth episode confirmed D’Onofrio’s return, which had been the subject of many speculations leading up to the show’s debut. Tracksuit Mafia’s crime boss was indicated as the big bad in the series while also exploring his emotional bond to Alaqua Cox’s Maya Lopez.

Daredevil’s Fisk from seasons 2015 to 2018 was D’Onofrio’s previous role before Hawkeye. D’Onofrio’s possible debut in the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes universe has been the topic of debate. This is because the show’s connections to the MCU are one of the lingering questions of fans.

However, despite D’Onofrio’s declaration that Hawkeye’s Kingpin is the same as the Netflix series’ Kingpin. He also conceded that there are some “dots that can’t be connected” between the two versions of the character. A new piece of information about Kingpin’s return has surfaced.

Kingpin-Sized Secrets Revealed

Kingpin

Kingpin

On Hawkeye’s episode of Marvel Studios: Assembled, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin reappeared in the Disney+ series. This is where the story behind it was revealed. D’Onofrio’s return was revealed to be the brainchild of Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige in the most recent installment.

A “really big threat” was needed to make Eleanor Bishop “shake in her boots” when Hawkeye returned, exec producer Brad Winderbaum explained at the beginning of the interview:

“We were all on a call, me and Kevin and Trinh, and we were talking about the Tracksuit Mafia and the criminal organization behind this story, and we needed a really big threat, like something that, you know, would make Eleanor Bishop shake in her boots and Hawkeye, you know, get a little bit afraid. It had to be someone powerful.”

How D’Onofrio Made His Comeback

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Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin in Disney+ show Hawkeye

D’Onofrio’s villain was able to return to the big screen. This is all thanks to Hawkeye’s setup of a criminal boss in New York City:

“When you talk about organized crime in the Marvel universe and you talk about the seedy underbelly of New York City, there is one primary character that comes to mind.”

As a result of Feige’s decision to bring back Daredevil villain Zoom to fill Hawkeye’s “big boss” role, Hawkeye producer Trinh Tran debated the full story of the Zoom meeting:

“Kevin threw out the idea that ‘What if this could be Kingpin?’ And I think all of our jaws just kind of dropping our Zoom meetings, and we’re kinda like, ‘Wait, you’re joking, right? This can’t be serious. Are you serious? This is… You really think that there’s a chance that we can actually get Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays Kingpin in Daredevil in the series, as a cameo for a couple of scenes? Like, he is our big boss?’ And Kevin made a call to Vincent.”

On the other hand, D’Onofrio revealed details of Feige’s call to welcome him back. Here he said that the opportunity was too good for him to turn down:

“He said ‘I want to bring you into the MCU’ and I’m not gonna say no to that. That’s pretty awesome.”

Kingpin’s Comeback Was A Secret

Kingpin

Kingpin

A good example of Kevin Feige’s willingness to take risks can be found in his decision to bring in Vincent D’Onofrio. As a result of this story, it’s clear that Marvel Studios executives are also big fans of the MCU.

Feige’s only option for the show’s villain, it appears, was D’Onofrio’s Kingpin. The inclusion of Kingpin narrative sense. This is so given Hawkeye’s grounded nature and the fact that the series is already set in New York City.

There were plenty of exciting events and teases about Kingpin’s intriguing future, even though his appearance in Hawkeye was limited. Kingpin appears to have been shot by Echo in the finale of Hawkeye. Nonetheless, it is widely accepted that he will return in a future episode of the show.

With the character’s strong connection to the protagonist, Kingpin could also end up being a part of the upcoming Echo Disney+ series. On the other hand, D’Onofrio said that he “wants it as much as everyone else” when asked about the possibility of joining Tom Holland’s Spider-Man 4. Feige’s eagerness to bring D’Onofrio back must act as a positive sign for the future of the MCU.

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