Kingpin Rises: Daredevil Reboot Redefines Superhero Politics On Disney+

Get A Glimpse Of The Upcoming Disney+ Daredevil Reboot As New Set Photos Reveal Vincent D’Onofrio’s Improved Portrayal Of Kingpin In Daredevil: Born Again.

By Amitabh Mukherji
May 12,2023

In exciting news for Daredevil fans, set photos have emerged showcasing Vincent D’Onofrio’s reprisal of the role of Kingpin in the upcoming Disney+ series, Daredevil: Born Again. This highly anticipated reboot will mark the return of D’Onofrio and Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, both well-known for their performances in the previous Daredevil series on Netflix. Although the project faced a temporary setback due to the recent writers’ strike in Hollywood, production is now underway with minimal details about the plot revealed thus far. Nevertheless, this new iteration of Marvel’s Man Without Fear promises to take the beloved character into a “much bigger world” with some familiar faces.

Kingpin’s Political Ambitions In Born Again

Newly released set photos from the production of Daredevil: Born Again offer a glimpse into Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Kingpin, showing significant progress in the character’s public image. In the upcoming series, Kingpin will be running for mayor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of New York City. D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk can be seen proudly wearing an American flag pin, reminiscent of those often sported by political candidates in the United States. The images convey a campaign-like atmosphere, featuring the iconic Marvel villain posing alongside the citizens of New York.

This political storyline was previously hinted at through Fisk-branded merchandise worn by extras in a Time Square sequence within the series. Additionally, a comic panel displayed on one of the massive LED screens in the New York landmark bears the words “the choice between good and evil.” In Marvel Comics, Kingpin/Wilson Fisk has a rich history in the realm of politics, having pursued mayoral and even presidential campaigns in various beloved storylines.

The Significance Of Kingpin’s Mayoral Bid

Kingpin’s Political Ambitions In Daredevil Reboot Is Marvel Making A Political Statement

Fans of the Daredevil comics will undoubtedly find Kingpin’s mayoral campaign an exciting development in the series. This move aligns with the character’s past endeavors in the world of politics, utilizing such positions to consolidate power on the streets of New York and, on occasion, the world. Kingpin’s first stint as the mayor of NYC occurred in Daredevil #595 during the “Mayor Fisk” arc, which forced Matt Murdock/Daredevil to navigate a city under the control of his most formidable adversary.

Although Born Again will likely only depict the beginning of Fisk’s political aspirations as he “runs for mayor of New York City,” it leaves room for speculation regarding the future. Perhaps one of the anticipated “gigantic payoffs” teased by D’Onofrio for Season 2 of the series could be Kingpin’s victorious mayoral election, leading to a true “Mayor Fisk” adaptation on Disney’s streaming service. Fans eagerly await the unveiling of this new chapter in the Daredevil saga on Disney+.