Kevin Feige Explains How D’Onofrio’s Kingpin Returned in ‘Hawkeye’


Daredevil fans were treated to a special appearance by Charlie Cox’s superhero in Spider-Man: No Way Home in December, and Vincent D’Onofrio reprised his role as Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk in Hawkeye‘s finale on Disney+. There has been a lot of conjecture about how related Daredevil and the other Marvel Television programs are to the MCU since it was announced that Daredevil and the other Marvel Television series will be departing Netflix for a new home. Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, recently stated why he decided to bring back Kingpin. Following the cancellation of Netflix’s Daredevil, it was expected that at least some of these characters will eventually make their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


The huge question that has lingered for years is whether the characters will be recast or if the fan favorites will be played by the same actors who played them in the series. Following the reveal of Matt Murdock, or Daredevil, in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Charlie Cox said that he had known for a long time that he would be revisiting the character within the MCU. However, as Feige previously indicated, D’Onofrio’s Kingpin appears to be a more recent selection.



According to a recent interview with The Direct, Feige explains how they needed a “big bad” in New York’s underworld, and they decided to bring someone into Hawkeye’s series who would strike fear into Clint Barton:


“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.”


Kevin Feige was the catalyst for Kingpin’s return from the star, according to Hawkeye executive producer Brad Winderbaum and producer Trinh Tran. The following is what Tran revealed:


“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.”


Winderbaum agreed, “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.”



Of course, the Hawkeye finale implied that Kingpin had finally gotten his comeuppance for his atrocities at the hands of Echo, but that is all up for debate because his “death” occurred off camera. Bringing back D’Onofrio’s character for one episode at the same time as Charlie Cox was reintroduced in No Way Home seems to imply that both characters will be back for more, but this has yet to be confirmed.


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