Hawkeye, which will launch on Disney+ in two days, has been very heavily promoted by Marvel on social media this month. And possibly no other actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been more excited about the new series than Daredevil’s Vincent D’Onofrio, who rushed to Twitter to express his delight at the show’s release just in time for Thanksgiving. Fans, though, are wondering if his fanboy moment says anything about whether or not he’ll appear in the series.
Last week, Vincent D’Onofrio tweeted a remark from a Marvel Studios promotional trailer of Hawkeye, noting the countdown to the show’s premiere with only a few simple words: “This is going to be fun. I love these Marvel series.”
— Vincent D’Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) November 17, 2021
The 62-year-old actor portrayed Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin, in Netflix’s Daredevil series, but neither he nor Marvel have made an official declaration about whether he’ll repeat his role in Hawkeye — or play another character, for that matter. Regardless, many have interpreted his comment of his love for every Marvel show that airs on Disney+, including Hawkeye, as a hint regarding his return to the MCU.
And this isn’t the first time Vincent D’Onofrio has stoked rumors regarding his return to the MCU. He also shared an original poem he penned about a three-legged dog back when Marvel debuted the first Hawkeye teaser in September. Fans saw the poem as an allusion to Lucky the Pizza Dog, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop’s partially-blind pet, and as a cryptic indication that he may be linked with the program in some way. Several fans requested he appear in the replies as Kingpin, and he liked multiple tweets from fans speculating about his role in the program, adding fuel to the rumor fire.
ComicBook also has reported about some rumors that Vincent D’Onofrio would appear in Hawkeye since Alaqua Cox was starring in the program as Echo, a hero who, like her secret identity Maya Lopez, is deaf and mimics other people’s actions. In the Marvel Comics, the character of Kingpin is Echo’s adopted father, which might explain those rumors. And when he spoke to ComicBook last summer about his views about owning the role after playing him in all three seasons of Daredevil, which aired from 2015 to 2018, he had this to say:
“I feel like that character is mine and it’s only because I played [Kingpin] for those three seasons and was so close with him. […] any offer to play him again would be, I would definitely have a really good look at for sure.”
Not much longer to wait before we find out if these rumors are true. Personally I hope they are.