When Netflix’s Daredevil series ended on October 19, 2018, after three seasons, many Marvel fans were disappointed. Over the course of the series, Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page, Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson, and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk/Kingpin had become fan favorites.
At the time, fans hoped that the popular cast would eventually make their way into Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, once The Walt Disney Company obtained the rights to Daredevil characters in 2020.
Then, in late 2021, Feige and Co. delivered, introducing both Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk/Kingpin into the MCU via Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye, respectively.
Now, D’Onofrio is speaking out about just how powerful the MCU’s newest villain is. In a recent podcast interview, the Men In Black alum was asked if the Mad Titan, Thanos (Josh Brolin) himself, could beat Fisk.
D’Onofrio insisted, “I mean, there’s nobody that can beat Fisk. Nobody.”
The actor also recently cleared up whether or not the MCU’s Kingpin is the same villain fans came to know and love years ago in the Netflix rendition of Daredevil. The answer? It’s a little murky, but in short, technically yes:
“There’s a scene that we shot on an alley, in a street in Brooklyn, where I’m literally throwing Daredevil (Charlie) through the air,” he added. “Like, I’m picking him up and swinging him 15 feet into a garbage can. I do it a few times in that fight. It’s no different, it’s really not. So, I keep saying that it’s the same Fisk that was in Daredevil. It’s the same canon, but people get confused about things. I understand.”
Although it has not yet been confirmed when 62-year-old D’Onofrio’s Fisk will make his way back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hawkeye spinoff series Echo seems like a good bet.
The show is set to star Alaqua Cox reprising her Hawkeye role as Maya Lopez/Echo. In the Marvel Comics universe — and now in the MCU — Kingpin and Echo have a close relationship, as he helped to raise the deaf character from childhood.
It is also likely that Cox’s Murdock will make an appearance in Echo, as he, too, is connected to Lopez in the comic world.
A production timeline for the show has not yet been announced.
More on Hawkeye
The official description of Hawkeye reads:
Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye” stars Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye [Clint Barton], who teams up with another well-known archer from the Marvel comics, Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. The cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. “Hawkeye” is helmed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie.
Do you think Kingpin is more powerful than Thanos?