The recently released Hawkeye was Disney+’s last MCU series of the year 2021, featuring a lot of great debuts alongside the return of some old Marvel favorites. All Marvel fans were really excited about the return of Vincent D’Onofrio as the Kingpin, the role that the actor had first played on Netflix’s now-canceled Daredevil series. The series Hawkeye had spent way too many episodes eluding to the return of the character, as he was finally revealed in a recent photo in the fifth episode, before appearing in the flesh in the season finale. However, a new deleted scene from Hawkeye shared by Cloud Commentary reveals Vincent D’Onofrio making an appearance much earlier in an Echo flashback.
In this deleted scene, we see a young Maya Lopez with her “uncle,” who makes her an offer to take her out for ice cream.
You can check out the clip below:
During a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Vincent D’Onofrio spoke about the differences between playing the character of Kingpin on Netflix and Disney+.
“I think the [different] tones are obvious,” D’Onofrio told ComicBook. “I think it’s less bloody. We talked a lot about it, and for me, it’s not a worry, because if I ever get the chance to take it further with the MCU, then I’m going to do the same work I did on Daredevil, like I did in Hawkeye. [Fisk is] about emotional brutality, and he is just a mess. He’s a broken monster, and he is capable of many different kinds of brutality…so none of that worried me during Hawkeye. I did notice obviously that there’s less blood and there’s less torture. The thing you have to do is, you have to stay away from torture, and that really cuts things down. A lot of baddies that you play, they’re not just baddies, but they also actually torture people. They get control of them, and torture, and that’s too hardcore. So that’s out for Hawkeye, and hopefully something will happen after this.”
Hawkeye turned out to be a huge hit with the critics and audiences, earning a massive 92% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes alongside a 92% audience score on the site. Even ComicBook.com’s Adam Barnhardt gave the series a 5 out of 5, even calling it “exactly what the franchise needs.” Hawkeye also included the debut of Alaqua Cox as an adult Maya Lopez, and now many fans are hoping that D’Onofrio will make a return in her upcoming spin-off series, Echo.