Hawkeye is generating a lot of buzz ahead of its November 2021 premiere, but the addition of Kingpin as the series’ antagonist would take the MCU series to a whole new level.
Kingpin was the main antagonist of Netflix’s critically praised Daredevil series, in which he was brilliantly performed by Vincent D’Onofrio, but the famed villain has yet to appear in the MCU canon because the programme hasn’t been officially made part of the franchise’s canon. Here’s why Hawkeye is the ideal place to reintroduce Kingpin.
Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)
Kingpin – real name Wilson Fisk – is usually depicted as a massive crime lord whose physical power is only matched by his determination and strategic prowess. He’s mostly a New Yorker who’s faced off against a slew of Marvel heroes throughout the years, with specific rivalry with Spider-Man and Daredevil.
Kingpin has played a key role in a number of Marvel comics tales as a criminal genius and underworld powerbroker. Kingpin is presented as both startlingly ruthless and quietly cerebral in the Netflix Daredevil show, a portrayal of the character that has received high appreciation from both critics and spectators.
D’Onofrio has stated that he would like to reprise his role as Wilson Fisk
Hawkeye would be the ideal setting for him to do it. Because the show is set in New York City and appears to be at least largely about gangsters seeking vengeance on Clint for his time as Ronin, it was simple to incorporate Kingpin into the plot. In addition, the show will introduce the Marvel character Echo (Alaqua Cox), who is Fisk’s adopted daughter in the comics, to the MCU, opening up several possibilities for Kingpin to appear in Hawkeye’s plot.
Kingpin’s chances of returning to the MCU in Hawkeye are slim.
There have been no actual rumours that D’Onofrio will return for the series, and there has been no casting news about a new celebrity taking over the part. In addition, Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and Yelena Belova were established as Hawkeye’s main opposing forces, or at least as some of them, by Black Widow.
It’s possible that Disney is merely keeping the return of Kingpin a secret, as he appears to be a perfect fit for the Hawkeye tale, but there’s a fair chance that fans will have to wait a little longer to see the villain again.
If Kingpin were to become Hawkeye’s secret villain
It would be a triumphant return – especially if D’Onofrio reprises his role as the villain. Given that the tale of Hawkeye will mostly revolve around Clint and Kate Bishop facing enemies of Ronin, Hawkeye’s vigilante identity developed after Avengers: Infinity War, the storey of Hawkeye will be heavily focused on Clint and Kate Bishop battling enemies of Ronin. Ronin has taken down a number of gangsters, thus it’s very likely that he would have seriously crippled Kingpin’s illicit operations.
Does this imply that Fisk will make a comeback? Not necessarily, but if D’Onofrio’s Kingpin turns out to be Hawkeye’s main enemy, it would be a fantastic MCU Phase 4 moment.