Long before Spider-Man: Homecoming entered production, rumors began circulating that a certain villain from the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be making the leap to the big screen. And just who was that supposed villain? Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin. For fans of both Daredevil and actor Vincent D’Onofrio, it was hard not to become excited, even though the rumor seemed like a long shot to begin with. So, although the idea of Kingpin appearing in Homecoming was exciting, it wasn’t too surprising when the actor debunked those rumors nearly immediately. However, for those eager to see more of the terrifying Fisk, there is some good news to be had. In an interview with LRMOnline.com, D’Onofrio hinted that his character Kingpin isn’t quite done in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Kingpin, also known as Wilson Fisk, is Daredevil’s primary adversary in the comics and served as the main big bad in the first season of Daredevil while also appearing in multiple episodes over the course of the second season. Although Marvel has taken a break from the Daredevil series while filming Luke Cage and Iron Fist, D’Onofrio says the powers that be love the character and we’ll see him back.
“Jeph and Charlie (Cox) and Netflix love Kingpin, and so, Kingpin is good for Marvel’s television stuff and I think they agree.”
With Daredevil having already been renewed for a third season, I’d reckon we’ll definitely see him pop up there. For those that don’t want to wait that long, though, there’s always the chance he’ll appear in The Defenders – or possibly even The Punisher, which could very well be hitting the streaming service sometime in 2017 alongside Iron Fist and The Defenders.
In the interview, D’Onofrio had this to say about his TV efforts:
“Marvel, the company, and especially Jeff Loeb, who runs Marvel Television, he’s a clever dude. All those people over there are pretty clever and they love talent. There’s no giant commitment for me at Daredevil. Like I didn’t have to sign my life away at all. When Jeff tells me there’s something coming up and if I’m available, I’ll be there. And because it’s written so well, I’m going to show up. I’m going to do everything I can because the writing is so good. And then there’s a company like Netflix and they’re not pressuring you either. They just want good material, good content. They give you money to make good content, so they’re not pressuring actors to sign their life away either…. I think that there’s this common ground where they say, ‘Look, if the material is good are you going to show up?’ and I said, ‘Definitely’.”
So yeah, I’d say it’s safe to say we still haven’t seen the last of Kingpin. While we’ll have to wait – possibly until 2018 – for an already-confirmed season three of Daredevil to premiere on Netflix, the show’s title character will appear in The Defenders which is slated to start filming later this year.