Kingpin In Hawkeye – Kevin Feige’s Idea & He Was Going To Be Bigger
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Kingpin In Hawkeye – It Was Kevin Feige’s Idea And He Was Gonna Be Bigger

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BY April 29, 2022

One of the best surprises in the Hawkeye series was the return of Wilson Fisk, and it turns out he was supposed to be even bigger than we saw. One of the great things about the Disney+ series is that they get “making of” documentaries. There is the Disney Star Wars Gallery for Lucasfilm shows, and then Assembled for the Marvel ones. A new hour-long chapter just released on the streaming platform giving us a behind-the-scenes look at this street-level Marvel Studios series. Yet, when talking about street-level Marvel heroes, there is only one villain who looms over them all. It turns out that it was Kevin Feige who got Vincent D’Onofrio back as Kingpin in Hawkeye. Perhaps there isn’t as much bad blood between him, and the Marvel Television series as previously thought.

Even though the threads connecting to Wilson Fisk in the Marvel Comics Universe are plentiful, there are far more characters to pick from for live-action. They could bring in any number of criminal and, even, super-powered baddies. Yet, given that the Tracksuit Mafia was involved, and that this series takes place in New York, it seems that putting Kingpin in Hawkeye was an idea that had to come from one of the bigger bosses.

Vincent D'Onofrio Explains Kingpin In Hawkeye Bigger Image via Disney+

As Brad Winderbaum said about bringing Kingpin in on Hawkeye:

“We were all on a call, me and Kevin and Trinh, and we were talking about the Tracksuit Mafia and the criminal organization behind this story, and we needed a really big threat. Like something that, you know, would make Eleanor Bishop shake in her boots, and Hawkeye, you know, get a little bit afraid. It had to be someone powerful.”

It was then that Kevin Feige suggested bringing Kingpin into the show. It doesn’t sound like they talked about recasting him, because producer Trinh Tran said Feige reached out to him directly. D’Onofrio long said, as part of the Save Daredevil campaign, that he’d love to play Wilson Fisk again. His performance from season 1 of Daredevil on Netflix to the finale was consistently excellent. Still, the Marvel Studios side of the house always like to keep things as close to the comics as possible.

Vincent D'Onofrio Explains Kingpin In Hawkeye Charlie Cox Daredevil Image by David Giesbrecht via Netflix

As Trinh Tran said about getting Kingpin back in the MCU and on making him “bigger” a bit:

“Kevin threw out the idea that ‘What if this could be Kingpin?’ And I think all of our jaws just kind of dropping our Zoom meetings, and we’re kinda like, ‘Wait, you’re joking, right? This can’t be serious. Are you serious? This is… You really think that there’s a chance that we can actually get Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays Kingpin in Daredevil in the series, as a cameo for a couple of scenes? Like, he is our big boss?’ And Kevin made a call to Vincent…. We had talked about doing a heavier-set version of Kingpin, but ultimately, we wanted to go in a completely different direction for this character. To put him in that Hawaiian shirt was kind of like a dream come true.”

Alas, nothing in Assembled: The Making of Hawkeye clues us into the ambiguous fate of Kingpin, last seen at the business end of a gun held by Alaqua Cox’s Echo. Yet, I suspect that we’ll see him and Charlie Cox as Daredevil in the Echo series expected to begin filming later this year.

You can watch Kingpin, Echo, Clint Barton, and Kate Bishop in Hawkeye streaming on Disney+.

What do you think? Do you think Kevin Feige and company should have made Kingpin bigger in Hawkeye? Are you happy that Vincent D’Oonfrio is growling his way through Wilson Fisk dialogue again? What do you think happened to him at the end of the show? Share your thoughts, reactions, and theories in the comments below.

Featured image via Marvel Entertainment

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book of superhero short stories, Tales of Adventure & Fantasy: Book One is available as an ebook or paperback from Amazon.


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