Officially, the feature films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe take place in the same continuity as Netflix – Marvel TV series like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist and network shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Cloak & Dagger. But while these properties often make reference to one-another’s events, main characters have largely not crossed-over between mediums despite the hopes of many fans to see it happen – particularly in the case of popular comics villains like Daredevil’s Wilson Fisk, aka “The Kingpin.”
Someone else who’s hopeful? Guardians of The Galaxy’s Chris Pratt, who says he wants Star-Lord and Kingpin to meet onscreen.
The jovial onetime TV star turned cosmic Marvel action-hero made his case for a Guardians/Daredevil crossover while speaking to film press (including Screen Rant’s own Rob Keyes) on the set of the Guardians of The Galaxy sequel in April of 2016. The film is widely expected to lead into the plot of the franchise-wide mega-crossover Avengers: Infinity War – which fans are hoping to see bring Star-Lord and The Guardians into contact with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the first time onscreen. When asked if he’d like to meet other characters, Pratt responded:
“Yes! There’s so many! I don’t know what’s possible now that Marvel is under Disney and some Marvel characters are under different studios, some are in TV, and some are – I don’t know how it works – I think it would be awesome for Star-Lord to meet Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin somehow. [Laughs] That would be awesome. I was always a fan of The Punisher. That was my dude who I loved growing up. I had the murals of him on my wall and stuff, so that would be pretty awesome. Maybe a little more moody than Quill. I don’t know exactly how they would work together.”
While it would almost certainly be jumping to conclusions for fans to take this as any kind of confirmation (especially as the idea of Kingpin appearing in MCU films has been shot down by other players on multiple occasions already) it’s none the less exciting to know that cast members of the Marvel films are open to the idea of even more extreme character meetups. Vincent D’Onofrio has also signaled his interest in such happenings, though he has also urged fans to exercise caution in regard to their expectations that it might actually take place.
Obviously there’s a lot of interest in seeing someone like Kingpin pop-up in the Spider-Man movies for instance.
While it might seem strange to imagine Fisk – depicted as an ordinary street-level gangster of exceptional intelligence and strength but still fundamentally human in Daredevil – interacting with a sci-fi hero like Star-Lord, there’s plenty of precedence in the comics; where The Kingpin routinely conducts business with many of the more bizarre and unusual villains (and heroes) of his world in order to better his criminal empire. The plot of Daredevil’s second season also suggested that big-scale supernatural goings-on are planned for either that series, The Defenders or both; and it’s hard to imagine that Wilson Fisk wouldn’t want to find some way to turn such events to his advantage.