One of the criticisms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been its lack of great villains. While the movies may struggle in that aspect, the Netflix shows have made a point of establishing memorable villains that command the screen. Recent villains like Cornell Cottonmouth Stokes and the Purple Man have left their mark on the streaming corner of the MCU, but it all began with Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, in season 1 of Daredevil.
Fisk was a major player in season 1, as the show gave him individual episodes to add some depth to the character. His detainment at the end of the season left the door open for more appearances, just like in Daredevil season 2, though it will will keep him out of Spider-Man: Homecoming and The Defenders. But once Fisk is free, D’Onofrio appears to be interested in his own series.
D’Onofrio made his interest known on Twitter, responding to a fan saying Kingpin should get his own spinoff series. There have so far been no signs of this happening, but the actor says he’s around, should Marvel want to take that route with the character.
The fact that a villain is being requested by viewers to star in his own series is a testament to the character’s portrayal. D’Onofrio is a big reason why it worked, not only from a physical standpoint, but he was able to make Kingpin a ruthless killer and a misunderstood man.
Regardless of how good a possible spinoff show centered on Kingpin could be, it’s likely not in the cards at the moment. Netflix already has a full slate, having ordered additional seasons to Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Daredevil, and with a Punisher series on the way as well — not to mention The Defenders and Iron Fist — a potential Kingpin series would likely be a long way off.
Giving Kingpin his own series is a great premise, but it might be difficult with so many established heroes just waiting to take him down. Instead, the character will more than likely make his next appearance in season 3 of Daredevil, after hopefully getting out of jail.
Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now streaming on Netflix. Iron Fist will premiere on March 17, 2017. The Defenders and The Punisher will arrive in 2017. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been announced.
Source: Vincent D’Onofrio