One of the distinct advantages Marvel TV has over the film side of the MCU is its fantastic collection of villains. While the actors behind each film antagonist have all been exemplary, the stories have rarely given the characters much to do or room to grow (especially since so many are quickly killed off). For quality supervillains, the Netflix corner of the Marvel Universe seems to have the patent. Cottonmouth on Luke Cage and Kilgrave on Jessica Jones continued the trend, and whoever Sigourney Weaver is playing on The Defenders will likely be just as captivating and intriguing. It all started, however, with Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson “The Kingpin” Fisk in Daredevil.
Season 1 of Daredevil gave us something rare by actually allowing the myth of the villain to grow over the course of multiple episodes. When the man who would be Kingpin was finally revealed, he wasn’t fully formed. Just like our masked hero, Fisk had some growing to do. We able to watch him gain confidence and learn from his mistakes. The series even gave us a full origin story flashback episode.
With Fisk’s reappearance in the second season of Daredevil , many fans are wondering if the criminal mastermind might be pulling some of the Defenders’ strings when their show releases next year. When one fan tweeted D’Onofrio about the chances of Fisk appearing on the series, CBR captured his emphatic response.
No chance https://t.co/fGqoY6tIjt— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) December 18, 2016
It’s somewhat of a disappointment to hear D’Onofrio won’t be around, especially as Weaver will likely have her hands full with all the heroes that are so far confirmed to appear on the show. Still, with the show in the midst of filming, we likely would have some hint that Fisk would be involved. After all, his appearance in Season 2 of Daredevil was discovered during shooting when some photos showed D’Onofrio on the set.
Another MCU property the actor seems destined to appear in is the new Spider-Man franchise, as Fisk has long been one of the wall-crawler’s chief foes. When someone asked whether D’Onofrio would be in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, he had a similarly simple answer.
While it’s a shame to see the appearances dismissed so flippantly, it’s not surprising that Marvel wouldn’t want to pack the movie with both D’Onofrio’s Fisk and Michael Keaton’s Vulture. Still, many fans would love Spidey and Kingpin to face off in one of the film’s planned sequels. So could Fisk show up in a future MCU installment. D’Onofrio doesn’t think it’s likely to happen.
That I doubt.Seems to be so many characters in the film uni to service.The films are already jam packed. https://t.co/q2YyCIpynH— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) December 18, 2016
Whether accidentally or on purpose, D’Onofrio seems to hit on the reason why Marvel films get so many complaints about their villains: there’s just not enough time or room to do them justice.
Though it’s a bit of a letdown to know we won’t be seeing D’Onofrio comes to blows with Spidey or the Avengers on the big screen in the near future, the possibility certainly still exists. After all, William Hurt had 8 years between his two MCU appearances as Thunderbolt Ross. Maybe all it will take is the right part in the plot to pull D’Onofrio into another project. Until then, we’ll just have to hope he pops up in Season 3 of Daredevil.
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.