Ever since landing the role of Kingpin in Marvel’s Netflix adaptation of Daredevil, Vincent D’Onofrio has expressed a lot of interest in continuing to expand his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From being open to the possibility of a Kingpin spinoff show to wanting an original role in James Gunn’s potential third entry in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, it’s clear that D’Onofrio doesn’t want his time in the MCU to come to an end anytime soon.
Of course, Marvel films aren’t the only projects on D’Onofrio’s plate, with the actor part of the recently premiering Emerald City on NBC. Yet it seems the actor has been drawn back to the MCU yet again, this time expressing interest in another potential Gunn project (should the director find time to actually get it made): the proposed Moon Knight film.
Posting on his Twitter, D’Onofrio sent out a tweet directed at Gunn saying that if the writer/director ever decides to make a Moon Knight film that he was in. Of course, Gunn has said that he has no time to make such a film with his commitment to Guardians, but D’Onofrio is apparently covering all his bases in case it ever comes to fruition.
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) January 6, 2017
It’s unclear if D’Onofrio wants to return to his Kingpin role for when/if a Moon Knight film is made (and assuming he’s cast) or have a new role created for him like with his desire for Guardians of the Galaxy 3. Given that Kingpin and Moon Knight don’t often cross paths in the comics, an appearance by that character seems less likely than the actor filling in a new role. However, the MCU has never been exactly beholden to the comics before this point, so it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility, even if it’s a cameo role of sorts.
It’s admirable that D’Onofrio is so committed to the MCU and finding ways to expand his role there. He was a large part of why the first season of Daredevil proved so successful, bringing an emotional weight and gravitas to his villainous Kingpin character. This helped counter the point that Marvel wasn’t exactly constructing the most memorable villains to keep the heroes on their toes, though having nearly 13 hours to develop the character certainly helped in that regard. There’s definitely a lot of positives to bringing the actor on board any potential Moon Knight as the character of Kingpin, the biggest being that it could help sell the project to any unfamiliar with the character of Moon Knight or his comic history.
Still, some fans may feel that D’Onofrio would be stretching himself too thin by appearing in as many Marvel projects as he wants to, or that it would lead to oversaturation and lessen the impact of seeing the actor’s commanding presence. Either way, a Moon Knight film doesn’t seem all that likely to happen in the foreseeable future, discounting the chance that Marvel takes Gunn’s pitch and passes it along to a different filmmaker for development.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on any Moon Knight news as it becomes available.