One of the earliest additions to the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Hell's Kitchen. His performance as the first villain of these streets quickly established him as one of the greatest villains in the MCU as a whole. This has led to Kingpin being the only villain (so far) to make multiple appearances on Netflix after being included in both seasons of Daredevil, but fans of D'Onofrio's portrayal are hoping for much more.
Kingpin will be appearing again at some point in the future, but when exactly has remained unknown to fans and D'Onofrio himself. However, the biggest question he continues to get is if he will one day make the leap from Netflix to the films. Past rumors had linked him to an appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming, bud D'Onofrio has denied those and related Defenders rumors recently. Now, he is elaborating on why he doubts Kingpin will ever make a big screen appearance.
Digital Spy spoke to D'Onofrio and asked him about his chances on getting to fight with Spider-Man, Iron Man, or any number of Marvel movie heroes. Unfortunately for those interested in seeing that crossover happen, the actor thinks it unlikely at this point. The biggest reason why? Both parts of the MCU already have an abundance of characters:
I would love to switch over to the movies, but I think it's pretty much been said it's not going to happen. Or at least not for a very, very long time. I think [Marvel Studios boss] Kevin Feige explained that, and that's what makes the most sense, he said the film universe is too jam-packed. It's hard enough already, and if they keep bringing big characters in that they have to service in the writing, it's not gonna work. They're trying to figure out already how to individualise more and at the same time keep The Avengers going. It makes sense not to mix the TV stuff, there's just too many characters.
While it is nearly every MCU fan's dream to see a crossover at some level between the films and the shows, it continues to seem less and less likely that this could happen. Even with 2018's Avengers: Infinity War shaping up to include nearly every main MCU movie character imaginable, figuring out a way to also include the biggest TV characters would be extremely difficult. Outside of just the logistical nightmare it would be to figure out how to get all these characters together for a single scene, the reality is Marvel still has to deal with contracts and the possible clauses in each actors contract that could have to be re-worked, following a big screen appearance.
As great as it would be to see Kingpin appear in a Marvel film, the Netflix shows have set him up extremely well for future encounters with its street-level heroes. No matter how great the story or how high the budget could be, no film would be able to replicate the established investment viewers have in the Kingpin/Daredevil feud. Maybe after Kingpin fights Daredevil again that story would allow for Kingpin to change his focus to someone like Spider-Man, but his motivations so far are focused on defeating the man that put him in prison and separated him from Vanessa, right now. This is where Kingpin belongs for the time being, no matter how disappointing that may be to some.
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: Digital Spy
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