One of the most common complaints of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes from their lackluster villains, who more often than not are underdeveloped and suffer from serious sequel-itis. With the exception of Loki, and arguably Ultron, no villain has had any lasting effect on the Avengers and their related MCU characters.
This all changed when Netflix and Marvel Studios debuted Daredevil – which was the first of four characters/series set to unite in the upcoming Defenders mini-series – which starred Charlie Cox as the titular superhero, facing off against Vincent Donofrio’s imposing and calculating Wilson Fisk, who quickly rose to the top of Marvel’s villainous heap. The first season of Daredevil might as well have been called Kingpin considering the amount of time we spent with up-and-coming crime boss Wilson Fisk, whose tics and growls were brought to life spectacularly by D’onofrio.
During a recent interview with D’Onofrio about his role as the Wizard on the upcoming TV series Emerald City, he was asked if we’ll see the return of the character, who made a few brief but memorable appearances in the second season of Daredevil.
“He will, eventually. Honestly, I wish I knew ‘cause I could plan my year better. I know he will come back, I just don’t know when. I can’t wait to find out. I’m totally into the Marvel stuff, big time. I want to do Marvel, all the time. I love it so much ‘cause they’re so creative over there. They let you bring this whole new thing to an iconic thing that they invented. It’s just so much fun. I love it to death. I want to see Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman. There’s something about those movies. I dig the shit out of them. I’ve been tweeting back and forth with James Gunn, about doing something with him because I love Guardians of the Galaxy so much.“
It’s always nice to hear the actor proclaim his love for the universe he works within, which seems to be an ongoing theme with Marvel properties. There were previous rumors that D’Onofrio might show up again in the MCU for Spider-Man: Homecoming, though those rumors were quickly shot down by D’Onofrio himself.
What we can take away from his brief statement is that we can expect Kingpin to return to the MCU after the Defenders mini-series – which D’Onofrio is not slated to appear in – most likely during the third season of Daredevil. Whenever it happens, we can’t wait to see the return of the Kingpin of Crime, and more specifically, Vincent D’Onofrio to the MCU.
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