Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye Series Rumored To Bring Kingpin Back to the MCU

By Sam Hargrave Updated:
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Ever since the Charlie Cox-led Daredevil series was canceled at Netflix in 2018, there have been outcries among diehard viewers of the show for its cast to reprise their roles in the wider MCU. 

While there is still a fiery debate whether Marvel TV's many projects are considered canon to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige's world, it seems fans will finally be getting their wish in some form sooner rather than later.

Charlie Cox is heavily rumored to suit up as Daredevil once again in this December's Spider-Man: No Way Home. But it seems he won't be the only Netflix star to reprise his role later this year as his ultimate nemesis may be making a shock comeback on Disney+.


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According to a post by the moderator team on r/MarvelStudiosSpoilers, Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin will appear in the upcoming Hawkeye Disney+ series.

While the source stated that Charlie Cox's Daredevil was originally supposed to return in Hawkeye as well, scheduling conflicts reportedly prevented his appearance. 

Additionally, the report indicated that Hawkeye is set to premiere around the same time Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters due to links between the two.

The same sources previously said that Hawkeye will begin this November, meaning the show's later episodes would align with the December 17 release of the Tom Holland-led sequel.


Wilson Fisk's Kingpin crime boss has a surprising, obvious link into the plot of Hawkeye through the debut of deaf hero Maya Lopez, better known as Echo. Within Marvel Comics, Maya became the adopted daughter of Fisk after her birth father, a mob enforcer for the crime boss, was murdered under Kingpin's orders.

Lopez, who will be played by Alaqua Cox, is reportedly being lined up for her own spin-off project at Disney+. Should Echo receive a series order, both Kingpin and Daredevil could both return once again in the series due to their deep connections to the character.

Echo and Daredevil have shared many stories in the past as Fisk historically tried to use her in order to take down the blind hero, a plot that backfired massively. Following this, Matt Murdock built up a strong romantic relationship with Maya Lopez, a bond that could be adapted into the MCU down the line.

The reports of a link between No Way Home and Hawkeye only further validate the rumors of Daredevil's return in the Spider-Man sequel. Both projects are set to release around the same time and have been shown to take place, at least in part, during the Christmas season.

It's particularly interesting to hear that Cox was intended to appear in the Disney+ series but was unable to due to scheduling conflicts. Given the filming of Hawkeye overlapped heavily with the production of No Way Home, it's possible the Daredevil star couldn't work both into his calendar.

Marvel Studios has confirmed it will continue releasing new episodes of its blockbuster series on Wednesdays while theatrical outings debut on Fridays. There may be nothing that could better display the power of the MCU than two interlinked projects releasing in the same week.

During the early days of Phase 2, while Agents of SHIELD was still fairly connected to the MCU, it was commonplace for the ABC series to release crossover episodes with the latest theatrical outings. With the television side of Marvel now under Kevin Feige's control, perhaps he may resurrect this genius concept. 

Hawkeye is set to premiere on Disney+ in late 2021.

- About The Author: Sam Hargrave
Sam Hargrave is the Associate Editor at The Direct. He joined the team as a gaming writer in 2020 before later expanding into writing for all areas of The Direct and taking on further responsibilities such as editorial tasks and image creation.