Marvel Studios is not messing around when it comes to ending its content plan for 2021. The MCU has had its biggest year ever (at least in output) in 2021 and is not finishing the year lightly. Not only is Spider-Man: No Way Home thrilling theatre-goers worldwide, but Hawkeye is also blowing minds on Disney+. Both projects have been quite prolific for fan theories in their time in the spotlight.
Warning - This article contains spoilers for Episode 5 of Hawkeye.
Hawkeye has seen the introduction of fan-favorite Kate Bishop into the MCU, with Hailee Steinfeld taking on the mantle of the Marvel Comics hero. Other than Bishop, the series has also brought back Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova from Black Widow and that is not the only return fans have seen.
As a part of Hawkeye's latest episode "Ronin", Vincent D'Onofrio was unveiled to be reprising his Kingpin role from Netflix's Daredevil. This news comes after weeks of speculation that D'Onofrio would be making the jump from Marvel TV to the MCU as Wilson Fisk.
Now that Kingpin is back out in the open the man who brought him to life has gotten a chance to revel in this glorious moment.
Kingpin Is Back
Kingpin actor Vincent D'Onofrio shared a tweet acknowledging his introduction into the MCU in the latest episode of Hawkeye.
The 62-year-old actor quoted one of his character's iconic lines from Daredevil Season 1 while posting a screenshot of the show's end credits sequence that showed a silhouette of his Wilson Fisk:
When I was a boy...
D'Onofrio reprises his Daredevil role in the Disney+ series, but the extent of his MCU inclusion is not yet known.
Wilson Fisk in the MCU
Well, it has finally been confirmed. After what felt like the worst kept secret in recent MCU memory, Vincent D'Onofrio is officially back as Kingpin. But as much as this answers questions, it brings about just as many.
The biggest of these questions is, who is this Wilson Fisk? In what is now a Marvel Multiverse many are wondering if this is in fact Daredevil's Kingpin. If it is the same character from the Netflix series, does this mean that Daredevil is now canon, and could this mean audiences could be treated to more familiar faces from Hell's Kitchen?
Or is this a brand-new Kingpin, or to get technical a Kingpin variant? With Loki blowing open the Multiverse this past summer, more than one iteration of these characters can now exist and have it make sense, and this would be an easy way to write around the same actor portraying the same character yet again.
Another good question to ponder is, is Fisk the mystery buyer of Avengers Tower? In multiple projects now Marvel Studios has teased this new owner of the familiar MCU landmark but has yet to reveal who now owns the deed to the iconic skyscraper.
Well, on the shortlist of characters that could possibly have ponied up the dough to buy Avengers Tower Fisk is up there. If the purchase of the heroic headquarters is not tied into the upcoming MCU Fantastic Four film, then Kingpin would be right next in line.
Hopefully fans get some answers and finally see D'Onofrio interact with Clint and Kate, as Hawkeye wraps up its six-episode run on Wednesday, December 22.