When Vincent D’Onofrio debuted as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in Netflix’s acclaimed Daredevil series in 2015, the world went wild. A few years later, though, Netflix cancelled its Marvel shows, effectively ending the darker adventures of certain street-level superheroes and their more grounded-but no less terrifying-adversaries. Now, a new rumor suggests that the acclaimed actor will be returning to the role sometime relatively soon.
According to That Hashtag Show, Marvel wants to bring back characters from the Marvel/Netflix shows-specifically Vincent D’Onofrio, Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, and Jon Bernthal. Basically, the most popular actors from that corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Apparently, though, the events of their respective shows will be erased, meaning Marvel will just be plucking them from those stories and giving them fresh starts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sounds like an interesting move, but hey, if it works then it could be for the better.
That Hashtag Show went on to provide a few more details. We still do not know much, but what we have heard is that Phases 4 and 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will introduce the aforementioned characters across their various films and Disney+ shows. Charlie Cox is already rumored to appear in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home, but we have no clue where, when, or how Jon Bernthal or Krysten Ritter will show up as the Punisher and Jessica Jones, respectively. Vincent D’Onofrio will reportedly make his big return in the Echo series, with a cameo in the Hawkeye show also possible. Obviously, it is important to take this rumor with a grain of salt.
A few months back, though, we reported that Vincent D’Onofrio could be returning as Kingpin in a future Marvel Cinematic Universe project. And while this latest rumor does not necessarily confirm that news, it does build on it and indicate that talks may be happening behind the scenes. Of course, Kingpin can’t properly return without Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, even if the imposing crime lord was originally a Spider-Man villain.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding and evolving with each successive film and series. It has been for quite a bit now. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame proved to viewers that Marvel Studios was not afraid to go dark, and since those two installments first landed in theaters, the franchise has only grown from there. WandaVision marked a maturation for the franchise.The Falcon and the Winter Soldier did too, but to a lesser degree. That being said, it will be interesting to see how Vincent D’Onofrio’s potential return as Kingpin enriches a shared continuity that is already ripe with fun characters and fascinating concepts. He was a fan-favorite in the Daredevil show, often stealing pivotal scenes from the show’s main heroes even as he terrified viewers. Given his history of wowing viewers with his phenomenal performances, we already know he is going to rock it. We just hope Kevin Feige and the big wigs over at Disney believe in him enough to give him a big role in Marvel’s future.