Did Vincent D’Onofrio just confirm he is coming back to Marvel, reprising his role as Wilson Fisk/ Kingpin? His latest tweet seems that way and he might have just hinted at a return.
Marvel has been hyping up the upcoming premiere of Hawkeye, which debuts on Disney+ in less than a week. No other actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been more hyped up for the new series than Daredevil actor Vincent D’Onofrio, who took to Twitter to express his excitement over the show coming out just in time for Thanksgiving. But fans are taking his fanboy moment and turning it into speculation about whether or not he’ll make an appearance.
On Wednesday, Vincent D’Onofrio quote-tweeted a promotional clip of Hawkeye from Marvel Studios, observing the one-week countdown to the show’s premiere, with just a few simple words: “This is going to be fun. I love these Marvel series.” The 62-year-old actor played Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin, in Netflix’s Daredevil series, though there has been no official announcement on his part nor Marvel’s on whether he’ll reprise his role in Hawkeye — or play another character, for that matter. Regardless, fans have taken his mere mention of devotion for every Marvel show that comes out on Disney+, including Hawkeye, into a tease about his return to the MCU.
This tweet is not the first time Vincent D’Onofrio fueled speculation about his comeback to the MCU. After Marvel released the first Hawkeye trailer back in September, he tweeted an original poem he wrote about a three-legged dog. Fans took the poem as an allegory to Lucky the Pizza Dog, the partially-blind pet owned by Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, and as a cryptic hint that he may be involved with the show in one form or another. They begged him to show up as Kingpin in the replies. CBR reported that he liked several tweets from fans speculating about his involvement in the show, which added more coal to the rumor train.
According to ComicBook, Vincent D’Onofrio was rumored to appear in Hawkeye since Alaqua Cox just happened to be starring in the show as Echo, a hero who, like her secret identity Maya Lopez, is a deaf person who copies other people’s movements. In the comics, Kingpin serves as Echo’s adoptive father, which may justify the rumors. Last summer, he spoke to ComicBook about his feelings of owning the character after having played him in all three seasons of Daredevil, which ran from 2015 to 2018.
“I feel very close to that character,” Vincent D’Onofrio said. “I do have to say, I feel like that character is mine and it’s only because I played for those three seasons and was so close with him.” He added that he feels very close to Kingpin for the sake of nostalgia and feels highly connected to him through his performance that “any offer to play him again would be, I would definitely have a really good look at for sure.”
Vincent D’Onofrio also doesn’t mind exploring more of Kingpin’s character in either the Daredevil or Spider-Man franchises, since both of them are set in New York City. The problem, however, is that Daredevil was part of the Netflix line of Marvel series that included The Punisher, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. Marvel said that those series are not connected to the MCU whatsoever, and none of the characters from those shows have appeared in the films, not even Kingpin. Until we hear from Marvel or D’Onofrio himself, Kingpin’s appearance in Hawkeye may be impossible.