Warning: The following contains spoilers from Wednesday’s hawkeye final.
Three years later, daredevil ended, Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, returned to form in hawkeye to take back what is rightfully his. In the Disney+ series, he teamed up with Kate’s mother, Eleanor Bishop, and pressured tracksuit mafia henchman Kazi to remind everyone that New York is his.
“I think the Blip happened, and I think his kingdom has taken a bit of a blow, and he’s trying to get his city back,” Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays the fan-favorite villain, told TVLine.
The actor also confirms that this version of Fisk is the same as the one we saw in daredevil. “That’s how I played it, and I think that was a general idea,” explains D’Onofrio. But even though he is the same man, there were some notable differences. For starters, the Disney+ series established him as Maya’s “uncle” and leader of the tracksuit mafia. Plus, his ability to rip a car door when confronting Eleanor Bishop painted him as a much stronger man than we saw in daredevil.
“Obviously, on the show, he’s stronger physically and can tolerate more physical abuse. But emotionally, and as far as the history has been discussed, it was done to connect as many points of interest as possible.” daredevil nasty hawk eye possible,” says D’Onofrio. “There are things we can’t connect – he’s stronger, for example – but as far as I played him and the history I carry myself to and from Hawkeye, he is the same man.”
Episode 5 revealed that Fisk had Maya’s father William killed by Ronin. Maya confronted her uncle about this betrayal in Wednesday’s finale, and Fisk begged Maya through their family connection. But was he sincere, or was he performing?
“The thing about Wilson Fisk is that people are always suspicious of what he thinks, and that’s the cool thing about it,” D’Onofrio says. “There’s a way of playing that character where you just don’t know if he’s feeling anything other than his narcissism, and so his heart may be in it. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.”
What’s also unclear is whether he got through to her. Maya fired her gun, but we didn’t see that she aimed. In the comics, that showdown ended with the deadly killer blinding Fisk instead of killing him. With Fisk’s fate unclear, D’Onofrio hopes to continue playing the character.
“There are many facets to the character that can be explored, so I can only hope we keep going,” he says. “It’s not the first time I’ve had to walk away from this character, but we’ll see.”
With Charlie Cox confirmed to reprise his role as Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil in the MCU, D’Onofrio isn’t against a daredevil reunion if Fisk were still alive.
“I would love that,” he says. “It hasn’t crossed my mind often; I ran away from daredevil. For a moment, I thought it might come back, but it’s been years now. So I gave up [possibility]. But I didn’t know I’d get a call from [Marvel Studios chief] Kevin [Feige], or, so everything is up for grabs. I had no idea I would do it hawk eye.”
If given a chance to play Fisk again, D’Onofrio would also like to take on a few other opponents: “In the comic series it was Punisher, Spider-Man, and Daredevil. That would be cool,” he notes.
There is also the Mayan guided Echo spin-off, which has already been ordered for a series on Disney+. “[Exploring] the relationship with Maya would be cool,” the actor added. “It was one of the things when I was researching” daredevil, which I remembered as one of my favorite runs when he took her under his wing.”