Thankfully, D’Onofrio agrees. In speaking with Jake’s Takes on YouTube to promote The Unforgivable, the Kingpin actor discussed his character’s potential MCU return and revealed which other character he’d most like to act opposite of.
“It would definitely have to be Spider-Man one day, I’m hoping. We’ll see if they ask me to do it. Kingpin lived in a world of Punisher, Daredevil, and Spider-Man, so that would be the one.”
Kingpin is one of Marvel’s most iconic “ground-level” villains. While the Avengers are frequently tasked with confronting existential threats like Thanos, Galactus, and Kang the Conqueror, Kingpin occupies a more niche space in the criminal underworld. Even amid aliens, Eternals, and Blips, the world carries on as usual and it needs a crime boss to keep the seedy underbelly in line. Wilson Fisk is more than happy to be that man.
Phase 4 of the MCU is set to feature Marvel’s biggest and most experimental storytelling swings yet. As first teased in Loki, the multiverse has arrived in earnest, opening up crossover opportunities that we are likely to see in No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Still, if the franchise wants to maintain perspective with tragically human villains, D’Onofrio’s Kingpin seems like an excellent choice going forward.
In fact, we already know that Kingpin can work conceptually within a multiversal story. Kingpin was the central villain in Sony animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Voiced by Liev Schreiber, the mob boss was more than able to hold his own among all the Spider-Verse chaos. It certainly helped that this Kingpin was the size of an SUV. If we ever see Vincent D’Onofrio seriously carbo-loading, then it’s a safe bet Kingpin is coming back.
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