Even though it’s not directly from Marvel Studios, Netflix Daredevil has long proved to be one of the most loved and respected entries in Marvel history. Between the writing, the acting and the story, there are many factors that led to the success of the mature series, but among the main reasons was Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin, the big-bad crime boss of the Marvel world.
Ever since the popular series was canceled due to the closure of Marvel TV, fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of Daredevil and the Kingpin to the MCU. Luckily, those wishes were granted last year when Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock appeared in Spiderman: No Way Home and Kingpin D’Onofrio turned out to be a big villain Hawkeye on the same week.
Wilson Fisk is revealed to be the tracksuited silent mob leader, Maya Lopez’s boss of Alaqua Cox, and the one who ordered her father’s death. As such, Hawkeye ended with Lopez appearing to make an attempt on the Kingpin’s life, setting the stage for her own Disney+ spin-off: Echo.
The upcoming series just started production in April and Daredevil and the Kingpin will reportedly return, marking Cox and D’Onofrio’s first reunion under Marvel Studios. Now, amid rumors of his imminent return to Marvel, the crime lord actor has hit the gym to get himself in Kingpin shape.
Kingpin Actor Heads To Gym For MCU Return
In a recent post on TwitterMarvel’s Wilson Fisk, also known as the Kingpin, actor Vincent D’Onofrio shared a photo at the gym amid rumors that he’ll repeat his Daredevil as well as Hawkeye role in Disney+ Echo. Along with the mirror selfie, D’Onofrio pointed to his age, saying: “63, but who counts #NoFearNoGreedNoEnvy.”
It was previously reported that D’Onofrio would return as Kingpin alongside Charlie Cox’s Daredevil in Daredevil. Echowhich began filming in April. In the picture, the Kingpin actor can be seen with a beard, which D’Onofrio often has, except when he is playing his Marvel character, indicating that he is either wrapped Echo or haven’t started filming yet.
How will the Kingpin fit into the Echo?
Marvel Studios Hawkeye spin off Echo Filming began on April 21, just under two months ago, and there was no sign of Vincent D’Onofrio on set. Charlie Cox’s return remains equally shrouded in mystery, but one scooper has revealed that the Daredevil actor will be on set at the end of May, so it’s possible his role has already been secretly filmed.
D’Onofrio often shared his photos and videos on Twitter, and he has continued to sport a beard in all of his posts ever since. Echo production began at the end of April. So, unless the Kingpin has grown a beard since Maya Lopez made an attempt on his life in Hawkeye final, then his participation may not have started yet.
However, before filming HawkeyeD’Onofrio revealed he had to put on about 20 pounds to achieve the crime boss’s iconic “round face” and yet now he seems to be getting in shape. The actor has previously explained how this gets harder to do as he gets older, so perhaps Marvel Studios will use other means this time around to create a larger Kingpin.
Hawkeye previously filming began in December 2020 and ended in April 2021, followed by re-shoots in September 2021. Echo In addition, being a six-episode MCU street series, the spin-off should also shoot for about four to five months, indicating filming could wrap up in late summer or early fall.
If the estimated filming window turns out to be accurate, D’Onofrio and Cox still have approximately three months to get to filming. Echo started filming their scenes. Because Echo and the Kingpin have such a convoluted history, D’Onofrio can appear both in flashbacks and in the present, which could explain how Daredevil is connected to things when he goes against Wilson Fisk’s criminal empire again.
FROM Daredevil For a resurgence on Disney+, the future is reportedly looking bright for both Wilson Fisk and Matt Murdock in the MCU. But before that, there were rumors that Charlie Cox’s blind hero would appear in the next film. She-Hulk Attorney at Lawwhich will premiere on August 17th.
Echo hasn’t set an official release date yet, but Hawkeye The spin-off is expected to premiere on Disney+ in early 2023.