Marvel’s series Hawkeye recently concluded with the sixth and final episode on Disney+. One of the biggest surprises this series offered to the fans was the return of Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, also known as Kingpin.
D’Onofrio played the character in the Netflix series Daredevil for three seasons, and he’s also one of the first MCU characters that moved from Netflix to Disney. Charlie Cox also reprised the role of Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which premiered in theaters last week.
Although Marvel’s shows that aired on Netflix — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Iron Fist — were confirmed to be set in Marvel Cinematic Universe, some fans didn’t hold them as canon since neither of the characters and events were directly tangled with MCU movies and Disney+ shows. The most that these shows and movies had in common were references and some locations (like Raft prison). But, that was before Cox and D’Onofrio reappeared in their respective MCU roles. With their return, Netflix shows are now as canon as they come.
Considering that confusion with how Disney’s MCU and Netflix’s Marvel shows are actually connected, some fans wondered if Kingpin that appeared in Hawkeye the very same that appeared in Daredevil. And the answer is yes, just like Cox’s Matt Murdock is. Same characters, only different projects they appear in.
“It’s the same character. Yeah, I mean, the way that we saw it on Hawkeye, or [what] I ended up believing, is that there are [as] many dots connected as we can possibly connect, and some are just impossible to connect. But I think… it’s the same as a lot of the MCU stuff that’s done, that Kevin [Feige] does, and all the incredible filmmakers, you know, they try to connect to the original stuff as much as they can. … But then there’s dots that can’t be connected. And I think we tried to do the same thing with connecting Daredevil to… or Hawkeye to Daredevil and Daredevil to Hawkeye. You know, it’s like that.” — Vincent D’Onofrio for Cinema Blend
Ever since Netflix canceled all of its Marvel shows and Disney got the rights back for the characters that appeared in them, many fans started demanding the return of those beloved characters in new seasons of the shows on Disney+ or at least making them a part of future crossover events that Marvel Studios is planning. Daredevil is definitely one of those characters, and now that we saw The Man Without Fear in No Way Home, we can only wait to find out when and where he’s going to appear next in the MCU.