Vincent D’Onofrio on Hawkeye and Wilson Fisk’s Lust for Power

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Of the many things MCU fans wanted from the Disney+ shows, bring back short-lived actors Marvel Netflix run is high on the list. This month, those fans certainly got their wish: not only is Charlie Cox ready to return as Daredevil, his nemesis in the near future Wilson Fisk has already appeared in Hawkeye and has caused trouble for Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld).

D’Onofrio was told at the beginning of the year that he was returning and it was difficult to keep the news a secret. He and Cox have remained friends since Daredevil’s cancellation, but “Marvel stuff,” as D’Onofrio called it, is something the two actively avoid during their phone conversations. “We know about all the complications with disclosures and things like that and what we’re contracted to say and not say.” But once the Cox news broke, the two actors talked about it right away, and not once did D’Onofrio’s own confirmation through Hawkeye ever come up. “But when they showed Kingpin’s phone recording, I immediately called Charlie and we had a two-hour conversation. So we are friends and we talk about things like this, but we do it very carefully and in an appropriate way.”

While the Netflix shows couldn’t quite credit the MCU, it hasn’t stopped fans from finding out if those shows still fit within the movies canon. D’Onofrio, for his part, considers it “definitely a continuation” and treats the two Fisks as one person. “Some points cannot be connected, but most are easy to connect. Kingpin has kind of lost his town,” he explained. “Not quite, but he has lost part of his kingdom… He wants his city back, he considers it his own.” The only real tangible difference between the two seems to be physical, as this Fisk is stronger and can do more damage (and a lot).

So far, a good set up for Fisk’s return, and fans were clearly excited that such an important player would return to cause trouble for New York’s heroes. And then the Hawkeye final fell and surprised many fans.

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Revealed as “the Big Dude” whom Clint didn’t want to draw attention to, Fisk has kept Kate’s mother Eleanor (Vera Farmiga) under his thumb for years. When Eleanor decides to retire from the crime game, he decides it’s best to kill both Bishops and Barton and pull out of the blue. After being beaten by Kate and her plethora of trick darts, Fisk tries to make a silent exit but is cornered by his ward, Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox). Furious at him for orchestrating her father’s death, Maya points her gun at Fisk, and two gunshots go off as the camera cuts away.

Many fans originally assumed this marked the abrupt end of Wilson Fisk, but D’Onofrio says he still has a future in the MCU. “Every confrontation he has, every emotion he shows, is because of the events and the pain of his childhood,” he said. “What will continue to ground him is that he is based on an emotional foundation … You can do anything you want with him, but his inner self is that of a child and a monster.”

In addition, the confrontation between Fisk and Maya comes straight from the comics. In 2001’s Daredevil #15, Maya reacted violently when she learned that Fisk had killed her father and shot him in the eye, leaving him blind. While Fisk eventually regained most of his sight through reconstructive surgery, Maya left New York and set out to find herself. (Sounds like a solid idea for a spin-off, no?) When asked about Maya’s upcoming spin-off, D’Onofrio was naturally evasive and said he would if asked. “I remember the strip run. It was one of my favorites, the father-daughter relationship between Maya and him… it would be great.”

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So yes, Fisk will almost certainly be back to cause trouble for New York’s growing number of costumed crime fighters. But for now, he just needs to rest his eyes and really plan his next move.

Marvel’s Hawkeye is now available on Disney+.

[via The Hollywood Reporter and Collider]

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