We’ve got another look at Vincent D’onofrio as Wilson Fisk in Daredevil, and it’s not of the back of his head!
Important question, how tall is he?
This version of the Kingpin is nowhere near as massive as his comic book counterpart, or Michael Clarke Duncan in the Daredevil movie, but at 6’4″, Vincent D’onofrio is no slouch. He’s also definitely bald, so he’s got that going for him.
Is his character important?
For Daredevil, we’d have to assume he’s pretty damn important. In the comics, he’s something of an archnemesis for Daredevil, although his role in the Marvel Universe often expands well beyond petty crime. At various times, he’s been considered to be one of the most feared criminal leaders in the world, despite his lack of superpowers.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe though, we’ll have to wait and see just how much of an impact he’ll have. He’ll almost certainly be the big bad in season one of Daredevil, but beyond that, who knows?
Could be another Mandarin?
Could be. Alternatively, I could easily see him staying on as the primary antagonist for The Defenders, playing some kind of role in all four of the preceding series (Daredevil, AKA Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage).
Anything else we know about him?
Along with the photos, Marvel also released this little blurb about the character:
The shadowy figure behind organized crime in Hell’s Kitchen, Wilson Fisk has one mission in mind: to save Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter the cost. This immediately puts him at odds with Matt Murdock’s vigilante alter-ego, who also seeks to protect the city – but sees the criminal element as the root of the city’s problems. Central to this conflict is that Fisk truly believes he’s doing good for Hell’s Kitchen and at times may seem more of a hero to its people than Daredevil. Intelligent, complex and physically imposing, Wilson Fisk is the perfect foil for Matt Murdock, and the two will collide dramatically in Marvel’s Daredevil.
Playing up a heroic angle for Fisk?
It’s definitely an interesting interpretation of the character, and to my knowledge, he’s never really been portrayed very sympathetically in the comics. Playing up Fisk as sort of an antihero/likable villain sounds original, I’m intrigued.
Cool, when will we be seeing this one?
Daredevil will premiere exclusively on Netflix on April 10.