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– by Edward Douglas

One of the most exciting things to happen in the world of comic books and superheroes in recent years has been Netflix teaming with Marvel Television to make great streaming shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

One of the standouts from the Daredevil show has been Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk AKA Kingpin, who has been a thorn in Daredevil’s side on the show just as he has been in the comics.

While the Daredevil show has been put on hold as Marvel Television works on their other Marvel characters like Luke Cage (streaming next Friday, September 30!), Iron Fist and The Defenders, many have wondered if we might see the Kingpin in some of these other shows, particularly the latter, since he has been such a big presence in Daredevil’s life.

D’Onofrio was in Toronto last week promoting director Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (out Friday, September 23), in which he plays an equally interesting character named Jack Horne, a frontiersman who joins Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt to save a town terrorized by a villain.

When LRM sat down with the actor, we eventually got around to talking about his TV efforts including playing Kingpin, and he told us  how he isn’t signed on to do any more i.e. no multiple picture (or in this case, season) contract like some actors that are cast in Marvel properties or television shows. But D’Onofrio also told us how much he and Netflix love the character and the writing on the show and that he will be there when they do call. 

This is what he told us: 

“Marvel, the company, and especially Jeph Loeb, who runs Marvel Television, he’s a clever dude. All those people over there are pretty clever and they love talent. There’s no giant commitment for me at Daredevil. Like I didn’t have to sign my life away at all. When Jeff tells me there’s something coming up and if I’m available, I’ll be there. And because it’s written so well, I’m going to show up. I’m going to do everything I can because the writing is so good. And then there’s a company like Netflix and they’re not pressuring you either. They just want good material, good content. They give you money to make good content, so they’re not pressuring actors to sign their life away either…. I think that there’s this common ground where they say, ‘Look, if the material is good are you going to show up?’ and I said,  ‘Definitely’.”

When asked directly about when Kingpin’s story might be continued, D’Onofrio said:

“That I can’t answer. I do know, but I can’t answer… so take that how you will. Jeff and Charlie (Cox) and Netflix love Kingpin, and so, Kingpin is good for Marvel’s television stuff and I think they agree.”

In the meantime, D’Onofrio has reteamed with director Tarsem Singh from The Cell for a new take on the Wizard of Oz called Emerald City, which he spoke to us more about, as well as his role in The Magnificent Seven, in the full interview that you can read next week!

Let us know what you think of D’Onofrio’s statement and how excited you are to see his Kingpin return in the comments below.