Netflix has certainly opened up a whole new world for Marvel. Prior to Daredevil launching on the streaming service, the entertainment company had only two real homes: on the big screen or on ABC. While the films had been nonstop hits since practically day one, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has never been the biggest fan favorite show under the sun. Whether or not Marvel would be willing to go fully dark in a Netflix show still remained to be seen.
Last year, Marvel and Netflix released the full first season of Daredevil on Netflix, and put a stop to any doubts right away. Not only was the show just as dark as it needed to be (and no darker than it needed), it also boasted one of the most interesting characters in recent Marvel memory: Wilson Fisk (a.k.a. Kingpin). Unlike most villains we’d seen on the Marvel Studios film front, Fisk was complex, nuanced, likable, and terrifying — all at the same time.
While Fisk was by no means the focus of the next season, his appearance certainly helped to elevate it to yet another level, and to this day, he may still stand as the strongest villain in the MCU.
So where does the future lie with this character? Some signs seemed to be pointing to the next season of Daredevil being a retelling of the beloved Born Again story arc from Frank Miller (between Fisk and another villain, Nuke, they certainly have some bits in place for that), but Marvel hasn’t always taken the most predictable of turns. Now, it sounds like at least some fans would be interested in a Kingpin-led Netflix series. But fans are usually willing to see anything with their favorite characters, so that isn’t exactly saying much.
What is interesting here is a response from actor Vincent D’Onofrio, who portrays Kingpin on the TV show:
In the past, D’Onofrio has expressed his general fanboy nature. He showed it when he shared his desire to see Fisk take on Spidey on the big screen, and more than almost any other actor, he seems to have a healthy respect for both fans and the source material on which his character is based. While D'Onofrio didn't explicitly state here that he wants to see a Fisk series, he is definitely quite open to the idea. Given if Marvel believes there's a market for it, his involvement is a helpful first step in making this a reality.
While I’m not always sold on the idea of spinoffs — they always to to feel reactionary and lazy — I do think, if approached correctly — a Fisk spinoff could be done pretty well. We already had a glimpse into what this could be in Daredevil Season 2, where we saw his influence while in prison. Seeing that in a fully, 13-episode series could be a fun way to go that could help make him an even more intimidating force for Daredevil down the line.
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SOURCE: Vincent D’Onofrio