The 5th episode of the Hawkeye series aired on December 15 with a lot of unexpected “turns of the wheel” in the script. One of the biggest secrets revealed in this episode is the appearance of the underworld boss Kingpin, still played by Vincent D’Onofrio like in the Netflix series Daredevil. Not only that, he seems to be the boss of Eleanor Bishop, the mother of Kate Bishop, who hired Yelena Belova to hunt down Clint Barton.
So who is Kingpin and how will it affect the future of the MCU?
The origin of the Kingpin in the comics: Spider-Man’s “bloody” opponent
Kingpin was created in the 1960s under the pen of the legendary Stan Lee. According to information from Marvel Database, his real name is Wilson Fisk, first appearing in the Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1, No. 50., published in 1967.
The self-proclaimed Kingpin, Lord of the Underworld, emerged after discovering Peter Parker was about to give up his Spider-Man identity. However, he is especially obsessed with his image in public, always wanting people to see him as a real good person on the outside in order to hide the evil nature of a crime boss on the outside. in.
In subsequent episodes, Kingpin repeatedly targeted J. Jonah Jameson, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle, for believing that he was always giving bad news about himself. Around this same time, Peter Parker got excited again and resumed his responsibilities as a superhero. However, because of the Kingpin’s trap, Peter and Jonah Jameson were locked in a flooded room and almost died from suffocation.
After all, it’s still Spider-Man’s talent that helped two people escape. However, this detail shows that Kingpin is a character that is not “easy to play” at all, despite the fact that he does not possess superpowers.
What kind of person is the Kingpin in the MCU?
Vincent D’Onofrio took on the role of Kingpin in the Netflix series Daredevil before “traveling” to the Marvel cinematic universe in the latest episode of Hawkeye. As mentioned above, Kingpin’s number one enemy is originally Spider-Man, but he has also shown himself to be a nasty opponent for the blind lawyer Matt Murdock/Daredevil. Besides, in the original, Kingpin is also the adoptive father of Maya Lopez/Echo.
Kingpin does not possess superpowers, but he is especially strong thanks to his tall, muscular body. In the comics, he even wears a suit of kevlar armor under his suit, and always carries a cane that can project laser beams. The original design of Kingpin in Hawkeye is considered to be quite close to the original, with a characteristic white suit that is unmistakable.
In the Netflix series, Kingpin is built a little more realistically and does not possess too many high-tech weapons. However, he has always been a formidable opponent of Daredevil, having played the main villain role for many seasons. Of course, after all, he was still Matt Murdock’s defeated general, and the last time audiences saw Kingpin on screen was when he was sent to prison. So, for him to return and continue his criminal plots in the MCU is still relatively reasonable and does not meet too many holes in the script.
Episode 5 of the Hawkeye series shows Kingpin assisting Ronin/Clint Barton in killing Maya’s father, hinting that he was among the lucky ones to escape Thanos’ Infinity War in Avengers: Infinity War. The MCU’s wiki page shows that Kingpin used a period of 5 years to rebuild his criminal empire. Things will probably be clearer in the final episode of Hawkeye, which will be broadcast on December 22.
How does Kingpin affect the future of the MCU?
The appearance of Kingpin, still played by Vincent D’Onofrio, indirectly shows that Marvel superhero series on Netflix are now part of the MCU (although Marvel has yet to confirm this). That includes characters like Matt Murdock/Daredevil; Luke Cage/Power Man or Jessica Jones.
In addition, it is impossible not to mention impressive villains like the Bullseyes, or fan-favorite anti-heroes like Punisher. Kingpin is the opening shot for the plan to expand the scope and scale of the MCU. With the idea of the multiverse being increasingly exploited more deeply, Marvel is facing the opportunity to bring many characters from previous series or blockbusters to its cinematic universe.
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