Wilson Fisk himself, Vincent D’Onofrio, was a guest recently at the Salt Lake FanX 2022 in Utah, where he spoke candidly about playing Kingpin in previous Marvel projects, and what the future holds for the character’s next MCU appearances. As confirmed by Kevin Feige during San Diego Comic-Con in July, the character will next be seen in next year’s Echo series, which is now in post-production.
But that’s not all because D’Onofrio will then be back to face off against Charlie Cox’s Daredevil in 2024’s Disney Plus series, Daredevil: Born Again. The actor spoke a bit about the new series Echo, praising the lead actress’ performance, and teased that the events of the series will lead directly into Born Again:
KINGPIN ACTOR TEASES HOW ECHO WILL LEAD DIRECTLY INTO DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN
During his panel appearance, Vincent D’Onofrio praised the performance of Alaqua Cox as Echo in the upcoming series and revealed that his performance in the series will lead into the new Daredevil show:
“And I have to say that in Echo, whch is coming, where you get to see Alaqua Cox’s peformance, who is just phenomenal. The girl, the woman who plays the lead in the show is just unbelievable. And we did some scenes in that where everything that I just told you about how I approach the character is just full-on in the last few episodes of the show. It’s gonna be quite something. And that leads into, of course, Born Again.”
At that point, the audience cheered. D’Onofrio was also asked which MCU character he would love to fight, and he couldn’t contain his excitement about the possibility of Kingpin one day fighting Spider-Man. He also took the opportunity to add even more fuel to the fire that is the hype for the new Daredevil series. D’Onofrio added:
“I mean there’s only one, really, end goal. Spider-Man. But I will say, though, that you guys have no idea what you are in store for in Born Again. And I know a little bit more than you guys, and all I can say is that during that next series you’re not gonna be able to think about anything other than the next episode.”
WHEN WILL ECHO HIT DISNEY+?
As revealed by Feige in July, Echo is scheduled to come out during the summer of 2023. Production wrapped earlier this year, and the show will pick up after the events of Hawkeye. Alaqua Cox will return as Maya López, the first Native American to lead a project in the MCU. Here is the official synopsis for the series:
“Streaming exclusively on Disney, the origin story of Echo revisits Maya Lopez, whose ruthless behavior in New York City catches up with her in her hometown. She must face her past, reconnect with her Native American roots and embrace the meaning of family and community if she ever hopes to move forward.”
Charlie Cox will also be returning as Matt Murdock/Daredevil for the series, though his role will likely be more limited than D’Onofrio as Kingpin. Rumors have been circulating recently regarding possible production issues after Lizzie Hill from The Cosmic Circus posted on Twitter that she’s feeling concerned after hearing things may not be going so well for the series. However, the report lacks specifics, so let’s not raise the alarms yet until more information comes out on the matter for now.
COULD VINCENT D’ONOFRIO’S KINGPIN FIGHT SPIDER-MAN IN THE MCU?
This is certainly an interesting prospect, especially now that Sony has reportedly signed a new contract with Tom Holland to make a new trilogy of films. Kingpin is an iconic villain for Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, in the comics, and portraying that relationship on screen after seeing his rivalry with Matt Murdock will be fascinating, to say the least.
However, as of now, it’s unknown where the new films are going. Following the post-credits scene of No Way Home, it’s entirely possible that Venom will be the main antagonist, or at least a main part of the next live-action Spider-Man film.
Speaking of Born Again, there’s the possibility of Peter Parker making a cameo in the series, much like Matt Murdock appeared in No Way Home. But since Holland’s contract is with Sony, the most likely scenario is that the studio will not allow the character to appear in any Disney Plus series. Details about the contract are so under wraps that either studio has yet to acknowledge it’s been signed. We’re just basing this information on reports.
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