‘Daredevil’ Star Crushes Hopes On When Kingpin Might Return

By February 9, 2017
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Prison sentences in the Marvel universe last an awful long time. Even if you are the former head of a powerful mafia group played by Vincent D’Onofrio.

The actor, best known for his Emmy-nominated role in Homicide: Life on the Street, was part of the first season cast of Netflix’s Daredevil, taking on Wilson Fisk’s Kingpin character. The last we saw of him was the end of that show’s first season where he was shown his cell.

And he hasn’t popped back up since. Nor will he, according to ScreenCrush.

D’Onofrio took to Twitter this week to disappoint fans not just in Kingpin’s absence from the upcoming The Defenders series, but also in the The Punisher spin-off that will star Jon Bernthal.

It’s not like D’Onofrio has been sitting on his hands since his departure from Daredevil. He popped up in both The Magnificent Seven last year, and this past weekend’s Rings, which debuted in second place at the box office.

D’Onofrio also is playing The Wizard in NBC’s Emerald City. He’s also set to play Vic Brown in Dax Shepard’s CHiPs, and Frank Kersey in the Bruce Willis film Death Wish.

Does that mean we’ll never see Kingpin again? Not so fast, the online news outlet said, citing comments D’Onofrio made last year about his Marvel villain.

“I can’t answer. I do know, but I can’t answer. So take that how you will … Kingpin is good for Marvel’s television stuff.”

There’s always the third season of Daredevil … whenever that ends up coming out.

Kingpin was first introduced into the Spider-Man world in July 1967 by Stan Lee and artist John Romita Sr. The character was originally played by the late Michael Clarke Duncan in the 2003 Ben Affleck film Daredevil.

The character also popped up in the 1989 television movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, played by John Rhys-Davies, who would go on to play Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The third season of Daredevil has been ordered, but it’s not expected until 2018. Instead, Netflix will offer the ensemble series The Defenders this summer, and The Punisher later this year.

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