Marvel Releases Photo of Vincent D’Onofrio as the Kingpin in ‘Daredevil’

By March 2, 2015

One of the most infamous villains in the history of the Marvel Comics universe is Wilson Fisk, aka the “Kingpin of Crime.” Hiding his true identity behind the smokescreen of a businessman and philanthropist, the Kingpin is responsible for having consolidated much of New York’s criminal enterprises under one organization and ruler: himself. He first appeared in he Amazing Spider-Man #50 in July 1967, having clashed with the webhead as well as the Punisher. The enemy that he has a more personal and potent connection with, though, is the Man Without Fear: Daredevil.

When it was announced that the Kingpin would be appearing in Marvel Studios’ Netflix series “Daredevil,” the question of who would play the large, physically imposing, and brilliant presence was an interesting one right up until the moment of the character’s casting. Eventually, actor Vincent D’Onofrio won the role, and today, Marvel has released a very first look at the actor in the role of the Kingpin.


Along with the photo, Netflix also released their own bio blurb about the character as he’ll appear on the series. It reads,

The shadowy figure behind organized crime in Hell’s Kitchen, Wilson Fisk has one mission in mind: to save Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter the cost. This immediately puts him at odds with Matt Murdock’s vigilante alter-ego, who also seeks to protect the city – but sees the criminal element as the root of the city’s problems. Central to this conflict is that Fisk truly believes he’s doing good for Hell’s Kitchen and at times may seem more of a hero to its people than Daredevil. Intelligent, complex and physically imposing, Wilson Fisk is the perfect foil for Matt Murdock, and the two will collide dramatically in Marvel’s Daredevil.

With some fans contending that Marvel Studios has something of a “villain problem” — at least in their movies — the Kingpin is an excellent addition to the lineup of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and D’Onofrio is a highly capable actor for the part. While the Kingpin doesn’t exactly have the mystical power of Loki or the distinctiveness of the Red Skull, that’s always been one of his greatest strengths. He’s physically imposing when he needs to be and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, but he’s the kind of evil that hides in plain sight, as well as the kind of villain that has a righteous attitude toward his actions.

“Daredevil” will premiere on Netflix on April 10th, starring Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Elden Henson. For more developments on the seies as we get closer to its premiere, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.