Vincent D’Onofrio played bad guy Wilson “The Kingpin” Fisk on the first two seasons of Netflix’s Daredevil, and he did one helluva job of it. While he was portrayed as ruthless and violent at times, he also seemed to have a sense of community and morals, even if those were horribly skewed. They even gave him a love interest, something that helped give the character some genuine humanity.
When Season Two ended, Fisk was still in prison after being exposed and captured by Matt Murdoch’s alter ego in the first season. However, he was essentially running his criminal empire from behind bars. As the season progressed into a story more about The Punisher and Elektra, the Kingpin sort of faded quietly into the background. But according to D’Onofrio, he will be back — he just can’t say when.
“There’s no giant commitment for me at Daredevil. Like I didn’t have to sign my life away at all,” D’Onofrio told the Latino Review. “When Jeff tells me there’s something coming up and if I’m available, I’ll be there. And because it’s written so well, I’m going to show up… I do know [when he’s coming back], but I can’t answer… so take that how you will. Jeff and Charlie (Cox) and Netflix love Kingpin, and so, Kingpin is good for Marvel’s television stuff and I think they agree.”
D’Onofrio was suspiciously vague, which opens up a lot of potential doors. Netflix has really gone all in with the Marvel hero series, having set them all in the same shared universe. Luke Cage premieres at the end of September, Daredevil has been renewed for Season Three, Jessica Jones has a second season coming, Iron Fist will arrive in 2017, and The Punisher is getting his own series as well. Wilson Fisk could become an important player in any one of these series. Or multiple series. Or all of them.