One of the biggest secrets of the latest Marvel Studios series, “Hawkeye”, was how the series brought in Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The Kingpin had previously appeared in the Marvel Daredevil series on Netflix and when that show was cancelled, it was presumed that Vincent D’Onofrio wouldn’t be returning as the Kingpin.

While there had been little hints in the earlier episodes of “Hawkeye” and Vincent D’Onofrio was stoking the fire on Twitter, Marvel Studios had been able to keep Kingpin’s return under wraps.

During a recent interview with Collider, “Hawkeye” director Rhys Thomas explained how they kept Kingpin’s appearance a secret.

It was really hard. It was really hard. It was almost a policy of never mentioning him by name. He became the Voldemort of us. He would arrive in a Voldemort-like cloak, he’d walk between his trailer and set covered in this thing and everything was closed. It was one of those things too where they were so on top of keeping it secret. Again, it is done for the fans, because it’s going to be so much more impactful if no one sees this coming. I think there were some moments when I feel like Vincent tripped once on Twitter, he posted something that got people a little… And some people knew and people were talking about it. I just had a policy, I didn’t mention it in front of my kids, I didn’t mention it in front… You just don’t, just block it out of your mind, that’s what’s happening. It was tough, they wanted him to do it. It was hard. This whole process was an education in secrecy.


The entire “Hawkeye” series is available on Disney+ now.

What did you think of the Kingpin’s appearance in “Hawkeye”?

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  1. Dan December 30, 2021

    It's great that they didn't recast the character but PG-13 Kingpin is disappointing compared to the character's portrayal in the Daredevil TV show on Netflix. In Hawkeye it's very obvious Kingpin is holding back so that the Hawkeye TV show can be family-friendly. What next? PG-13 The Punisher turning up in a future MCU movie or Disney+ Original? Not a good sign for Blade's future in the MCU.

    1. ScionStorm December 30, 2021

      You think Daredevil could guest star in the Echo series? Who will be the next Netflix Marvel actor to make it to Marvel Studios? I just really want to see them take Hellcat to the next level. The PG-13 doesn't bother me for any but the most extreme characters like Punisher, Deadpool etc. Kingpin was a Spider-Man villain first and in that sphere he's definitely not going above PG-13 for moving media.