A Fan-Favorite Marvel Villain Finally Returns in 'Hawkeye' Episode 5

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Photo credit: Marvel Studios

The following story contains spoilers for Hawkeye Episode 5.

For the majority of its run, Disney+'s Hawkeye series has been teasing the reveal of an ultimate big bad villain. More blatantly, certainly, than WandaVision (where fans grasped at hope for a Mephisto reveal and had to settle for Kathryn Hahn's Agatha and her catchy theme song), or Loki (which did, ultimately, have a major reveal in He Who Remains, but without much of the foreshadowing subtext we've seen elsewhere), Hawkeye has been hinting from the very start that Maya Lopez/Echo had someone operating above her. And savvy viewers knew that would be exactly who Clint Barton finally confirmed at the end of the show's fifth episode: Kingpin.

All that we've heard about Kingpin, so far, is that he's someone you do not want to mess with. We saw his hand early on in Maya's backstory, where her father referred to him as "Uncle" (a name Kazi also used to refer to him), and we heard Clint tell Kate all about him. Clint also refers to Kingpin when talking with his wife, Laura, hinting that Kingpin at this point has already established his criminal influence and strength within the MCU (and perhaps confirming that Laura herself is more in tune with the superhero world than we think).

So far, all we've seen of Kingpin is a blurry photo of him, meeting with Kate's mother, Eleanor Bishop, sent to her phone by a tailing Yelena Belova. Clearly, those two characters are working together. And on what? That's anyone's guess. We've seen Kingpin before in the Marvel Universe, but its unclear if this Marvel Universe and that Marvel Universe are explicitly connected. Maybe we'll find out for sure, and maybe it will play things vague. But regardless, what we know for sure is that this major villain is back—and he's bad news for Clint, Kate, and just about everyone else.

Who plays Kingpin in Hawkeye?

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Photo credit: Marvel Studios

Hawkeye's Kingpin, real name Wilson Fisk, has been officially confirmed as actor Vincent D'Onofrio. He was only in Episode 5 for a split second (in a blurry photo on Kate's phone), but the episode's closing credits included D'Onofrio as one of the names in the cast (The episode also included a silhouette of the big man's massive frame, which is the character's signature attribute).

Fans of Netflix's Marvel-verse will be thrilled to hear that news and see that name, as D'Onofrio previously played Kingpin in 27 episodes of the streamer's Daredevil series (spread over all three seasons of the show). D'Onofrio was without question one of the highlights of the show, balancing the character's calm demeanor with his moments of quiet, seething rage; he was great, too, at exploding at any given moment. A chilling villain played pretty much to perfection. Between Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock and D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, Daredevil had the whole hero and villain thing pretty much nailed.

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Photo credit: Netflix

D'Onofrio is a tremendous actor in everything he's in. On screen, he's probably best known for his roles in Full Metal Jacket or the original Men in Black, and he's also currently in Netflix's The Unforgivable, alongside Sandra Bullock.

He also has a successful TV career, appearing not only in the aforementioned Daredevil series, but also was a regular for 141 episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent and earned an Emmy nomination for his guest work on Homicide: Life on the Street. Last year, he played a series regular role in Netflix's Ratched, Ryan Murphy's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest spinoff.

So Kingpin is Vincent D'Onofrio. Does that mean it's the same Kingpin as in Daredevil?

That much we don't know for sure. While Kingpin is certainly played by the same actor here, Marvel Studios could simply say that everything that took place in Netflix's Marvel-verse was a "variant" of Fisk, and Daredevil, etc, took place in another universe. We'll have to see—there's a chance that Kevin Feige and company will want to start Kingpin's story over again and do it all themselves.

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