Warning: Spoilers for "Hawkeye" and "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
One of the last scenes in the "Hawkeye" finale showed a face-off between two characters.
The showdown ends with a loud gunshot but both characters may still appear in Marvel's "Echo" series.
WARNING: Major spoilers ahead for the "Hawkeye" season one finale and minor spoilers for "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
The "Hawkeye" finale ended with a shocking scene that seemed to imply the death of an important character.
The series about Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) teaming up to take down criminals in New York ended with multiple showdowns.
Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox), a high-ranking member of the Tracksuit Mafia, confronts Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) about the death of her father. Throughout the season, Maya had been hunting the man responsible for her father's death, the Ronin.
In episode five, the Ronin, a former identity of Hawkeye, reveals to Maya that Kingpin had betrayed her father and manipulated Hawkeye into killing him. Hence, after the big battle in episode six, Maya finds Kingpin, points a gun at him and then a bang is heard when the view changes to a look over the city.
It is not clear whether Maya shot him, or whether she killed him. However, if Marvel is following a particular storyline, this might not be the last we see of Kingpin.
Kingpin's apparent death might not be what it seems.
After bringing in "Daredevil" actor Charlie Cox to reprise his role as Daredevil in "Spider-Man: No Way Home," it would be strange to get rid of Kingpin without allowing him to clash once with his ultimate rival. Kingpin has also been a highly anticipated character to introduce in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially after D'Onofrio's performance as the iconic Marvel villain in Netflix's "Daredevil" series.
However, there is a possibility that Kingpin survived getting shot.
Maya's journey in "Hawkeye" seems to follow a lot of her journey in the 2003 graphic novel "Daredevil: Parts of a Hole," where Maya is first introduced and her origin is explained. In the comic book, Maya makes a similar discovery that Kingpin was behind her father's death and shoots him a number of times with the gun used to kill her father.
Kingpin survives this attack but is blinded for a short while before getting reconstructive eye surgery. Considering how strong Kingpin was shown to be in the "Hawkeye" finale — he was not even phased when arrows were shot into him — one bullet may not be enough to kill him.
Kingpin may return as a villain in the upcoming "Echo" series.
A perfect scenario for Kingpin's return would be the upcoming "Echo" series, which was announced last month. Not much has been said about the series apart from the fact that Maya, whose superhero name is Echo in the comics, will return in the series.
At this point, it is not clear whether after the events of "Hawkeye," Echo will become a sort of anti-hero or continue being a criminal. However, if Kingpin is alive he could return in that series either in person to get revenge on Echo or in spirit by sending a bunch of criminals after her. There is also Kazi (Fra Fee) who seemingly also died in the finale. If that character survives as well, he may be sent by Kingpin and take on his comic persona Clown to assassinate Maya.
Kingpin could return as a future villain for Spider-Man, as he has done before in the comics and in "Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse." Alternatively, with Daredevil now introduced to the MCU, Kingpin could appear in a future "Daredevil" Disney+ series. Until we see a dead body, this is likely not the last we heard of Kingpin.
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