Daredevil star Vincent D’Onofrio sparks Kingpin return speculations in a new photo, following the news that Disney+ is working on a sequel series.
Daredevil actor Vincent D’onofrio has sparked Kingpin return speculations with a new photo. Since its launch, Disney+ has been a second home for the MCU, allowing Marvel Studios to debut new original TV series. However, before the Marvel Studios shows, there was Marvel TV. The division was led by Jeph Loeb before it was absorbed into Marvel boss Kevin Feige’s overall responsibilities as Cheif Creative Officer. The Marvel TV era saw the creation of multiple series, such as Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, The Punisher, and more.
On Netflix, Marvel TV launched The Defenders franchise. These series were set within the MCU and included Daredevil. Starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Daredevil followed the protector of Hell’s Kitchen defending the streets while battling villains like D’Onofrio’s Kingpin. Unfortunately, Daredevil was cancelled after season 3, along with the other Marvel TV shows on Netflix. However, as both Cox and D’Onofrio have recently made their way back into the MCU through Phase 4, and a new Disney+ Daredevil show is officially in the works, many are hopeful that both actors will be reprising their Marvel roles in the upcoming MCU series.
D’Onofrio recently shared on Twitter that he is currently bulking up, revealing a new gym selfie. The image quickly sparked speculation that the actor is getting into Wilson Fisk/Kingpin mode, working out to regain the villain’s large physique. While the acclaimed actor didn’t specify that his gym image was indeed due a return as Kingpin in the new Daredevil or otherwise, the comments on the post are full of users speculating that D’Onofrio is prepping himself to portray the beloved Marvel baddie once again.
The actor’s post comes only a few months after D’Onofrio appeared in the final episodes of the Disney+ series Hawkeye, revealing Kingpin to be the true Big Bad and bringing him into the MCU. The same month that D’Onofrio’s Kingpin appeared on Hawkeye, Cox’s Matt Murdock had a significant cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home. While Cox’s appearance had been rumored for a long time, the cameo also marked Murock/Daredevil’s official entry into the MCU. The upcoming MCU/Disney+ Daredevil project has been confirmed to be a continuation of the original Netflix show, so Cox and D’Onofrio’s role reprisal would certainly make sense now their characters have recently been brought back. However, with D’Onofrio’s new image, this remains pure speculation.
If D’Onofrio truly is getting into Kingpin shape, it could indicate that Disney+’s Daredevil is eyeing production for later in the year. If confirmed, that would mean the reboot series is further along than expected. Even though Disney+ and Marvel Studios have yet to respond to the Daredevil reports, it has been made clear since Hawkeye and Spider-Man: No Way Home that the MCU isn’t done with Cox and D’Onofrio’s characters. Ultimately, time will tell what Disney+’s Daredevil continuation will look like, and whether or not it includes the series beloved original actors.