Vincent D’Onofrio Recalls How Hugh Jackman Encouraged Him To Become A Marvel Villain

The return of Vincent D’Onofrio as daredevil the villainous Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk in the Disney+ series finale Hawk Eye proved that once certain actors take on a role, it’s hard to imagine anyone else taking on that role as long as the original actor is still ready to play it. While fans were thrilled to see D’Onofrio return to his role after years of uncertainty following Netflix’s cancellation daredevil series, the actor himself revealed in a new interview that he was initially encouraged in the role by a longtime Marvel icon: Hugh Jackman.

D’Onofrio recently visited the Marvel News Desk and shared an anecdote about how Jackman was responsible for encouraging him to take on a villainous role in the MCU, which ultimately led him to where he is. now. According to actor Kingpin, his first interest was sparked right after Iron Man was released, and he felt there was something about the superhero genre worth pursuing. In seemingly casual conversation, Jackman offered encouragement to pursue a role in the future. He remembered:

“The only thing that was on my radar at that time as far as superhero stuff was Robert [Downey Jr.]in Iron Man, which I found extremely impressive. I think I was actually with Hugh Jackman – he was at my house because our kids went to the same school, and we were sitting on my patio. . . and I said, “This superhero thing is turning out really interesting,” and he said, “Yeah! And I’m like, ‘You know, I think one day I’ll get the chance to play one of these villains, and I think I could tear it up.’ He says, ‘Yeah, I think you could too.’ »

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weeks before the Hawk Eye series premiered on Disney+, a seemingly innocent message from D’Onofrio was enough to have fans wondering if the star was about to bring his villain back to screens as part of the MCU. Although he spent over a month denying any involvement with the show or was scheduled to reprise his role in the future, Kingpin did indeed appear on the show and he was played by D’Onofrio despite the actor’s previous protests.

Wilson Fisk was introduced as a rising crime lord who built his empire following The Avengers Battle of New York, which came to blows with Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the Netflix-based series of daredevil. When Marvel Studios started pulling the plug on many non-MCU projects, it was doubtful that Fisk would ever appear again in a Marvel project. We’re now in a position where Fisk and Matt Murdock have been introduced to the MCU quietly but effectively, and while Kingpin’s fate at the end of Hawk Eye was left uncertain, the popularity of D’Onofrio’s villain makes it almost certain that we’ll see him again in the future, most likely in the Hawk Eye derivative series, Echo.

When you stop to consider the impact Hugh Jackman had on the superhero genre during his time playing Wolverine through many X Men movies, it’s interesting that a few words from him ultimately helped create one of the most popular and critically acclaimed villain characterizations to ever grace the superhero genre.

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