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Why Kingpin Needs To Appear In The Spider-Man Films

Marvel’s Daredevil, which has been going strong for the past three years, has managed to produce one of the best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk (Kingpin), is known throughout the main Marvel universe in both comics, films, and other properties. With the recent season of Daredevil, it showcased astounding performances from it’s cast; Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Wilson Bethel (Ben Pointdexter aka Bullseye), but most noteworthy of all, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk. To not give any spoilers for season three of Daredevil, to put it plainly, Kingpin steals every moment and scene he is in. There is always this sense of dread and always has control of the situation at hand.

This season of Daredevil has solidified that Wilson Fisk is a tactician and of strategic mind when guided by his moral compass; his beloved Vanessa (Ayelet Zurer). With all this taken into account, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin is now ready to take on our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Tom Holland). While Fisk may be ready to go toe-to-toe with our favorite wall crawler, Spider-Man is probably not quite ready. Allow me to explain, how a Kingpin led Spider-Man story may come into fruition.

1. Peter is not yet out of high school and ready to take on a serious enemy 


As we know this version of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) in the MCU is still very much in his youth and still in high school. Spider-Man: Far From Home will take Peter Parker into his junior year of high school and with the focus of a high school setting, it invites a family friendly Spider-Man to the big screen. As of right now, Tom Holland is contracted for five MCU films and we may get to see a handful of recognizable villains. Peter’s journey will probably take us into his junior year of high school or the summer of his senior year. With that knowledge, Marvel and Disney might want to stick with a family friendly villain or go with a darker tone and adding a villain such as Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk.

2. A Kingpin centered Spider-Man story needs to take place with a more experienced Spider-Man 

Jumping off from the highly successful video game, Spider-Man PS4, Kingpin is very present and is the main antagonist in the game. In this rendition, Spider-Man is a young adult and is trying to balance out early adulthood, while also being the city’s resident web slinger. Wilson Fisk, on the other hand, is established as a resident crime lord and successful businessman, with resources everywhere throughout the city. Now, if we placed this exact age frame of Peter Parker in the MCU while adding the story of the game, we could have a darker tone compared to other films in the universe. Having Peter this young leaves his character room for a variety of storylines that can last for years.

3. The film doesn’t need to premiere in theaters to be successful

Kingpin is a violent villain and antagonist to The Punisher and Daredevil, who both have their own series on Netflix. If we could get that same rage and emotion Fisk’s shares on the small screen and put it on the silver screen, that would really test Spider-Man’s abilities. Now it’s safe to assume that Daredevil, Jessica Jones and The Punisher might receive a similar treatment and move to to Disney’s streaming service, but under an age gate in which only those of a certain age can view the content. Disney and Marvel have also announced several original Marvel shows to feature on the streaming service, featuring characters from the main MCU (Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston). This all being said, as stated above, a Spider-Man movie featuring Kingpin as the main villain can simply premier as a Disney streaming service original movie and have a lower budget, but be able to interract with characters, such as Daredevil (Charlie Cox) or The Punisher (Jon Bernthal). The movie would still be rated PG-13, but have tone similar to Captain America: Civil War or Avengers: Infinity War, serious and dire, but not void of any humor .And with an original movie of that scale, it would be the perfect boost for customers to subscribe to Disney’s streaming service.

4. Kingpin and Spider-Man have a history

As most comic fans would know, Spider-Man and Kingpin have a long history, dating all the way back to the late 60s and early 70s. Though most prominently the 90s animated Spider-Man series, which Kingpin serves as the main overarching villain throughout the entire series. Another notable event of Peter Parker’s life is Kingpin playing a huge role in the Civil War and Back in Black series. In that, after Peter Parker reveals to the world that he is Spider-Man, Kingpin orders a hit on Peter Parker; ultimately, the gunman misses and critically injures Aunt May. In that same issue, Peter decides to don his symbiote black suit and heads towards the prison where Wilson Fisk is held. He then proceeds to pummel him and utterly humiliate him in front of the entire prison.

5. Conclusion: It will be amazing, spectacular, superior and all around awesome 

In conclusion, after the ending of Daredevil season 3, writing this article has been buzzing through my head after I watched that masterpiece of a season finale not even 24 hours ago. To say this all wishful thinking might be a stretch, but being a longtime fan of Spider-Man and Kingpin, nothing would please me and all fans more than to see Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man duke it out in an epic 2 hour adventure, or limited series. Also, most of the entire cast of Daredevil have stated if there’s any MCU movie character they would love to interact with, they all chose Spider-Man. And with Marvel with big plans for Phase 4 of the MCU, and Disney backing them in all their creative endeavors maybe this amazing production is just around the riverbend, more so than we think.


About Post Author

Derek is an entertainment journalist based out of Los Angeles, California. For the last six years, he has been covering everything in film and television and has written for various news outlets, such as The Cinema Insider, That Hashtag Show, Full Circle Cinema, and is now the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The DisInsider. You can him on Twitter @derekcorneii.

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