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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of the Kingpin from the Marvel Cinematic film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Kingpin.

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Villain Overview

I will never stop hunting Karen Page, or Foggy Nelson. I will tell the world who you really are. No prison can keep me, you know that. COME ON! KILL ME!
~ Wilson Fisk demands Daredevil to kill him, and his most famous quote.
The people need to be reminded that this city belongs to me.
~ Kingpin speaking with Kazi as he plans to head out.

Wilson Fisk, also known as the Kingpin, is a major antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is the main antagonist of Marvel's Daredevil TV series, serving as the main antagonist of both Seasons 1 and 3, and a supporting antagonist in Season 2. He also returns as the main antagonist of the Disney+ miniseries Hawkeye and will return in some capacity in the Disney+ series Echo.

He is a powerful, rich, megalomaniacal businessman and crime lord interested in the future of Hell's Kitchen. This leads to a conflict with Matt Murdock, also known as Daredevil, who becomes his archenemy.

He was portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio, who also played Private Gomer Pyle in Fullmetal Jacket, Edgar the Bug in Men In Black, Bob Fittler in Chained, Vic Hoskins in Jurassic World, Carl Rudolph Stargher in The Cell, David Hagan in Fire With Fire, and Luca Abele in Dishonored 2. As a child, he was portrayed by Cole Jensen.

Personality

Despite being one of New York City's most powerful crime lords, Fisk has a very shy and introverted demeanor. He did not like crowds and was uncomfortable around other people, until Vanessa Marianna's involvement. Fisk almost had an compulsive mindset, being a creature of habit and hating when things in his life changed, or went against how they were planned.

However, in spite of his social anxiety and his awkward nature, he is nonetheless capable of being extremely persuasive and charismatic when he needs to be. He has a keen understanding of psychology and social dynamics, which allows him to almost effortlessly manipulate people around him and exploit their psychological and emotional weaknesses. He also has a natural talent for leadership, as his take-charge attitude, the sheer force of personality, and raw physical presence enable him to take control of chaotic situations. As evidenced from the speeches he gave at his press conferences, he knows how to play a crowd as well, feigning emotion and passion in order to rally support from the masses.

He is a polite, articulate, and well-spoken man of courtesy and manners. He expected courtesy from his subordinates as well, as he would attack and sometimes even kill those who did not show respect to him or those he cares about. Fisk is a man of deep sophistication, enjoying the high-class life despite his poor origins. He enjoyed fine suits, fine dining, and classic literature and music. He considered himself a man of honor and always kept his word. While he can be a brutal, cold, calculating machine, he honestly believed what he was doing for Hell's Kitchen was righteous.

However, if Fisk was provoked he had an unstoppable, almost animal-like rage. His aggression was immense, and nothing could get in his way if those he cared about or his plan for the city were in danger. This was largely due to his abusive father, who taught him to keep hitting someone even when they were bloodied and beaten. Fisk's broken childhood had a lasting effect on him, still causing him nightmares even into his later years. He even hallucinated his reflection in the mirror having the image of his younger self covered in blood after murdering his father.

There are only four people that Fisk has ever cared for in his life. Fisk's mother was the only person that showed him love and respect growing up, and thus Fisk would kill to protect her, killing both Ben Urich and his own father for her. Vanessa Marianna became the love of his life; Wilson once brutally beat Anatoly Ranskahov to death and removed his head with a car door for simply interrupting their date. When Leland Owlsley had been involved in poisoning Marianna, he threw him down an elevator shaft to his death. James Wesley was the only man Fisk ever called a friend; he was emotionally distraught upon learning the death of Wesley, even kissing the forehead of his dead friend, and ordered the assassination of Karen Page when he found out she was the one who had killed him. Finally, Fisk had a deep respect and almost fear of Madame Gao, and her opinion of him, though this changed after he found out that she was responsible for the attempt on Marianna's life.

Marianna's effect on him made him more vulnerable and less able to run his organization because his focus was primarily on her. He ignored both Gao's and Owlsley's warnings to cut ties to her and as such, Owlsley betrayed him by dealing with Gao and was part of the plot to poison Marianna. Fisk was shocked at his friend's betrayal and it took time for him to come to his senses and kill Owlsley. When his criminal organization was brought down and his plans for the city ruined, he finally snapped and no longer cared about the city, saying it deserved to be destroyed and it deserved people like his father. His belief was shown when he related himself to the antagonist of the Good Samaritan story, as he first thought himself to be the hero of it.

After being imprisoned, Fisk became even more cynical, ruthless, violent, and sociopathic. Having given up on his ambitions to change the city for the better, he became concerned solely with attaining money and power, getting revenge upon the people who had wronged him, and being reunited with Marianna. He also became more impulsive and prone to homicidal outbursts, as he beat Wellers to death in a fit of rage after Benjamin Poindexter failed to kill Page. While he originally showed some reluctance and remorse about killing civilians like Elena Cardenas, this changed after his release from prison, as he displayed a willingness to order the murders of innocent people without a second thought if it would even slightly further his plans. For instance, in his quest to take control of the FBI New York Crime Division, which is station in New York City, Fisk murdered one of Special Agent-in-Charge Tammy Hattley's children by making it look like a hit-and-run, so Hattley was unable to prove something or connect it to Fisk.

Because of Fisk cleverly making it look like Hattley's child was murdered by a hit-and-run as a warning, Hattley couldn't ask the NYPD or Homeland Security for help on the matter even though she knew that the hit-and-run was intentional. Because Hattley's daughter Allison was still living with her, Hattley decided to cooperate with Fisk in order to protect her daughter which meant helping Fisk corrupt several other agents in the Bureau, including Ray Nadeem. This was also evidenced when he had Poindexter go on a killing spree at the New York Bulletin in order to cause a panic, and when he had Julie Barnes murdered to secure Poindexter's loyalty even though it was not necessary.

Despite losing most of his moral compass, Fisk still does have some level of compassion and loyalty in regards to Marianna. When Felix Manning failed a task Fisk not only spared him but allowed him to still work for him in gratitude for keeping Marianna safe. He also kept his word not to expose Daredevil or go after Foggy Nelson or Page when Daredevil threatened to expose Marianna to the police as being the one who had ordered the hit on Ray Nadeem.

Abilities

It's the clever man who plays the fool...
~ Madame Gao talking about Kingpin.
  • Exceptional Intelligence: Fisk is an extremely smart and sophisticated individual, using his intelligence to outsmart enemies easily.
  • Brute Strength: Kingpin or rather Fisk possess tremendous and savage powerful physical strength in levels that no one can even imagine. Using his strength, he managed to go out against Punisher, Daredevil and even to kill enemies with his own bare hands easily.
  • Leadership: Fisk is probably a leader from birth. He uses his intelligence, influence and manipulations to make every criminal to work for him and do whatever he says.
  • Influence: Fisk is described as a king, and as the one who rules over the entire crime world in NYC and Hell's Kitchen, because of the reason that he has such incredible influence.
  • Manipulations: Fisk is an extremely manipulative and devious individual, managing to manipulate Punisher into killing a prisoner for him, and even to manipulate criminals into working for him.
  • Business Skills: Kingpin is a really powerful and skilled businessman, who uses manipulations, tactics and strategies to do deals in the right way he chooses.
  • Intimidation & Interrogation: Using his tremendous strength and his frightening big physical appearance (later won the nickname "King Kong"), Fisk was able to intimidate and interrogate every enemy of his easily in order to obtain precious information.
  • Speed: Fisk, for his size, is remarkably quick, using his speed to his advantage in fights.
  • Master Tactician: An excellent manipulator, Fisk has managed to cause a fair deal of the criminal activity of Hell's Kitchen for years without revealing his identity to the public. Even when he revealed himself, he fooled the public into rooting for him and viewing Daredevil as a terrorist. Whilst in prison, Fisk was able to maneuver himself from being a first-time inmate to being almost in control of the whole prison he was incarcerated in within a mere matter of months by eliminating his competition. Hence, Fisk was even able to persuade fellow inmate Frank Castle to kill a rival powerful prisoner for him, despite the fact that the Punisher usually went out of his way to avoid making deals with criminals.
  • Expert Combatant: Fisk, despite having no formal combat training, is a very formidable opponent due to his size and pure muscle, with his immense brute strength allowing Fisk to lift a grown man into the air with a single arm, to beat men to death with only a few hits, to bench press an extreme amount of weight on a prison barbell, and to toss Daredevil around a small alley. Hence, Fisk was able to fight the highly trained Daredevil almost to a standstill in their second duel. Fisk also used his great strength to knock down and overpower Frank Castle, though it should be noted that the latter was limited at the time by having his hands and legs cuffed together, as well as him still not having yet fully recovered from his numerous wounds.
  • Multilingualism: Fisk is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Japanese. He also knows at least some of the motions used for communicating with American Sign Language, but the level of fluency is not yet known.

Appearances

Appearances of Kingpin

In chronological order:

  • Daredevil
    • Season One
      • Shadows in the Glass (flashbacks)
  • Hawkeye
    • Season One
      • Echoes (flashback)
  • Daredevil
    • Season One
      • Into the Ring (voice)
      • Rabbit in a Snowstorm
      • In the Blood
      • World on Fire
      • Condemned
      • Stick (mentioned)
      • Shadows in the Glass
      • Speak of the Devil
      • Nelson v. Murdock
      • The Path of the Righteous
      • The Ones We Leave Behind
      • Daredevil
    • Season Two
      • Bang (mentioned)
      • Dogs to a Gunfight (mentioned)
      • Penny and Dime (mentioned)
      • Regrets Only (mentioned)
      • Semper Fidelis (mentioned)
      • Guilty as Sin
      • Seven Minutes in Heaven
      • The Man in the Box
  • Luke Cage
    • Season One
      • Moment of Truth (mentioned)
      • Suckas Need Bodyguards (mentioned)
  • The Punisher
    • Season One
      • Gunner (mentioned)
  • Daredevil
    • Season Three
      • Resurrection
      • Please
      • No Good Deed
      • Blindsided
      • The Perfect Game
      • The Devil You Know
      • Aftermath
      • Upstairs/Downstairs
      • Revelations
      • Karen
      • Reunion
      • One Last Shot
      • A New Napkin
  • Hawkeye
    • Season One
      • Echoes (flashback)
      • Partners, Am I Right? (indrectly mentioned)
      • Ronin (image)
      • So, This is Christmas?

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Trivia

  • The Kingpin's outfit in the season one finale of Hawkeye is based on his appearance in Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business.
  • The scene in the season one finale of Hawkeye where Kingpin is shot by Maya in the eye is a reference to Daredevil Vol 2 15, where he was shot by Maya and had survived, but the injury had left him blind for awhile.

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