|“||This was never your city. It's mine.||„|
|~ Kingpin/Wilson Fisk|
Wilson Fisk, also better known as the Kingpin, is the main antagonist of Sony Pictures Animation's 23rd feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. He is an infamous crime lord and the arch-nemesis of both Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Miles Morales.
He was voiced by Liev Schreiber, who also portrayed Sabretooth/Victor Creed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Stu Wargle in Phantoms, Ray Donovan in the series of the same name, Ted Winter in Salt, Colonel Alexander Vosch in The 5th Wave and the Storm King in My Little Pony: The Movie.
He is a very big man appearing to be obese, but like the mainstream Kingpin, his body is mostly made of pure muscle, making him immensely powerful in physical terms. He also wears a black suit with a tie.
Just like many of his incarnations, Wilson Fisk is a ruthless crime lord who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants and will kill anyone in his way. He does, however, possess immense love for his wife and son, and was devastated when they tragically died in a car accident after seeing him fight Spider-Man. This led him to spend a fortune building a device capable of breaching parallel realities in hopes of reuniting with another version of his family, and will not bother acknowledging the potential dangers it could have. He also does not tolerate disobedience, as when he murdered Prowler for not finishing off Miles. Therefore, while Wilson's love for his wife and son make him sympathetic, his attempts at reuniting with them make him more dangerous than he already was. Furthermore, he never acknowledges that it is his fault that his family left him and chooses to blame Spider-Man for their deaths.
Overall, this version of Fisk despite being a tragic figure, is also highly selfish and indifferent towards the amount of suffering he's caused. Despite his love for his family, he has no problem endangering millions of lifes if it means being being reunited with them. This makes him one of Sony Pictures Animation's darkest villains to date.
At an undetermined point, Wilson Fisk became the head of the company, Fisk Industries, while secretly becoming a major crime lord known as "The Kingpin". He also met and fell in love with a woman named Vanessa and with her fathered a son named Richard, though it is unknown just when this happened and whether Fisk was a criminal by then or not. Eventually, Kingpin also started to benefit the science research & development company known as Alchemax, with its CEO being Doctor Octopus, and even amassed a group of several supervillains that he hired as henchmen on his payroll, including Green Goblin, Prowler, Scorpion and Tombstone. His criminal activities also ended up making him a recurring enemy of Spider-Man during the latter's ten years as a superhero, and, during one of their battles, his wife and son walked in on the two of them fighting. Horrified by her husband's true nature, a terrified Vanessa hurriedly left with Richard, leaving a distressed Kingpin and Spider-Man behind. Unfortunately, as a result of their quick getaway, the two of them ended up dying in a car accident, severely traumatizing Fisk.
Building the Super Collider and Killing Spider-Man
Some time after this, Kingpin, despairing over the loss of his family, began a top-secret Alchemax project that involves building a device called the Super Collider, which he believed would allow him to access alternate universes and thus allow him to reunite with his wife and son at long last. Catching wind of his plot, Spider-Man attempted to stop him, as the device was unstable and, even if successful, could destroy all of New York City. Spider-Man ended up fighting with the Green Goblin and Prowler in doing so, while also coming across Miles Morales, who had stumbled into the scene, and realizing that they share the same powers. As Kingpin's two henchmen and Spider-Man fight while Tombstone and the Alchemax scientists watch from the testing area's control room, Kingpin himself arrives and introduces the Super Collider to his enemy, before having the scientists activate it. However, much to Kingpin's distress, Green Goblin ends up shoving Spider-Man into the Super Collider's energy in an attempt to kill him, causing the experiment go awry and the Super Collider to explode, killing Green Goblin and gravely injuring Spider-Man in the process.
Following the explosion, Kingpin, Tombstone and Prowler search for the injured Spider-Man, who gives a USB drive designed to destroy the Super Collider to Miles, asking him to escape and destroy the machine for him. Kingpin then finds Spider-Man, who reveals that he knows why he is trying to use the Super Collider but insists that it won't work. Rather than listen to Spider-Man, Kingpin kills him in a fit of rage, subsequently ordering his enemy's body to be disposed of and the Collider to be rebuild. Upon noticing that an unseen Miles had witnessed the murder, Kingpin orders Prowler to kill him, though Miles ultimately escapes. News of Spider-Man's death quickly rocks New York, leading to Miles becoming fixated on following through with his promise to destroy the Super Collider. Unknown to Kingpin, an older, fatter and more dishevelled version of Spider-Man from an alternate universe is summoned due to Spider-Man's DNA coming in contact with the Super Collider, and he and Miles decide to team up to stop the Super Collider and return the former to his universe.
Conflict with the Other Spider-Men
Going to Alchemax to create a new version of the USB drive (which had previously broke), Spider-Man leaves Miles behind while he infiltrates the building. However, Miles decides to come along upon seeing Kingpin and Tombstone enter the building. Kingpin begins to pressure Alchemax's CEO and the head of his Super-Collider project Olivia Octavius (Doctor Octopus) into finishing the alternate dimension-travelling machine, while, at the same time, Miles and Spider-Man begin to take the information they need, leading to them stealing Olivia's computer and its system unit while being chased down by her and the Alchemax scientists. After Spider-Man and Miles escape with the computer thanks to Spider-Gwen, Kingpin is seen with Tombstone overlooking the forest while recalling how he lost his family. When Doctor Octopus returns without the computer, he asks why he saw two Spider-Men, despite him killing the hero before he is told and that there are actually three. He is enraged at her for failing, though she insists that the appearance of more Spider-Men from other worlds only confirms that the Super Collider will work and that he will be able to summon as many alternate versions of his family as he wants once it is working again. Kingpin sees her point and has her get to work
Later, after Miles finds out that his uncle Aaron is really the Prowler and escapes from his apartment, the latter tracks him down and leads Kingpin and his other supervillain henchmen; Tombstone, Doctor Octopus and Scorpion, to Aunt May's house, where they and the other Spider-Men summoned by the Super Collider (Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker and SP//DR, and Spider-Ham) start to fight for the USB drive. Once Prowler gets a hold of Miles and prepares to kill him, only to back down upon realizing that he is about to kill his nephew, Kingpin notices his hesitation and orders him to kill Miles. Ultimately, Prowler backs down, unable to harm his nephew, and Kingpin shoots him in the back fatally for it. Kingpin turns the gun on Miles, though Peter B. Parker kicks him away and has Miles escape along with his uncle who dies of his wound. Upon his uncle's death, Miles' desire to stop and get revenge on Kingpin is driven even further, but, fearing that Miles' inexperience would get him killed, Peter webs him down in his dorm and leaves with the other Spider-Men to destroy the Super Collider, planning on sacrificing himself by staying behind to insert the drive.
Final Battle and Defeat
That night, Kingpin hosts a gala ostensibly in honor of the fallen Spider-Man, even inviting his widow Mary Jane Watson to the affair, but in reality only uses it as a distraction while his scientists finish rebuilding and reactivate the Super Collider to summon an alternate version of Kingpin's family. The Spider-Men manage to sneak into the affair and make their way below Fisk Tower to destroy the Super Collider, but end up getting ambushed by Doctor Octopus, Scorpion, Tombstone and Kingpin's mobster henchmen (Kingpin and his goons having anticipated that they would come and foil the plot). However, Miles, now fully embracing his role as Spider-Man, quickly arrives to help, and they succeed in defeating them all. Enraged at the Spider-Men for interfering with the Collider again and ruining his chances of reuniting with his family, Kingpin jumps in to stop them after all but Peter had been sent home, the latter deciding to leave Miles to deal with the villain, fully confident that he will be able to win and shut down the Collider. The two proceed to fight within the Collider, and in that moment, alternate versions of Vanessa and Richard appear, who are all equally horrified at his actions just as the others had been.
Blaming Spider-Man for taking his family from him once again, Kingpin brutally beats Miles down, sadistically remarking that he's going to make sure he never sees his own family ever again. However, encouraged by his father, Miles stands up to Kingpin, and remarks that he will never be separated from his family, before delivering a venom blast which seemingly incapacitates Kingpin and ends up destroying the Super Collider for good. Afterwards, Miles webs Kingpin up and leaves him to be found and picked up by the New York City Police Department, who discover the Kingpin shortly after Miles and his father make amends.
Equipment and Abilities
Due to his physiology, Wilson Fisk possesses extraordinary physical power and is a criminal genius.
- Immense Strength: Wilson Fisk possess extreme levels of physical strength, being able to toss cars, tear through a train's structure, release shock waves and easily overpower Spider-Man, who himself possess superhuman strength. It is seen that a direct hit from Wilson Fisk's fists can be nearly fatal. This was seen when he directly assaulted a severely exhausted and wounded Spider-Man, which ended up in Fisk easily killing said Spider-Man. When Wilson Fisk tried this on Miles Morales, Miles was left in a near-death like state before eventually recovering, because Miles was not as injured or fatigued as Spider-Man before him was when facing Kingpin.
- Immense Endurance: Wilson Fisk's physiology is extremely resilient to damage. He can withstand severe electrical shocks and even take direct hits from Spider-Man as well as have large objects and vehicles thrown at him.
- High Intelligence: As Wilson Fisk, he is a genius businessman and as the Kingpin, Wilson Fisk is a genius criminal mastermind. He funded and orchestrated for several supervillains to be hired. He also capable of understanding the workings of Olivia Octavius' scientific developments. He is also a master of manipulation and intimidation as even Olivia, who is likely as much as a threat as him never outright disobeys him.
- Immense Resources: Wilson Fisk possess incredible resources and this allows him to hire several supervillains and even fund Alchemax's research and development projects. Said resources also helped him retain good relations with the public before some of his crimes got exposed or at the very least, make it hard to convict him.
|“||(to the tune of the Spider-Man theme) Doo-be do. Doo-be do. Yub-yub, doo-bee do, doo-bee-do. Watch out! Here comes the Spider-Man! You like my new toy? Cost me a fortune but, hey, can't take it with you, right? You came all this way. Watch the test. It's a helluva frickin' light show, you're gonna love this.||„|
|~ Kingpin's introduction.|
|“||Kingpin: I’d say it’s nice to see you again, Spider-Man. But it’s not.
Spider-Man: Hey, Kingpin. How’s business?
Kingpin: Booming. Ha!
|~ Kingpin talking to Spider-Man.|
|“||It's not always about the money, Spider-Man.||„|
|~ Kingpin before he kills Spider-Man|
|“||I can’t wait to kill one more Spider-Man!||„|
|~ Kingpin about to finish Miles Morales off|
|“||You're not stopping this! Not today!||„|
|~ Kingpin's confronting Miles Morales.|
|“||The real Spider-Man couldn't even beat me! You're nothing! You took my family. And now I’m gonna make sure you never see yours again!||„|
|~ Kingpin before he slams Miles Morales|
|~ Kingpin to Miles Morales in their battle and also Kingpin's last words before being defeated.|
- Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage, Eddie Izzard, Gary Oldman, Paul Rudd, Zachary Levi, Jemaine Clement, Jeff Daniels, John Malkovich and Harry Shearer were all considered for the role of Kingpin before Liev Schreiber was cast.
- A crime-map at the Spider-Man base shows that Kingpin is affiliated with his universe's versions of Hammerhead, the Shocker, the Enforcers, and the Rose. In the Earth-616 universe however, Rose is actually Kingpin's son who dies as a child in Into the Spider-Verse so this character's identity is unknown.
- Kingpin is Schreiber's third animation voice role. The first was My Little Pony: The Movie where he voices Storm King, and the second is Isle of Dogs, where he voices Spots, one of the main heroes and brother of Chief, the film's protagonist, which was released on the same year as the movie was on.
- His vocal effects were provided by Lex Lang, who did the voice of Dr. Neo Cortex from Crash Bandicoot.
- Originally, Liev Schreiber was rumored to voice Morlun but he reveals that he did not appear in the film.
- Kingpin's plan to bring his family back via taking the Vanessas and Richards from other universe, as noted by Doctor Octopus, was doomed to the ultimate failure from the beginning. As all the Spider-People were in danger to die/fade away from Miles' universe because they didn't belong there, if Kingpin would have brought from other universe their respective Vanessa and Richard, they would have eventually died because they didn't belong to that universe (hence Spider-Man's last words to Kingpin that his plan would not bring them back). Even if Kingpin attempted to go to live in another universe with his alternate family, he would have died eventually too as such universe wouldn't have been his own.
- This version of Kingpin is, by far, one of the most darkest and disturbing villains in the film, and possibly from the Sony Pictures Animation films, having a sad and tragic backstory (though not one to qualify him as a truly tragic villain) behind his motives and for committing two brutal murders onscreen, delivering a killing blow on a badly wounded Spider-Man and fatally shooting the Prowler in the back when he refuses to kill his nephew Miles. Furthermore, his attempt to destroy several universes make him one of the darkest versions of the character to date.
- Despite him being played sympathetically because of what happened to his family, Kingpin does not qualify as a tragic villain due to him being already a villain before the tragedy happened.