The promotion for Netflix and Marvel’s Daredevil is beginning to ramp up, and today sees our first clear look at series antagonist Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin as played by Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men in Black)


He looks about as Kingpin-like as any human is probably going to get. Here’s how Netflix describes the character:

The shadowy figure behind organized crime in Hell’s Kitchen, Wilson Fisk has one mission in mind: to save Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter the cost.  This immediately puts him at odds with Matt Murdock’s vigilante alter-ego, who also seeks to protect the city – but sees the criminal element as the root of the city’s problems.  Central to this conflict is that Fisk truly believes he’s doing good for Hell’s Kitchen and at times may seem more of a hero to its people than Daredevil.  Intelligent, complex and physically imposing, Wilson Fisk is the perfect foil for Matt Murdock, and the two will collide dramatically in Marvel’s Daredevil.

It sounds as though Fisk won’t necessarily be an outright villain from the start, but that goes in line with showrunner Steven S. DeKnight stating that Fisk will be portrayed sympathetically in this first season.

We’re just a little over a month away from the debut of Daredevil, which hits Netflix on April 10th.




  1. Maybe Daredevil & the Kingpin should move to East New York or Brownsville cuz I’m really not sure what kind of trouble they expect to find in Hell’s Kitchen anymore.

  2. He’s been putting on weight for a while.
    Actually, he’s always had ‘problems’ with his weight – as Gomer Pyle in Full Metal Jacket he was also quite heavy.
    I think he was at his best fighting weight as Robert E Howard in The Whole Wide World (See that movie!!!) and also in Salute of the Jugger.

  3. Absolutely, “The Whole Wide World” was incredible! And his short (written, directed, starred) “Five Minutes, Mr. Welles” has to be seen, especially if you are on any way an Orson Welles fan. It’s on Youtube!

  4. D’Onofrio has said that he gained 30 pounds for the role (going up to about 280), although it looks like he bulked in a Fisk-like manner where he’s as much broad and imposing as anything else — at 6’3″, he’s got a linebacker sort of look going on here.

  5. D’Onofrio was great as Orson Welles in Tim Burton’s ED WOOD (I know people who saw the movie and assumed it was a clip of the real Welles), and, as mentioned by several people, was a superb Robert E. Howard in THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.

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