A new Hawkeye deleted scene that emerged online reveals what Wilson Fisk/Kingpin was doing in the aftermath of the Battle of New York in The Avengers.
A deleted scene from Hawkeye shows Kingpin doing business after the Battle of New York in The Avengers. Originally debuting the character in Marvel TV and Netflix’s Daredevil as Matt Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) arch-rival, Vincent D’Onofrio has been given the chance to continue playing the villain in the MCU proper after the show was canceled. His appearance in Hawkeye not only establishes his place in the franchise, but it also sets up his future stories in it.
It’s been four years since Daredevil and the rest of the Marvel TV and Netflix’s slate was unceremoniously canceled to make way for Disney+. After its successful big-screen run, Marvel Studios wanted to produce shows exclusively for the House of Mouse’s streaming service. Unlike the other Marvel shows under the Netflix umbrella, Daredevil actually wrapped up quite nicely, with the critically applauded season 3 finale effectively functioning as a solid series capper. However, given its high-quality storytelling, fans wanted the series to be revived. That hasn’t exactly happened yet, but the fact that D’Onofrio is back playing Kingpin has been a great development for the movement.
Fisk’s appearance in the main MCU takes place in a post-Infinity Saga world via Hawkeye. But, the character has been an active player as a crime boss in New York as shown by the series’ flashback scenes focusing on Echo (Alaqua Cox). Now, fans can see more of Kingpin’s past, specifically what he’s doing on the heels of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in New York during The Avengers, thanks to a deleted scene shared on Twitter by @Zeus_TheAlpha. In it, the crime lord meets Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga) for the first time as she takes over her late husband’s spot in the villain’s organization. Check it out below:
It’s worth noting that Marvel Studios has yet to reveal if they simply adapted Daredevil‘s version of Kingpin or if their iteration is a separate one. When Marvel TV and Netflix’s projects were developed, they were originally planned to connect to the bigger MCU. But while Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage religiously referenced events from their film counterparts, specifically the Battle of New York in The Avengers, there hasn’t been any concrete indication that they’re part of the main MCU. In any case, considering the growing multiverse, Marvel Studios can simply explain that the Marvel TV/Netflix branch exists in a different dimension. D’Onofrio did confirm that it’s the same iteration, but it’s best to wait for Kevin Feige and his team’s official word on the matter.
Aside from D’Onofrio, Cox has also returned as Matt Murdock as revealed in Spider-Man: No Way Home. This effectively confirms that sooner or later, their paths will eventually cross again, assuming that the actors are playing different versions of their old Marvel characters. For now, this Hawkeye deleted scene supports D’Onofrio’s revelation that Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) snap actually caused Fisk to lose his empire. Unlike his more physical and brutal behavior in the show, the aforementioned clip shows him as calm and collected, assured in knowing that he’s still in power.
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