Hugh Jackman encouraged Vincent D’Onofrio to join the MCU
Vincent D’Onofrio pitched the idea of playing an MCU villain to Hugh Jackman – who had nothing but encouragement to offer the future Kingpin actor.
During Marvel Press Office podcast episode, D’Onofrio recalled a conversation he had with fellow superhero character actor Jackman shortly after the MCU debuted. “The only thing that was on my radar at the time as far as superhero stuff was Robert [Downey Jr.]the performance of Iron Man, which I found extremely impressive,” D’Onofrio began. “I think I was actually with Hugh Jackman — he was at my house because our kids went to the same school, and we were sitting on my Terrace. . . and I said, “This superhero thing is turning out really interesting,” and he said, “Yeah!” And I’m like, ‘You know, I think one day I’ll get the chance to play one of these bad guys, and I think I could tear it up.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, I think you could too.'”
D’Onofrio debuted as main antagonist in Marvel/Netflix series daredevil in 2015. His performance as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin was highly praised by fans and critics alike, and the character appeared on the show until it was canceled in 2018. Rumors of D’Onofrio’s return as Kingpin in the MCU Disney+ series Hawk Eye started swirling as early as July 2021 and came true when Hawkeye’s fifth episode, “Ronin,” premiered on Disney+ in December.
While D’Onofrio joined the superhero craze in its heyday, Jackman was part of it. The actor made his debut as Wolverine/Logan in the hit 2000 film x-men and went on to reprise the iconic role in X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The glutton,X-Men: Days of Future Past and Logan. He also had uncredited cameos in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse.
In Kingpin’s final Hawk Eye scene, he is apparently shot in the face by Maya Lopez/Echo after learning he orchestrated his father’s murder. While some fans were shocked that Marvel Studios would reintroduce D’Onofrio just to kill him off, many pointed out that the scene pays homage to a similar storyline from 1999. daredevil #10 by David Mack, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, Richard Isanove and Richard Starkings. In this issue, Maya also shoots Kingpin in the face, but he later appears alive – but blinded by the wound. Regardless, it’s currently unknown if Marvel has any future plans for D’Onofrio’s Kingpin in the MCU.
The six episodes of Hawk Eye are currently available to stream on Disney+.
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