Marvel’s ambitious plan to turn four street level heroes into Netflix series before combining them into a team-like mega-series is, to say the least, ambitious. No less ambitious was the casting on the first series to reach the production phase, Daredevil, which includes a cast made up of Charlie Cox (Stardust) as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) as Karen Page, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) in a mysterious role, and this man, Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), as Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin or Crime – or Kingpin for short. Shooting on Daredevil is currently underway, and D’Onofrio took a minute to talk, however nebulously, about his new, important place in the Marvel Universe.
Obviously, in excerpts from this new interview with Screen Crush, D’Onofrio does not go into tremendous detail about his new role, but did offer some interesting insights into what’s going on behind the scenes, and hints at the greater plan. And since this is Marvel Studios we’re talking about, you know that there is a greater plan.
For instance, how does it feel to be working on a Marvel project?
They’re looking for artists that are willing to take chances and are willing to create characters, even if that character has been around for years and years in comic books, they still are depending on us to create something and take it somewhere else. Robert Downey [Jr.] is the perfect example of that. Who knew that Iron Man was going to be who Robert made him? And Jon Favreau. I would have never guessed Iron Man was going to be that kind of Tony Stark. Not in a million years, and, you know, that’s because of Jon and especially Robert. So, everybody is following suit with that. Personally, I felt Downey kind of led the way in that, and he’s kind of said to the studios and to the public, “It can work. These Marvel things can work.”
Of course, what we really want to know is the possibility of Kingpin showing up in the next Captain America movie, for example, or an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s happened before. Remember when Michael Clarke Duncan played Kingpin in the Ben Affleck-starring Daredevil and then he did the voice of Kingpin on a Spider-Man animated series that was airing at the time. Good memory. Anyway, any details about something like that?
Well, I think they have some kind of plan. I’m not really allowed to discuss what the plan is, but they have a plan. I think the beginning of the plan is series stuff with Netflix, and then they have a bigger plan to branch out, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you specifically what that is.
How about the Kingpin himself, how is D’Onofrio’s Kingpin going to be different/unique? He’s not really offering any specifics there either…
I’m not gonna tell you. I think – it’s not just me, by the way, it’s the writer. It’s Steven DeKnight, it’s Jeph Loeb at Marvel, it’s the scripts, and it’s me. I think it’s gonna be the … I hope — I should say – I hope it’s gonna be the new way to look at Wilson Fisk. I think that there will be no other Wilson Fisk but this one after we’re all done with it. That’s what we’re hoping for.
Well, so much for details. Still, we remain impressed because recruiting an actor of the incredible talents of D’Onofrio to play the literal and figurative larger-than-life mob boss of New York is a definite coup for Marvel.
Daredevil should premiere on Netflix, ready to binge, sometime next year.
Source: Bleeding Cool