WARNING: the The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye, streaming now on Disney +.
The Kingpin is the iconic villain of the New York underworld, and as such, he’s been the arch-nemesis of all the Marvel Comics street heroes who have made their home in the Big Apple. Originally an opponent of Spider-Man, he later became a target of the Punisher, but his biggest battles with the highest stakes during the Most Important Period all involved Daredevil. During its Netflix run, daredevil portrayed Wilson Fisk as a fierce, blast-prone criminal mastermind who operated in the shadows while manipulating both legitimate and illegitimate levers of power.
His debut in the official Marvel Cinematic Universe in the penultimate episode of Hawk Eye’The season premiere took place the same week that Matt Murdock’s version of Charlie Cox appeared in Spider-Man: No Path Home. But as the move seemed to fold the series into Marvel’s biggest umbrella, a new theory speculates that the Kingpin of the Netflix series is not the same character as that of Hawk Eye due to issues with their comparative power levels, emotional maturity, and fashion sense.
In Daredevil, The Kingpin initially had a stature worthy of Voldemort as a person who cannot be named lest any of his minions or associates face his uncompromising anger, but as the Fearless Man begins to assert himself and In unraveling the links between its prey and the predatory city at the top, the name becomes synonymous with power. As Kingpin lashes out on his enemies, he is portrayed more or less as a physically impressive man with a mixed martial style comprising boxing, judo, and sumo. He takes on Punisher and Daredevil himself and can defend himself against either through stamina and brute force, but all against the backdrop of UFC fighters. There’s an indelible, brutal scene where Fisk takes the head of a man and places it on the ledge of an SUV’s open rear door, then slams it repeatedly and viciously, scrambling the skull of the man to paste it.
Hawk EyeFisk’s version completely portrays a car door with its hinges to extract a person of interest and soon after that same car slams it into him at high speed, throwing him through a window, he retrieves without a trace of blood. nor visible physical damage. While fighting Kate Bishop, he throws her across a room as if it were made of sticks and plucks arrows from her body like oversized irritants. Moving with her like the Juggernaut, she eventually detonates her entire cache of arrows directly beneath him, including the highly explosive one labeled “too dangerous”, and the end result after the conflagration wears off and the dust settles down. removal is Fisk limping through the streets, again relatively unscathed.
After brawls with non-motorized individuals like the Punisher and Daredevil, Fisk let blood flow through every hole and lacerations caused by things as simple as glass. There is certainly a visual aspect that informs this divergence that may have nothing to do with the actual depictions of the sustainability of either show and more to do with the overall tone of each show. Netflix shows from daredevil, Jessica jones, Luke Cage, punisher and Iron fist were all much more graphic and intended for an adult audience while still Hawk Eye is a seasonal action adventure that never delves too deeply into moral whims or intense violence. In that vein, Fisk walking away from an explosion looks more like Wile E. Coyote than his stint in Netflix’s Hell’s Kitchen and serves the same purpose. Its vast upgrade in strength, however, doesn’t seem to fall into the same bucket of thematic distinction and leanings toward the idea of this release being an alternative to the one featured previously.
The aforementioned pulping of a man’s head came about because Kingpin was embarrassed about how his partner handled a public meeting between the two. Extremely private and prone to insult, Fisk wasted no time in making this associate a murder on the road due to the perceived levity and intrusion into the life he put aside outside. of its criminal activities. While it doesn’t exactly follow all of the issues and circumstances, the idea that this same thin-skinned and emotionally combustible alpha would name a forward Fat Man Auto Repair seems unlikely. As previously noted, this could be an effort to foreshadow Kingpin’s involvement and simultaneously reflect the lighter tone of Hawk Eye compared to other on-screen representations of Kingpin.
Finally, Fisk appears in the finale away from the sleek three-piece outfit he flaunted throughout Netflix’s run. Dressed in a shiny white leisure suit highlighted with a scarlet Hawaiian shirt and fedora, he comes across as a man who doesn’t take himself too seriously and nothing could be further from the truth given the way which he perceived during his daredevil days. The costume does, however, point to a specific Spider-Man reference – Spider-Man: family business, written by Mark Waid and James Robinson and illustrated by Werther Dell’Edera and Gabriele Dell’Otto, where Peter discovers he has a possible sister. The costume benchmark could be a choice by the creative team rooted in an aesthetic preference in how Kingpin is presented in this iteration, or perhaps it’s meant to denote the familial aspect of both properties. In Hawk Eye, Clint establishes a very close relationship with Kate Bishop, taking her somewhat like an adopted daughter. In Family affair, Kingpin tricks a CIA agent into believing she is Peter’s long lost sister, Teresa, and the two travel the world trying to uncover the truth of their past while Peter holds her at bay, suspicious of his assertions.
Recent statements from Kevin Feige seem to confirm that the Netflix show is now canon, but when examining the actual statement he made to Cinemablend, it seems like he left a lot of leeway. Prior to the No Way Home reveal, he said, “If you were to see Daredevil in things to come, Charlie Cox, yes, would be the actor playing Daredevil. Where we see that, how we see that, when we see that. , stay to be seen. ” That’s just cowardly enough to suggest that while Charlie Cox will play Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio may be Kingpin, that doesn’t mean they’re the Kingpin and Daredevil of the Netflix series. Considering that the MCU has such a bevy of incredibly powerful characters, Fisk may have leveled up to compete proportionately at that scale, which would lend additional credence to the idea that more gritty Netflix shows do indeed exist in. a darker timeline, and the two characters who were recently introduced are better suited to the increasingly cosmic and often lighter MCU.
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