Vincent D’Onofiro’s Kingpin will evolve in the upcoming third season of Daredevil. D’Onofiro’s portrayal of the iconic antagonist Wilson Fisk in the maiden season of Daredevil met with critical acclaim. As Daredevil is a part of the massively successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, it managed to achieve one feat which has been eluding the MCU ever since; a strong antagonist. What D’Onofiro lacks in size, if compared with the comic book counterpart, he compensates it with his acting chops.
Daredevil’s Wilson Fisk is one of those few villains with whom the viewers can relate with. His highly engaging story ran parallel with the protagonist Matt Murdock’s own story, and the intersection of the two opposite worlds resulted in something spectacular which put the first season of Daredevil at top, and effectively reviving Netflix. With the introduction of The Punisher and Elektra, Wilson Fisk had to spend most of his time in a prison cell, thus being a guest character in the second season. But according to recent reports, D’Onofiro shall be returning as Wilson Fisk with a major chunk of the story in the upcoming third season. The arrival of Kingpin in Hell’s Kitchen will ensure that Matt Murdock’s life becomes a living hell.
If the rumors are to be believed, Daredevil Season 3 will be adapted from ‘Born Again’, which is considered as one of the best story lines for The Man Without Fear. The third season will have Erik Oleson as its showrunner, former writer and co-executive producer for Arrow and Unforgettable. All the three seasons of Daredevil have had different showrunners. Oleson will be replacing Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez for the third season. The show’s irregular production schedule is a reason behind the frequent change in showrunners.
Thankfully, Oleson has his work cut out for him. D’Onofiro has always shown his enthusiasm for his character, and this time, his strong support for Oleson makes it all look even better. In the upcoming season, Oleson wants to make Wilson Fisk embark on a more emotional path. This is what D’Onofiro had to say:
It’s hard to top the first season, with Steven DeKnight’s writing, but Erik Oleson (the new showrunner) is a very good writer. I’ve shot some pretty cool scenes, so far. It’s different, but it’s very Fisk. It’s still very emotional. The character is evolving. His whole deal is based on emotion, so we’re taking him down that role further.
There are new focuses and new goals. That’s all I can say. If it was up to me, I would go on and on and on about it because it’s so interesting, but it’s so important to them, for us to keep our mouths shut.
D’Onofiro’s endless support and his recent comments are good signs for the studio, even in the midst of replacing the showrunner. The last miniseries ‘The Defenders’, which had Daredevil/Matt Murdock in it received lukewarm reception for its slow pacing. Iron Fist, which released earlier this year was panned by both fans and critics alike. The upcoming third season of Daredevil has to fill its own predecessors’ shoes, which are pretty large to say the least. But with such contagious optimism from D’Onofiro himself, the third season might reclaim the number one position once again.