Hawkeye shocked fans with the return of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin. For some time, they were hoping the Marvel Cinematic Universe would absorb impressive characters from the Netflix shows and given how New York, especially in the Spider-Man stories, was always under scrutiny, the villain’s journey just had to continue.
However, while some may assume that getting Wilson Fisk back in action required a lot of legwork, Marvel Studios: Assembled“The Making of Hawkeye” revealed that studio president, Kevin Feige, actually made the call in one of the easiest and best decisions he’s made when it came to integrating the new shows on Disney + with the MCU.
The hour-long documentary revealed key details behind Feige and executive producer Trinh Tran figuring out how to make Hawkeye more impactful. They knew there was a lot of pressure to deliver, with Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton hunting a watch and fighting off gangsters during a Big Apple Christmas. On a call with the team, the idea of making the Tracksuit Mafia more intimidating came up. Feige and co. were glad to pull from Matt Fraction and David Aja’s run with these villains, but while they switched Kate Bishop’s villainous parent from her dad, Derek, to her mom, Eleanor, they were still missing a piece of the puzzle.
The team knew they “needed a really big threat” to make Eleanor and even Hawkeye shake in their boots. Feige wanted someone grounded yet powerful so that when Hawkeye dove into organized crime in the Marvel Universe and the seedy underbelly of New York City, it would scare these characters to the core. Feige then randomly threw out the idea of it being D’Onofrio’s Kingpin. The team thought he was joking, with Tran admitting their jaws hit the floor in the Zoom meeting when he made it clear he was dead serious.
Feige eventually made the call to D’Onofrio, with the actor himself admitting he was shocked, but he jumped at the “awesome” chance. More so, D’Onofrio said in “The Making of Hawkeye” that “the people need to be reminded that the city belongs to me,” reaffirming he never lost love for the character. D’Onofrio also admitted that because he loved David Mack’s work, they plotted on this heavier-set, Hawaiian shirt-wearing Fisk, to differentiate him from what Netflix did.
This definitely augurs well for the likes of Luke Cage, Bullseye, Colleen Wing and even Jessica Jones. Some characters like Danny Rand may have flopped, but even so, Feige may be planning on reviving them if the opportunity presents itself to continue their journeys in a serviceable manner to the overarching narrative. It explains why D’Onofrio was teasing his debut for so long, sparking conspiracy theories while toeing the line so he did not reveal too much. It also backed up how Feige sought Charlie Cox out to reprise his role as Matt Murdock / Daredevil in Spider-Man: No Way Home and reinforced Feige’s talent as a genius architect and engineer, understanding the timing of meshing both worlds.
Marvel Studios: Assembled, “The Making of Hawkeye,” as well as all six episodes of Hawkeye are now available on Disney +.
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