A character loved by Marvel fans has arrived in the final moments of Hawkeye’s latest episode. Your addition will propel the show in a new direction and could well have long-term ramifications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This article contains spoilers for Hawkeye Episode 5, ‘Ronin’ If you haven’t seen the episode, turn back now!
The final scene of Hawkeye Episode 5 reveals that Wilson Fisk, AKA the crime kingpin, is the shadowy villain in charge of the tracksuit mafia. Not only that, he’s also played by Vincent D’Onofrio, who portrayed the character on Netflix’s Daredevil show.
At this point it is not clear if D’Onofrio is the exact same kingpin as in Daredevil or a different version of the character. His costume on the show, however, replicates the white jacket worn in Daredevil and it seems like he could be one and the same.
All of Netflix’s Marvel shows took place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but were held informally next to the MCU. While events from The Avengers influenced these shows (especially the Battle of New York, which was often referred to), the Netflix shows did not crossover with the MCU films. With all Netflix shows canceled and “real” MCU TV shows launched on Disney +, many wondered if Daredevil and Jessica Jones were still canon. However, D’Onofrio’s return as Kingpin suggests that the Netflix shows are still relevant to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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To back this up, MCU chief executive Kevin Feige said that should Daredevil return to the screens, he would be played by Charlie Cox, who starred alongside D’Onofrio on the Netflix show.
Hawkeye appears to be promising a Clint Barton-Wilson Fisk clash in its finale next week that would be the first major cross between a Netflix character and one from the MCU films. Could this be the start of these Netflix characters finally making their way into the mainstream MCU? Only time can tell.
For more information, check out our Hawkeye Episode 5 Review and How the Show Black Widow Gives the Eulogy it deserves.
Matt Purslow is the UK news and entertainment writer for IGN.