Vincent D’Onofrio Addresses Kingpin’s Survival From Echo’s Attack in Hawkeye Finale

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More will be explained about how Kingpin managed to survive a close-range gunshot wound to the dome in the Hawkeye finale.

In Hawkeye, D’Onofrio made his long-awaited return as Kingpin after previously playing the character in the original Daredevil series. A major moment reveals how Kingpin, aka Wilson Fisk, is confronted by his “niece,” Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox). Maya seemingly killed Kingpin by shooting him in the face, though the gunshot was only heard and not shown. It’s since been revealed that Kingpin survived, with the Echo promotional materials suggesting the attack only left him with an apparent eye injury. This has generated a lot of debate with Marvel fans, prompting theories on how the character could’ve survived such an attack, and the good news is that D’Onofrio promises that all will be explained about Kingpin’s survival in Echo, per TVLine.
“If you’re a fan of Kingpin and Daredevil — the old comics — you know that Kingpin never dies,” D’Onofrio teased. “We just had to figure out a clever way of [moving] on from that shot towards the face and how we bring it into Echo, and we came up with a really cool thing. He does get hurt pretty bad.”

While not divulging any specific spoilers, it seems evident from D’Onofrio’s remarks that his character’s survival will be fully explained in Echo. It certainly makes sense, given how the new series further explores the toxic relationship between Echo and her adoptive uncle. While the two are at odds, the show’s creative team has also warned fans that Echo is no superhero, and she could even be better described as a “villain,” which also opens the door for the character’s issues with characters like Daredevil. Fans should also expect for the series to be much more ruthless than other Marvel shows on Disney+, which is why it’s the first MCU series with a TV-MA rating.
“We didn’t set out to make a TV-MA show,” Echo executive producer Brad Winderbaum also told TVLine. “We wanted to make a Maya Lopez show and be true to that character who has that violent past, who lives in this ethical gray area, who has a journey that can be rough at times. We ended up making a TV-MA show in order to stay true to her and her journey.”

Echo will be simultaneously dropping all episodes with its premiere on Hulu and Disney+ on Jan. 9, 2024.

“We didn’t set out to make a TV-MA show,” Echo executive producer Brad Winderbaum also told TVLine. “We wanted to make a Maya Lopez show and be true to that character who has that violent past, who lives in this ethical gray area, who has a journey that can be rough at times. We ended up making a TV-MA show in order to stay true to her and her journey.”

Echo will be simultaneously dropping all episodes with its premiere on Hulu and Disney+ on Jan. 9, 2024.

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