Warning: SPOILERS For Marvel’s Hawkeye & Spider-Man: No Way Home.

After Hawkeye episode 5, Kingpin is officially in the MCU, and there are a few Marvel projects where he might show up next. Since the ending of Netflix’s Daredevil, those who watched the series have been begging for several key players to be canonized in the MCU, including Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, as well as Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk. Now, after months of intense speculation and uncorroborated leaks, Hawkeye has thrown Fisk into the mix as the crime lord potentially pulling strings behind the scenes in New York.

While he most frequently draws the ire of Daredevil and Spider-Man, Kingpin has been a thorn in the side of many superheroes, including Captain America, Wolverine, Luke Cage, and many more. However, his actions have been indirectly responsible for creating new heroes as well, and in the comics, he’s inadvertently responsible for turning Maya Lopez into the vigilante Echo. Even though on-screen depictions frequently show him as a grounded New York crime boss, his ventures and aspirations go far beyond just that, proven by his current comic book role of mayor of New York City.

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Kingpin is one of the most cunning foes in all of Marvel comics, and his public face as a legitimate businessman makes it even harder to discern his legitimate intentions from his criminal ones. Keeping his perchance for hidden agendas and secret plans in mind, it’s likely Marvel plans to use him in a few more MCU projects. Here are the upcoming MCU projects that might hold a surprise role for Wilson Fisk.

Echo

Announced shortly before the character made her official debut in Hawkeye episode 2, an Echo TV series is an incredibly safe bet for where we might see Wilson Fisk next. In the comics, Echo is Kingpin’s adopted daughter, whom he took into his care after arranging for her father to be executed in a double-cross. Upon realizing that she has the power to duplicate another person’s physical movements, Fisk began training her from a young age to become his personal assassin, and eventually sent her on a mission to kill Daredevil before Matt Murdock revealed the truth of her father’s murder to her. Since then, Lopez has had a stark and bitter vendetta against Wilson Fisk and has tried to bring him down on several occasions as both Echo and the Ronin.

With Hawkeye introducing a deliberate combination of Maya Lopez, Wilson Fisk, and positioning Ronin as Maya’s father’s killer, it’s evident that the series is barrelling toward a conclusion in which Maya realizes she’s being played. This sets up the perfect circumstances for Echo’s spinoff series, one that will more than likely feature Wilson Fisk as the primary antagonist as the young vigilante seeks her revenge.

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Moon Knight

The Kingpin has crossed paths with the Fist of Khonshu several times in the past, and now with Fisk operating as the Mayor of New York City in the comics, it’s been hinted that the two characters will square off again in the upcoming Devil’s Reign crossover event. However, in live-action, Marc Spector will make his MCU debut in 2022’s Moon Knight TV series, played by Oscar Isaac. A character who communes with an ancient Egyptian god and struggles with dissociative identity disorder might not seem high up on Kingpin’s radar of threats, but Spector’s total dedication to eradicating organized crime perfectly places the two characters in opposition to each other.

Peter Parker’s Next Spider-Man Trilogy

Although Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently destroying box office records in theaters right now, it’s a little hard to see exactly what the wall-crawler’s trajectory will be like moving forward. However, there has been a lot of speculation about what the next Spider-Man trilogy might hold, one that follows his exploits in college instead of high school. It would be a great opportunity for the MCU to give their Spider-Man films a bit of a darker atmosphere and tackle stories and villains they’ve avoided up until this point, and Kingpin would be the perfect character to embody this tonal shift.

Even before the MCU, Spider-Man and Kingpin go way back. In the Ultimate comics universe, Wilson Fisk was actually one of the first villains Spidey ever encountered. Fisk was even responsible for an assassination attempt on the life of Aunt May, an event that almost pushed Peter over the edge into killing him. In the aftermath of the ending of Spider-Man: No Way Home, the circumstances of Peter Parker’s life have never been direr, and Kingpin is certainly well-connected enough to continue to make Spider-Man’s life even worse.

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Daredevil Reboot

Ever since the character’s beloved Netflix series was canceled back in 2018, audiences have wanted the opportunity to see Matt Murdock on screen once again. Charlie Cox has been very open and adamant about wanting to return to the character one day, and just recently, Kevin Feige confirmed that audiences will be seeing Daredevil in the MCU sooner than they think, and indeed, Cox made a cameo appearance as Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home. All signs point to Marvel wanting to give Daredevil either a television reboot or a film series, and neither one would be complete without the presence of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk.

Not only has Kingpin remained Daredevil’s greatest nemesis for longer than 40 years, but D’Onofrio’s first performance as Fisk in Daredevil season 1 helped to elevate the show beyond just being an entertaining superhero show. Seeing Cox and D’Onofrio share the screen again would not only be immensely entertaining for fans of both characters, but it would also bring back a little of the prestige that made Netflix’s Daredevil feel like an event when it was first released.

Secret Invasion

One property that doesn’t seem overtly connected to Kingpin’s criminal activities is the Secret Invasion miniseries, but depending on how the MCU decides to approach the material it could be very fitting to his plans. In the comics, the Secret Invasion storyline happens when an army of shapeshifting Skrulls invade Earth and assume the identities of many of the planet’s heroes. The TV adaptation of Secret Invasion is building up a huge cast of star power, and, depending on how majorly the events of the series shake up the MCU, it’s a safe bet to assume that Wilson Fisk might find a way to manipulate the situation for his own ends. While it’s certainly exciting to see Kingpin once again serving as a major player in the universe moving forward, the only thing more exciting than his return is the anticipation of seeing where he might pop up again next after Hawkeye.

Hawkeye releases new episodes on Wednesday on Disney+.

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