Wednesday, July 6

Kingpin wasn’t always going to be Hawkeye’s big baddie

According to Hawkeye director Rhys Thomas, Kingpin wasn’t always his plan for the series’ main villain until a Marvel executive stepped in.

According to Hawkeye director Rhys Thomas, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin wasn’t always the blueprint for the show’s villain big reveal. Hawkeye It recently aired its season finale, “So This Is Christmas?” concluding the stories of Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) and Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner). The Disney + series is the MCU’s last show after the release of WandaVision, Loki, Y The hawk and winter Soldier. While it has already been confirmed that Loki will have another season, the Christmas theme Hawkeye you have not seen such ads yet.

In a move that surprised fans, the penultimate episode of Hawkeye revealed that Kingpin was the main villain the entire time, having been working with Kate’s mother, Eleanor. Not only was Kingpin revealed as the main villain, he was D’Onofrio’s version of the character that was first featured on Netflix. Reckless Serie. This new revelation confirms that Reckless takes place in the same universe as Hawkeye (making it canon in the MCU) something that opens up endless possibilities for future stories.

In a new interview with CinemaBlendHowever, Thomas reveals that the Kingpin, being the central villain, was not always the plan he had in mind. Thomas explains that the move was courtesy of a Marvel executive, but that the inclusion fit with elements he had already established in the show and a sense that there was a greater force of antagonism at work behind the scenes. Check out Thomas’s full comment below:

“The Kingpin of everything wasn’t at the top when I started the show, but I feel like his presence was never far away. Like, we were always hanging around this other ‘big bad boy,’ but there was a time when a Marvel executive came up and said, ‘You know, this is what we’re going to do about it.

While Thomas explains that Kingpin was not always in the cards as the center Hawkeye villain, does not provide any clues as to who else he had planned. It’s possible that without the Kingpin, Eleanor or Kazi could have been more prominent villains, or perhaps another character would have been introduced entirely. However, it seems likely that the introduction of a new villain character in the final episode that audiences were not yet familiar with would not have had the same impact as the Kingpin reveal, risking the ending feeling a bit anticlimactic.

Although D’Onofrio’s Kingpin was an exciting reveal, it could be argued that featuring him in just one episode wasn’t enough. It could also have fans of Reckless feeling ripped off, with the Kingpin built up as a sinister and dangerous villain over the course of three seasons of that show only to be swiftly defeated over the course of a single episode. Although the fate of the Kingpin in the Hawkeye The ending is left for interpretation with only one shot ringing off-screen, many fans are already speculating that, as in the comics, the Kingpin survives the shot but loses his vision as a result.

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