Daredevil is one of Netflix’s most popular shows. Though Netflix keeps their numbers hidden, any quick glance at social media during the weekend that a new season of Daredevil is released will show you how rabid the fanbase is. That’s not to say Jessica Jones and Luke Cage (read the early reviews here) aren’t as beloved, but there is something about Daredevil that just gets people excited. Charlie Cox is great as the man without fear, but the consensus is that Season 1’s antagonist, Wilson Fisk a.k.a. The Kingpin, was the standout from that initial season. Fans loved Vincent D’Nofrio (Jurassic World, Magnificent Seven), and actively look forward to his next appearance.
*Spoilers for the first two seasons of Daredevil*
Though Fisk saw his rise (and subsequent fall) to power in Season 1, the adversary was relegated to a few episodes during 2016’s second season. Crossing paths with Jon Bernthal’s Punisher, Fisk was able to use the appearance of the vigilante as a way to gain control of the prison, settling on releasing Frank Castle with hopes of a future alliance against Fisk’s adversaries. Though Fisk is still in prison at this point in the show, and there has yet to be a release date set for Season 3 of Daredevil, D’Nofrio was happy to speak about the fan-favorite’s next appearance.
“Marvel, the company, and especially Jeff Loeb, who runs Marvel Television, he’s a clever dude. All those people over there are pretty clever and they love talent. There’s no giant commitment for me at Daredevil. Like I didn’t have to sign my life away at all. When Jeff tells me there’s something coming up and if I’m available, I’ll be there. And because it’s written so well, I’m going to show up. I’m going to do everything I can because the writing is so good. And then there’s a company like Netflix and they’re not pressuring you either. They just want good material, good content. They give you money to make good content, so they’re not pressuring actors to sign their life away either…. I think that there’s this common ground where they say, ‘Look, if the material is good are you going to show up?’ and I said, ‘Definitely’.”
When pressed on the specifics of The Kingpin’s return, there wasn’t too much to say:
“That I can’t answer. I do know, but I can’t answer… so take that how you will. Jeff and Charlie (Cox) and Netflix love Kingpin, and so, Kingpin is good for Marvel’s television stuff and I think they agree.”
Where Will Wilson Fisk Appear Next?
OK, let’s recap what we know to help us speculate on the next appearance of The Kingpin. We know that the following shows have been announced, though the dates have not been nailed down:
Luke Cage (September 30, 2016)
Iron Fist (TBA/Most Likely Spring 2017)
The Defenders (TBA/Most Likely Fall 2017)
The Punisher (really TBA)
Daredevil Season 3 (TBA/post-The Defenders)
Jessica Jones Season 2 (TBA/post-The Defenders)
All of these seasons are actively in development; Marvel and Netflix can only do so much and so far they have been averaging two seasons a year. We have a trailer for Iron Fist and a title sequence for The Defenders, so it is pretty safe to say those two are coming out next year. It would be a pretty safe bet that Daredevil Season 3 could be hitting the streaming service in Spring of 2018. The only thing hindering a full on prediction here is the balancing act Marvel has to pull in trying to give their characters (mainly Punisher and Jessica Jones) their fair share of screen time.
Here is what we do know, everyone involved with these productions love Wilson Fisk so he is sure to be returning, it is very possible he could make an appearance in The Defenders! While it is a bummer that we won’t be seeing his character anytime soon, this is a good problem to have. We live in a world where there are TOO MANY superhero shows to watch, and that is always a good thing.
What do you guys think? Will Fisk make a cameo in Luke Cage or Iron Fist? How do you think the next three years of Netflix shows will end up? Let us know in the comments below!