Vincent D’Onofrio Says Hugh Jackman Encouraged Him To Play The MCU Villain

Vincent D’Onofrio reveals that X-Men star Hugh Jackman encouraged him to play a Marvel Cinematic Universe villain in a casual conversation.

Vincent D’Onofrio reveals that x-men star, Hugh Jackman, encouraged him to play a Marvel Cinematic Universe scoundrel. D’Onofrio made his Marvel debut as part of Netflix daredevil series in 2015, opposite Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock over the course of the series’ 3 seasons. The actor would appear once again in the 2021s Hawk Eye, reprising Wilson Fisk’s role as the series’ hidden villain.

Debuting as a shadowy figure in the New York underworld following The Avenger‘s Battle of New York, D’Onofrio’s Fisk in Daredevil is an intimidating and menacing crime boss who comes to blows with Cox’s Matt Murdock during the hero’s war against the criminals of Hell’s Kitchen. After bloody fights, prison sentences, and comebacks through the Netflix series, Fisk disappeared from the wider MCU due to Netflix ending production on their Marvel series amid Marvel Studios assuming greater control over their television production. D’Onofrio made his surprise comeback in Hawk Eye, as post-Blip Fisk has reforged his criminal empire through connections with Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga) and the tracksuit mafia of Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox), targeting a prized item for former Avenger Clint Barton ( Jeremy Renner). Following his highly anticipated and widely rumored return, D’Onofrio revealed that a surprising Marvel star played a role in his pursuit of the role.

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As reported by RBC, D’Onofrio made an appearance on the Marvel Press Office, where he shared that Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman urged him to pursue an MCU villain role in a casual chat. D’Onofrio shared that he knew Jackman through his family, and that when the two sat on D’Onofrio’s patio, the Kingpin actor expressed interest in the superhero genre after Iron Man has been freed. Stating that he would like to play a villain, D’Onofrio was later asked by Jackman to pursue a role. Read D’Onofrio’s full reminiscence below:


“The only thing that was on my radar at the time as far as superhero stuff was Robert [Downey Jr.]in Iron Man, which I found extremely impressive. I think I was actually with Hugh Jackman — he was at my house because our kids went to the same school, and we were sitting on my patio. . . and I said, “This superhero thing is turning out really interesting,” and he said, “Yeah!” And I’m like, ‘You know, I think one day I’ll get the chance to play one of these bad guys, and I think I could tear it up.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, I think you could too.'”


After months of social media teasing, D’Onofrio made his full on-screen return in episode 5 of Hawk Eye, “Ronin,” with co-star Hailee Steinfeld and episode directors Bert and Bertie praising the actor’s work on the series. Fisk would enter the fray in the following episode, “So It’s Christmas?” with him and the Tracksuit Mafia attempting to assassinate Eleanor Bishop as she threatens to break their deal. Attempting to kill a runaway Eleanor himself, the much stronger Fisk is picked up by Kate Bishop (Steinfeld), who dispatches him with cunning arrows. Fisk’s final appearance saw Maya holding him at gunpoint for arranging the assassination of his father, with the camera panning away as gunshots were heard.


Although the fate of D’Onofrio’s Kingpin is unknown, his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was received with great enthusiasm by the fans. Like Jackman, D’Onofrio is considered the perfect representation of his character on screen. With D’Onofrio hoping for a bigger role in the MCU in the future, it’s interesting to hear how Jackman not only influenced modern superhero cinema through his own work in the x-men franchise, but a simple conversation between him and a friend led to one of the most beloved portrayals of villains in the history of the genre.

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Source: RBC

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