Did Kingpin die in “Hawkeye”? Marvel Comics History Suggests Not
The following story contains spoilers for Hawk Eye Episode 6.
After a full season of teasing, Vincent D’Onofrio finally made his triumphant return as iconic Marvel villain Wilson Fisk – the Kingpin – in Hawk Eyeit is Season 1 finale, title “So it’s Christmas?”. The character was officially announced for the first time since his daredevil appearances (which may or may not be official MCU canon) at the end of Hawk Eyepenultimate episode, and played a key role in the end of the season and the conclusion of the stories. And after just one big appearance, it kinda looks like the character was killed off, sent to the graveyard of Marvel villains gone too soon, along with Obidiah Stane and Killmonger. Say it’s not!
Maya Lopez confronted the man she previously only referred to as ‘the uncle’, essentially telling him she wanted out of the family business. Clint planted a seed of doubt in his head during their last confrontation, and Kazi did nothing to quell his newly awakened worries. After Maya was forced to kill Kazi – who wouldn’t turn her back on “Uncle” and the company – she confronted a Kingpin in an alley. And after some family talk, Maya seemed to tug on Kingpin, granting him an all-too-short stay down that MCU path.
But does she really kill the Caïd? Is it even the pivot if he can be killed so easily, after a singular episodic appearance? Keep in mind that in this episode alone, we saw The Big Man survive multiple hits, get shot by numerous arrows, and even get up and walk away after an explosion labeled “too dangerous.” And that’s not even to say that the moment we saw on screen had an almost exact parallel to Marvel Comics.
Let’s think about this one for a bit, shall we?
Did Maya/Echo kill Kingpin in Hawk Eye Episode 6?
Before we get into any parallels or hints of any kind, let’s just look at what was presented to us in the episode. Maya, now at least mistrustful of “Uncle”, if he does not fully believe that he is responsible for the death of his father, wants out. And she knows that Kingpin is the one running this business. And after her latest confrontation with Clint, she firmly believes that her way out is to either get away from him or get rid of him. So when she finds Kingpin, in an alley after the holiday party drama, she doesn’t fall for his “family” talk.
She shoots him, but the camera pans away and we don’t see a body. Anyone who’s watched movies or TV shows for a long time knows this trick: if you don’t see a body, they’re probably not really dead.
In addition to that, Hawk Eye just beginning to show us the brute strength and criminal power of Wilson Fisk; it would be foolish to think they dumped him after just one appearance. A Echo spin-off series is already in the works, and we’re expecting Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin (at least in flashback scenes, but probably many more) to be an important part of it.
This moment lines up almost identically with an Echo and Kingpin moment from Marvel Comics.
The scene of Maya confronting Kingpin in an alley is almost identical to a scene in Marvel Comics where Maya confronted Kingpin and, you guessed it: shot him.
The exact outcome of this confrontation was Daredevil Vol. 2 #15, which was released in April 2001 and was written by David Mack. The long and short of the story is that Kingpin, in this comic version of the story, was Maya’s stepfather, raising her according to her late father’s wishes (Kingpin is also responsible for her death in the strips drawn). After Kingpin puts Maya on Daredevil/Matt Murdock, Maya eventually falls in love with Murdock, and after learning she’s been used as a pawn, confronts her stepfather and shoots him.
The moment Kingpin gives Maya his “we’re family” call is pulled almost directly (not verbatim) from the comic, where he gives a similar call to their close relationship.
And, just like in the series, Maya Is it that shoot Kingpin. But in this scenario, it’s not a killing blow – again, you’re not going to kill the fucking Kingpin also easy. He survives, although he was blinded.
And with Kingpin blinded, it’s probably worth remembering exactly what he said right before he was presumably shot. Hawk EyeSeason 1 finale: “You and I are family,” he says. “And sometimes the family doesn’t agree.”
We know that Kevin Feige and his friends at Marvel choose their words carefully. Maybe it’s just a nod to Kingpin’s comic book fate, or maybe it’s a hint at what his next MCU chapter is. Either way, we look forward to a closure (or hopefully a continuation) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Kingpin whenever we see him next.
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