With Marvel Studios under increasing pressure to tie the films and TV shows together more closely, Screengeek have just released an interesting rumour.
“Marvel Studios is considering having Vincent D’Onofrio reprise his Wilson Fisk role from Daredevil in Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
If this is correct, Marvel Studios are considering the first ever appearance of a TV character in one of their films. It really would prove that everything is “connected”.But how likely is this? Here are the arguments for and against:The argument FOR the Kingpin!
Most super-villains tend to be known for going head-to-head with just one superhero – the Green Goblin fights Spider-Man, the Joker always tussles with Batman, and Magneto battles the X-Men. But the Kingpin is an exception to that rule. He’s a powerful New York crime boss whose reach transcends the boundaries of Hell’s Kitchen. As fans of the 1990s Spider-Man Animated Series will be well aware, the Kingpin is as much a Spider-Man enemy as a Daredevil foe.
Making this rumour even more probable, various other rumours are suggesting one of the villains in Spider-Man: Homecoming is a mad scientist by the name of Spencer Smythe. Creator of the mechanical Spider-Slayers, Smythe often played second-fiddle to the Kingpin (particularly in aforementioned Animated Series).Meanwhile, one of the background problems for this kind of move is that TV series typically take a lot less time to make than films do. As a result, a character can often have seen significant progression in the TV shows before the film scripts have even been finalised, let alone filmed. That’s one reason we’re unlikely to see a massive amount of interaction with the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; by the time the films are finished, the status quo for any member of the cast could have changed utterly.
The Netflix shows, uniquely, don’t have this problem. Because Netflix are only filming a certain number of Marvel shows a year, the Kingpin’s unlikely to appear again until 2018 at the earliest. Spider-Man: Homecoming, of course, will air in 2017. So a Netflix tie-in like this wOULD actually be far easier than a tie-in with one of the ABC shows.The argument AGAINST the Kingpin!The real problem here is that Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin isn’t exactly child-friendly. The Marvel films are always aimed at that PG-13 demographic, and Tom Holland’s youthful Spider-Man seems like a bullseye for younger viewers. The Kingpin, however, is a brutal and violent man whose appearances in Daredevil would be strictly R-rated.
On the face of it, that’s not much of a problem; until you imagine a thirteen-year-old going away from Spider-Man: Homecoming, wanting to know more about this cameo, and doing a search on YouTube. This thirteen-year-old is swiftly greeted with clips of the character bashing a guy’s head in repeatedly with a car door, in a violent scene made gruesome by sound effects. And there are lots more violent kills like that. Marvel would have a real problem keeping up their ‘child-friendly’ reputation in the face of those searches.What’s more, Wilson Fisk is simply too important to be shoe-horned in. If his story hasn’t progressed since Daredevil, when Spider-Man: Homecoming is released he’ll be in prison. If the camera pans to a strange bald guy in prison, perhaps watching Spider-Man on TV, there’d have to be some kind of purpose to the scene. So a process will really be begun where the Kingpin’s role drifts on to the big screen.
That may not sound like a problem to fans of the MCU, but we need to remember that Marvel Studios are aiming to make films that are accessible to as many people as possible. As popular as Daredevil may be, a lot more people will be watching Spider-Man: Homecoming – most of whom won’t have Netflix, and many who won’t be in the kind of age-bracket Daredevil is aimed at. Sharing a villain between the Spider-Man films and Marvel Netflix? It’s not a smart business move.In all honesty, I’m afraid until I see any official confirmation of this, I recommend taking this rumour with a pinch of salt. So far as I’m concerned, while it’s technically feasible, it wouldn’t make business sense.What do you think? Do you want a Kingpin cameo in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Let me know in the comments!