The Law & Order: Criminal Intent star returns as the crime lord Kingpin in the limited-run series about a Native American superhero.
You just can’t keep a bad man down.
Near the end of the 2021 limited-run series Hawkeye, the Marvel Comics-inspired action-adventure showcasing Jeremy Renner as the avenging archer of the title, New York crime boss Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin, had what appeared to be a fatal encounter with his once-loyal protégé, Maya Lopez, a.k.a. Echo. Specifically, she leveled a gun at the bad guy, whom she had discovered was the real culprit behind her father’s death, and appeared ready to deliver rough justice. There was a cutaway before Maya actually pulled the trigger — all we heard was the sound of gunfire — but there was every reason to believe that Kingpin had been killed.
Except he wasn’t.
In Echo, the exciting new spinoff series now available on Disney+ and Hulu, we see Fisk — once again played by Vincent D’Onofrio — survived being shot, and remains determined to remain a mentor/father figure to Maya (Alaqua Cox) even after she fled The Big Apple and returned to her Oklahoma hometown to reconnect with her Native American roots. Not surprisingly, Maya — a deaf woman warrior armed with lethally effective martial arts skills — is reluctant to reunite.
D'Onofrio recently visited the C&I Studio talk returning to the role of Kingpin, a character he originally played in the Netflix Daredevil series, and his view of the complex relationship between Fisk and Maya. And while he was our guest, we slipped in a couple of questions about The Kid — the well-received 2019 Western he directed — and the possibility of his ever again popping up in his trademark role as Det. Robert Goren, the idiosyncratic cop he played in producer Dick Wolf’s Law and Order: Criminal Intent.