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Daredevil Massively Changed How Kingpin Fights & Made The Show Better

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Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin on Daredevil is very faithful to the comics, but he also includes one change that works well for how he's portrayed.

Vincent D'Onofrio's portrayal of the Kingpin on Daredevil changed a major element of the character, but doing so helped make the show better. D'Onofrio's New York City crime boss Wilson Fisk appeared on all three seasons of Daredevil on Netflix. While the cancellation of all the Marvel-Netflix titles left the Kingpin in a period of limbo for a few years, D'Onofrio would finally reprise the role on Disney+'s Hawkeye in 2021.

Charlie Cox similarly made a cameo as Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home in the same timeframe. With Marvel's Netflix shows having moved over to Disney+, viewers around the world are enthusiastically revisiting Matt's original battles with Fisk. One thing that also jumps out about Daredevil is that, for as overall comic book-accurate as D'Onofrio's Kingpin is, one key aspect of him has been reimagined. Specifically, the reinvention Fisk's fighting style was a smart move.

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In the comics, Wilson Fisk is a very skilled martial artist, being especially formidable in Sumo wrestling and mastering multiple other disciplines. Daredevil, while having elaborate one-shot fight scenes, shows the Kingpin demonstrating no visible skills in any specific martial art. While this does change an element of Fisk from the comics in a substantial way, it works for Daredevil due to another trait of Fisk it shows. Namely, Wilson Fisk's rage. As seen on Daredevil, Wilson Fisk is a man with extraordinary anger issues. One of his most shockingly vicious acts on the series was to decapitate one of his criminal rivals by slamming his head with a car door repeatedly in Daredevil season 1. His confrontations with Matt, both as Daredevil and in his civilian identity, also showed just how scary Fisk is whenever his anger boils over.

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Kingpin's Anger In Daredevil Enhances His Fight Scenes

With Daredevil emphasizing Fisk's anger, his fight scenes show him as much more of a wild animal let off the leash. Daredevil, when facing opponents like Bullseye (Wilson Bethel), Fisk, or common street criminals, isn't without his own internal battles with his anger. Still, as a superhero, he's learned to channel it in a way that's controlled and focused in his life as The Devil of Hell's Kitchen. Fisk has no such control over his own emotions, and when angered, lashes out wildly in a way that's visceral to viewers.

Going this route with Fisk adds another visceral layer to his fight scenes with Daredevil. With the hero of Daredevil a skilled warrior with the sharpened fighting skills of a ninja, the villain is a raging beast driven entirely by emotion. Even The Man Without Fear senses imminent danger when Fisk's short fuse is finally burnt down.

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With Cox and D'Onofrio having returned as Matt and Fisk, Marvel's Daredevil seems poised for a Disney+ comeback soon. Whatever the next story the series tells is, it made a smart move in re-imagining Wilson Fisk's mindset and approach to fighting. The Kingpin's size and strength have always made him a challenging enemy, but his temperament on Daredevil is what makes him a scary one.

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