Marvel's Daredevil: 10 Reasons It's The Best Comic Book Show Ever

9. Vincent D'Onofrio Is A Revelation As Wilson Fisk


One aspect of their movies that Marvel doesn't always excel at is their depiction of the villains. Thus far, only Tom Hiddleston's Loki and Sebastian Stan's Winter Soldier have made any real impression and actually balance the heroes' good.

D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk, however, is potentially even more compelling than these two. He is not referred to in the series as The Kingpin, with the course of the show really showing his journey towards this identity as Daredevil's arch-nemesis.

He is only mentioned in the first two episodes in hushed whispers; in fact, his emissary Mr Wesley simply refers to him as 'his employer' and informs his criminal compatriots that they should never say his name. Thus, the mystique of the character is built and when he finally debuts at the end of episode three, the impact truly lands.

D'Onofrio's performance is perfectly calibrated to fly in the face of expectations at all times. Fisk is somewhat awkward socially; a huge hulk of man who struggles with how best to phrase his words. The audience can see, though, that there is a vast river of barely restrained fury beneath the surface, and whenever his temper erupts it is something terrible to behold. 

This vision of Fisk practically burns up the screen and so much of the praise for the show must be reserved for D'Onofrio.

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