Daredevil was the first Marvel Netflix series, and it can be argued that the show owed a lot of its overwhelming success to actor Vincent D’Onofrio’s harrowing performance as the villainous Wilson Fisk. The character had a small presence in the second season but took a backseat from the main plot. Now, though, it has been revealed that D’Onofrio will return in a major way for Daredevil‘s upcoming third season.
In the comic books the show is based on, Fisk is known by the nickname “Kingpin” and is a major villain for both Daredevil and Spider-Man.
The first season of Daredevil spent nearly equal time following the journey of Fisk from businessman to villain and Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) from attorney to superhero.
“Vincent is an exceptional actor who returns with the incredible gravitas he brings to Fisk,” says Marvel TV chief and Daredevil executive producer Jeph Loeb.
D’Onofrio has long said he was open to returning to the series and even unsuccessfully campaigned to make an appearance in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The other big Daredevil news is the announcement of the series’ new showrunner, former Arrow writer/producer Erik Oleson.
Daredevil was originally developed by writer Drew Goddard, who intended to serve as showrunner before being lured away for a movie deal at Sony.
Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight then stepped in to serve as showrunner but was replaced in Season 2 by writers Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez.
The character of Daredevil was last seen in August’s Defenders miniseries, which brought together all of the heroes from the various Marvel Netflix series.
Jon Bernthal, who guest-starred in Daredevil Season 2 as anti-hero The Punisher, is reprising that role in his own Netflix Original Series alongside Daredevil co-star Deborah Ann Woll. The Punisher arrives on Netflix on November 17, 2017, while the third season of Daredevil is expected sometime in 2018.