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 Spider-Man Encyclopedia  - Spider-Man Villains - Kingpin

The Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)
most often comes up against The Punisher, Spider-Man, and Daredevil. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita, Sr., he first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967). He was modeled after Sydney Greenstreet's character in The Maltese Falcon, Kasper Gutman. The Kingpin is the  leader of the New York mafia, although his army of lawyers maintain his image as a legitimate businessman. The character played a prominent role in the Daredevil stories of the late 1970s and early 1980s written by Frank Miller, and the two have had a bitter, violent feud ever since.

Fisk has no superhuman powers, but the majority of his 400-plus pound bulk is muscle.

Amazing Spider-Man #50 Cover

Daredevil 170 Cover

Wilson Fisk began his life as a poor child, ridiculed by his classmates, as he was heavy and unpopular. When he was repeatedly harassed by bullies, Fisk began training himself in physical combat. Using his newfound strength, he intimidated the bullies into joining his gang, and he started on the road towards being one of the most successful criminals in New York City. His first gang was a small one with only a few thugs. However, he eventually was found by crime lord Don Rigoletto. Fisk became Don Rigoletto's bodyguard and right-hand man. Eventually, Fisk killed Don Rigoletto and took control of his gang, immediately becoming one of the most powerful criminals in the city.

The Kingpin stayed the ruler of New York's criminal underground for a long time. However, he had made enemies with other gangs, specifically the Maggia and HYDRA, who teamed together to bring down Fisk and his gang. Fisk left for Japan after his empire was brought down, and started a spice business, in order to become wealthy once more. After earning enough money, Fisk returned to New York and started gang wars, in an attempt to bring down the Maggia. With the criminal world in chaos, Fisk was able to step in and take control.

While Fisk was a powerful crime lord, he posed as a legitimate businessman, one who made donations to charities, and seemed like a generous, wealthy man. He eventually met a woman named Vanessa, whom he married and had a son with, Richard Fisk. Vanessa did not know that Fisk was a criminal when she married him, and when she found out, she threatened to leave him if he did not give up his life of crime. He temporarily retired from crime, and the family moved back to Japan, until gang wars in New York required Fisk's attention.

Richard Fisk did not find out that his father was a criminal until he was in college. After graduating, Richard told his parents he would travel through Europe. Only months after he left, they received news that Richard, who was angry after learning the truth about his father, had died in a skiing accident. However, this was not what really happened. It turned out that Richard Fisk was still alive, and he rose up to be one of the Kingpin's greatest criminal enemies, a rival crime lord known as The Rose. When Kingpin's empire was at its top, Fisk was the most powerful human in the Marvel universe, controlling several governments including the United States of America.

Cover to Daredevil #170. Art by Frank Miller. Wilson Fisk eventually lost his criminal empire to one of his employees, Samuel Silke, who was working with his son Richard, in a bloody Caesar-like assassination bid. In the aftermath, Vanessa killed Richard and fled the country with Fisk's remaining wealth while the Kingpin recuperated in an unnamed eastern-European country, broken and alone.

He returned, and after getting revenge on Silke by crushing his head, almost managed to regain his empire through sheer will, but was defeated by Daredevil, who declared himself the new Kingpin. Fisk was put in jail.

Recently, he hatched a scheme to be freed and regain his wealth by giving the F.B.I. proof in the form of the nonexistent "Murdock Papers" that Matt Murdock is Daredevil. Having made so many enemies who were in prison, Fisk was constantly under attack from the Hand, HYDRA, or any number of criminal organizations with which he had had intimate contact. The U.S. Government was hard pressed to get rid of this expensive, dangerous, legally clean master criminal, and Fisk succeeded in manipulating the F.B.I. into gravely wounding Daredevil and directing them to his DNA. He tells Ben Urich to give the feds the location of the Night Nurse, the only medic for injured superheroes, or go to jail.

He succeeded in getting Matt Murdock finally arrested, but the F.B.I. betrayed him at the last minute and arrested him as well, placing him in the same jail as Murdock with hopes that the two would kill each other. Ironically, the enemies were forced to team up in order to survive a prison riot which was directed at them. Finally, Murdock sacrificed the deal, refusing to let Bullseye, who was also incarcerated, leave the prison as Kingpin had planned. The fight ended with the Kingpin shot point-blank in the knee by gunfire from Bullseye intended for Murdock, while Murdock escaped.

Fisk also appeared in the Civil War War Crimes one-shot. He offered a deal to Iron Man — consideration on his sentence in exchange for information about Captain America's Resistance base. However, as his status in prison is threatened for collaborating with Stark, he betrays him; he first sets up Iron Man by revealing a gathering of super villains by Hammerhead to create a new criminal empire, claiming it was a base of Captain America's, and gives information to the Secret Avengers instead.

He also put out a hit on Spider-Man and his loved ones. A sniper attempted to hit Spider-Man, only to hit the "secondary target" of Aunt May.

At some point later, after Matt Murdock returns to America with his name cleared, he completes Vanessa Fisk's last wish and takes on Fisk's case, getting all charges dropped in exchange for Fisk leaving the country. Fisk is seen visiting his wife's grave.

In DC and Marvel's Batman/Spider-Man crossover book, Kingpin is forced to partner with Ra's Al Ghul in a plan that would destroy New York City, in an exchange for a cure to Vanessa's cancer. As it turned out, Ra's gave Vanessa her cancer to force Kingpin to aid him, but the Kingpin actually formed an alliance with Batman and Spider-Man to save the city. Ra's attempted to get his revenge by denying Fisk the cure for Vanessa's cancer, but Talia Al Ghul, Ra's's daughter, provided the cure herself, recognizing in Vanessa a kindred spirit, who loved a man that society would regard as a monster. In the second Batman/Daredevil crossover book, Kingpin almost lost his entire criminal empire to the Scarecrow, who had tried to dismantle it merely as a distraction so that he could spread fear toxin throughout New York. In this book, Kingpin is shown to be a formidable physical match for Batman.


The character has appeared in each animated series adaptation of Spider-Man (with the exception of Spider-Man Unlimited) so far, including the 1967 version in "Kingpinned" and "The Big Brainwasher", the 1981 version in "Wrath of the Sub-Mariner" and "The Return of the Kingpin", and Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends in "Pawns of The Kingpin". He also appeared in the Spider-Woman episode "The Kingpin Strikes Again".

 In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, he was the main villain. This Kingpin is fairly close to the comics version, but he is often occupied with manipulating super-powered characters to do his bidding. He's the mastermind behind the creation of the Spider-Slayers and is responsible for the creation of the Insidious Six, the animated equivalent of the Sinister Six. He's also involved in a power struggle with crime boss Silvermane.
Initially he operated behind the scenes until a two-part episode where his identity was revealed to Spider-Man with the help of Daredevil, who was seeking revenge for his father's murder at Kingpin's hands. The Kingpin's associates here was first Alistair Smythe but after Smythe almost betrayed the Kingpin, Dr. Herbert Landon replaced him. The Kingpin was voiced by Roscoe Lee Browne in this series.

This series also described an origin for the Kingpin, somewhat different than the comic-book version. As a boy, Wilson Fisk was influenced by his father, who sought employment as a mob criminal. When older, Fisk assisted his father in robbing banks and jewelry stores, culminating in one robbery where his father escaped but Fisk, hampered by his already-considerable weight, was captured by police. In adulthood, Fisk emulated his father's goal and climbed to a position of seniority within the mob, adopting the alias "Kingpin". He has had his police file destroyed, removing all record of his earlier arrest. He arranged for the arrest and conviction of his father, still an aspiring but minor criminal, and declared that he did this because "Sacrifices must be made".

John Rhys-Davies played Fisk in the TV movie, .

 In the feature film, , Michael Clarke Duncan played the character. As in the MTV animated series, he is responsible for the murder of Daredevil's father. Although he is African-American and in the comics the Kingpin is Caucasian, the studio decided to use Duncan, who resembled the character's intimidating stature. Many fans and critics have praised Duncan for his portrayal of the character. Here, Kingpin started out as an enforcer for a mob boss named Falon, in which capacity he was hired to kill Jack Murdock after he refused to throw a fight. Years later, Fisk became a crime boss in his own right and successfully hid his criminal activities from the public, although the media picked up on reports of a "Kingpin", running all crime in the city.
Michael Clarke Duncan

He hired Bullseye to kill Nikalaos Natchios (attempting to frame Natchios as the Kingpin in the process). He was successful, but Fisk also wanted Natchios' family killed as well and hired Bullseye to kill Natchios' daughter, Elektra, as well as the troublesome Daredevil. Even though Bullseye successfully killed Elektra, he lost to Daredevil and during the fight revealed that Fisk was really the Kingpin. Daredevil and Kingpin confronted each other in a final showdown. Daredevil was severely beaten by Fisk, who unmasked him, revealing that Daredevil was really "the blind lawyer from Hell's Kitchen". Daredevil nevertheless managed to make a comeback, taking Fisk down by breaking his kneecaps. Daredevil prepared to kill Fisk to take revenge for his father and for Elektra, but let the Kingpin live so as not to stoop to his level. Instead, Daredevil left Fisk for the police, who had learned of his identity as the Kingpin. Fisk threatened to tell everyone who Daredevil really was, until Daredevil pointed out that revealing to his prison inmates that he had been beaten by a blind man was the equivalent of suicide. Nevertheless, Kingpin swore that he'd get out of jail soon and that he'd be back to kill Daredevil, who merely said he would be waiting.
Duncan reprised his role as the character in one episode of Spider-Man: The New Animated Series. Here, the Kingpin manipulated Spider-Man into thinking he worked for the F.B.I. and assigned the superhero to steal a chip from the mob (they were actually innocent scientists). Spider-Man soon realized he was scammed (evidenced when he learned that the first F.B.I. agent he met is just a movie actor) and with the help of Harry Osborn and the real F.B.I., Spider-Man had the Kingpin behind bars. In this series, Kingpin uses a red diamond-studded cane capable of shooting lasers from the diamond.
He appears in some notable episodes of Police Academy cartoon, as a tie to Marvel Comics. This was unique as Kingpin normally is confronted by Marvel characters such as Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Punisher, but in this case was being pursued solely by the Police Academy group who were police officers with no supernatural abilities, until leading their own enemies.
The Kingpin is featured in the video game The Punisher .
In The Punisher arcade game, Kingpin was the final villain.
In Spider-Man: The Video Game, the Kingpin was one of the main villains, the last boss of the stage 3, 'The Lair of Kingpin'.

Daredevil Movie Wallpaper

Spider-Man and Batman Comic

By Tyler Bingham
Spiderman and Batman with Villains the Kingpin and Raas Al Ghul