(Warning: the following contains a GIANT, HULKING SPOILER for Season 2 of Marvel and Netflix's 'Daredevil.' If you haven't yet seen up to the end of Episode 8 or so, then proceed with caution... or, y'know, go watch it now. Don't worry, we'll wait.)
Now, one of the trickiest things about whole-season releases, such as those pioneered by Netflix, is that it can be near impossible to avoid spoilers. Heck, even if you're happy to spend the first few days after a show's release binge-watching the hell out of it, you still need to stay well clear of the Internet for fear of some plot point or cameo being spoiled by a social media acquaintance.
Which is actually precisely why this article is so densely covered in SPOILER protection — because if you haven't yet seen the first eight or so episodes of Daredevil Season 2, then what follows is going to contain A MASSIVE PLOT SPOILER.
If you've already watched up to that point, though (or simply don't mind spoilers), then feel free to scroll past the below image of a topless Charlie "Matt Murdock" Cox, and into spoiler territory.
Ready? OK, then let's continue.
Vincent D'Onofrio Has Spoken Out About The Kingpin's Surprise Appearance In 'Daredevil' Season 2
Y'know, the one that the show's creative team (and presumably a whole bunch of PR departments) managed to keep a secret all the way to its release.
Which is made all the more impressive by the fact that Wilson Fisk's return was apparently always part of the showrunners' plan. As D'Onofrio recently revealed to EW:
"Well, it was always the plan to use me. I knew that I was going to come back in some form, but I didn’t know what we were going to do until [producer] Jeph Loeb told me. I loved the idea of keeping it quiet and not letting the fans know. It’s more fun for everybody. Once I realized what was happening story-wise, it was just exciting to revisit the role."
Keeping it a secret, though, wasn't as simple as not mentioning it to passing journalists. D'Onofrio, after all, had to maintain Kingpin's cleanly shaven head — something that made it impossible to keep the secret from those closest to him — and necessitated a pretty big commitment when in public. As he put it:
"...it’s hard to keep it a secret from your family when you’re walking around with a shaved head. [Laughs] But [when I’m in public], I always wear a hat."
D'Onofrio Might Just Know What's Coming Next For Fisk
Though, as he put it when asked whether he knew where Fisk is going, only:
"A very very very little bit. They tell me little things to keep my interest so I don’t go away, you know? [Laughs] The little bit that I know, I can’t [share], and all I can say is that I’m lucky enough to be able to play this character that I know they really like over at Marvel Television. The little things that I do know are so exciting that for a character actor, it really makes me happy."
He did, however, gently hint that he might just know a little more than he's letting on — including about Daredevil's true identity:
"Well, I could lie and tell you something that’s not true, but what was going on, I’m not allowed to talk about. [Laughs] It’s all about things to come."
In other words? It might be time to start looking forward to Season 3 — and possibly even the onscreen appearance of the classic "Born Again" storyline from Daredevil #227–233...
What do you think, though?
Do you think Fisk knows Daredevil's secret identity?