25 Star Wars and Marvel characters responsible for making Disney+ a success

There are the top 25 most important characters to Disney Plus. They're the reason people sign up for the service and keep their subscription going.

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Fra Fee as Kazi and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in Marvel Studios' HAWKEYE. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. /

10. Wilson Fisk

Actor: Vincent D'Onofrio

"Young man, life is not a fairy tale. Not everyone deserves a happy ending." -Wilson Fisk

Wilson Fisk put a stranglehold on people in the real and fictional world. First, he was the perfect villain. He was terrifying physically and had control over an entire city from behind the curtain. Second, Vincent D'Onofrio became the Kingpin, he became the Robert Downy Jr. or Ryan Reyolds of the character. No one else could play him. Because of that, he had to come back. Otherwise, fans may not tune into Daredevil or Echo.

A good judge of a character is seeing what a company has planned for them. In this case, Marvel Studios plans on making Wilson Fisk the new Thanos. Not in the sense that he’ll be taking on the Avengers. Vincent D'Onofrio’s Kingpin is being set up to be the big bad for the street heroes (Daredevil, Luke Cage, etc).

Wilson Fisk leading the way is a big deal. A comic book villain can make or break a series (comic book, movie, or show). With Disney Plus creating more TV/MA-rated content, a lot of the weight will be on Vincent D'Onofrio’s shoulders. Thankfully, The Kingpin can bear the weight. D'Onofrio is going to redefine what it means to be an antagonist and bring more viewers to Disney Plus.