Monday, August 10, 2009


Real Name
Wilson Grant Fisk


Criminal organizer and mastermind, president and owner of legitimate businesses



Place of Birth

Unknown, probably in New York City area

Known Relatives

Vanessa (wife), Richard (Rose/Bloodrose, son, deceased), Anatoly Fyskov (ancestor, deceased)

Group Affiliation

Leader of a coalition of East Coast non-Maggia criminal organizations, former manager of Las Vegas HYDRA faction, "Acts of Vengeance" prime movers


6' 7"


450 lbs






Kingpin has no superhuman powers. However, he is as strong and durable as it is possible for a man of his height, weight, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise to be, and he is a very large man (over six and a half feet tall). His stamina is likewise honed to the virtual pinnacle of human ability. He has remarkable agility and dexterity for a man of his size.

Other Info

Wilson Fisk was a common thug in the Bronx. He was noticed by Don Rigoletto, an accomplished crime boss, who admired Fisk's sheer brutality and hired him as his primary enforcer. Fisk eventually murdered his benefactor and took control over his mob empire. For this, he became known as, the Kingpin.

Fisk's wife, Vanessa, knew of Wilson's criminal activities, but Fisk was careful to shield their only son, Richard, from the life he led. However, Richard did eventually learn about his father's mob connections. Because of this, Richard faked his own death and returned to New York as the Schemer. As the Schemer, Richard tried to destroy his father's empire, but was never able to do much damage to the Kingpin's organization. (To learn about the Kingpin's family, click on their highlighted names above.)

Fisk is publicly known to be the Kingpin, but his dual identity has never been officially proved. The Kingpin is a criminal mastermind who is involved in extensive illegal activities such as drug running, smuggling, murder, etc. However, he has no criminal record due to his many lawyers. Fisk has no superhuman powers, but the majority of his 400-plus pound bulk is solid muscle. He is a superb fighter and has held his own against Spider-Man. (Most people when they think about the Kingpin, they think about Daredevil, I know I do. However, the Kingpin's first appearance was in the Amazing Spider-Man #50 in 1967.) Recently, Daredevil occupies most of the Kingpin's attention. Though Spider-Man and Daredevil are the Kingpin's greatest enemies, he has also tangled with many others including Captain America, Moon Knight, Dr. Strange, the Punisher, the Avengers, and Ghost Rider. The Kingpin has employed many costumed criminals and assassins, most notably Elektra, Bullseye, Jack O'Lantern, and Typhoid Mary. (To learn about any of the highlighted characters above, just click on their names. Note: Beware of Elektra's bio page pictures that show her in either revealing or very tight-fitting outfits.)

At one time, the Kingpin was blinded and many of his followers saw this as a weakness in their leader and some tried to overthrow him. One of Fisk's mobsters that tried to kill him was named Silke. He formed a coup and with others including Fisk's son, Richard. Silke had seemingly assassinated the Kingpin, however, they we're all tricked. One of Fisk's men, Dini, found the Kingpin close to death and got him to safety. Fisk's wife, Vanessa, then took revenge on those that tied to kill her husband. She even killed her own son, Richard. Silke got away, but eventually ended up in prison. One day while in prison, Silke was told by a guard that his father came to visit him, but when Silke got there, it was Wilson Fisk who was waiting for him. The Kingpin then crushed Silke's head to a pulp, to finally exact his revenge. (To learn about the mobsters above, just click on their names.)

The Kingpin eventually regained his sight through surgery. And recently, after Peter Parker revealed himself as Spider-Man, the Kingpin hired a sniper to kill the Parkers. One of the sniper's bullets that was meant for Peter hit his Aunt May instead, who is currently in a coma. When Peter discovered this, he found the Kingpin and nearly beat him to death.

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In the movie, Daredevil, Michael Clarke Duncan played the Kingpin. In the comics, the Kingpin is Caucasian, but because Duncan resembled the Kingpin's intimidating stature they decided to go with him even though Duncan is African American. I think it was a good choice; the man is huge! He is shown in the top photo of the second picture posted above. Now that Marvel Studios has regained the rights to Daredevil characters, the Kingpin appears in the Netflix TV series Marvel's Daredevil. (Shown as the bottom photo in the second picture posted above.)


  1. Yeah, I think they cast him well in Daredevil as well. The cartoons make him look fat, instead of muscular.

  2. I concur with Wendi. I like the movie guy because he's HUGE, but not fat. A big fat guy just isn't as scary as a big muscular guy.

    I didn't know Elektra worked for him at one point - they definitely don't show that in the movies!