When it comes to Wilson Fisk, it’s important to remember that he is merely a humble importer of spices (and maybe the mayor of New York, I haven’t been paying attention).  He first came to the attention of the heroes of New York battling Spider-Man for a mystical tablet, but perhaps his most bitter rivalry has been with the blind vigilante called Daredevil.  Thanks to Frank Miller’s revamping of the character, some consider him to be Daredevil’s greatest foe, but in my mind, he’s always a Spider-villain working the other side of the street.  Neither hero really wants to come out on top in the battle for The Kingpin, but I’m interested in seeing how he’s perceived by the Faithful Spoilerites, leading to today’s shaved-ox query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) kind of likes the fact that he’s a fat guy, but he’s also an insufferable jackwagon, so it all balances out, asking: In the battle for the Kingpin, do you consider him to be primarily a Spider-Man villain or a Daredevil villain?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    The Kingpin is a Marvel Comics villain. He’s a Spider-Man villain first, but goes on to be a villain for Daredevil, the Punisher, and Wolverine, Cloak & Dagger, and others. He comes recurs most often in Spider-Man & Daredevil. He is one of MANY influential villains in Spider-Man’s orbit, but very arguably the most important & influential villain in the Daredevil canon.

    So, as I can easily think of good Spider-Man that has no Kingpin in sight, but have a much harder time thinking of good Daredevil without some stain of the Kingpin somewhere at the edges, when I think “Kingpin,’ I think “Daredevil.”

  2. As with Punisher, tho Fisk started as a Spidey villain, he’s become a definitive Daredevil adversary for me. I feel like Doc Ock and the Osbournes are way bigger baddies in Spidey’s circle than Fisk is.

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