- "I'll chop both the heads off of that snake and I'll spend more than six dollars on postage to bring you down! You see, I've had a lot of time to reflect on my journey here Mr. Murdock, my mistakes, everything I took for granted, and while I try and sleep in this bleak place, the one thing that keeps me warm is the thought that I will look down upon this city, the city that birthed me, with the woman that I love, whom, whom I love with everything that I am. You're worried that Frank Castle will wreak havoc on Hell's Kitchen? Just wait..."
- ―Wilson Fisk to Matt Murdock
Wilson Grant Fisk is a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell's Kitchen in New York City by controlling the crime waves brought him into conflict with some of his partners who began betraying him, including the Hand, and the vigilante Daredevil. Through his career as a crime lord, Fisk has grown under the belief that his actions are right, leading to his sympathy with many who oppose Daredevil. His attempt to destroy and rebuild Hell's Kitchen was ruined when his criminal activities were leaked to the FBI, leading to his arrest.
However, Fisk's criminal career did not end at his arrest. From Ryker's Island, Fisk began building a loyal band of criminals who supported him and came to run the prison from the inside. Seeking to destroy all the crime competition in New York by the time he got free, Fisk assisted in the Punisher's escape, as he desired to eliminate all competing criminal empires under the alias Kingpin. This put Fisk back into conflict with Nelson and Murdock who had originally incarcerated him.
Lessons in Violence
- "Come here, come here, come here. It's people like this who want to keep you done, keep you afraid. You have to show them you're not afraid, you gotta show them you're a man. Kick him. Don't give that look that your mother gives, you do what I tell you, kick him! Kick him!"
- ―Bill Fisk to Wilson Fisk
Wilson Fisk was born in New York City to a caring mother and an ambitious but cruel father. When he was young, Fisk's father, Bill, ran for the city council of Hell's Kitchen, believing it would make him and his family rich. Wilson, at the age of twelve, helped his father put signs together to promote his campaign. Fisk's father allowed him to take a drink of whiskey, but when Fisk choked he was mocked by his father.
Despite the work that their family put in, the campaign was a complete failure, with Bill Fisk losing out to his rival and coming out feeling both angry and humiliated as well as looking for someone to take out this anger upon. Wilson soon became ridiculed by his neighbour Bernie Walker, who began kicking down the signs for Fisk's campaign before hitting Fisk in the jaw for fighting back and attempting to defend his father's work. The upset Fisk returned to his home where his mother cared for his cut lip and gave him food to make him feel better.
When his father found out about this assault, he took the young Wilson to confront Walker in person. Fisk watched closely as his father cornered and confronted the over confident Walker until he became angry. Bill Fisk assaulted Walker and managed to beat him to the ground by hitting him repeatedly with a baseball bat. Fisk was then ordered by his father to kick the defenseless Walker repeatedly, telling him that he had to prove that he was a man and willing to fight back. Fisk did as he was instructed and assaulted Walker repeatedly, as his father ordered him to continue.
Murdering His Father
- "Keep kicking him, keep kicking him, keep kicking him!"
- ―Wilson Fisk
Having lost his campaign, Bill Fisk's drinking habit got more out of hand as the pressure of owing money to local mobsters, including Don Rigoletto, got to him, and he began beating his wife, blaming her for everything that was wrong with his life. During these beatings he would order Wilson to sit and stare at a blank wall and listen to his own mother scream in fear and pain as she was beaten repeatedly. The young Wilson remained fearful of his father, but hearing his mother's pain caused him to despise his father.
During one of these beatings, Wilson decided to put an end to his beloved mother's suffering. He grabbed a nearby hammer and repeatedly hit his father over the head with it, killing him and crushing his skull with hit after hit. His mother comforted Fisk and promised to protect him, deciding to then cut up the body. They began dumping it in the river every night for the next week, knowing that most people who knew them would blame Rigoletto for his disappearance. As a gift, Fisk was given his father's cufflinks, which he kept and wore for years afterwards to remind himself of his father's true nature.
Away from Hell's Kitchen
After Wilson murdered his father, his mother sent him to live on a farm with relatives. Fisk later moved to Asia where he would spend most of his time abroad, something reflected in his behavior and clothing.
Return to New York City
- "I'm just a man with a dream."
- ―Wilson Fisk
Many years later, Fisk returned to New York City and became a powerful criminal businessman and developed a plan to pull Hell's Kitchen apart and rebuild it. He recruited Russian, Japanese and Chinese mobsters into his organization. He also developed a rivalry with Nesbitt, the leader of the Kitchen Irish.
Meeting Vanessa Marianna
- "People always ask me how we can charge so much for what amounts of just variations of white. I tell them it's not about the artist's name or the skill required, not even about the art itself. All that matters is: how does it make you feel?"
"... It makes me feel alone."
- ―Vanessa Marianna and Wilson Fisk
Fisk visited Scene Contempo Gallery and stared at a white painting, one which resembled the white wall that his father would force him to stare at as a child. As he silently stared at the painting, he was approached by Vanessa Marianna, one of the gallery's art dealers, and the pair discussed the painting. When Marianna asked him how the painting made him feel, Fisk told her it made him feel alone. Fisk agreed to purchase the painting and hung it in his bedroom.
Fisk continued to think of Marianna and built up the courage to ask her out on a date. While outside the Gallery in his limo, Fisk was briefly updated by James Wesley about their plans to buy out Veles Taxi, with Welsey noting that Anatoly Ranskahov seemed more open to the idea than his brother Vladimir Ranskahov. They briefly discussed the Man in the Mask, who had been causing them issues, and Fisk promised to find a way to kill him. As he prepared to step outside, Fisk ordered Wesley to stay with the car so he could deal with this alone as it was a more personal matter.
Fisk returned alone to the Scene Contempo Gallery and soon found Vanessa Marianna, who was still working. They discussed what Fisk had done with the painting she had sold him, with Fisk explaining that it was the last thing he saw every night. Fisk built up the courage to ask her to join him for dinner. Marianna told him that she was working all night but still implored him to continue trying to convince her. Despite his shyness, Marianna happily agreed to join him for dinner, provided it was Italian food. She then properly introduced herself to him while Fisk told her his first name.
At dinner the pair discussed their past. At one point, Marianna mentioned Fisk's cufflinks, which he would often touch while speaking; Fisk told her that they were his father's and he wore them to remember him. As the dinner wore on, the pair enjoyed each others' company more and more. Eventually they were interrupted when Anatoly Ranskahov charged into the restaurant, saying that he had accepted Fisk's offer. Desperate for Marianna not to learn of his criminal undertakings, Fisk told her to leave with him and ordered James Wesley to put Ranskahov in the car.
Fisk walked Marianna home and apologized for the interruption. Fisk asked if he would ever see her again. Marianna told Fisk that she usually does not date her customers, but she made an exception for him, not because of his money but because she felt that there was something different about him, which she now regretted. Fisk tried to apologise for the failure of the evening and asked if she enjoyed her time with him; she told him that she did not know how she felt and went inside her apartment, leaving Fisk standing heartbroken and alone outside before walking away in silence.
Furious to have been embarrassed, Fisk traveled to James Wesley's location and called him to ensure that he could ambush his target correctly. Fisk proceeded to drag Anatoly Ranskahov from the car and throw him into the mud. He continued to brutally beat Ranskahov in revenge for the embarrassment with Vanessa Marianna, eventually putting his head between the car door and hitting it repeatedly in a psychotic rage until Ranskahov's head was crushed and completely removed from his body.
As Fisk stepped away from the corpse of his victim, Wesley handed him a handkerchief which he used to wipe the blood from his face. Looking down Fisk noticed that his suit had been damaged in the fight when Ranskahov had tried to fight back with a knife, so he told Wesley to contact Melvin Potter for a new one. When Wesley mentioned that the killing of Ranskahov would start a war with the Russians as Vladimir Ranskahov would undoubtedly seek revenge, Fisk told him that he was counting on it.
War with the Russians
While his car was being cleaned of Ranskahov's blood and brains, Fisk and James Wesley had a meeting with Leland Owlsley, Madame Gao and Nobu Yoshioka. Fisk explained to the group that the Russians were no longer a part of their organization since he had removed Anatoly Ranskahov's head and Vladimir Ranskahov would be seeking revenge. The group all showed horror and anger at the news, demanding to know why they were not consulted on the matter.
Gao asked what this meant in the movement of her heroin; Fisk told her to continue dealing with the Russians until he could fully take over the distribution, promising to split the profits evenly between them all. Despite Owlsley strongly questioning the arrangement, the group begrudgingly accepted the proposal. Yoshioka told Fisk not to forget the promises he had made to him and his known superiors in the the Hand whom he represented; as the group left, Fisk walked Gao to her car and he promised her that he would never go against her as he respected her too much.
Later that night, Fisk invited Vanessa Marianna for a second dinner to make up for the disastrous first; before going inside, Fisk spoke to James Wesley about recent events involving a Russian who attempted to rat out Fisk to the police after an encounter with the Man in the Mask, but had been gunned down by Detectives Christian Blake and Carl Hoffman who were busy ensuring that the rest of the New York City Police Department did not learn of the Russian's connection to Fisk. As Fisk prepared to leave, Wesley recommended a wine for Fisk to order in the restaurant for his date wit Marianna.
Marianna did show up, although she admitted she had considered not coming. Fisk assured her that however she wished the evening to go would be the way it would happen. He then admitted that although he was a shy man who did not like being questioned; he would always be honest with her. The pair sat down to dinner and spoke about their lives. Fisk admitted that his assistant and friend Wesley was the one who chose the wine and Marianna asked him about his cufflinks which he told her belonged to his father.
As the night wore on, Fisk asked Marianna what was the model of the gun in her purse. They spoke about Fisk's plans for Hell's Kitchen. Marianna made it clear she knew he was involved in criminal activities. Fisk told her that he planned to change the city for the better with force; he told her that the city needed to die so it could be reborn. Marianna then gave Fisk her gun, knowing that she was safe next to him. During their dinner, Fisk's men detonated bombs in the warehouses of the Russians, killing most of them. Fisk and Marianna watched the fires from the window.
Speaking to the Man in the Mask
- "The lone man who thinks he can make a difference. I'm glad we could talk. I respect your conviction even if it runs counter with with my own."
- ―Wilson Fisk speaks to the man in the mask
After his date, Fisk joined James Wesley in their limousine; Wesley received a call informing him that although the Russians' strongholds had been destroyed, Vladimir Ranskahov had escaped with the help of the man in black. Fisk became nervous, knowing that Madame Gao would be disappointed that the situation had not yet been resolved. They were later informed by Christian Blake that the man in the mask had seemingly taken a young police officer hostage.
Fisk ordered them to take down the men, but was told it was more complicated as journalist Ben Urich, who was also on the scene, could expose their schemes. Fisk ordered Urich to be shot in front of the cities' media. Fisk was given a police radio and used it to contact the man in black after Christian Blake and Carl Hoffman had ensured that all other officers had changed channels. The man took the radio and the pair began speaking; Fisk told him that they had a lot in common but the man insisted that they were nothing alike and vowed that one day he would bring him and his empire down.
Fisk told the man that his part in their drama would end that night, as the man would be blamed for the bombings. Fisk offered the man the chance to kill Vladimir Ranskahov and go free. Fisk told him that he respected the man's convictions but he would ensure that the city would turn against him; Fisk then ordered his men to shoot Ben Urich and release footage of the man attacking police officers. Fisk then told the man they would not speak again and hung up. He later learned that Ranskahov had been killed in a firefight and the man escaped.
Throughout his sleep, Fisk found himself haunted by nightmares of his father's murder; once awake and sitting in his bed he would stare at the painting he had bought from Vanessa Marianna. Ignoring the visions, Fisk instead chose to continue with his strict daily routine where he would make himself the same breakfast, eating it alone, before putting on a similar black suit with his father's cufflinks. Often as he would look in the mirror, he would see his reflection as his younger self, still covered with his dead father's blood.
At the Pier 81 Warehouse, Fisk and Wesley had a meeting with Nobu Yoshioka, who was furious that his transportation of Black Sky had been ruined by an encounter with the man in the mask and another man. Yoshioka insulted Fisk's organization as he felt Fisk had not come through with his promises; Fisk however insisted that although the Black Sky was now dead, Fisk had in fact fulfilled his part of their arrangement by keeping the police away. When Yoshioka suggested that they should renegotiate the terms of their arrangement, Fisk apologized for any offense he may have caused.
Yoshioka instead threatened Fisk in Japanese before storming out of the Pier in disgust. Wesley, offering his opinion, told Fisk that he believed Yoshioka needed to be taught respect as he did not like the way that he spoke to Fisk. Fearing Yoshioka's influence over the Hand with whom he did not wish to go to war, Fisk told Wesley to leave the situation alone. Wesley argued that the Hand did not contribute to their organisation in the same criminal way that Leland Owlsley and Madame Gao did, but Fisk insisted that they were a necessary evil for their organisation.
That night while inside Wilson Fisk's Penthouse, Fisk was speaking on the phone to Vanessa Marianna about her life as well as his many trips to Asia when he was interrupted by another call from Wesley. Apologising to Marianna, Fisk said goodnight to her before calling Wesley back who informed him that Detective Christian Blake had just awakened in the hospital after they had ordered to have him shot by a sniper. Fisk suggested they use Blake's own partner Carl Hoffman to assassinate Blake as they agreed that Blake would likely be seeking revenge for his treatment by them, therefore Fisk knew he had to kill Blake before he started a war or exposed his entire operation.
Fisk had a meeting with Hoffman in which he tried to convince him to kill his friend and partner. Although Hoffman was initially unwilling to betray his friend of 35 years, Fisk was able to change his mind by pointing out Blake's flaws, claiming Blake was responsible for the masked man gaining valuable information from Vladimir Ranskahov. Fisk began giving subtle threats when Hoffman asked how long it would be until he was in Fisk's firing line; finally Fisk allowed Hoffman to choose his own payment for the assassination. Hoffman chose a price and agreed to murder his close friend for Fisk.
Fisk took Leland Owlsley to Melvin Potter's workshop to be fitted with a kevlar suit and Fisk told him that he would keep Owsley safe with an armed guard. Owlsley stated that if the masked man dropped him off a roof then a lot of money would fall with him; Fisk asked if that was a threat but Owlsley insisted he was just stating the obvious. James Wesley then arrived and informed them both that although Detective Christian Blake had been successfully assassinated by Hoffman, the man in the mask had gotten into the hospital and got information from Blake before his death.
- "There are people out there that want to expose me, they don't understand what I'm trying to do for this city. They want to drag my name through the streets. They want to destroy everything that I'm trying to accomplish."
- ―Wilson Fisk to Vanessa Marianna
Madame Gao arrived at Wilson Fisk's Penthouse to discuss recent events; Fisk poured her tea which he had bought during his last trip to China. Although Gao said she approved of the tea, it was not the reason she was there. She then began speaking English and told Fisk that she was aware that he did not need Wesley to translate as Fisk spoke both Chinese and Japanese fluently due to his time in Asia.
Fisk and Gao began speaking to each other in Chinese and asked James Wesley to wait outside as there was no need for him any longer. They discussed how neither Nobu Yoshioka nor Leland Owlsley were happy with Fisk's handling of recent events involving Anatoly and Vladimir Ranskahov; she called him sloppy and emotional and said if he did not restore his business to order, she would cut him out of their organization. After she left, Fisk threw the table over in fury and ordered Wesley to leave his home.
Fisk remained in the same spot in his Penthouse and looked out over New York City for hours. When Wesley returned, Fisk ordered him to leave, but Wesley revealed he had brought Vanessa Marianna with him. Fisk, still emotional, asked Marianna to leave; she instead asked him to tell her the truth. Fisk then revealed the story of how he had murdered his father and covered it up by cutting up his body and dumping it in the river. He told her his plans for the city and how so many people were trying to bring him down and destroy what he was trying to achieve but he would not let them.
Coming into the Light
- "I cannot keep living in the shadows, afraid of the light, none of us can, none of us should be forced to. We must do this together, we must resist those who would have us live in fear. My name is Wilson Fisk, and together, we can make this city a better place."
- ―Wilson Fisk
Vanessa Marianna spent the night with Fisk in his Penthouse and, in the morning they enjoyed breakfast together. Due to Marianna's recommendation, Fisk agreed to hold a press conference for WHiH World News in order to reveal his work to the people of New York City. Marianna helped him pick out a new suit with different cufflinks, to help him enter a new stage in his life as he looked at himself in the mirror.
Fisk then made a public statement to the people of Hell's Kitchen with James Wesley standing close by. Fisk condemned the work of the Man in the Mask. Fisk used the recent attack on Leland Owlsley as an example, calling Owlsley a pillar in the financial community who had been brutally attacked for seemingly no reason, and claimed the masked man was trying to destroy the work he was doing to save his city Fisk asked the people of Hell's Kitchen to stand together before announcing his name to the media. The speech came with support as the viewers cheered for Fisk, believing every word.
Encounter with the Masked Man
Fisk and James Wesley discussed Fisk's new attention by the media, noting how new donations were coming in as his approval rating continued to rise. Wesley informed Fisk that Senator Randolph Cherryh wished to have a meeting with Fisk. They discussed the hunt for Detective Carl Hoffman, who had disappeared after murdering Detective Christian Blake.
They were interrupted by the arrival of Nobu Yoshioka, who stormed in and tried to break the hand of Fisk's security guard Francis. Although Wesley began translating for Yoshioka, he threatened that if he continued to misquote him, Yoshioka would cut out his tongue. Yoshioka revealed he was furious that Fisk had not delivered the city block that he had been promised; Fisk tried to offer another as the original was proving difficult to clear but Yoshioka insisted on getting the one he and the Hand wanted. Fisk then asked Yoshioka to assist him with finding and killing the man in the mask.
Fisk arrived at the Scene Contempo Gallery to meet Vanessa Marianna; there he was introduced to Matt Murdock who was looking to purchase some art. When Fisk was asked his advice on what Murdock should purchase, he simply told him to buy whatever Marianna told him to buy. Murdock, however, reminded him that they should not being talking as they were on opposing sides of a law case. Fisk began to explain his plans on improving Hell's Kitchen but Marianna stopped him. Murdock then decided to leave, saying that he needed to consider the cost of the art works.
Fisk ordered the assassination of Elena Cardenas, one of the tenants from the building which the Hand desired. He was later approached by WHiH World News about her death and claimed that he was mourning her death and called it a tragedy. Fisk later arrived at the warehouse where Nobu Yoshioka had fought the man in the mask until his fiery death. With the masked man still alive but terribly wounded, Fisk confronted him with James Wesley and Francis by his side, thanking him for killing Yoshioka for him and admitted to organizing the death of Cardenas to create this trap.
The masked man claimed he would kill Fisk, while Fisk was unafraid and dared him to try, resulting in them fighting. Fisk was able to easily overpower the wounded man and beat him mercilessly. At one point the masked man desperately tried to cut him with one of Yoshioka's weapons, but Fisk was saved by Melvin Potter's armored suit, so Fisk responded by chocking the man before slamming his body through a table. With the masked man now lying wounded on the ground, Fisk ordered James Wesley to shoot him, but the masked man was able to disarm Wesley, leaping from a window, and escaped.
The Campaign Gone Wrong
The Poisoning of Vanessa Marianna
Fisk had another meeting with Madame Gao, this time in the open air, looking out over New York City. Gao commented on James Wesley's absence, who was no longer needed to translate as they both spoke to each other in Chinese. Gao told Fisk a metaphorical tale of a snake that died after mistaking an elephant for prey, explaining that the snake was killed by it's own ambitions. Fisk asked Gao if he was the over ambitious snake or the unkillable elephant in the metaphor.
When Gao expressed her disappointment at Nobu Yoshioka's death, Fisk claimed he did not expect Nobu to go against the masked man himself. Gao warned Fisk that the Hand were preparing for retaliation after their boss's death, and she asked him if his ambition would ever turn to her, but Fisk assured her that she had his respect so he would not harm her. She told him his mind was distracted by his heart. She spoke in English to tell him to decide if he was the savior or oppressor of the city before allowing Fisk to consider her words and make a decision before someone took advantage of his weaknesses.
While preparing for a fundraiser, Fisk spoke to Leland Owlsley and informed him of Nobu Yoshioka's violent death. He ordered Owlsley to speak to Madame Gao and assure her that everything was okay with their organization. He then told James Wesley to bring the car around and prepare to collect Vanessa Marianna. When Owlsley made a comment about Fisk's relationship with Marianna, Fisk spoke to him about what it means to be in love. Owlsley responded by telling him that he had indeed changed. Owlsley agreed to speak to Gao in an attempt to keep the organization running.
Fisk attended his fundraiser at the Van Lunt Building and gave a speech to the attendants in which he put forward the question of who would not want to stand up and make New York City a better place, which was greatly supported. Once he had completed his speech, Fisk began walking through the room greeting people and thanking others for their donations to his campaign. Fisk and Wesley spoke to Leland Owlsley who assured him that the business with Madame Gao was taken care of. Owlsley then offered them a drink of champagne which Vanessa Marianna gratefully accepted.
Fisk was taken away to speak to Senator Randolph Cherryh in private about the zoning plans he had pitched, leaving Marianna alone with Owlsley. While he was speaking to Cherryh, Fisk saw that many of the attendants began to collapse after drinking the champagne, including Marianna. Too late to stop her, Fisk ran to Marianna's aid and caught her just as she collapsed into his arms and began foaming at the mouth as Fisk desperately begged her to stay with him and ordered Wesley to get an ambulance and take her to the hospital to save her life while Owlsley quietly dropped his own full glass.
Caring for Vanessa
- "You need to find who did this, you need to... I want to look in their eyes when I salt the earth with their blood."
"I told her the safest place she could ever be was by my side."
- ―Wilson Fisk and James Wesley
Fisk stormed into Metro-General Hospital carrying Vanessa Marianna in his arms, seeking medical assistance from the doctors. As the group around Fisk explained what happened to Doctor Murray, James Wesley reassured Fisk that Doctor Rosenberg had been contacted and was on his way in a private jet while Fisk looked down at his beloved and silently begged her to make it through this ordeal. As Marianna was being taken into surgery, Fisk demanded to be allowed to stay beside her but was sent away by the nurse.
Fisk waited in silence for news outside the hospital doors, awaiting news on his beloved's condition, while Doctors Rosenberg and Murray treated her and tried desperately to save her life. As Fisk sat in the same spot without saying a word and ignored everything around him while awaiting news on Marianna's recovery, Wesley and Leland Owlsley watched over him and discussed Fisk's mental state under times of such incredible emotional stress. As they were speaking, Wesley was informed by Francis that three of the others who had also been poisoned had passed away from the attack.
Fisk continued to wait in silence until Wesley brought him a cup of coffee, which he refused. They discussed who could be responsible for the attack; Wesley told him that Leland Owlsley believed the Hand was responsible and they noted that Madame Gao could also be involved. Fisk ordered Wesley to bring him the person responsible so he could look into their eyes as he killed them; he then explained he wanted her sent away for her own protection as he felt responsible for her current condition. He then proceeded to awkwardly thank Wesley personally for his help in the matter.
Doctor Rosenberg quietly stepped out of surgery while Fisk was still speaking to Wesley and informed him that Marianna had survived her operation and was currently recovering from her bed, although he did warn Fisk that there may be complications to her recovery after such intense surgery. Fisk shook Rosenberg's hand and thanked him for his work before stepping into Marianna's bedroom to await the end of her sleep so that he would be the first person whom she saw. Fisk sat beside Marianna's bed, ignoring all phone calls and kissed Marianna on the lips as she peacefully slept in her bed.
When Fisk left the room, he spoke to James Wesley, who instantly turned off his phone and asked about her condition; Fisk told him that Marianna was recovering, despite Doctor Rosenberg having expressed the possibility of further complications. Fisk asked Wesley to call his mother back and ask what she wanted as he had missed her earlier call. Leland Owlsley stormed through security and also asked how Marianna was doing, but Fisk completely ignored him and went back into the room.
Sitting by her bedside, Fisk spoke to the sleeping Vanessa Marianna about his family and religion; he told her about how his father was not a religious man although his mother had wanted to be. Fisk told Marianna about how he had read the bible as a child and tried to find truth and sentiment but found it to be false in his mind, therefore he could not pray for her recovery but could make her a promise which only a possible God could keep him from keeping. Fisk leaned in close to his lover and swore to her that he would make the people who tried to kill her suffer for what they had done.
Taking a moment to step out of Marianna's room to request a cup of black coffee from his bodyguards, although he refused to be brought any food, Fisk asked to know what had happened to James Wesley. He was informed by Francis that Wesley had departed for unknown reasons, having promised Francis that he would return eventually and had asked for no assistance from the other men. Returning to Marianna's room, Fisk attempted to call his friend on the phone, however he received no answer After waiting a few minutes Fisk tried again, but once again heard no answer from Wesley.
Vanessa Marianna's Recovery
- "I'll make them suffer for what they have done."
"I expect nothing less"
- ―Wilson Fisk and Vanessa Marianna
The next morning, Vanessa Marianna awoke; Fisk went to collect the doctor but when he saw her confused and in distress he decided to tell her the truth. Fisk told her what had happened and apologized for getting her hurt as he believed whoever had organized the attack was targeting him and not her. When he told her that he was sending her away for her safety, she refused, stating that she intended to remain by his side, Fisk then vowed to find whoever was responsible for the attack and make them suffer, which Marianna fully and happily supported.
The couple were interrupted when Francis asked for Fisk's attention. Although Fisk made it clear that he wished to stay beside his lover's bedside, Marianna ordered him to leave to deal with the situation as she told him she would not be leaving her bed any time soon. Stepping outside Marianna's hospital room, Fisk was informed by Francis that James Wesley had been located. Fisk asked where his friend was but was mortified to learn that Wesley had been found dead in an empty warehouse, with nobody understanding why he was there or who had killed him and for what reason.
Fisk went to his location and found Wesley had been killed by being shot multiple times in the chest. When Francis revealed that Wesley had not informed him of why he was leaving, Fisk lost his temper and beat Francis mercilessly until Leland Owlsley convinced him to stop. Once he calmed down, the heartbroken Fisk sat beside the body of his closest friend. He kissed Wesley's forehead and vowed to get revenge, although Owlsley tried to keep his mind focused on the endgame before starting a war. Fisk took Wesley's phone and discovered the last call he made was to Fisk's mother.
Believing her to be in danger, Fisk had his mother moved from her nursing home to Italy. As he had her driven away, Fisk desperately tried to explain to her the reasons for having her moved but she was upset as she greatly enjoyed living there, did not speak Italian and did not know what she would watch on the television. His mother was often confused by the situation due to her dementia, repeating that it was a beautiful day multiple times. Fisk asked her about what she had spoken to James Wesley about the night before but she struggled to recall and repeated herself once again.
Fisk met with Leland Owlsley to discuss what he had learned about who was responsible for the recent attacks; Owlsley claimed that he had been unable to find anything to blame on the Japanese. Fisk ordered Francis to double the offer for information and keep doubling it until someone talked. He then received a call on James Wesley's phone from his contact at the New York Bulletin in which he learned that Ben Urich had had a meeting with his mother and had likely gained valuable information about his past. With this information, Fisk left the meeting immediately.
Fisk chose to personally confront Urich in his own apartment. When Urich arrived, having been fired from the New York Bulletin, he sat at his computer to write a blog exposing Fisk. Fisk spoke calmly to him, revealing his presence; Urich demanded that he leave but instead Fisk insisted he stay until he had spoken his peace. Fisk apologized to Urich for not taking him seriously before revealing he did indeed have someone at the Bulletin. Fisk mocked Urich's attempts to reveal the story online as he believed that the internet was filled with nothing but videos of cats and unimportant celebrity news.
Fisk asked Urich if he had been alone when questioning his mother; Urich remained confident, stating he was not easily intimidated. Fisk asked if Urich was responsible for James Wesley's death which Urich denied, which did not surprise him. Fisk, however, told him that as he had gone after his mother, he was not here to threaten Urich but was there to kill him. Fisk then launched from his seat and attacked Urich, wrapping his massive hands around his throat. Although Urich did attempt to fight back, before long, Fisk had choked the life out of him and left Urich's body lying in his trashed apartment.
- "You've been distracted, emotional, erratic. We just wanted to nudge you back on track. But obviously that went south so we will be parting ways, and I'll be taking half your assets with me."
"You think that I would let you walk away?! After what you've done?!"
- ―Leland Owlsley and Wilson Fisk
Back in his Penthouse, Fisk cared for Vanessa Marianna, who was still recovering from her assassination attempt. When she asked what he was doing, he told her he was reviewing the funds to have her moved out the country so he could move the funds back, allowing her to stay with him. Although Fisk had a good understanding of financial paperwork, he became confused at some irregularities, so he called for a meeting with Leland Owlsley to discuss them.
Fisk and Owlsley discussed the final stages of Fisk's plans, with Owlsley stating they would need a replacement for Madame Gao's heroin business as it had been destroyed by the masked man. Fisk asked about the irregularities he had discovered but Owlsley insisted that it was normal; however, when Owlsley tried to hand the papers back, Fisk noted that his hands were shaking and he was sweating. Seeing no other alternative, Owlsley confessed to trying to kill Vanessa Marianna in an attempt to get Fisk's mind back on the job, but denied any involvement with James Wesley's death.
Owlsley then told him that their partnership was over and Fisk was to hand over half his assets to him. When Fisk questioned why, Owlsley informed him that he had Carl Hoffman, who was willing to go to the police if anything happened to Owlsley. He explained that he had more than enough money overseas for he and his son to never be seen again. Furious, Fisk refused the offer and attacked Owlsley, who defended himself with his stun gun, but Fisk was so angry, he barely felt it. Fisk disarmed Owlsley and threw him down an elevator shaft, killing him before ordering Francis to find and kill Hoffman.
Arrest and Escape
- "Even the best of men can be deceived by their true nature."
"What the hell does that mean?"
"It means that I'm not the Samaritan. That I'm not the priest, or the Levite. That I am the ill intent... who set upon the traveler on a road that he should nat have been on."
- ―Wilson Fisk and an FBI agent
Fisk later received a call informing him that Carl Hoffman had been located in an old church where Leland Owlsley had been hiding him before his death. Knowing that Hoffman could destroy his entire organisation if he was able to go to the New York City Police Department, Fisk ordered the closest team, led by Corbin, to assassinate him immediately.
The team failed and Hoffman was rescued by the man in the mask. Hoffman went to the police and exposed Fisk's entire operation with the help of Nelson and Murdock who he employed as his lawyers, leading to the arrests of everyone Fisk had paid off, also including Randolph Cherryh and Parish Landman. Knowing that there was nothing he could do to stop him being arrested, Fisk proposed to Vanessa Marianna just as the FBI broke into his Penthouse to arrest him. He was taken outside and put in the back of an armored van as the paparazzi surrounded him asking questions.
Inside the van, Fisk began reciting a parable from the Bible to his two guards, specifically the story of The Good Samaritan, in which a man is beaten and left in the dirt, only to be ignored and left to die by a priest and another religious man. Then a Samaritan came and helped the man, caring for his wounds while also giving him his money. Fisk explained that he had always believed he was the Samaritan in the story, but he had learned he was not the Samaritan, or the priest, but he represented the men of ill-intent who had attacked the traveler who was on a road he should not have been on.
As Fisk finished his tale, the armored van was stopped in the middle of the road and a firefight broke out outside, while Fisk sat calmly and waited for his escape plan to finally come into action. When the firefight ended, the attackers banged on the door and demanded the guards to open it. One of the guards watching Fisk threatened to shoot him if they got inside, however he was shot the other and freed Fisk. Fisk calmly walked to the other van with his armed guards before ordering his men to kill anyone who attempted to follow them, whether they follow on the ground or in the air.
Arriving at a warehouse, Fisk was moved into a Atreus Plastics van to avoid detection from the FBI who were searching for him throughout New York City. Once on the move Fisk called Vanessa Marianna, who was still waiting for his arrival with Francis guarding her. Fisk told Marianna to leave on the helicopter if he was not with her in twenty minutes, although she insisted that she would not go anywhere without him while they continued to express their deep love for one another as Fisk continued his journey to her while thinking of them escaping the city to begin a new peaceful life together.
- "I wanted to make this city something better than it is, something beautiful. You took that away from me! You took everything! I'm gonna kill you!"
"Take your shot."
- ―Wilson Fisk and Daredevil
Before they arrived, however, the van was attacked by Daredevil, who caused it to crash. Fisk fell out of the van, dazed and confused by the crash, and was confronted by Daredevil, who told him not everyone deserves a happy ending. While Daredevil fought Fisk's guards, Fisk attempted to escape on foot only to be cornered by his enemy, Fisk roared at Daredevil, telling him he was going to kill him, but Daredevil simply repeated what Fisk had said to him before; "take your shot".
The pair engaged in a fierce and aggressive fight, where Daredevil's speed and agility was equally matched against Fisk's brute strength and determination, with Daredevil flipping over Fisk and kicking him repeatedly while Fisk simply charged into him and threw him across the street. Although Daredevil's new armor gave him extra protection, Fisk was still able to nearly beat him to death by lifting him in the air and slamming him down hard before beating him with a metal stick, all the while ranting about how New York City did not deserve heroes but deserved people like his father and "to drown in its filth".
Refusing to back down, Daredevil managed to disarm Fisk, telling him that the city was not Fisk's to control, before using his own batons to beat him into submission. Despite being barely able to sit up, Fisk continued to mock Daredevil's attempts to make a difference to the city on his own while wearing his new costume, which Fisk called silly. Daredevil ignored the taunts and with a final hard punch to the face, Daredevil knocked out Fisk and he fell to the ground. Fisk was then arrested by the New York City Police Department again as soon as Officer Brett Mahoney arrived on the scene.
- "You may have made a name for yourself on the outside, but I run the big box. I just wanna make that clear, in case you got any ideas about stepping up."
"I have no intentions of doing that."
- ―Dutton and Wilson Fisk
Wilson Fisk was taken to Ryker's Island in an armoured van with a team of SWAT officers keeping a close watch over him to ensure he could not escape a second time. When he arrived, with his face still covered in bruises and cuts from his battle against Daredevil, he was ordered by the guards to remove all his clothes and personal items for storage, including his coat and his father's cufflinks.
Fisk was then given a white uniform to wear. A guard rudely hit Fisk over the head with his baton as he explained that the uniform which was for newcomers. Once he had his uniform and fresh towels, Fisk was walked down the corridors as the other inmates mocked him, and was led into his prison cell. Fisk could do nothing but sit quietly on his bed, stare at the blank white wall in front of him and begin planning for his eventual return to the city, when her would regain his power and get his cruel revenge on those who took away his life and destroyed his plans for New York City.
Fisk later had a meeting with his lawyer Benjamin Donovan who warned him that the case was not looking good for him due to the long list of crimes he was being held accountable for. Fisk asked Donovan about Vanessa Marianna and was assured that she was safe, although Fisk insisted that she could not be allowed to visit him. Donovan warned him that although Marianna had been sent more than enough money, the government had seized a vast majority of his assets, and advised him to keep his head down and not cause trouble.
One day, while sitting in his cell and reading quietly by himself, Fisk was visited by another inmate named Dutton who had Fisk's cell door opened by his men so he could mock Fisk's current situation. Fisk made it clear that he was aware of who Dutton was by his reputation as a drug dealer. Dutton told Fisk that although Fisk may have made a name for himself on the outside, Dutton was the Kingpin of the prison and did not wish for Fisk to even attempt to change this, threatening his life if he tried it before walking away with a cocky grin on his face.
Later, in the cafe, Fisk sat alone and watched Dutton from across the room. He was visited by Stewart Finney, who claimed that he wished to meet Fisk as he felt they could help each other, as they were both formerly rich men who were not common criminals and thugs. Finney explained that Dutton ran around eighty percent of the contraband running through the prison. Fisk asked about the men Finney had perviously sat with. Finley explained that they were the violent Valdez brothers who had a sick mother.
- "You won't suffer alone, I'll be here, because you were right. In prison, there's only room for one Kingpin."
- ―Wilson Fisk to Dutton
Fisk called for a meeting with Benjamin Donovan where instead of being updated on his legal case, Fisk ordered him to assist with Stewart Finney's case and pay the rent on the Valdez brother's mother's home in Spanish Harlem. Despite Donovan's objections as he had previously advised Fisk not to get involved with any criminal activity within the prison, Fisk ordered him to get it done and ensure that the transactions were untraceable.
Fisk's plan worked and Finney and the Valdez brothers became loyal to him as they began working on a plan to assassinate Dutton. Despite Finney assuring Fisk that there was currently no way to get into Dutton's cell block, he did hand him the latest copy of the New York Bulletin which featured an article on the Punisher's trial and conviction for the murders of various criminals including the Kitchen Irish's leader Nesbitt, the Mexican Cartel and the Dogs of Hell. Fisk and Finney began searching for any kind of connection between these gangs and Dutton's criminal career.
Fisk recruited the assistance of Roy Olsky to ensure that the Punisher pleaded guilty and was sent to Ryker's Island. Fisk had another meeting with Donovan to move his final funds to bribe the guards into joining his side, although Donovan warned that any other money he would need would be taken from Vanessa Marianna's protection, Fisk, however, assured Donovan that he would not need any more money after this was completed. Donovan asked if he wanted to know what the Punisher would be doing but Fisk did not answer.
Recruiting the Punisher
- "How could one man be capable of such violence? But then I saw it, with my own two eyes. And when one comes across someone with such talent, with such a gift, well, you don't let that go to waste."
"No. No, you don't."
- ―Wilson Fisk and Frank Castle
While exercising in the outdoor gym alone, Fisk was visited by the newly arrived Frank Castle. Fisk tried to comment on how he felt the deaths of Castle's family was a tragedy, but was ordered to stop; Fisk moved on and discussed Nelson and Murdock who had handled Castle's case in the courtroom and had tried to claim that Castle was suffering with PTSD. Fisk offered to help him find closure instead.
Fisk informed Castle that Dutton had some kind of connection to the massacre at the Carousel in Central Park, explaining that despite the fact that he was not part of the Kitchen Irish or the Mexican Cartel, he had a hand in all of their activities. Fisk offered him a chance to kill Dutton; when Castle questioned why Fisk did not kill Dutton himself, Fisk claimed that he desired to be unnoticed in the prison. Castle at first refused to help, but Fisk was able to convince him to take the deal. Stewart Finney gave Castle a shiv and they explained that Roy Olsky would assist him in getting into Dutton's cell block.
However, while Fisk ensured that the plan went off as he and Castle had planned, and the Punisher successfully assassinated Dutton by stabbing him in the gut while learning that the Blacksmith was responsible for the massacre, when Castle returned, Fisk ordered Olsky to lock the cell block door. As Fisk watched from up high, Olsky unlocked the other cell doors, allowing Dutton's loyal men to find his body and attack Castle. Fisk tauntingly thanked Castle before leaving him to die by being beaten to death by the other inmates.
Castle survived the assassination attempt and killed every attacking inmate. Having witnessed this, Fisk made a new plan for Castle. Fisk visited Castle and offered him the chance to escape prison and use his skills to kill the crime rings in New York City so Fisk would have no rivals when he finally got free. Castle initially refused and attacked, but Fisk overpowered him. Eventually, Castle agreed, promising that one day he would target Fisk himself, with Fisk replying that he was counting on it. Fisk then allowed Castle to steal a guard's uniform and walk free to continue his violent crusade.
With the Punisher gone, Fisk went to Dutton's bedside and ate his dinner beside him. Fisk explained to Dutton that his wounds were indeed fatal and he would soon suffocate on his own blood. Fisk promised that Dutton would not suffer alone, as he felt Dutton had been right previously, that in prison there was only room for one Kingpin. Dutton died shortly after this exchange and Fisk took command of the prison, doubling the cut of the guards and gaining more influence than Dutton had ever had as Kingpin.
Matt Murdock's Visit
- "But I have something to say to you, when I finally get out of this cage, I will dismantle the lives of the two amateurs who put me in here! You Mr. Murdock, and Franklin Percy Nelson!"
"No, I put you here, not Nelson."
"The two of you took the laurels, you'll both take the blame!"
- ―Wilson Fisk and Matt Murdock
Matt Murdock arrived at Ryker's Island to question Fisk, being brought in by Benjamin Donovan, where Murdock told him that he knew that Fisk was behind Frank Castle's escape, which Fisk initially denied as he claimed to have no interest in the Punisher's activities. Fisk continued to deny any involvement, leading to Murdock threatening to use the law to keep Vanessa Marianna out of the United States of America and ensure that Fisk never saw her again.
This threw Fisk into a rage and caused him to rip off his handcuffs and brutally slam Murdock's head against the table multiple times. Murdock attempted to fight back; however he was not a match for the vastly stronger Fisk, although he did punch him, leading to Fisk remembering that Murdock's father was a boxer. Fisk admitted to taking control of the facility and allowing Castle to escape before telling Murdock that once he is free, he will dismantle his life, as well as Foggy Nelson's, and that Castle's actions should be the least of his current worries. Murdock left Fisk shortly after.
While eating a perfectly cooked steak and drinking wine in his prison cell later that night while two other prisoners stood guard outside, Fisk took a sip of wine and was hurt by the cut on his lip from the earlier punch. While re-examining the cut Murdock left on his lip, Fisk seemingly remembered the same damage being inflicted upon him by Daredevil when he was arrested. The suspicious Fisk told Miguel Valdez that he would like to re-examine Murdock's files while he began planning on how he would destroy Nelson and Murdock and get revenge for his current situation in Ryker's Island.
- "It's a difficult thing, isn't it, taking a life? Feeling the weight and responsibility of all the years the person you've murdered has lived - moments that they've cherished, the dreams that they've struggled towards gone, because of you. I want you to know something. Something important that I've learned: that it gets easier the more you do it."
- ―Wilson Fisk
Despite being one of New York City's most powerful crime lords, Fisk has a very shy and introverted demeanour. He did not like crowds and was uncomfortable around other people, until Vanessa Marianna's involvement. Fisk almost had an "OCD-like" mindset, being a creature of habit and hating when things in his life changed, or went against how they were planned. Fisk's broken childhood had a lasting effect on him, still causing him nightmares even into his later years. He even hallucinated his reflection in the mirror having the image of his younger self covered in blood after murdering his father.
He is a man of respect and manners and thus expected it from his subordinates, as he would attack and sometimes kill those who did not show him or those he cares for respect. Fisk is a man of deep sophistication, enjoying the high-class life despite his poor origins. He enjoyed fine suits, fine dining and classic literature and music. He considered himself a man of honor and always kept his word.
However, if Fisk was provoked he had an unstoppable, almost animal-like rage. His aggression was immense, nothing could get in his way, if those he cared about or his plan for the city were in danger. This was largely due to his abusive father, who taught him to keep hitting someone even when they were bloodied and beaten. While he can be a brutal, cold, calculating machine, he honestly believed what he was doing for Hell's Kitchen was righteous.
There are only four people that Wilson has ever cared for in his life. Fisk's mother was the only person that showed him love and respect, and thus Fisk would kill to protect her, killing both Ben Urich and his own father for her. Vanessa became the love of his life; Wilson once brutally beat a man to death and removed his head with a car door for simply interrupting their date. When Leland Owlsley had been involved in poisoning Vanessa, he threw him down an elevator shaft to his death. James Wesley was the only man Fisk ever called a friend; he was emotionally distraught upon learning the death of Wesley, even kissing the forehead of his dead friend. Fisk had a deep respect and almost fear of Madame Gao, and her opinion of him.
Vanessa Marianna's affect on him made him more vulnerable and less able to run his organization because his focus was primarily on her. He ignored both Madame Gao's and Leland Owlsley's warnings to cut ties to her and as such, Leland betrayed him by dealing with Gao and was part of the plot to poison Vanessa. Fisk was shocked at his friend's betrayal and it took time for him to come to his senses and kill Leland. When his criminal organization was brought down and his plans for the city ruined, he finally snapped and no longer cared about the city, saying it deserved to be destroyed and it deserved people like his father. His belief was shown when he related himself to the antagonist of the Good Samaritan story, as he first thought himself to be the hero of it.
- "It's the clever man who plays the fool..."
- ―Madame Gao
- Master Tactician: Fisk has managed to cause a fair deal of the criminal activity of Hell's Kitchen for years without revealing his identity to the public. Even when he revealed himself, he fooled the public into rooting for him and viewing Daredevil as a terrorist. Whilst in prison, Fisk was able to maneuver himself from being a first-time inmate to being almost in control of the whole prison he was incarcerated in within a mere matter of months by eliminating his competition. Hence, Fisk was even able to persuade fellow inmate Frank Castle to kill a rival powerful prisoner for him, despite the fact that the Punisher usually went out of his way to avoid making deals with criminals.
- Expert Combatant: Fisk, despite having no formal combat training, is a very formidable opponent due to his size and pure muscle, with his immense brute strength allowing Fisk to lift a grown man into the air with a single arm, to beat men to death with only a few hits, to bench press an extreme amount of weight on a prison barbell, and to toss Daredevil around a small alley. Hence, Fisk was able to fight the highly trained Daredevil almost to a standstill in their second duel. Fisk also used his great strength to knock down and overpower Frank Castle, though it should be noted that the latter was limited at the time by having his hands and legs cuffed together, as well as him still not having yet fully recovered from his numerous wounds.
- Multilingualism: Fisk is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Japanese.
|Appearances for Wilson Fisk|
In chronological order:
- Wilson Fisk is known as Kingpin in the comic books. Season one showrunner Steven S. DeKnight explained that Fisk is not referred to by that name because he is not truly that character from the comics yet: "There were times when we would have discussions, saying "He’s not acting like The Kingpin’ and we would have to remind ourselves, ‘Well, he’s not The Kingpin’, which is why he’s not acting that [monstrous] way. He hasn’t gotten to that point yet."
- Wilson Fisk is at least 52 years old; in The Path of the Righteous, Foggy Nelson dismisses the story told to him by Karen Page because "[Fisk] was 12, 40 some years ago."
- He is left-handed.
Behind the Scenes
- Vincent D'Onofrio stated that he hoped his portrayal of Fisk was a new way to look at the character, and that it would be the definitive portrayal of Fisk.
- Steven S. DeKnight detailed that "Fisk has very many different aspects so it’s not all, "I want to conquer the city and make a lot of money". In our story, we tell the story of how he met his wife Vanessa and how they fell in love". He also said that "if you’re looking for a juicy, multi-faceted crime drama, Wilson Fisk was the obvious choice to play the antagonist ... [he] really felt like the right yin to the yang for Matt, and for what we wanted to do this season."
- Concerning Fisk not being called Kingpin during the first season, like he is in the comics, DeKnight explained that "I think there is a, dare I say, critical mass where things get a little bit silly. You know if in the last five minutes we went, “Oh they called him Daredevil! Oh they called him Kingpin!” It’s a little too much. Also there was no real natural way to get to Kingpin. It felt a little off. There is a point down the line to get there."
- Discussing Fisk's fighting style, compared to Daredevil's, series stunt coordinator Philip J Silvera said that, "I feel like they’re almost two sides to the same coin. They’re both doing things for their city. And it’s a tricky thing with their two characters. I think when you get the Fisk character to a certain point, it just becomes pure rage, and all thought process is out the window. ... The brutality is just relentless with him. When he gets into this mode, he just keeps going until he’s done. And that’s it. He will drive for you. That is the Kingpin, that is D’Onofrio. He’s a very smooth, calculating individual, but when you bring the rage out in him, he’s like a bulldozer."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Daredevil: 1.08: Shadows in the Glass
- ↑ Daredevil: 1.01: Into the Ring
- ↑ Daredevil: 2.01: Bang
- ↑ Daredevil: 1.03: Rabbit in a Snowstorm
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Daredevil: 1.04: In the Blood
- ↑ Daredevil: 1.05: World on Fire
- ↑ Daredevil: 1.06: Condemned
- ↑ Daredevil: 1.09: Speak of the Devil
- ↑ Translates to: Nobu's Clan prepares for what is to come. They are distracted, but their memories and their knives are forever sharp."
- ↑ Translates to: Is that why you wanted to meet? To warn me of what I already know?""
- ↑ Daredevil: 1.10: Nelson v. Murdock
- ↑ Daredevil: 1.11: The Path of the Righteous
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Daredevil: 1.12: The Ones We Leave Behind
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 Daredevil: 1.13: Daredevil
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 Daredevil: 2.09: Seven Minutes in Heaven
- ↑ Daredevil: 2.07: Guilty as Sin
- ↑ Daredevil: 2.10: The Man in the Box
- ↑ Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight Talks Daredevil Season 1
- ↑ Exclusive: 'Daredevil' Star Vincent D'Onofrio Talks Kingpin, Marvel Fans and 'Defenders' Crossover
- ↑ 'Daredevil': 7 things we learned about Netflix's new series
- ↑ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/daredevil-season-2-spoilers-steven-791283
- ↑ http://observer.com/2015/04/daredevil-stunt-coordinator-on-designing-a-one-shot-fight-scene-for-a-blind-hero/