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"When I first met you, I was fascinated by your strength. Your brutality so clear to me, even as you hid it from me. I wanted to observe everything you did. And as I did, I fell in love with you."
―Vanessa Marianna to Wilson Fisk[src]

Vanessa Marianna is an art dealer who became Wilson Fisk's wife. She had remained loyal to Fisk even after learning of his criminal empire and vowed to stay with him when Fisk was arrested by the FBI, although the pair were separated due to Daredevil's interference, causing Marianna to go on the run. After two years on the run, Fisk managed to manipulate the FBI to drop all charges on himself and Marianna, allowing her to come home. Marianna married Fisk, but her wedding was crashed by both Daredevil and Benjamin Poindexter, where she had separated from her husband once again.

Biography

Early Life

Wooed by a Prince

"I was the curator and traveling with it and all of a sudden this tall man in a white suit and an ascot."
"An ascot? That's a bit much."
"That's what I was thinking. He sidles up to me I love that word, sidle, and he says, "You are more beautiful than any painting here." I knew it was a line, but it worked. I slept with him."
―Vanessa Marianna and Wilson Fisk[src]

During her life, Marianna struggled to find a man who did not lie to her, although she still regarded some as good men. While working at an art exhibition, Marianna was greeted by a man in a white suit and ascot who she later learned was, in fact, a prince. Upon being charmed by the man, Marianna slept with him, despite knowing that he was just reciting pre-planned lines to impress her.[1]

Meeting Wilson Fisk

Selling Rabbit in a Snowstorm

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Marianna introduces herself to Wilson Fisk

"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[src]

While working at Scene Contempo Gallery, Marianna found herself drawn to a large-framed man, staring at an all-white painting. She approached the man and spoke to him about what makes people want to purchase art and the appeal of this painting. When she asked the man what this particular painting made him feel, he answered that it made him feel alone.[2]

Dinner with Wilson Fisk

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Marianna speaks to Wilson Fisk

"That's it? You're not going to offer to buy every painting here so I can to close up early? Guy actually tried that once."
"A woman that can be bought isn't worth having."
―Vanessa Marianna and Wilson Fisk[src]

A few days later, the man returned to the Scene Contempo Gallery and told Marianna that the painting he had bought had been hung over his bed, so it was the last thing he saw before he slept and the first thing he saw when he awoke. The man then nervously asked Marianna to join him for dinner, but she refused, citing that she was the only one working in the gallery that night. When the man awkwardly attempted to walk away; Marianna called him back, after charming her, she agreed to join him for Italian food. She introduced herself and he introduced himself as Wilson.

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Marianna has dinner with Wilson Fisk

The two went to a restaurant and discussed the changes in Hell's Kitchen over dinner and wine. Fisk told her about his past and how it informed his view on the city and which gave him an immeasurable desire to make it a better place. Marianna commented on Fisk's cuff-links, which she noted he was wearing the day they met, Fisk revealed that they were his father's and he wore them to remember him. Before dessert could come, Anatoly Ranskahov interrupted them, saying that he accepted Fisk's offer. Furious at the interruption, Fisk hurried the confused Marianna out of the restaurant.

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Marianna says goodnight to Fisk

Fisk walked Marianna home. When they arrived at her apartment building, Fisk asked if he would ever see her again. Marianna told Fisk that she usually did 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 apologize 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.[3]

Second Date with Fisk

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Marianna on a second date with Wilson Fisk

"I've been lied to before, by men. Some were even decent ones. But they still felt the need to be dishonest about things that mattered. Do you feel that need, Wilson?"
"I don't like to be in public, and I don't like to be questioned. But you can ask me anything, Vanessa. I will always be honest with you."
―Vanessa Marianna and Wilson Fisk[src]

Wilson Fisk invited Marianna to another dinner, this time in a more private location. She requested Fisk to be honest and told him about herself. At the dining table, she reflected on her ex-boyfriends and how she had slept with one of them. Fisk looked away in somewhat of a disappointed manner that he could not tell her the correct words the first time. They enjoyed the wine while Fisk opened up about his goal of planning to reshape the city.

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Fisk and Marianna overlook the burning city

Fisk noticed Marianna was carrying a gun in her purse and she explained she knew that Fisk was a dangerous person. Fisk told her that he had done things which he was not proud of and assured her that he would hurt more people in order to save the city. Fisk told her that he planned to reshape Hell's Kitchen and she would be safe by his side. Marianna was convinced and she gave the gun to Fisk as a gesture of trust. Later, Marianna saw the explosions far across the city through the window. Fisk explained that this was part of his reshaping of the city, as the Russians had now been destroyed, which Marianna found comforting, as she had heard about the boy they kidnapped. The duo left the restaurant while Fisk paid the waiter.[1]

Love Story with the Beast

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Marianna being asked to help James Wesley

"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."
"And are you going to let them?"
"No."
Wilson Fisk and Vanessa Marianna[src]

Wilson Fisk phoned Marianna and during their conversation about Fisk's time living in Asia, he was interrupted by another call from his associate; apologizing that he had to take the call, Fisk wished her goodnight. When Fisk was suffering from a nervous breakdown after a meeting with Madame Gao, James Wesley approached Marianna to come to visit him. Together they went to Wilson Fisk's Penthouse where he was staring out the window in despair with his table overturned.

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Marianna comforts the distraught Wilson Fisk

Once Wesley had left, Marianna reminded Fisk of his promise to always be honest with her and asked what was the matter. Fisk told her that he was afraid of how she would look at him if she knew the truth; she looked him straight in the eye and asked him to tell her everything. Fisk told her how as a child he had murdered his father while protecting his mother, and how he and his mother had cut up his body and dumped it in the river. Marianna comforted Fisk and told him he was not a monster and convinced him not to allow people to drag him down and destroy his plans.

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Marianna picking out an outfit for Wilson Fisk

Marianna spent the night with Fisk and, the next morning, helped him to rebuild his image and his confidence. Once they had enjoyed breakfast together, beginning with picking out a new suit and cufflinks for him to wear which were of lighter colors. Fisk then organized a press event where he told the media his name and expressed his desire to improve their city and stop the actions of criminal vigilantes like the man in the mask. Marianna stood close-by, offering her support as he made the life-changing choice to be the face of change for Hell's Kitchen.[4]

Meeting Matt Murdock

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Marianna describes artworks to Matt Murdock

"So, give me an idea of what you're after."
"I am not sure."
"Good, art isn't furniture. If you knew exactly what you were looking you would be just decorating. Art should speak to you, move you."
―Vanessa Marianna and Matt Murdock[src]

At the Scene Contempo Gallery, Marianna greeted a blind customer named Matt Murdock. Murdock explained that guests at his home had complained that his apartment was bare and he thought some art could add some character to it. Marianna began describing some of the works to him; Murdock asked her if she had a man in her life whose opinion he could ask, as he would like the opinion of a man who had won her heart.

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Marianna introduces Murdock to Wilson Fisk

Coincidentally Wilson Fisk arrived at this time and she introduced him to Murdock. Fisk advised him to buy whatever Marianna recommended and began discussing his plans to make New York City a better and safer place to live. Marianna interrupted Fisk as he spoke to Murdock, as Fisk was treating Murdock as a financial donor as opposed to an art patron. Murdock then swiftly left in a hurry shortly after Fisk arrived, claiming he had to consider the cost of purchasing the artworks.[5]

Assassination Attempt

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Marianna stands by Wilson Fisk at his speech

"I'll make them suffer for what they have done."
"I expect nothing less."
Wilson Fisk and Vanessa Marianna[src]

Marianna was taken to a benefit hosted by Wilson Fisk to gain funding for his organization. There she stood beside Fisk as he gave a speech to the attendees about his plans for Hell's Kitchen. Once Fisk had finished his speech, he kissed Marianna before they made their way through the guests wishing to speak to Fisk. When Fisk spoke to Leland Owlsley, Marianna accepted a glass of champagne from him.

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Marianna being poisoned by her champagne

As Fisk was then taken away by Senator Randolph Cherryh to speak about a zoning issue, Marianna stayed with James Wesley and Owlsley where they discussed Cherryh and how he gained his position. As Owlsley talked, Marianna felt herself growing dizzy as she drank the champagne. Without warning, several of the guests began to collapse and vomit. Fisk called for Wesley to get the car and ran to Marianna's aid just as she dropped her glass and collapsed in Fisk's arms. She lost consciousness as the poison in the glass began killing her and Fisk cradled his lover.[6]

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Marianna being taken straight to the hospital

Marianna was rushed to the Metro-General Hospital and carried inside by Fisk while James Wesley and Leland Owlsley explained that she had been poisoned to Murray and Schwab who took her away. Wesley contacted Rosenberg to assist with the surgery while the nurses worked to save Marianna. After a few hours, Marianna was saved and taken off intensive care. While she slept in her hospital bed, Fisk stayed by her side all night as she recovered and spoke to her about his experiences with religion and his family before vowing to find the people responsible and make them suffer.[7]

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Marianna finally awakes while in the hospital

Fisk was still waiting beside her bed when Marianna awoke, confused at how she had ended up in the hospital. Fisk explained what had happened to her and deeply apologized, as he felt it was his fault her life had been endangered. Fisk explained he was making arrangements for her to be moved out of the country as soon as possible so that she would be safe from harm, but she refused, telling him that she wished to remain by his side. Fisk promised to find the people responsible for the assassination attempt and make them suffer; Marianna told him that she expected nothing less.[8]

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Marianna recovers in Wilson Fisk's Penthouse

Marianna was moved into Wilson Fisk's Penthouse to complete her rest and recovery. When Fisk did not come when she called him by ringing the bell he had provided her with, Marianna went to speak to him and found him looking through a pile of paperwork at his dinner table. He explained they were for a transfer of funds for Marianna's departure from New York City which were now going back to their original places, although he did express his confusion at the numbers and planned to have Leland Owlsley review them. Fisk later learned that Owlsley was responsible for Marianna's poisoning and killed him in revenge for the harm he and Madame Gao had done.[9]

Engagement & Departure

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Marianna is proposed to while Fisk is arrested

"I'm not going to let them take you away from me, Wilson."
―Vanessa Marianna to Wilson Fisk[src]

As a reaction to Leland Owlsley's death, Wilson Fisk's organization was revealed to the FBI by Carl Hoffman. Marianna then watched members of his organization were arrested on the television, she begged Fisk to leave with her but he assured her that it was too late and he would be arrested but arranged for her to be taken to a helicopter where he would join her once he had been rescued. As the FBI broke into Wilson Fisk's Penthouse, Fisk gave her a ring and asked her to marry him, as the FBI took him away from her, Fisk told Marianna that she was his heart, leaving Marianna alone in the penthouse.

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Marianna being forced to leave New York City

Marianna waited beside the helicopter as Wilson Fisk used his power to organize a violent escape from custody. As he traveled to her location, Fisk called her to inform her that he was on his way, although he warned her that if he was not at her location in twenty minutes, she would have to go without him. Fisk, however, did not make it to her in time as he was confronted by Daredevil and recaptured. With no other choice, Marianna boarded the helicopter and left the city without Fisk, but not before putting on the ring that he gave her.[9]

Going on the Run

"It was her decision. We strongly advised against Europe, given the extradition risk, but Ms. Marianna enjoys the art and she can be very insistent."
"Yes, she can. But it's too easy for the Albanians to get at her there. Call Felix. Tell him to put Vanessa someplace safer. Someplace closer."
Benjamin Donovan and Wilson Fisk[src]

While Wilson Fisk was arrested and taken to Ryker's Island to begin his sentence, Marianna was forced to go on the run. Fisk arranged through Benjamin Donovan to have a considerable amount of his assets go to Marianna to ensure she was comfortable, although Fisk insisted that it would not be safe for her to return to the United States of America in order to see him. Fisk's continued criminal activities undertaken while in Ryker's, including making deals to have the Punisher brought into the prison, almost resulted in him losing all of his money that was being used to keep Marianna safe, although the gamble paid off and Fisk soon regained his fortune.[10]

Before long, Marianna was threatened with a charge as an accessory to Fisk's crimes and so Fisk attempted to make a deal with the FBI to regain his freedom and bring Marianna back to New York City.[11] However this had resulted in Fisk becoming a target of the Albanian Syndicate. It was during this time that Marianna insisted upon going to Spain to look at the artworks, despite Felix Manning's objections, until Fisk tracked her down and then demanded that Manning move her somewhere safer.[12] As Marianna continued to spend all of her time with only Fisk's bodyguards for company while in Europe, she had become increasingly frustrated and lonely, despite the nice treatment she was getting with Fisk's fortunes. While she was in Bilbao, Marianna eventually felt as though she was completely alone, despite being surrounded by all the many tourists who had also been there.[13]

Return to New York

Reunited with Wilson Fisk

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Marianna finally returns back to New York City

"Thank you. This is all so generous."
"It's nothing. I wanted you to feel welcome."
"I do. It's incredible."
"Do you want something to eat from one of the restaurants, or I could make you something?"
―Vanessa Marianna and Wilson Fisk[src]

Through all of Wilson Fisk's secret dealings with the FBI which had allowed him to manipulate them to his will,[14] Marianna was finally granted permission to return into New York City without fear of being arrested as an accessory to Fisk's crimes, which Tammy Hattley was now working to have revoked. Upon hearing this news, Marianna had then boarded a helicopter and flew straight back to New York from Europe, finding Fisk was waiting for her on the helipad.

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Marianna being reunited back with Wilson Fisk

While Fisk was given new information from Johnson, Fisk was more concerned with his reunion with his future wife as Marianna stepped out of her helicopter. As they held each other in their arms, Marianna smiled and greeted Fisk, as the couple delighted at being reunited for the first time in two years following the FBI's arrest of Fisk and all his time spent inside Ryker's Island as a result. Having softly rested their heads against one another, enjoying each other's company, Fisk then invited Marianna to rejoin him back home, under the protection of her FBI security team, which he had managed to obtain for them.

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Marianna and Wilson Fisk arrive at their hotel

Escorted by the FBI, Marianna was taken to the Presidential Hotel, as Fisk opened the door for his love and explained how their Hotel had three restaurants, a spa and all of the staff that Marianna could ever need. While Marianna clearly delighted with all of this, Fisk had noted that everything he had listed was all theirs, admitting that he had just bought the Hotel for Marianna to enjoy, noting that their Penthouse had the best view of New York City, commenting that it was their city to enjoy now that they were finally back together, to which Marianna noted that it was clear everything that Fisk had ever wanted.

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Marianna being shown around the Penthouse

Marianna and Fisk had then headed upstairs to their penthouse suite, walking by Benjamin Poindexter along the way who had requested a word with Fisk, who rejected his request in order to spend more time with Marianna. Once they were inside, Marianna found that Fisk had already laid out a romantic scene for them, with candles around the room and the dinner table prepared for them. While Marianna looked around the suite, Fisk had offered her whatever she wanted, although Marianna rejected this. While Marianna looked at the artworks, Fisk offered her the chance to redecorate or even her own collection.

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Marianna thanks Wilson Fisk for all his efforts

Having heard all of Fisk's offers to make her happy, Marianna smiled and thanked him, as Fisk insisted that he simply wanted to make her feel welcome there. As Fisk questioned if Marianna was hungry and offered her something from the hotel's restaurant or his own cooking, Marianna politely refused, claiming that she was not hungry and was instead simply tired from her long journey from Europe to New York. Despite having all his offerings rejected, Fisk apologized to Marianna for not considering her tiredness and had instead shown her to their bedroom where she could have her bath before going into bed.[13]

Early Morning Confessions

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Marianna is given breakfast from Wilson Fisk

"I was surrounded by people but I wasn't with them. I was lonely."
"Vanessa, we have both been lonely."
"And I still am. I'm here, surrounded by your things, your people, even you but I still don't feel that I'm with you."
―Vanessa Marianna and Wilson Fisk[src]

The next morning, Marianna eventually awoke to find Wilson Fisk had already begun cooking her favorite breakfast, as she apologized for oversleeping. When Marianna tried the food, Fisk then looked at her reaction and had questioned if she wanted more salt, but Marianna had insisted that it was perfect. As they sat in silence for a brief moment, Fisk had questioned what it was that had been bothering Marianna ever since she arrived at the Presidential Hotel, desperately hoping that he could find a way to improve things for Marianna.

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Marianna explaining why she has felt so lonely

Finally, Marianna confessed to Fisk that while she had been in hiding from the FBI she had always been surrounded by all his bodyguards who had been tasked with protecting her, such as Francis, and while they had been extremely polite to her and her days in hiding had still always been nice, she never felt more than that. Marianna told Fisk about the time she found herself in Bilbao where she was surrounded by hundreds of other people, yet had felt a desperate feeling of being lonely. As Fisk admitted to feeling the same, Marianna explained that she felt they were not fully together, even when they were reunited.

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Marianna watches Fisk talk with Felix Manning

Upon hearing all this, Fisk asked Marianna what he could do to make things improve, promising that he was willing to do anything for their relationship to be better. However, before Marianna and Fisk could discuss their possible future together, they were then interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Felix Manning, who requested a word with Fisk in private, apologising for interrupting but insisting the issue he had come to discuss could not wait. Marianna's feelings for isolation were intensified when Fisk told Manning that they would not discuss this matter in front of Marianna, as Fisk apologized and left.[13]

Meeting Benjamin Poindexter

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Marianna first meets with Benjamin Poindexter

"Pleasure to meet you. Vanessa Marianna."
"I've always told Wilson he has great taste in art."
"He does love to put beautiful things on display."
―Vanessa Marianna and Benjamin Poindexter[src]

Just as Marianna had been heading downstairs from her bedroom in the Presidential Hotel, she was surprised to find that some workmen were hanging the Rabbit in a Snowstorm painting. As Marianna had looked at it, she was greeted by Benjamin Poindexter who explained that the painting had come from Wilson Fisk as a gift to her. While Marianna noted that she had been wondering what had happened to the painting, Poindexter had introduced himself, promising to do whatever she required.

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Marianna personally thanking Ben Poindexter

As Poindexter claimed to be their new James Wesley, Marianna then thanked him and sat down, while Poindexter commented that he had always believed that Fisk had a great taste in art, to which Marianna commented that Fisk liked to put beautiful things on display, thinking of his treatment of her. Marianna asked Poindexter where he found the painting, to which he explained how Esther Falb refused to sell it, but Poindexter had been able to convince her to sell. As he said this, Marianna noticed blood onto the frame, then realizing that Poindexter murdered Falb to get it, although Marianna was unfazed by this.[13]

Assassination of Ray Nadeem

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Marianna explains the painting's return to Fisk

"I was reminded that I am not a part of your life. Not fully, and so not at all. And this, I don't want to admire your world. I want to live inside of it with you."
"Vanessa, it's one thing to know my work, but it's another to dirty your hands with it."
"My hands were never clean. If you truly want me, share your life."
―Vanessa Marianna and Wilson Fisk[src]

Eventually, Wilson Fisk returned into the Presidential Hotel and found Marianna waiting for him, although Fisk was first taken aback by seeing Rabbit in a Snowstorm hanging on their wall, as Marianna explained that this was a gift from Benjamin Poindexter. While Fisk noted that he intended for the painting to stay with Esther Falb, Marianna had then noted how Poindexter had wanted them to think of him as their new James Wesley, although Fisk insisted that this was not the case, although Poindexter was useful.

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Marianna telling Wilson Fisk to include her

Marianna then questioned if Poindexter was dangerous, only for Fisk to insist that it was nothing for Marianna to be concerned about. This comment had frustrated Marianna as she questioned Fisk over how exactly he intended to handle Poindexter, telling him to speak plainly to her for once. Marianna told Fisk how she had been fascinated by him when they first met at the Scene Contempo Gallery as she fell in love with Fisk's strength and brutality, although she insisted that if he continued to keep these aspects of his life hidden from her, then she would be left as lonely as she had been in Spain once again.

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Marianna giving Wilson Fisk a final ultimatum

Marianna had explained that when Fisk had refused to speak to Felix Manning in front of her, she had been reminded that she was not fully a part of his life. Marianna had told Fisk that she no longer wanted to simply admire Fisk's world, but instead wanted to be included into it. However, Fisk warned Marianna that if she were to be included in his world, her hands would be dirtied by it all, only for Marianna to insist that her hands had never been clean as she once again told Fisk that if he wanted her, he must share his life with her. Considering this, Fisk then took Marianna's hand and had asked her to come with him.

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Marianna suggests they murder Ray Nadeem

Marianna was taken downstairs, to Fisk's secret control room where Manning and Shelby were waiting for him, surprised to see Marianna joining Fisk. Marianna was then given a seat while Manning updated them both about the situation with Ray Nadeem, whose testimony to the Grand Jury had been sealed and inadmissible. Although Fisk had suggested they force Nadeem to stand trial, Marianna instead noted that as he was still a risk to them and they knew where he was, they should send Poindexter to assassinate Nadeem, which would ensure he could not expose their operation, which Fisk had agreed to.[13]

Wedding Day Preparations

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Marianna happily shows off her wedding dress

"Don't you understand we're all broken? The point is just to find the person whose broken pieces fit with yours."
―Vanessa Marianna to Wilson Fisk[src]

Following their reunion and promise to open their lives to each other, Marianna ad Wilson Fisk decided to be married, also believing that a public wedding would redeem Fisk's image to all the people of New York City as well as the press who had been condemning his name for so long. As they were getting ready, Marianna came to visit Fisk while he was getting ready, showing off her wedding dress which took Fisk's breath away. Fisk questioned if he really looked as nervous as he felt, to which Marianna had said that he did but that it was charming regardless.

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Marianna and Wilson Fisk discuss their love

Fisk then took Marianna's hand and invited her to sit with him, as he explained that he had never believed that he could actually feel the way he felt towards Marianna, noting that before they had first met at the Scene Contempo Gallery, he had believed there would never be somebody he would care for above his own life. Marianna listened closely as Fisk confessed that these thoughts had left him terrified that this proved he was nothing more than a vain man who only loved the way he saw himself in Marianna's eyes, as Fisk questioned if he did not deserve Marianna's love and was merely a broken man.

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Marianna looking at Wilson Fisk in their mirror

Upon hearing this, Marianna comforted Fisk by reassuring him that everybody in the world was broken, and claiming that the point of life was simply to find the person out there whose broken pieces fit with their own, while making it clear that she believed her and Fisk were a perfect match, which seemed to comfort Fisk. Seeing that Fisk had struggled to decide on which tie he should wear for their ceremony, Marianna instead picked out a rose, softly smelling it before handing it to Fisk to wear. Once Fisk put the rose on his all white suit, he and Marianna then turned around and examined him in their mirror.[15]

Marrying Wilson Fisk

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Marianna kisses Wilson Fisk at their wedding

"Everyone's looking at us"
"They're staring."
"What's happening?"
―Vanessa Marianna and Wilson Fisk[src]

Marianna and Wilson Fisk's wedding ceremony then went ahead, as they stood opposite each other on the roof of the Presidential Hotel. Among the guests who were in attendance were several high profile criminals, which included John Hammer and Latimer Zyl, who were invited by Fisk. During the wedding ceremony, Marianna watched while Fisk had become momentarily distracted while looking into her eyes, as Marianna had to snap him back to reality so that the ceremony could continue.

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Marianna being greeted by Rosalie Carbone

Having said "I do", Marianna and Fisk then finally wed one another, getting a round of applause from those in attendance. Heading onto the dance floor, Fisk and Marianna shared a private kiss before they stepped out to greet their guests, as Rosalie Carbone of the Carbone Crime Family first congratulated Marianna on her beautiful gown and ceremony before also speaking with Fisk. Once Fisk had finished his talk with Carbone about their arrangements regarding the payments Carbone was making to him, he had then rejoined Marianna onto the dance floor for their first dance together as a new married couple.

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Marianna and Wilson Fisk dancing together

Once Marianna and Fisk had stepped onto the dance floor for their dance, almost every single guest took out their phones to record the dance. While Marianna happily danced with the man she loved in her arms, they soon noticed that something seemed to be wrong, since everybody in the room had become distracted by watching a video that had been sent to all of the phones at the same time. While they tried to ignore this, Fisk eventually grabbed a phone and realized the video was of Ray Nadeem, confessing his crimes and the crimes of the FBI moments before his death, exposing Fisk to the world.

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Marianna and Wilson Fisk see Ben Poindexter

As confusion mounted, Tammy Hattley informed them that something was wrong and several agents were down. At that moment, Marianna and Fisk looked with horror as Benjamin Poindexter, dressed back in the Daredevil Suit, got on the stage and gave his toast to the couple, having just learned that Fisk had Julie Barnes killed. Poindexter then threw microphone directly at Marianna's skull, only for it to be blocked by the arrival of Daredevil. Marianna and Fisk were both then dragged away to safety, as Daredevil and Poindexter furiously fought each other, both intended to attack Fisk for their own reasons.[15]

Battle at Presidential Hotel

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Marianna and Wilson Fisk making their escape

"Be angry later. Be smart now. Listen to me. We need to run."
"You didn't make a mistake marrying me."
"I know that. But now, be smart. For both of us."
―Vanessa Marianna and Wilson Fisk[src]

Once they had made it back into their Penthouse, Marianna listened as Wilson Fisk had expressed his fury at Benjamin Poindexter being able to attack them and ruin their wedding, as Marianna commented on the threat that Ray Nadeem had posed to them which was exactly why she ordered his assassination. As Fisk had vowed to discredit Nadeem and then get revenge on Poindexter, Marianna told him to hold back his anger so that they could escape, knowing Poindexter still posed a threat.

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Marianna and Wilson Fisk facing Daredevil

However, just as Marianna and Fisk had made it upstairs, intending to use the secret doorway to escape before the New York City Police Department could arrest them, they had then found that their path was being blocked by Daredevil, who had told Fisk that his criminal career was over. Marianna was then told to run for safety by Fisk as the two bitter enemies then began their furious fight. Marianna then witnessed Fisk and Daredevil hitting one another and throwing each other through the Penthouse walls, furiously attempting to beat each other to the death as they found themselves to be equally matched.

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Marianna is stopped by Benjamin Poindexter

While Fisk and Daredevil continued their fight, Marianna had made it to their Penthouse's door and tried to make her escape, only to find Poindexter had killed the FBI agents guarding them and had made it inside. Once Poindexter observed the situation, he saw that Fisk was too far away to stop him as he then turned all his attention to killing Marianna, intending for Fisk to feel his pain when Julie Barnes had been murdered. However, Daredevil charged to Marianna aid, kicking Poindexter aside and then pushing Marianna out of harm's way while Daredevil and Fisk both had begun fighting against Poindexter.

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Marianna being told to escape by Wilson Fisk

Marianna then kept herself out of harm's way as best she could while witnessing Fisk, Daredevil, and Poindexter all furiously fighting one another, causing considerable damage across their Penthouse suite. As Poindexter armed himself with broken glass and began throwing them, Daredevil blocked the glass, protecting both himself as well as Marianna. Intending to protect his wife, Fisk then gave Marianna his jacket, which had protective armor inside, leaving Fisk exposed to Poindexter's next attacks, as Fisk ordered Marianna to get herself to safety while she still could while Fisk stayed to fight his enemies.

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Marianna's life being saved by Daredevil

As Marianna was making it up the stairs, she saw Poindexter pick up several pieces of broken glass and throwing them at Fisk, resulting in them piercing his skin as he no longer had a protective jacket. When Poindexter was then knocked to the ground by Daredevil, he looked up and saw a chance to kill Marianna who had stopped on the stairs. Poindexter then threw a metal bowl directly at Marianna's head, only for Daredevil to then leap forward and knock it out of the air. Having witnessed this attempt on his wife's life, Fisk furiously grabbed ahold of Poindexter and slammed him into a brick wall, crushing his spine.

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Marianna watches Daredevil beat Wilson Fisk

With Poindexter now out of their fight, Marianna then watched on as Fisk faced off against Daredevil. Despite his superior strength, Fisk found himself at a disadvantage in their fight due to all his injuries as well as Daredevil's fast reflexes, as Marianna was forced to watch as Daredevil hit Fisk onto his knees. As Marianna and Fisk looked each other in the eyes, Fisk then appeared to give up the fight and allowed Daredevil to hit him repeatedly, as Fisk's blood sprayed over Rabbit in a Snowstorm. As Marianna watch on in horror, Daredevil continued beating Fisk into submission, as Marianna begged him to stop.

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Marianna standing by the beaten Wilson Fisk

Eventually, Daredevil stopping hitting Fisk and even stopped himself from breaking Fisk's neck and killing him. Marianna then watched as Fisk promised to keep hurting Karen Page and Foggy Nelson unless Daredevil killed him, only for Daredevil to refuse and insist that Fisk would return to Ryker's Island or he would target Marianna herself. With that, Daredevil had removed his mask and revealed his identity as Matt Murdock, forcing Fisk to agree to all his demands in order to protect his new wife from harm. Marianna then stood by the utterly defeated Fisk and comforted him as Daredevil left the scene.

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Marianna is taken to prison by Brett Mahoney

While Marianna stood by her husband, Brett Mahoney and a team of officers from the New York City Police Department stormed into their Penthouse suite and took them all into custody, including Poindexter who was lying crippled on the floor. As the recaptured Marianna and Fisk were taken out of the Presidential Hotel by Mahoney's men, with other FBI agents and Tammy Hattley also being arrested, the married couple were put in separate cars, as Fisk furiously demanded to get the chance to say goodbye to Marianna, only for Mahoney to refuse his request as they were taken away and separated once again.[15]

Personality

"Don't you understand we're all broken? The point is to find the person whose broken pieces fit with yours."
―Vanessa Marianna to Wilson Fisk[src]

At first, Marianna was shown to be inquisitive, smart, wide-eyed and humorous. She showed the strength of character when she bought a gun to her next date with Wilson Fisk after finding a reason to distrust him, though she relented upon realizing his softer side and seeing the potential good his actions were capable of. Despite learning of his criminal past, witnessing his Bombing of Hell's Kitchen and then learning that he murdered his father as a child, she remained loyal to him. She was comforted by the fact that the Russian Mafia had been destroyed during the bombing, despite the many innocents also caught in the crossfire. Not even her near-death experience could break her trust for Fisk and she was consent with the fact that Fisk was going after the ones that poisoned her to make them suffer. She was willing to board the helicopter to leave him behind, but only because he wanted and ordered her to.

Returning to America, Marianna is shown to have a cold and ruthless side equal if not more than Fisk's, willing to spill blood in order to obtain what she wants. While noticing the recently retrieved Rabbit in a Snowstorm had part of the canvas covered in blood, Benjamin Poindexter had murdered Esther Falb in order to retrieve it, she not only showed no signs of guilt or remorse for Falb's death but proceeded to ask Poindexter to frame it. She also willingly participated in Fisk's criminal activities, in particular, she ordered the hit on Ray Nadeem, Fisk was initially only going to go as far as to let Nadeem take the blame for the Daredevil murders, but when Marianna insisted Fisk gave the order on her behalf.

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  • Jimenez Arms JA32: Marianna carried a small handgun in her purse to her second date with Wilson Fisk, knowing he was a dangerous man. She confessed that she carried the gun when Fisk correctly guessed she had it, and eventually gave it to him at the end of the date.

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Trivia

  • In the comics, Vanessa Marianna became Vanessa Fisk, adopting her husband's surname when she married Wilson Fisk. They were married for many years and had a son, Richard Fisk.

Behind the Scenes

  • Clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi noted that Marianna "allows us to see the compassion Fisk has, and it's genuine that he's so loving and heartfelt and compassionate—he has this sense of connection to humanity. It's so interesting to have that dynamic and that this incredibly intelligent, powerful woman brings it out in him."[16]

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