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I don't think Fisk was portrayed as autistic in the Daredevil show. I think Fisk was portrayed as a criminal mastermind genius. Those guys usually have big egos and thus create fantasies in which they are the 'victim', or the 'hero', and not the monster/bullies they truly are. In short, their ego is so big that they come to believe their own lies.
I thought Fisk was on the autism spectrum because actor Vincent D'Onofrio (who plays Fisk) has said in interviews that he also thought Fisk was on the autism spectrum. D'Onofrio himself is dyslexic, believes himself to be mildly autistic, and he believes autism runs in his family.
I'm sure Fisk's abusive father and childhood trauma are the foundational reasons for his decent into evil. I don't think that whether Fisk is or isn't on the autism spectrum has anything to with his committing evil acts. I do think that the writers don't always write precisely enough to make that point clear in the audiences' minds, especially for those viewers who do not have personal exposure to people with autism.
I think that is just D'Onofrio bringing his own baggage to the role then. Nothing about Young Fisk ever really showed any kind of spectrum... and the source material of the Comics never went that route either. Young Fisk was poor, and bullied and fat and pushed too far and killed his dad.
… Then you started to see a shift in mentality.
Prior to that snap, he was just a normal kid in a crappy situation. Pretty much the same as Murdock... which I think is what we were supposed to connect. They have that 'two sides of the same coin'... / 'If things ahd been different that could have been me' thing going on.