We’ve seen the passing of mantles in the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From Iron Man to Peter Parker in Spiderman: Far From Home, through Steve Rogers Captain America to Sam in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
The Hawkeye series continues the trend by introducing Kate Bishop, a 24-year-old adept archer eager to carry on the Hawkeye lineage.
Kate develops her superhero aspirations after being saved and witnessing Clint’s heroics during the iconic ‘fight of New York’ in The Avengers (2012). Kate Bishop is resolved to never be defenseless and powerful enough to protect those within range of her bow and arrow, especially after the loss of her beloved father. Despite her passion, Kate is naive to the harsh reality, as well as the exacting obligations that putting on a cape involves, until her chaotic course crosses a troubled Clint Barton, who is still mourning the events of Avengers: Endgame.
To avoid an auction robbery, Kate publicly dons the classic Ronin suit Clint donned while acting as a rogue vigilante during the 5-year blip. The emergence of ‘The Ronin’ creates a media frenzy, inciting all of Clint’s prior adversaries and victims to crawl from all corners demanding vengeance. One of them is Maya, a silent but deadly enemy bent on avenging her father’s assassination by murdering ‘The Ronin,’ whom she believes is Kate Bishop.
Clint realizes his history has caught up with him, and he must secure the suit from Kate while also protecting her from any potential dangers before returning to his family for Christmas.
Hawkeye’s action-packed plot unfolds in many twists and turns, and the two archers have hilarious banter that is beautifully done. Because of their appealing chemistry, Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld.
Hawkeye, written by Elisa Climent, Katie Mathewson, Tanner Bean, Erin Cancino, Heather Quinn, and Jenna Noel Frazier, incorporates heartfelt dialogues that reveal just how deep Clint Barton’s connection to Natasha was, as well as exploring his multiple identities as An Avenger, The Ronin, A Father, and A Friend.
By the numerous easter eggs referenced in six episodes, One could tell Hawkeye’s production was not distant from the original comics and intended to be as detailed as possible. For example, Kate’s freehand sketch of his original costume in the comics while discussing Clint’s branding in Episode 2 or the recreation of the ‘Laika Space Dog’ T-shirt. Perhaps it is the ‘1972 Dodge Challenger’ that was used in a car chase sequence; In every episode of the live-action series, memorable images from the comics are brought to life, added with callbacks from previous MCU projects.
Asides from that, another flavor added to this delicacy of this cinematic banquet is the highly anticipated return of Florence Pugh, who reprises her role as Yelena Borova. Recall that in Black Widow’s post-credits, the former Black Widow Spy is approached by ‘Valentina Allegra de Fontaine’ and describes Clint Barton as a target, falsely stating, “Maybe you’d like a shot at the man responsible for your sister’s death.”
During Hawkeye’s mid-plot, Yelena acts on her unresolved grief; Coming for a piece of Clint Barton’s flesh leads to the intense brawl that excludes no one having to throw a punch, release a line, or launch various arrows that last until all differences are settled. And Kate’s mother working alongside Kingpin, who are later revealed to be the principal antagonists, meet their deserved fates.
The crowd-pleasing relationship between Legend and prodigy included with comic book easter eggs, blockbuster action, nostalgic callbacks, and sarcastic nods to the “Thanos Was Right” memes that captured conversations in pop culture.
Marvel’s Hawkeye serves as a superb masterpiece that debuts a promising young-female character at the same time, dives deep into all the remarkable attributes of the most underrated hero in its universe.
You know a show is a success when fans are clamoring for a sequel. And based on widespread praise about its story and performance deserves one.
Especially considering that season one’s conclusion leaves many questions unanswered and opens doors for many possibilities. For example,
Did the Kingpin really die? What happens to Kate Bishop’s mother when she returns from jail? (which she surely will), what’s next for Yelena? seeing her quest for vengeance has been appeased by the real truth of what happened to Natasha, Will there be more Kate and Yelena moments? Considering as the pair hit it off intimately. Will Maya have her own storyline and switch sides after comprehending the real villains?
More importantly, Is Kate becoming a ‘Young Avenger’? These are a few theories season one’s finale set in motion.
With the ever-expanding franchise and a triggered multiverse [thanks to the actions of LOKI, Wanda, and Doctor Strange], no probability is off-limits.
All episodes of Hawkeye are available for streaming on Disney+.