Episdoes 1 & 2
review by Bobby Blakey
Marvel Studios and Disney + have already had great success with their TV projects including WandaVision, Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki and What If?.... Now another Avenger is heading to the small screen with Hawkeye starring Jeremy Renner reprising his role as Clint Barton along with Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez.
Hawkeye follows post-blip New York City where former Avenger Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has a seemingly simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. But when a threat from his past shows up, Hawkeyereluctantly teams up with Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a 22-year-old skilled archer and his biggest fan, to unravel a criminal conspiracy.
Of all the members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Hawkeye was the most underused only finally getting some more development during the Age of Ultron and End Game. I have always been a fan of the character so was eager to see this series, but admit I knew nothing of the Kate Bishop character other than her existence in the comic. The trailers looked like it was going to be more fun, but knowing the struggles and grief Clint has gone through figured it would no doubt be more. Much like the struggles Stark dealt with in Iron Man 3 of the aftermath of Avengers, Renner is given some real meat to chew on. His issue of losing Natasha, years of wars and family drama is all front and center to really give more depth to Barton than we have ever gotten before.
I had the joy of getting to dive into the first two episodes of the upcoming series, but before I continue I am planning to keep it to a minimum so not to spoil anything because that is just the worst. One of my biggest concerns was how this would tie into the rest of this universe and I am happy to say they do a great job using the world building to do some creative connections that allow the story to dive right in while also moving forward as its own thing.
While Barton is right there throughout so is Steinfeld’s Bishop front and center. I had little to no interest in her character because I just wanted a full
on Hawkeye series, but I am happy to say I am fully sold on the direction of this show. Renner and Steinfeld have great chemistry and make for a great duo.
There are some campy elements early on, but it all comes together great using an element I didn’t even think about to move it along. The first two episodes are filled with plenty of great action, fun, family, heartache and potential. I am excited to see where the series is heading and hope it keeps the hitting the bullseye each week.
Check out the first two episodes when they premiere streaming exclusively on Disney+ on November 24th.