- Creators: Jonathan Igla and Rhys Thomas
- Stars: Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, and Tony Dalton
- Plot: Series based on the Marvel Comics superhero Hawkeye, centering on the adventures of Young Avenger, Kate M. Bishop, who took on the role after the original Avenger, Clint Barton
Marvel has always done a fantastic job of re-energizing characters that have fallen to the wayside., especially with those who weren’t well-received during their MCU debut. We have seen this process happen many times with Hulk, Thor, The Mandarin, and most recently with Hawkeye. To me, Clint Barton has never been a “boring character” I’ve always enjoyed Jeremy Renner’s characterization of Hawkeye. A lot of casual Marvel fans view him as the guy with the bow, but I see Clint as more than that. He’s a family man, soon to be a mentor to an up-and-coming hero, which is awesome in my book. It’s been four months since we’ve gotten our last live-action Marvel mini-series, and I’m glad we are getting back into the swing of things. The Motto for this show is, “This holiday season, the best gifts come with a bow,” and Hawkeye delivers on that promise and more.
This is one of my most anticipated shows of the year, and having watched the first two episodes of this 6 episode run, Hawkeye is quickly becoming my favorite Marvel series to date. Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton) and Hailee Steinfeld (Kate Bishop) have the best chemistry I’ve seen in a Marvel series since Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany in Wandavision. The conversations between Clint and Kate are infectious, and I never wanted it to end. Their dialogue is quick, witty, and natural, and the jokes never feel too overwhelming. The story is one that I think is just as interesting as the multiverse manipulation that’s happening in the MCU. We finally get to see the consequences of Clint’s actions as Ronan and I think it’s a story that will play out beautifully.
As seen from the marketing, this story takes place six days before Christmas and starts out as a heartfelt introduction to Kate and her family. The plot does a great job of laying the groundwork for what’s to come for the rest of the series. They waste no time with meaningless plot threads or silly side plots, and instead is an adventure between Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. It’s grounded, satisfying, and will put you in the Christmas frame of mind. Throughout the first two episodes, you will start to see the weight that both of these characters must bear while trying to uncover the Mystery of the New York criminal underground.
Hawkeye is shaping up to be a special show to close out the year. The Christmas vibes are in full throttle. And It feels like this series is telling its own story without worrying about being tied to the greater story thread that is unraveling. It’s grounded, relatable, and the humor is stupendous, all while giving Clint Barton the character depth rightfully deserves. I’m excited to see where this adventure of arrows will take us in the coming weeks.
Christian is a film critic and founder of the Film Optix Podcast. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association. You can find him on Twitter @Musiccitynerd