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.
The series stars Jeremy Renner, Florence Pugh, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. Helmed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie
“Hawkeye” debuts exclusively on Disney+ on Nov. 24, 2021.
I wasn’t thrilled with having a Hawkeye show, but I was hooked on the idea of a Hawkeye show because of the other principles in the show. Plus a Christmas Marvel series? I mean, I love that so much.
The opening takes us back to the early stages of the Avengers and the battle that happened in New York, where a young Kate Bishop sees Hawkeye taking on the villains one by one. During the war, her father was killed and she became terrified at the idea of them returning and asked her mom to get her a bow and arrow.
Fast forward a little time and we meet an older Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). I was in love with the character right off the back because of the way they introduced older Kate to us. The comedic timing here is perfect, which was perfect because our introduction to Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) included a funny selfie in the bathroom scene. Light-hearted comedy is the way to go for these characters.
One of the things that I loved about the pilot was the Christmas-theme score they used during the episode. The entire episode played like a mini-spy thriller and the Christmas jingle just added to the whole charm of the episode.
One of the main reasons I wanted to watch this show was because I am a big fan of Hailee Steinfeld and if you weren’t a fan of hers or weren’t aware of her before this show, you will love her after watching this pilot. Also, I love the idea of an immature rookie superhero learning the ropes and understanding the ins and outs of how it isn’t exactly as easy as it looks. Marvel always has their hands on the pulse for the perfect casting of their characters, another job well done.
The Verdict: A-
The pilot is everything you want it to be. We introduce our new characters and meet the characters we already know sprinkled in with some comedy, action, and, most importantly, Christmas jingles.