Hawkeye Brings Back the Family Friendly Marvel for the Holiday Season

HAWKEYE review
Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in Marvel Studios' HAWKEYE. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. © Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

In what seems like almost par for the course, Hawkeye’s story is coming to the screen. In seemly on brand fashion, the super hero has taken the back seat to the more popular heros for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, we love Hawkeye, his balance and friendship with Black Widow, his unending devotion to his family. And it’s that family guy relationship that the show seems to be banking on.

Hawkeye starts with Clint in New York City visiting with his kids, his wife is home (for a reason I’m sure we’ll learn later). The trip includes seeing a musical about the Avengers and a quite comical rendition of what he actually went through. Taking some of the edge off the seriousness of it all. Before they head home, on the other side of town there is an explosion, an underground auction and the suit he used as Ronan makes an appearance. It appears his dark past isn’t over with and before he can join his family for Christmas – he has to finish a few things.

The Ronan outfit seems to have some Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants type magic as it fits everyone who puts it on (no, it’s not just Clint wearing it anymore). Different body types, heights etc it seems to fit at least close enough that it doesn’t restrict movement or hinder anyone in a fight. A weird plot device, but maybe there’s some magic in those threads?

Joining Hawkeye in the series in is Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 2), a young adult who after seeing the alien attack first hand took up archery. Raised in luxury, Kate seems to want to hand out vigilante justice and help protect her family and the people around her. Her mother, in true Disney story mode, has recently gotten engaged to a guy who seems too slimey to not be a bad guy.

Fighting, banter, and Christmas lights seem to reign in teh new series as Marvel seems to bank heavily on Clint’s family guy nature. Are they swinging back to the other side after they had an actual sex scene in Eternals? The show seems a bit slower than the other Marvel releases on Disney+ and we’re hoping it picks up soon. Overall, though the show is entertaining but hasn’t quite grabbed our hearts yet. We still love Clint, but the show seems like they’re putting the same minimal effort into building his story up as they did in making him a focus in the Avenger movies.

Overall Rating:

Four Star Review

About Hawkeye:

HAWKEYE review

Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye” is an original new series set in 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. The series also features 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.

Clint Barton/Hawkeye must team up with skilled archer Kate Bishop to unravel a criminal conspiracy.


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