With the season finale airing next week, I decided to look back at the first 2 episodes of the show. Here are my thoughts on the how the latest MCU series began.
Hawkeye S1 E1 and E2 – Not at all what we were hoping for
This limited series of Hawkeye is following said Avenger two years after the events of Avengers: EndGame, and adding in the storyline of Kate Bishop. Five days before Christmas Clint Barton (Hawkeye) is trying to soak up time with his kids, but Kate Bishop unexpectedly drops into his life along with his past enemies from his time as the Ronin. Working hard to close up that part of his life, he works together with Bishop to bring down their enemies.
I get that this is pretty much a farewell tour for Renner as Hawkeye, because from all the talk this seems like it will be his last time playing the character (and it also looks like his character is ready to finally hang up the bow). With this limited season of only six episodes, and now with two already down. It seems to be that Kate Bishop will be taking on the mantle and going forward in the Marvel Universe. But, even with Marvel’s homage to the Hawkeye comic books (the opening and ending sequence being the best part, along with the color schemes), the show does not live up to the hype.
Other than the storyline going at a sluggish pace, the biggest drawback is seeing that Hailee Steinfeld was a poor choice to be Kate Bishop. She is a good actor, but you can’t always be the same character for every role. As we know, Bishop is confident, witty and has more feelings than just admiration for Clint (to say the least, none of these things were seen). Her portrayal just kept pulling me from fully even liking this show and going back to wanting to watch any other Marvel movie where Clint interacts with any of the other heroes. For another side note, didn’t the movie Black Widow convince us all that Yelena Belova would be making an appearance in Hawkeye to get back at Clint for letting her sister die? Cause if she showed up, I can hands down say that it would spice up the show quite a bit.
You can catch up on the first 4 episodes of Hawkeye now on Disney+!
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