It’s official. with Disney+’s upcoming Hawkeye, each of the core Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Avengers team would have had the opportunity to be a lead in their own franchise. And your Thors, Iron Mans, and Captain Americas are sure to continue stealing the spotlight of anything remotely associated to Phase 1, it is Hawkeye that will be sure to steal the hearts of comic book fans.
Former Avenger Clint Barton has a seemingly simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. Possible? Maybe with the help of Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old archer with dreams of becoming a Super Hero. The two are forced to work together when a presence from Barton’s past threatens to derail far more than the festive spirit.
The synopsis makes it clear that Clint is maintaining his status as a former Avenger. His retirement following Age of Ultron, despite his repeated recall to action, seems to be sticking. However, his time as Ronin in the 5-year gap between Infinity War and Endgame certainly isn’t being snapped away, and the choices he’s made still matter.
And to make things worse, amateur fan-favourite vigilante Kate Bishop is just making things messier for ol’ man Barton.
Additionally, there’re somethings we’ve noticed that may be worth keeping an eye out for.
There’s a Captain America Musical
Almost immediately, we’re greeted with “Rogers the Musical” decorating the winter-inspired setting of Hawkeye’s trailer. While in itself this may not mean much, it’s interesting that the characters of the MCU are being immortalised in pop culture within the MCU. Of course, it could also be a reference to yet another Marvel comics-based musical, the ill-fated Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
Or it could be a grand musical tribute to Cap’s days as a USO mascot. Either ways, it’ll be awesome to one day see the actual musical as a Disney+ special (perhaps for Christmas?), hopefully starring Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Mrs Hawkeye is missing
So we see Hawkeye, his kids and… where’s Linda Cardellini? Introduced in Age of Ultron in what might still be one of the biggest twists in the MCU, Laura Burton and Hawkeye’s secret family made the character all that more complex and intriguing, becoming a man with a lot more to lose than his fellow superheroes.
It is the dusting of his entire family which pushes him into assuming the Ronin mantle, hunting and slaying all he deemed unworthy of surviving the Blip.
And yet, she’s missing, rather conspicuously in this trailer. While it doesn’t seem very important at this point, Clint’s love life is often one of great impact on his stories. In the Ultimate comics universe, wherein Laura was first created, the character—and their children—are all assassinated by Black Widow. Clearly, that’s not the case here.
And in the comics where Clint first meets Kate (whom he is pseudo-romantically involved with, eugh), his love life is also not much to write home about as well… not unless he was hoping to write about a massive dumpster fire. Regardless, an unattached, or an “it’s complicated” Clint is exactly what the comics have depicted over the years, and it seems we may have to be prepared for the break up of the Barton Bunch for now at least (it is a Christmas show, guys).
Of course, we do see him on the phone attempting to explain his lack of presence at home (or with family), but it is still conspicuous that we’re not seeing her in the family scenes.
The series is clearly influenced by Matt Fraction’s run
And it’s not even hiding it! YAY!
Following the unforgettable, universe-changing events of Avengers vs. X-Men (lol, not really), Kate finds herself working with Clint—or at least helping him out a fair bit as he continues to spontaneously combust socially.
While that exact dynamic may not be applicable to the MCU’s take on the characters, there are some very obvious and significant homages such as the look of the Hawkeye title (above) and:
The Tracksuit Mafia, your stereotypical Eastern European/Ruassian gang but with a preference for red tracksuits, and calling every one “bro.” Their nefarious scheme is to scare out the inhabitants of a run down apartment building so that their associate may build a shopping mall on that land. Not exactly genocide, but still a little more terrifying than just your typical cosmic world-eater.
And more importantly. Clint may be (partially) deaf. Clint’s hearing has been the subject of more than one incident, with the character having lost most of his auditory capabilities in the comics. More than once, this has been a large part of the character’s development since the ’80s, and has been viewed as a positive step forward in recognising the differently-abled in a superhero comic.
Hawkeye is set to premiere on November 24th on Disney+!