I’ve been a fan of Hawkeye for years. That was one of the reasons that I was excited when it was announced that he was going to be getting his own series on Disney+. They way he was treated in the movies left a bit to be desired. This comes from him being sidelined for most of the first Avengers movie. He was moved to the forefront in the Endgame where he is one of the key parts of the movie. Hawkeye gives you a different look at what the MCU’s version of Clint Barton would be getting up to after everything happened.
Hawkeye was created by Jonathan Igla for Disney+. It appears to be heavily based on the Matt Fraction and David Aja comic series. The influence of the duo hasn’t been mentioned heavily, but I did see that Matt Fraction is a producer on the show. Aja’s style is also the influence on the posters.
The cast is fun. Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld are so much fun together. The interplay between the two is one of the most interesting parts of these two episodes. They don’t have the relationship of a mentor and mentee but that of a fan and someone they idolize. The various looks you get into both Clint and Kate’s lives helps give you a look at the MCU outside of the movies.
The plot of Hawkeye picks up two years after Endgame at Christmas time. Clint Barton is in New York City with his kids spending time together. He ends up teaming up with Kate Bishop after she runs afoul of the Tracksuit Mafia. She does that after ending up with Clint’s Ronin outfit. The first two episodes end with the pair in the clutches of the Tracksuit Mafia under the orders of a mysterious woman (Who is Echo, from the comics).
These first two episodes have me excited for the other episodes of the series. It will have six total episodes, which means the last episode will be out right before Christmas. It has the tone of a fun action/adventure comedy so far. I give the first two episodes of Hawkeye 8 slices of pizza out of 10.