Hawkeye: Hit or Miss?


Gabe Flowers '22 , Writer

The latest gift from Marvel and Disney, arriving just in time for Christmas, is their latest show Hawkeye, starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfield. The show follows Hawkeye, also known as Clint Barton, as he is pulled back into the action after crossing paths with Kate Bishop, a Hawkeye superfan. Despite his holiday plans, Barton must help Bishop clear her name after getting into trouble with some old enemies of his. At the time of writing this article, there are three episodes out, with each having been released Wednesdays. The other three episodes will be released each following Wednesday up until Christmas, making six episodes in total for the first season. No information is available yet on the possibility of a second season.

Hawkeye is the fifth Marvel show to make its way onto Disney Plus following the releases of Wandavision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and What If…?. Hawkeye is similar to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in the sense that it is definitely more down-to-earth and not as weird and mysterious as the likes of Wandavision and Loki. However, the show still sets itself apart with the fun, energetic, and creative fight scenes, the developing relationship between the 2 protagonists, and the interesting story that is unfolding. Hawkeye Appears to Be Headed for a Fall 2021 Premiere Date | CBRArguably the best aspect about the show is the classic pairing between an enthusiastic young apprentice and a sarcastic, moody mentor, creating an amusing spark between them which  is funny and enjoyable to watch. Many fans have pointed out the resemblance to Daredevil, one of the MCU’s previous attempts to bring Marvel to the small screen. With its New York setting, high-class murder mystery, and street-level fighting, the similarities to Daredevil are apparent and make people wonder if Daredevil could make a return in the near future.

After having watched the first 3 episodes of Hawkeye with my family, I have really enjoyed it so far and so has my family. In fact, I believe it is a good show to watch with the family, due to its various family-related themes. I think the show is definitely a step in the right direction for Marvel and Disney, as it truly feels like a normal tv show dealing with superheroes rather than a superhero movie split into separate episodes, which some of the previous Marvel shows have felt like. I feel that it is long overdue for Hawkeye to have the spotlight, since it always felt like he was pushed to the side despite being in the MCU for many years now. Unfortunately, Hawkeye is only six episodes long, however, each episode is packed with lots of action, humor, and mystery, making it thoroughly entertaining and keeping me excited for what the rest of the show has in store.