Hawkeye (2021)

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Hawkeye (TV Series 2021–2021)

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.
USA
IMDb   8.2 /10
TheMovieDb    8.9 /10
RottenTomatoes
FilmAffinity   6.4 /10
Creators
Creator Bert
Creator Bertie
Creator Tanner Bean
Information
Release Date2021-11-24
Runtime
GenreAction, Adventure, Crime
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
Awards
CompanyDisney+, Disney+, Marvel Studios
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Clint Bartonas Clint Barton…
Kate Bishopas Kate Bishop
Yelena Belovaas Yelena Belova
Jack Duquesneas Jack Duquesne
Eleanor Bishopas Eleanor Bishop
Kazias Kazi
Laura Bartonas Laura Barton
Tomasas Tomas
Lila Bartonas Lila Barton
Alaqua Cox
Alaqua Cox
Maya Lopezas Maya Lopez
Derek Bishopas Derek Bishop
Grillsas Grills
William Lopezas William Lopez
Adetinpo Thomas
Adetinpo Thomas
Wendyas Wendy
Ben Sakamoto
Ben Sakamoto
Cooper Bartonas Cooper Barton
Enriqueas Enrique
Nathaniel Bartonas Nathaniel Barton

Hawkeye (2021 TV series)

Hawkeye is an American television miniseries created by Jonathan Igla for the streaming service Disney+, based on Marvel Comics featuring the characters Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Kate Bishop / Hawkeye. It is the fifth television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced by Marvel Studios, sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and taking place after the events of the film Avengers: Endgame (2019). Igla serves as head writer with Rhys Thomas leading the directing team.

Jeremy Renner reprises his role as Clint Barton from the film series, with Hailee Steinfeld joining him as Kate Bishop. Tony Dalton, Fra Fee, Brian d'Arcy James, Aleks Paunovic, Piotr Adamczyk, Linda Cardellini, Simon Callow, Vera Farmiga, and Alaqua Cox also star. Marvel Studios was developing a limited series for Disney+ centered on Hawkeye by April 2019, with Renner returning. The series was officially announced that July and Igla joined in September, with Steinfeld unofficially attached at that point. Thomas and Bert & Bertie joined as directors in July 2020 and filming began in New York City that December. Steinfeld and additional cast members were confirmed, and filming concluded in late April 2021. Additional shooting took place in Atlanta, Georgia. Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye comic run served as a major influence on the series.

Hawkeye premiered its first two episodes on November 24, 2021, and will consist of six episodes, concluding on December 22. It is part of Phase Four of the MCU. The series has received positive reviews, with critics highlighting its action sequences and the lead actors' chemistry. A spin-off series, Echo, focusing on Cox's character Maya Lopez / Echo, is in development.


Premise

Two years after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), Clint Barton must partner with Kate Bishop to confront enemies from his past as Ronin in order to get back to his family in time for Christmas.


Cast and characters

  • Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye:A master archer and a former Avenger and agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. The series further explores the character's time as Ronin, as first shown in Avengers: Endgame (2019). Renner said that meeting Kate Bishop brings "an onslaught of problems" into Barton's life, as Barton does not understand her obsession with him.
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop:A 22-year-old Hawkeye fan who becomes Barton's protégée and is trained to take over the mantle of Hawkeye. She draws the attention of Barton by masquerading as Ronin. Steinfeld described Bishop as "smart and witty" and a "badass", with physical abilities that are "through the roof", while Renner said she has "a wonderfully annoying and equally charming manner about her". Steinfeld learned archery because Bishop is "self-taught" and felt it is an important aspect of her character, since she idolizes Barton. Clara Stack plays a young Kate Bishop.
  • Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne:Eleanor's new fiancée and Armand's nephew. Dalton revealed that his character's role in the comics as Clint's mentor would be "completely not happening" in the series.
  • Fra Fee as Kazi: A mercenary for the Tracksuit Mafia.
  • Brian d'Arcy James as Derek Bishop: Kate's father.
  • Aleks Paunovic as Ivan: An enforcer for the Tracksuit Mafia.
  • Piotr Adamczyk as Tomas: An enforcer for the Tracksuit Mafia.
  • Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton: Clint's wife.
  • Simon Callow as Armand Duquesne III: Jack's uncle.
  • Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop: Kate's mother and a successful businesswoman.
  • Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez / Echo: The deaf leader of the Tracksuit Mafia who can perfectly copy another person's movements.
  • Zahn McClarnon as William Lopez: Maya's father.
  • Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova / Black Widow:A highly-trained spy and assassin working for Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, hunting Barton for his supposed role in her sister-figure Natasha Romanoff's death. Pugh said that Belova is continuing "what she's good at, and despite her sister not being there, she's back working", though her mission to hunt Barton "sets up a whole different challenge".

Additionally, Ava Russo, Ben Sakamoto, and Cade Woodward reprise their respective roles as Barton's children Lila, Cooper, and Nathaniel from prior MCU films, while Jolt, a golden retriever, plays Lucky the Pizza Dog. The fictional Steve Rogers / Captain America musical within the series, Rogers: The Musical, sees stage actors portray Thor (Jason Scott McDonald), Loki (Jordan Chin), Rogers (Tom Feeney), Bruce Banner / Hulk (Harris Turner), Barton (Avery Gillham), Romanoff (Meghan Manning), Tony Stark / Iron Man (Aaron Nedrick), Scott Lang / Ant-Man (Nico DeJesus), and Chitauri warriors,


Episodes

No.TitleDirected by Written byOriginal release date 
1"Never Meet Your Heroes"Rhys ThomasJonathan IglaNovember 24, 2021
In 2012, during the Battle of New York, a young Kate Bishop witnesses Clint Barton battling the Chitauri and aspires to become a hero like him after he inadvertently saves her life. In the present day, Barton spends time with his children in New York for Christmas. Bishop attends a charity auction gala with her mother Eleanor and learns that she is engaged to Jack Duquesne. Underneath the gala, she stumbles onto a black market auction featuring items recovered from the remains of the Avengers Compound, finding Duquesne and his uncle Armand III among the attendees. The auction is interrupted by the Tracksuit Mafia, a Russian street gang who attempts to recover a watch among the items. Bishop recovers Barton's Ronin suit and defeats the Tracksuit Mafia members while wearing it. She escapes to her apartment after rescuing a stray dog and tracks down Armand to investigate further. Bishop discovers that Armand has been murdered in his home; while running away from the crime scene, she is cornered by the Tracksuit Mafia members but is rescued by Barton, who saw a news report of the Ronin's return.
2"Hide and Seek"Rhys ThomasElisa ClimentNovember 24, 2021
Bishop takes Barton back to her apartment, but is attacked by the Tracksuit Mafia. The pair is forced to evacuate, leaving the Ronin suit behind. After relocating to the apartment of Bishop's vacationing aunt, Barton sends his children back home, promising to return by Christmas Day. He escorts Bishop to her workplace, then recovers the Ronin suit from a firefighter named Grills at a LARP event. Later, during dinner, Bishop fails to convince Eleanor of Duquesne's involvement in Armand's death. After challenging Duquesne to a fencing duel, she tries to contact Barton, not knowing that he has allowed himself to be captured by the Tracksuit Mafia. She tracks down Barton's location, but ends up being captured herself. The gang informs their boss Maya Lopez of Barton and Bishop's captivity.
3TBABert & BertieKatie Mathewson & Tanner BeanDecember 1, 2021

Bert & Bertie also directed the fourth and fifth episodes, with Thomas directing the sixth and final episode of the series.


Production

Development

By September 2018, Marvel Studios was developing several limited series for its parent company Disney's streaming service, Disney+, to be centered on "second tier" characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films who had not and were unlikely to star in their own films. By April 2019, development of an adventure series starring Jeremy Renner as his MCU film character Clint Barton / Hawkeye had begun. The plot was expected to follow Barton as he bequeaths the mantle of Hawkeye to Kate Bishop. Feige was set to produce the limited series, which would run for six to eight episodes. Renner had originally signed on to star in a standalone feature film focused on his character, but agreed to star in a series instead after Feige decided to redevelop the project for Disney+. Executive producer Trinh Tran added that changing to a series from a feature film allowed Marvel "the creative flexibility" to have six hours to further explore Barton's backstory, introduce Bishop, and "allow enough time for them to bond and create that special dynamic that everybody finds so appealing in the comics" rather than two hours within a film. Feige officially announced Hawkeye at San Diego Comic-Con in July.

In September 2019, Jonathan Igla was revealed to be serving as the series' head writer. Amy Berg had also been a contender for head writer. In July 2020, Rhys Thomas was hired to direct three episodes for the series, and to serve as an executive producer, with filmmaking duo Bert & Bertie hired to direct the other three. Borys Kit at The Hollywood Reporter felt hiring these directors indicated the series could have a "light-hearted tone", given the past work from each. Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, and Louis D'Esposito also serve as executive producers. The series consists of six episodes. Budgets for each episode were reported to be as much as $25 million.

Writing

Katie Mathewson, Tanner Bean, and Elisa Climent serve as writers on the series. When officially announcing the series, Feige and Renner said the series would follow Barton as he teaches Bishop to be a "superhero without superpowers", and would explore more of Barton's time as the vigilante Ronin that was first shown in Avengers: Endgame (2019). In October 2019, Tran said the series would explore Barton's past, and confirmed that the mantle of Hawkeye would be passed to Bishop. Hawkeye is influenced by Matt Fraction's run with the character in the comics, and adapts elements such as Lucky the Pizza Dog, a golden retriever who is a companion to Barton and Bishop; the Tracksuit Mafia; and Barton's hearing loss. Barton has a "lightheartedness" to him that was not previously seen in his past appearances, which was influenced by Fraction's portrayal of the character in his run. Fraction served as a consultant for the series, and had planned to make a cameo appearance as a Tracksuit Mafia member, but was unable to because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hawkeye is set in New York City around the Christmas season, two years following the events of Avengers: Endgame, with Tran noting that many, but not all, of New York's citizens have "recuperated and continued thriving" following the Blip. Renner described the series as being set in the "current" MCU, while occurring over the course of about a week. Further discussing the holiday setting, Tran said "it made sense" to have Barton's story set during that time, since he has his family and would be focusing on trying to spend Christmas with them after losing them during the Blip.

Casting

With the series' official announcement in July 2019, Renner was confirmed to be starring in the series as Barton. By early September 2019, Hailee Steinfeld had been offered the role of Kate Bishop, but had not yet signed on for the series a month later. Variety reported one reason for this was a non-compete clause in her contract with Apple TV+ for starring in the series Dickinson, something Variety felt Steinfeld would be able to negotiate out of. No other actresses had been approached for the role of Bishop. When asked about her starring in the series shortly after, Steinfeld said it was "not something that's necessarily happening"; Steinfeld was confirmed as Bishop in December 2020. Tran noted that Marvel Studios "couldn't quite talk about her involvement" before when they announced her in the role, adding that Steinfeld was never out of contention and Marvel was just "trying to figure out how we can carry out the series" between the initial reports and the start of filming to have it release during the 2021 holiday season.

Additional cast members also announced in December 2020 were Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova / Black Widow, Fra Fee as Kazi, Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne, Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez / Echo, Zahn McClarnon as William Lopez, and Brian d'Arcy James in an undisclosed role. Pugh reprises her role from Black Widow (2021), which has a post-credits scene in which Belova is tasked by Valentina Allegra de Fontaine to hunt Barton for his role in her sister-figure Natasha Romanoff's death. Dalton was cast after Tran was impressed with his performance on the series Better Call Saul. The same month, set photos revealed that Ben Sakamoto, Ava Russo, and Cade Woodward would reprise their respective roles as Barton's children Cooper, Lila, and Nathaniel from previous MCU films in the series. Linda Cardellini was revealed to be reprising her role as Barton's wife Laura in October 2021. Aleks Paunovic and Piotr Adamczyk are also a part of the series' cast.

Filming

Filming began in early December 2020 in New York City, with Rhys Thomas and Bert & Bertie directing, with Eric Steelberg and James Whitaker serving as cinematographers. The series was filmed under the working title Anchor Point. Filming took place in Downtown Brooklyn including at the Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets subway station, and in Manhattan in Washington Square Park, Midtown, Hell's Kitchen, the East Village, and the Lotte New York Palace Hotel. Set photos also indicated the series would occur during the Christmas season and feature a Christmas party. Additional filming took place at Trilith Studios and Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. On February 22, 2021, filming began in downtown Canton, Georgia, for a week, continuing in the area between March 4 and 5. Filming wrapped on April 21. Reshoots occurred in Toronto, Canada, from September 7 to 9.

Post-production

Terel Gibson serves as an editor.

Music

Christophe Beck was revealed to be composing the score for the series in September 2021, after previously doing so for Ant-Man (2015), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), and WandaVision (2021). He is joined by Michael Paraskevas as co-composer for the first three episodes. The episode "Never Meet Your Heroes" features a musical number from the fictional Broadway musical titled Rogers: The Musical titled "Save the City", centered on the Battle of New York and written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. It was released as a single on November 24. The score for the first three episodes from Beck and Paraskevas will be released on December 10, while the score for the last three episodes from Beck will be released on December 24.


Marketing

Concept art for the series featuring designs for the characters' costumes are included in Expanding the Universe, a Marvel Studios special that debuted on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. In January 2021, Marvel announced their "Marvel Must Haves" program, which reveals new toys, games, books, apparel, home decor, and other merchandise related to each episode of Hawkeye following an episode's release. A teaser trailer was released on September 13, 2021. Jeremy Mathai at /Film said everything in the teaser looked "shockingly delightful—from the laid-back, comedic tone" to the chemistry between Steinfeld and Renner. He was enthused about the low-stakes of the series' story with Barton trying to get home for Christmas. Chaim Gartenberg of The Verge was drawn to the teaser's "surprisingly light tone" and felt the series would draw elements from the Christmas films Home Alone (1990) and Die Hard (1988). NME's Sam Warner described the teaser as a "festive first look" at the series, and noted the use of the song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". Stephen Iervolino of Good Morning America said the teaser was a blend of "action, humor and downright 007-looking spy scenes". Ryan Parker, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, noted the unique tone of the teaser that presented the series as "more of a comedy, holiday romp, albeit with a ton of action". Entertainment Weekly's Christian Holub felt the Christmas setting added a "Home Alone-like vibe" to the series and noted the teaser's many references to the comics, particularly Fraction's run. The series official poster was released at the end of October, with John Lutz of Collider noting the further inspiration of Fraction's run in the costumes worn by Barton and Bishop on the poster and the colors used, as well as the series' logo. An episode of the series Marvel Studios: Legends was released on November 12, 2021, for Disney+'s "Disney+ Day" celebration, exploring Barton using footage of his MCU film appearances. Additionally, an extended scene was released on Disney+ Day.


Release

Hawkeye debuted its first two episodes on Disney+ on November 24, 2021. The remaining four episodes will release weekly, concluding on December 22. It is part of Phase Four of the MCU. A premiere screening was held in London on November 11, 2021, as well as on November 17 at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.


Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 93% approval rating with an average rating of 7.35/10, based on 60 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Hawkeye starts slowly, but the street-level action is a refreshing change of pace for the MCU—and the chemistry between its leads sparkles even when the plot lags." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 64 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Andrew Webster of The Verge felt that Hawkeye was "a few different things", adding: "It’s a chance to spend more time with one of the lesser-known Avengers, it’s an origin story for an up-and-coming hero, and it’s a detective drama set amidst the backdrop of Christmas in New York City as the MCU adds yet another genre to its all-enveloping fold." He considered it alongside WandaVision and Loki as the best of the MCU on Disney+. Writing for Empire Magazine, Laura Sirikul gave the series 4 out of 5 stars and described it as "charming and full of heart". Richard Trenholm of Cnet gave the film a positive review while noting that "Overall, Hawkeye isn't a tortured antihero searching for redemption, he's still just affable Jeremy Renner trundling around looking grumpy. And the show mostly knows this, sticking him into action scenes that are more playful than perilous. Episode 2 in particular has both Clint and Kate engaged in mock combat that's fun to watch rather than hazardous to their health, a jaunty twist on the gritty action-scene-every-episode formula."

IndieWire's Ben Travers gave the series 'C-', feeling that it was "more concerned with setting up Kate Bishop for future MCU phases than creating a problem worthy of two heroes' time".


Documentary special

In February 2021, the documentary series Marvel Studios: Assembled was announced. The specials go behind the scenes of the making of the MCU films and television series with cast members and additional creatives. A special for Hawkeye, featuring Renner, is intended to release on Disney+ once the series concludes.


Spin-off

A spin-off series starring Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez / Echo was in early development for Disney+ by March 2021, with Etan Cohen and Emily Cohen set to write and executive produce. Echo was officially announced in November 2021, at which time it was revealed that Marion Dayre would serve as head writer.


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