Warning: spoilers ahead for Hawkeye.
The episode 6 finale of Hawkeye is here, with the Marvel series concluding with an epic showdown on Disney Plus.
In the last instalment, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) and Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) are facing threats on several fronts.
Firstly, the pair have found themselves embroiled in the world of underground crime, which is being led by Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), and has seen them cross paths with Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox), who is set to star in her own spin-off show, Echo.
Next, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), the younger sister of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), who was first introduced in Black Widow, is determined to kill Clint for the part he played in Nat’s death.
Elsewhere, Kate has discovered that her mother Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga) is in the big leagues with Kingpin, a realisation that has her questioning everything about her life.
Let’s break it down.
Kingpin returns to unleash his fury
It was rumoured throughout the first four episodes of Hawkeye that Kingpin would show up.
In the fifth episode, his return was confirmed, with the villainous character starring in his first scenes in the finale.
Just like how he was in Daredevil, Kingpin knows how to speak in a sweet natured manner, before unleashing hell when he doesn’t get his way.
The titan is seething when he realises that Echo is no longer loyal to him, but even more so when he is informed by Eleanor that she doesn’t want to work for him anymore.
Kate, in all her enthusiasm, takes him on one-by-one, somehow avoiding serious injury despite being chucked around the room in brutal fashion.
If only Daredevil was around to chat with her about what it’s like to survive one of Fisk’s deadly punches.
Kate calls out her mother’s misdeeds
Yelena sends Kate a video showing her mother Eleanor speaking to Kingpin, in which she admits to murdering Armand Duquesne III (Simon Callow).
It’s revealed that before his death, Kate’s dad had a debt to settle with Fisk, which Eleanor inherited when her husband died.
The security firm company owner decided to work with the big guy in the shadows, earning well for herself while digging herself a deeper hole.
At the finale’s formal function, Kate decides to call out her mother outright, with Eleanor apologising profusely while trying to justify why she did what she did.
In the end, after Eleanor smashes into Fisk with her car, she’s arrested for the murder of Armand, during which she manipulatively questions why Kate would have her taken away by the police.
Will there be bad blood between Kate and Eleanor after this?
Echo switches sides
Clint’s words have stayed with Echo, since he told her that her boss – aka Kingpin – ordered for her father to be killed.
Despite telling Fisk that she’s done trying to avenge her dad, he can see straight through her and realises that she’s turned on him and the Tracksuit Mafia.
When Echo arrives at the final fight, her right-hand man Kazi (Fra Fee) stresses that he has no choice but to kill her, as he can’t leave the criminal world that they’re in.
In their altercation, Kazi is accidentally killed himself, before Echo – devastated by her loss – goes to find Kingpin next.
Is Kingpin dead?
Having only been seen in a photo in season five and then appeared in one episode of Hawkeye, Marvel fans were likely hoping to see much more of Kingpin in future, especially if Matt Murdock is set to return.
However, it looks like Kingpin’s journey could have come to an end already.
When Echo faces him at the end of the Hawkeye finale, she takes out her gun, making it clear that her goal is to put an end to Fisk once and for all.
The camera pans above them both, before a gunshot is heard, hinting that Maya has murdered him.
However, as everyone knows, on TV, if you don’t see a death happen – it’s best not to jump to conclusions.
In the comics, this same exchange occurs, with Fisk being blinded by the gunshot, rather than killed.
Therefore, it could be that Kingpin will next appear in Echo. Stay tuned!
Yelena has a change of heart
Ever since the post-credits scene of Black Widow, Yelena has been hellbent on seeking revenge for the death of her sister, Natasha.
After being told by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) that Clint is the person to blame for Natasha’s death, Yelena chases after him.
Despite it seeming as though nothing will persuade her from killing her sister’s best friend, Clint explains to her that Nat sacrificed herself, a decision that he could not prevent.
Yelena’s head is finally spun when Clint whistles the secret whistle she had with Nat, as he emphasises that it wouldn’t have been in Nat’s character to let anyone get in her way when she set her mind to something.
The young Black Widow walks off… but we’re hoping to see her back to team up with Kate again in future.
Major Marvel theory ‘confirmed’
Since the beginning of Hawkeye, one of the mysteries of the series has been the meaning behind a Rolex taken from the Avengers compound that was being sold at a black market auction.
There have been theories that the watch was linked to Clint’s wife Laura (Linda Cardellini), with some suspecting that she could also be a former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
That theory ended up being semi-confirmed in the season finale, as Clint handed her the watch to reveal the symbol of Mockingbird on the back.
In the Marvel comics, Mockingbird is an agent of the organisation called Bobbi Morse who has a romantic relationship with Hawkeye.
The character has already been seen in live-action, with Adrianne Palicki playing the role in the TV series S.H.I.E.L.D.
So while some may believe the watch is confirmation that Laura is Mockingbird, others may draw the conclusion that she is linked to Bobbi, perhaps as her sister.
Is there a post-credits scene?
There is indeed a Hawkeye post-credits scene… but it might not be what viewers are expecting.
Rather than offer a hint that the show could return for a second season or link to any other MCU releases on the horizon, it provided a longer version of the epic track I Can Do This All Day from Rogers: The Musical.
The song is surreal to say the least, featuring the Avengers jumping and twirling across the stage, with the original six accompanied by Ant-Man – who wasn’t even present at the Battle of New York.
We can’t but love it.
Where was Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine?
Some may have thought that good ole Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine would return for more excitement in Hawkeye.
However, she was nowhere to be seen.
The mysterious character made her first appearance in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, recruiting John Walker (Wyatt Russell) to become US Agent after his failed stint as Captain America.
Her next appearance came in Black Widow, when she hired Yelena to kill Clint (although originally, her debut in the film should have come out before the TV series, as the release dates were changed).
Therefore, it would have made sense for Valentina to show up again, after Yelena didn’t achieve the mission she had given her.
Considering it’s been discovered that Kate’s mum Eleanor hired Yelena to kill Clint, some think there could be a link between Valentina and Eleanor – perhaps with the pair turning out to be siblings.
Hawkeye is available to watch on Disney Plus.
Credit: Original article published here.