Warning: spoilers ahead for Hawkeye episode 5 on Disney Plus.
As much as we don’t want to say goodbye, there’s only one week to go until the release date for the Hawkeye season premiere arrives on Disney Plus.
Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) have taken fans on a whirlwind adventure in the past five episodes of the series, with the latest revealing the arrival of the one and only Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio).
In a week that’s also seen the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marvel fans are being spoilt with stellar content, with next week’s Hawkeye finale set to also bring more action from Maya Lopez’s Echo (Alaqua Cox) and Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) as the festive tale draws to a close.
From a Kingpin showdown to Hawkeye’s imminent retirement, here are our predictions for the final episode.
The reign of Kingpin is here
We all knew it was coming, but in episode five, it was finally confirmed that the version of Kingpin from the Netflix Daredevil series is officially a part of the MCU.
The confirmation of Wilson Fisk as the big bad villain of the show sets up for an epic finale, hopefully where we’ll see him unleash the rage that we know is pent up inside of him in a high-octane showdown.
While his debut was expected, it does open up the door massively for the return of other characters in the Netflix Marvel shows, including Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock, Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones and many more.
Now that we know that Kate’s mum Eleanor (Vera Farmiga) is secretly in cahoots with Kingpin, it will be intriguing to discover just how deep her own villainy runs.
It could also mean that her fiancé Jack Duquesne, who seemed like too obvious a villain to begin with, was innocent all along.
Echo turns her back on the big boss
When Clint told Echo that her boss Kingpin was the one who ordered her dad’s death at Ronin’s hands, she immediately says that he’s lying.
However, it quickly becomes apparent that seeds of doubt have been sown in her mind, as she begins to question the whereabouts of her right-hand man Kazi (Fra Free) on the day of her dad’s death.
With her own eponymous TV series in the works, there is the possibility that Maya will forgo her alliance with the Tracksuit Mafia and set off on her own, away from the watchful eye of Fisk.
Whether Echo will ever be able to truly let go of her vendetta against Ronin for killing her father is another story.
Hawkeye officially retires in some form
As one of the original Avengers, Clint has been around the block… and then sum.
The superhero definitely appears to be more weary than he was a decade ago, considering everything he has been through, including losing his family during the Blip and suffering Natasha’s death in Endgame.
One of the enduring themes of Endgame is the fact that Clint just wants to get home in time for Christmas so that he can spend quality time with his wife Laura and their three children.
Considering Steve, Tony and Natasha are no longer around, with the only other remaining original Avengers being Thor and Bruce, we reckon this could be Hawkeye’s swansong, whether he’s able to finally retire and go home to his loved ones or if he might meet his demise.
We’re hoping it’s the former, but given the heartache that the MCU often likes to inflict on its fans, it could swing either way.
Kate and Yelena become the team-up of dreams
The minute Kate and Yelena laid eyes on each other, Hawkeye viewers couldn’t wait to see more of the exciting duo on screen.
With Young Avengers having been teased on multiple occasions as of late, such as with the debuts of Billy and Tommy in WandaVision, Eli Bradley in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Kid Loki, many feel that it’s only a matter of time before Kate and Yelena are also enlisted onto the next-generation team.
Despite technically still being adversaries, episode five delivered a Kate and Yelena scene that fans are going to be living off for a very long time, and we’re hoping the finale will see them in action as a team.
Seeing a new Hawkeye and Black Widow team-up would honestly leave us in floods of tears.
Laura Barton’s secret identity is revealed
Ever since Laura was introduced in Age of Ultron, fans have loved her relationship with Clint, which he was able to keep secret thanks to Nick Fury’s help.
In Hawkeye, after she returned following the Blip, it’s clear that Clint doesn’t keep any secrets from her, as she’s fully aware of how he became an assassin known as Ronin when she and their children disappeared.
In the Marvel show, Laura aids Clint by helping him track down information about the Tracksuit Mafia, leading some to believe that she will be revealed as Marvel character Mockingbird.
In the comics, Mockingbird is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, who becomes romantically involved with Hawkeye.
While her name in the original source material is Barbara ‘Bobbi’ Morse (a character played by Adrianne Palicki in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), it wouldn’t be the first time things have been shaken up in the MCU.
Hawkeye is available to watch on Disney Plus with new episodes released on Wednesdays.