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Hawkeye review: Marvel triumph taps into Endgame trauma as Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop brilliantly blasts onto scene

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The mentor meets the protégé with Clint Barton and Kate Bishop (Picture: Disney Plus/Marvel)

Following stellar Marvel shows packed with magic, super-soldiers and time-bending antics, Hawkeye takes a more grounded approach on Disney Plus, teaming up a surly Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) with high-spirited newcomer Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) for a gritty yet light-hearted adventure.

It’s been 10 years since Jeremy first made his debut in the MCU, with Clint beginning as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. working for Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) in Thor before becoming a fully-fledged member of the Avengers.

His greatest test came in the 2019 film Endgame when, after losing his family to Thanos, he gave up his new life as the assassin known as Ronin to help reverse the Snap, resulting in his best friend Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), sacrificing her life.

Two years later, Clint is in New York with his kids planning on going home with them to his wife for Christmas when he becomes embroiled in a complex turn of events that hark back to his past, crossing paths with talented archer Kate, who has idolised him since she was a child.

From what fans know about Hawkeye from the trailers and clips that have been unveiled ahead of the release date, they might think that the series would pale in comparison to previous releases such as WandaVision and Loki, where the stakes were very much at a level of potential multiversal catastrophe.

However, with an opening sequence that many will instantly dub one of their favourite moments in the MCU, Hawkeye delivers brilliantly choreographed action, the heart that made people fall in love with Marvel in the first place and a wholesome dynamic between Clint and Kate that viewers will be desperate to see more of.

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Fans can’t wait to meet Lucky the Pizza Dog (Picture: Mary Cybulski/Disney Plus)

Following years of jokes comparing Clint to the other original members of the Avengers – a genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist; a legendary super-soldier; the God of Thunder; one of the best spies in the world; and a scientist slash green, mean, smashing machine – it’s captivating to finally follow Hawkeye in his own tale.

Director and executive producer Rhys Thomas emphasised that at his core, Clint is a family man, and that is made apparent from the get-go, so much so that he’s willing to endure the excruciating yet undeniably entertaining production of Rogers: The Musical with his children. And yes, it’s just as bonkers as you’re hoping it will be.

Jeremy told Metro.co.uk that he wants the series to send a message to kids showing why someone doesn’t have to have powers or superhuman abilities to be a hero, something that Kate takes on board from an early age to become the savvy, gifted fighter that she is.

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Kate is a force to be reckoned with after taking inspiration from Clint as a young girl (Picture: Chuck Zlotnick/Disney Plus/Marvel)

It’s fascinating to watch Clint balance re-entering the normal world and being an attentive dad with his family while being haunted by his vindictive past, all the while having to cope with an unexpected surge of energy in his life in the form of Kate Bishop.

Before any pictures were even seen of Hailee in character, fans just knew that she would be perfect for the role of Kate… and they were right on the money.

As MCU aficionados look forward to the rest of Phase Four and beyond, they are quite correct to get excited about the next generation of heroes that could (and most probably will) form the Young Avengers.

Kate is exactly what viewers are hoping she’ll be. She’s sharp-witted, willing to jump straight into the deep end and also still carrying some naivete, leaving room for Clint to step in as her mentor.

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Clint just wants to get home in time for Christmas with his family (Picture: Chuck Zlotnick/Disney Plus/Marvel)

Watching Hawkeye set in New York feels somewhat reminiscent of Daredevil (which we’re still hoping will return), what with the focus on the underworld and vigilantes. It may not be quite as brutal, but it certainly still packs a punch.

Verdict on Hawkeye

Having seen the first two episodes of Hawkeye, it’s apparent that it’s not as experimental as previous MCU releases such as WandaVision or Loki – but it doesn’t try to be, with good reason.

The show plays to its strengths, using a tried-and-tested formula to bring two characters together whose dynamic bounces off the screen.

Despite having played Clint for a decade, Jeremy is able to tap into a side of the character viewers haven’t seen much of so far, while Hailee is a force to be reckoned with as she makes the role of Kate her own.

Hawkeye is exactly what we need this Christmas – a thrilling adventure that’s wildly fun, tugs on the heartstrings and places the love of family at its centre.

The first two episodes of Hawkeye premiere on Wednesday November 24 on Disney Plus with new episodes released weekly.

 

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