After the stellar success that the recently concluded Season 1 of the Disney+ series Loki has been, fans are understandably eager for the next Marvel live-action series, Hawkeye. For months now, we had been living off the rare breadcrumbs of information that has been shared about the upcoming series. But now, not only has Marvel released the first look of Hawkeye but also revealed the premiere date of the show on the streaming platform.
Kate Bishop’s arrival as the second Hawkeye has been awaited ever since the character first appeared in the Younger Avengers comics during the early 2000s. In fact, she and the original Hawkeye i.e., Clint Barton fought against enemies together in the solo comics featuring the character from 2012 to 2015.
It was at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con, that the long-awaited MCU debut of Kate Bishop was announced, followed by the reveal a year later that it was Hailee Steinfield who will be playing the character in Hawkeye. And it’s only now that Marvel Studios has revealed the first look of the series and its two lead characters via Entertainment Tonight. Check out the image below:
“[Kate is] a 22-year-old kid and she’s a big Hawkeye fan,” Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton) shared with EW. “She has a wonderfully annoying and equally charming manner about her because she’s such a fangirl of Hawkeye. The relationship grows from that, but the biggest problem for Clint is Kate Bishop and the onslaught of problems that she brings into his life.”
And it’s not just in Hawkeye that Renner will be seen mentoring Steinfield as he has helped the actress in getting accustomed to Marvel’s “superhero life.”
“That was always my role. Outside of acting in the thing, I was protecting her and giving her the CliffsNotes on how it goes with this kind of filmmaking: Green screen, superhero life, all that stuff,” Renner added. “I just wanted to protect her, because there’s a lot of physical stuff. She’s a wonderful actress, a wonderful human, and I can’t wait to see all the cool stuff that she’s able to do.”
“She’s such a badass, there’s no denying that,” Steinfeld had told Entertainment Tonight last year while describing her Marvel character. “She’s so smart and witty and quick and her physical ability to do so many things is through the roof. It’s really tested me and kept me going through quarantine, I will say. It’s given me a reason to stay with it.”
In the comics, Kate Bishop officially became Hawkeye after Clint Barton seemingly died. And looks like that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be opting for the same route. Black Widow ended with Valentina handing Clint’s picture to Yelena as her next target and twisting the truth of Natasha’s death in Avengers Endgame by claiming that Clint is the reason for the Avenger’s death. We saw Yelena being emotionally broken up over losing her sister, thus it is obvious that she will be hunting Clint in Hawkeye and possibly end up killing him before she learns the truth about how and why Natasha died- to allow the Avengers to save the universe by securing the Soul Stone.
Marvel Studios has also revealed the release date of Hawkeye, which will be debuting on Disney+ on November 24, 2021.