Spoilers for “Black Widow” ahead!
Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), or Hawkeye, has been a heavily disliked and debated character since his first appearance in “Thor” (2011). Although he is still a popular character, he’s always been the center of critiques when talking about the failures of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU has been unsuccessful in bringing up the character’s disability, and he had minimal characterization throughout six films. Now, the trailer for the upcoming Disney+ series “Hawkeye” is out, and hopeful doesn’t even scratch the surface of how I feel about the new show.
The newest information released tells us that “Hawkeye” will come out on Nov. 24, and it will focus on the long-term effects of Clint’s short stint as the vigilante Ronin. As shown at the start of Endgame, Ronin brought down multiple gangs and mafias during the time that The Blip (the time between the disappearance and return of the lives lost from Thanos snapping) occurred.
The Hawkeye show takes place during the Christmas following ”Endgame.” Clint Barton has his family returned to him, and he is finally allowed his time to act as a father rather than an Avenger. He then sees that there is a person taking over his position as Ronin. When he contacts the new Ronin, he finds Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). Kate Bishop in the new show is a skilled archer and a Hawkeye fanatic, who will most likely take Barton’s place on the pedestal after the show in the MCU. The Hawkeye show will be an “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”-esque adventure with bundles of gangs jumping at the opportunity to ruin Hawkeye’s family Christmas.
The trailer shows multiple chase scenes and shots of New York City, and it’s almost a given that Kate Bishop was active in New York as Ronin for at least a few weeks prior to the show, as the news that is seen in the trailer mentions the possibility of Ronin being active once again. Judging by the mass amounts of death and destruction in the trailer, we can assume that the trip may take a bit longer than the 2-3 days timeline given to us by Clint.
With all the new information and visuals given to us by the trailer and recent movies, we have some theories that we think may just pin the bullseye on where Marvel is taking our best sharpshooter.
- Clint Barton will give up his mantle as Hawkeye and give it to Kate Bishop. Clint Barton is one of the three founding Avengers still alive, and only two of them is in fighting shape as Hulk has been permanently handicapped by using the Infinity Gauntlet in order to bring back the half of the universe that disappeared after the snap by Thanos. After playing the character for over a decade, it’s not unlikely that Jeremy Renner might be ready to put the character to rest. Kate Bishop, who also took the title of Hawkeye in the comics, would be a perfect replacement for Barton’s character.
- Hawkeye will lead into the creation of the “Young Avengers.” Young Avengers” is a Marvel comic series that has many characters who are younger versions of the original Avengers. “Young Avengers” is almost a definite next stage for the MCU, backed up by the Ironheart Disney Plus series that was announced over two years ago. Other characters in the “Young Avengers” have appeared as well, such as Elijah Bradley from Falcon and the Winter Soldier Disney+ series from earlier this year, Cassie Lang (daughter to Scott Lang, MCU Ant-Man), and Hawkeye’s very own Kate Bishop. All of these characters have appeared in the MCU and thanks to the Blip, Cassie has had enough time to grow into superhero age. The Young Avengers could be a possibility for the MCU and thanks to Hawkeye, they just got a new hero in their roster.
- Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) will be an enemy to Hawkeye. In the post-credits scene for “Black Widow,” Yelena is seen receiving false information that Clint Barton was responsible for the death of her adopted sister Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) by Madame Hydra (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Yelena will almost definitely be on a revenge course for the majority of the series. It is possible that the people who are seen kidnapping Clint were under the control of Yelena, and Clint will be able to explain how Natasha’s death was her own choice. Nevertheless, Yelena will almost definitely have a part to play in Clint’s road home.
The “Hawkeye” series may be the perfect goodbye for Jeremy Renner’s performance of Clint Barton. Although Hawkeye has never been a fan favorite, I hope Disney has put as much care as they did into all of their other Disney+ series that have successfully expanded on the main Phase-4 story and the characters themselves. I’m excited to see where the new series takes Hawkeye’s character, and it’s a personal guarantee that I’ll be tuning in at 2 a.m. on Nov. 24.