Review: Marvel’s ‘Hawkeye’ hits the mark with new heroine

by Kayleen Padron

Most Marvel fans already know the story of Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), the hero with no fantastic super powers, who somehow manages to run alongside super soldiers and Norse gods. Although this hero is sometimes overlooked, the new Marvel Studios series “Hawkeye” explores his character as well as a new, loveable archer we hope to see more of in the future.

Hawkeye premiers on Disney+ Nov. 24.

Fans caught a glimpse of Barton’s life while watching the latest Avengers movies. Many were heartbroken when Barton’s entire family turned to dust, and some were even rooting him on when he took on organized crime as Ronin. Lest we forget that heartbreaking scene in “Avengers: Endgame” when Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow sacrificed herself for her friend. 

Flash-forward to present day, Barton takes his kids out to New York to spend the holidays together. After having missed so many holidays as a family, Barton hopes that this year is different. As with all good intentioned heroes-turned-civilians, his plans go awry.

Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye | Official Trailer | Disney+

The show introduces Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although fans may be weary of new characters, there’s no doubt that Bishop will be winning the hearts of anyone watching the new show. Her wit and total athletic prowess is absolutely enchanting to watch. 

Fans watching “Hawkeye” will likely have flashbacks of Spider-Man and Iron Man’s relationship; As Tony Stark played a mentor/father figure role to Peter Parker, the same goes for Clint Barton to Kate Bishop.

Bishop is a spoiled rich girl who lost her father to the attack on New York back in 2012 (for those who need refreshers, that’s when Loki almost decimated the city with some alien friends). After that traumatic event, Bishop decided she was going to protect her mother at all costs, taking up archery, fencing, martial arts and more. Weary of her soon-to-be step-father Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton), Bishop finds a little more than she was bargaining for, and Barton has to help clean up her mess. 

Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) along with Lucky the Pizza Dog.
(Left-Right): Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) in Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye,” exclusively on Disney+.
Photo by Mary Cybulski and courtesy of Marvel Studios

While the show isn’t as fantastical as “WandaVision” or “Loki,” it still brings more insight to well-known characters, like “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.” Something that differs from all these shows is a new character that has fans questioning whether she’ll be taking the mantle for Hawkeye.

Although that can’t be answered quite yet, fans will enjoy Barton and Bishop’s banter and they try to clean up their mess while running around New York during the holidays.

Hailee Steinfeld plays Kate Bishop, Hawkeye's newest mentee.
Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) in Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye,” exclusively on Disney+.
Photo by Chuck Zlotnick and courtesy of Marvel Studios

The show is based on fan-loved comic “Hawkeye” by Matt Fraction and David Aja Omnibus. Similar to the comic, Barton is now hard of hearing and Lucky the Pizza Dog also makes an appearance. The first two episodes won’t have an after-credit scene, so freely click that ‘next episode’ button.

“Hawkeye” is streaming exclusively on Disney+ starting Nov. 24. Click here to check out more shows coming to the streaming service soon!


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