Hey! Hallie here!
Recently we’ve been kind of in between major Marvel Disney+ shows. We have ‘What If?’ right now to hold us off, but no one can deny that a mix of non-canon events isn’t as major of a contribution to the MCU as shows like ‘WandaVision’, ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’, and ‘Loki’. But as of late November, the wait for another big Marvel show will be over! ‘Hawkeye’ is coming out just in time for the Christmas season, as the trailer frequently likes to remind us. This trailer is really interesting and not at all what I expected. There’s also tons of other announcements for this show that have me really excited. Let’s go through this trailer and what we know so far.
This trailer opens up with Clint and his kids in New York City. Given the fact that the cast has been spotted filming on location there frequently, and the constant shots of the city throughout the trailer, it’s safe to say that it’ll be our setting for the majority of the series. Clint’s trying to spend the holidays with his kids to make up for lost time caused by the Blip. It even seems like he takes them out to see ‘Rogers: The Musical’, which never fails to make me laugh every time I see it referenced. I especially love the gold background and black silhouette design of the posters that are clearly nods to ‘Hamilton’. But suddenly the news is reporting that a masked vigilante that was lurking around a few years ago might be back. This is news to Clint, who WAS the masked vigilante after he lost his family to Thanos, but hasn’t picked up the “Ronin” title since. So he sends his kids home and promises that he’ll be home for Christmas. Afterwards, Clint decides to go out and catch this vigilante. It’s Kate Bishop! She’s a 22-year-old archer who also happens to be a huge fan of Clint’s. She claims she’s great at what she does but it’s pretty clear right from the beginning that she doesn’t know exactly what she’s doing.
After this we get some very ‘Die Hard’-esque scenes. While Clint works with Kate and makes excuses to his family about his absence, we get shots of him throwing a Molotov cocktail back to a group of assailants that tried to attack him with it, punching someone in the face, dangling off the side of a building with his bow, icing his injuries, getting shot at while inside a restaurant, and getting held at gunpoint. Kate does crash to his rescue, though. As all of this happens, Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays in the background. In a brief interlude, a mysterious woman raises her glass and we get an even more ridiculous look at ‘Rogers: The Musical’ and all the terrible costumes. Why are the costumes THAT terrible if the show’s on Broadway? But Kate Bishop’s adorable dog makes up for it. And are those viking costumes? My favorite moment in the trailer, though, is seeing Clint and Kate back to back with bows drawn right in the middle of The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Next we get a car chase scene that very much reminds me of the scene between Natasha and Yelena in ‘Black Widow’. Clint sorts through his various homemade arrows to find one that isn’t too dangerous for Kate to use, but it winds up blowing up the car behind them. I love that they’re acknowledging all of the crazy arrows Clint creates. Ultimately, I’m a Christmas fan and I love the Christmas vibes of this trailer. But I’m also a bit shaky on how much I like Jeremy Renner and I was under the impression that Kate would be more of the focus here. Still, Kate and Clint look like they make an excellent team and I’m excited to see how it all plays out!
Anyone who’s seen ‘Black Widow’ knows that we’ll see Yelena showing up here. And even if you didn’t see the movie, Florence Pugh’s on the IMDB page. In any case, the end credits scene of ‘Black Widow’ saw Yelena visiting Natasha’s grave. While she was there, Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, approached her and convinced her that Clint was the main person responsible for Natahsa’s death. There’s no word on whether or not Contessa will be appearing in the show, though she has been causing trouble since ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’. But it seems we will see a familiar assassin going after Clint in ‘Hawkeye’. It feels like we’re getting Kate and Yelena together as the new Hawkeye and Black Widow really soon here. Also, Echo will be a character in this show! For those who don’t know the superhero Echo, Maya Lopez is a Native American superhero who is capable of various telekinetic abilities and is also deaf. The actress playing her, Alaqua Cox is also Native American and deaf! Yay good representation! I can’t wait to see this character in action. Also, eagle eyed fans have spotted Clint Barton wearing hearing aids in the trailer. This is MAJOR because Clint is canonically deaf in the comics. Many people were frustrated that the MCU refused to acknowledge this part of the character, but it looks like it will be acknowledged now!
The trailer was short but I’m already loving the look of this series. I might have been expecting more Kate, but I can’t say I don’t like the strong connection already present between Kate and Clint in this trailer. I love the Christmas feel and all of the action sequences that feel more like they’re from a spy film than a superhero film. And the representation this show promises is a really good step in the right direction. I don’t want to get my hopes up, especially when it comes to representation, but I’m optimistic about what we’ve seen so far!
Don’t do anything fun until I get back!