Hawkeye - A Review of the First Two Episodes

Marvel's most underrated Avenger becomes a mentor to Kate Bishop.

Emma Leask
8th December 2021
Credit: IMDb
The festive season meets the action and excitement of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Marvel’s newest Disney+ show, Hawkeye. The show follows the most understated of the Avengers, Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), in a post-blip New York, two years after Avengers: Endgame. There he meets Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) , a young woman skilled with a bow and arrow and who is about to bring a whole load of trouble his way.

The action starts right from the beginning of the first episode, introducing Kate’s backstory and her involvement with past events we know. Marvel has impressively woven together episodes from the past and provided a parallel view to the first Avengers film. Fans will love seeing references to iconic scenes from the movie. It made for a powerful opening scene, as it is clear to see Kate’s emotional connection the Avengers’ history, as well as to Hawkeye himself.

Hawkeye reintroduces an underrated but important character who is proof that you don’t need special powers or abilities to be a hero

It seems that we’ll be seeing a Tony/Peter type of mentor and mentee relationship develop between Kate and Clint, with the two becoming involved in an unprecedented way and burdening Clint with no doubt more than he bargained for upon becoming an Avenger. There’s an instant watchable dynamic between the two of them, with Kate being sarcastic and full of energy and Clint being his usual under-the-radar self. Clint is seemingly struggling with imposter syndrome upon the series' opening too.

Kate clearly is already a very skilled archer, but she needs the tuition of Clint in developing her abilities and for dealing with the consequences of putting herself in dangerous situations. Importantly though, it's great to see a strong female lead who has taught herself to survive and protect her family.

Image Credit: IMDb

Clint is also dealing with his own problems, including his grief following the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), as well as juggling family life with being in the public eye. In the first episode we see him wearing a hearing aid, a reference to one of the many long-term impacts of all that he has been through and influenced by comic iterations of the character. There are constant reminders all around him of the friends he has lost (including the iconic Rogers: The Musical scene), and it’s a refreshing change to see a hero dealing mentally with what he has been involved in.

Overall, this show promises to provide an exciting new storyline, reintroducing an underrated but important character who is proof that you don’t need special powers or abilities to be a hero.

Credit: Marvel Entertainment- YouTube
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