Hawkeye Series Trailer Breakdown
Marvel’s new show Hawkeye streams on November 24, 2021, on Disney Plus. Keeping with the tradition of the other Marvel Disney+ shows, the first 2 episodes will be released immediately followed by a new episode every week for the show’s entire 6 episode run. Before it releases, let's take a look at the trailer.
Appearing to be set during the first Christmas after the events of Avengers: Endgame, this series will follow closely the comic book run by writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja simply called hawkeye. In the comic, we follow Clint Burton as a tired everyman dealing with a mob problem in the city.
We see Clint and his children spending time together, determined to have a great Christmas post-blip. What eagle-eyed viewers would notice is that Laura, Clint’s wife, is not in the scene. Clint does, however, call her later on and say that he will be home for the holidays.
Clint does seem to be taking the rest of the family to see the new Broadway musical Rogers, which later on in the trailer looks like the musical adaptation of the first Avengers movie. The set looks like a destroyed New York and Captain America, Thor, Loki, Hawkeye, Black Widow, some Chitauri, and more are all singing and dancing.
Next Clint sees footage of a masked vigilante wearing his costume when he was known as Ronin, a violent assassin, and as his eyes widen, it is obvious that Clint is worried that his past is catching up to him.
After this, in scenes with Clint’s face up close, he is wearing a hearing aid, a small detail in the comic books that will most likely get an explanation in the show. It is nice to see the showrunners paying close attention to their source material.
As his kids get into the car to leave New York, Clint watches them go and the first Hawkeye-themed “Marvel Studios” appears. It has concentric rings radiating out from the center in a bullseye-like fashion.
The new “Ronin” is fighting guys in red tracksuits. They are most likely the Tracksuit Draculas, a group of low-level Russian mobsters who come straight from the Hawkeye comics. They are infamous for calling each other “bro,” bro. But then it is revealed that under the Ronin mask is Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. “You’re Hawkeye!” she exclaims, obviously a fan. In the comics, Kate is known to be Clint’s apprentice of sorts and this show looks to explore the beginning of that relationship.
The introduction of Kate Bishop demonstrates something that may be brewing in Disney+. It appears that the MCU is trying to introduce their version of The Young Avengers to audiences, slowly over the course of the past few Disney+ shows. WandaVision introduced Wiccan and Speed while Loki introduced kid Loki and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier introduced Elijah Bradley. Kate is just the latest piece to that puzzle.
What follows is an action-packed montage of Clint and Kate as they fight and fall off of buildings. They also show the aftermath with Clint laid up using frozen Pina Coladas as ice packs to soothe his body and Kate with scars covering her face. After a quick shot of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Elanor Bishop, Kate’s mother played by VeraFarmiga appears on the screen. She sports a bob cut and is in the same colors as the Tracksuit Draculas.
Fans are most excited about Lucky the pizza dog. This very good boy is another character from the comics who is making their MCU debut. Fans love pets and their roles in a character’s life and this dog even got his own issue in the Hawkeye comic book run.
Fans are also tickled by the fact that it seems like Clint and Kate are participating in a LARP. Live-Action Role-Playing is when people go out and pretend to be characters, usually proficient in swords and magic, to do battle with one another for fun.
Audiences will catch a quick glimpse of Maya Lopez/ Echo played by Alacqua Cox. In the comics, she dons the Ronin persona, but it is unclear what her role will be in the MCU. After another montage of car chases and explosions, the trailer ends with Kate and Clint jumping back into the water, pulling off the move Clint uses in the Chitauri invasion of the first Avengers movie.
This series looks to be an exciting holiday romp along the lines of Die Hard or Jingle All the Way. Hawkeye will appeal to long-time fans by sticking true to much of what the series originally had, but the MCU is bound to make changes and make this iteration of Hawkeye their own. Like Loki, WandaVision, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier this series will open up even more characters to the ever-growing MCU.
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