Hawkeye episode 2 recap: the MCU meets John Hughes

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Spoilers for the first two episodes of Hawkeye Follow. you’ve been warned.

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One reason for the success and longevity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is its ability to change shape between genres. Over the past decade, the franchise has featured in space operas, political thrillers, comedies and more.

But Hawkeye Episode 2 takes the MCU somewhere it’s never been before — for a good chunk of its running time it may have passed for a John Hughes holiday movie. Quinjet, Trains and Automobiles, anyone?

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As Clint Barton tries to tie up loose ends in New York And Coming home in time to see his kids for Christmas, the first act focuses on his awkward couple’s relationship with Kate Bishop. The double act has been a core component of Marvel’s previous Disney Plus shows — from Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to Loki and Sylvie in Loki — and Hawkeye’s formula has similar potential. The show also features an adorable dog, aka Lucky the Pizza Dog.

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From the moment they meet, Clint’s view-it-all-before cynicism matches perfectly with Kate’s unstoppable enthusiasm.

“Some people have actually called me the greatest archer in the world,” Kate tells the real greatest archer in the world.

“Yeah, are you one of those people?” Here comes the surprisingly thorny answer.

She has found her role model, who she believes can teach her to be the hero she wants to be, while he runs away as a rookie who is inexperienced as anything but an obstacle. She is so caught up in the excitement of the moment that she asks her favorite Avenger to sign her bow, while asking if there is any way the Ronin suit can lead a bad guy into the Bishop residence. Is.

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It turns out the answer is yes, as the so-called tracksuit mafia — a fun but sartorially elegant addition to Marvel’s rogue gallery — arrive at Kate’s door uninvited with an express delivery of Molotov cocktails. Kate and Clint soon escape, hiding in Kate’s aunt’s apartment, as their efforts to keep their new partner safe fall on deaf ears – she just Is to go to work.

While Hawkeye hasn’t always been well served by the MCU—he spent the majority of the first Avengers film near Loki, for starters—the show is threatening to provide him with the kind of character overhaul that Thor: Ragnarok gave it to the god of thunder. With the extra screen time, his world-weariness becoming an asset, and away from the limelight-hogging intelligent firecrackers like Tony Stark, he’s really coming into his own — he kind of becomes the human face of the Avengers, in fact. I’ve never seen before.

And in all the scenes he shares with Kate, you can see the advantages of hiring a director with a comedy background. Banter and Snark have always been an integral part of the MCU mix, but Saturday Night Live veteran Rhys Thomas makes sure the humor never feels forced. Whether it’s Clint questioning Kate’s abilities, or he’s pointing out the flaws in his minimalist marketing plan for the Hawkeye brand, you’d think you could spend hours at his company. In fact, the chemistry works so well that it’s a shame when the story begins to boil over as soon as the story separates them to go on their own path.

Clint’s mission to recover his ronin suit from a larping (live-action role-playing) meet-up isn’t nearly as fun as it should be – Hawkeye half-heartedly prepares for a half-hearted duel with the new boss Raha’s ensemble is one of those ideas that probably looks better on screen than on paper.

Kate, meanwhile, reluctantly goes to dinner with her mother and her new fiancé, Jack – a man who has a suspicious penchant for DIY psychology, and may be linked to the death of his uncle, Armand Duquesne. May or may not. The family scenes lack the flow of Kate/hockey moments, with Tony Dalton playing Jack, so roughly you suspect he could be nothing but a bad guy – the next time he wields his sword If he waved, he would also have a mustache.

So it’s good news for the series — if not for Clint — when the final scene sees the lead pair attempting to return to the same room. Although it is debatable whether a college student will be able to track the avenger’s phone – if his phone number is classified, surely his GPS is also inaccessible? – Kate’s clumsy entry-by-skylight is a wonderfully inept way to thwart Hawkeye’s carefully crafted plan to reach the heart of the tracksuit mafia. With five days to go until Christmas, it seems like getting home in time to carve the turkey won’t be as easy as it first seemed…

our decision

After a fun season opener, this follow-up struggles to fulfill its potential. As a comedy it works just fine, with Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld immediately hitting a groove as the latest double-act to emerge from the credible MCU conveyor-belt.

As soon as they separate, however, the story begins to get flagged. The plot is also in serious need of a slightly creepy villain compared to the play-for-goose tracksuit mafia to really shake things up. Maybe the Echo’s big reveal — soon to be seen in a Disney Plus TV show of its own — will be the catalyst to restore the show’s momentum.

amazing facts

  • This episode confirms that Eleanor Bishop made her money as the owner of the bishop’s security.
  • The safehouse Kate and Clint use belongs to Kate’s aunt, Moira Brandon. In the comics, she is a retired actress who becomes an honorary avenger after saving Hawkeye’s life. In the TV show, she’s just spending winters in Florida.
  • Lucky the Pizza Dog and the Tracksuit Mafia (also known as “Tracksuit Draculus”) debuted on the Hawkeye comic in 2012 by Matt Fraction and David Aza.
  • Matt Fraction is also a consulting producer on Hockey.
  • The newsreader talking about Ronin’s potential return to New York is real-life NY1 host Pat Kieran. As well as appearing in the first episode of Hawkeye, he has appeared in films and TV shows such as Spider-Man: Far From Home, Doctor Strange, Iron Man 3, the 2016 Ghostbusters film, and many more.
  • Pat Kieran also appeared on Netflix’s Daredevil TV show, which only adds further credibility to the rumors that we May Watch Matt Murdock or Wilson Fisk cross over to the MCU.
  • While Kate is watching TV in the safehouse, an ad for Rogers: The Musical pops up.
  • Product Placement Alerts! It’s a very, long shot of the Disney Store on Times Square. Chance? We don’t think so
  • Cosplaying superheroes leading up to Hawkeye include Captain America, Thor, Ant-Man, Hulk, Iron Man… and Katniss Everdeen. The Black Widow outfits probably ran out at the costume store…
  • The Eternals proved that DC’s Superman is a thing in the MCU, this moment confirming that The Hunger Games even exists.
  • Notable credits on Welsh director Rhys Thomas’ resume include Saturday Night Live and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
  • The “grab and leave” move Clint plans to infiltrate the tracksuit mafia—he allows himself to be captured, before turning the tables on his captive—is an allusion to a Black Widow move at the beginning of The Avengers. Is.
  • The tracksuit mafia boss reveals at the end of the episode that he is a bigger deal than he initially appears. She is Maya Lopez, aka Echo, a superhero who made her comic-book debut in 1999’s Daredevil #9. Helmed by Alaqua Cox, Echo has already got confirmation of its own spin-off show for Disney Plus.
  • Unlike previous Marvel Disney Plus TV shows, Hawkeye has more than one director. Thomas Helms oversees episodes 1, 2 and 6, while Burt & Bertie oversees episodes 3, 4 and 5.
  • Writer Alyssa Clement’s past credits include work on the TV shows Sorry for Your Loss, Imposters and Queen of the South.

New episodes of Hawkeye stream every Wednesday on Disney Plus.

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