Spoilers for the first four episodes of Hawkeye Follow. you’ve been warned.
Serial TV usually has to go through a strange link between two, often conflicting forces. While each episode ideally needs to advance the arc plot, it should also function as a separate entity, with its beginning, middle, and end.
Oddly, Hawkeye Episode 4 – aka ‘Partners, Am I Right?’ – Doesn’t really deliver on any front. Yet it remains a wonderful continuation of a TV show that might just be the MCU’s best performance ever – think it It can land better than its predecessors.
On most TV shows, an action-light episode like this would feel like a filler, talkie installment that allows listeners to save their special effects budget for a later run. However, most TV shows don’t have as much of a central pairing as Kate Bishop and Clint Barton, and the writing team has earned the right to place their friendship in the storytelling mix (not that Barton would call it that). First and foremost, ‘Partners, am I right?’ There is an episode about family, whether it is the one we are born with or the one we create for ourselves.
Although last episode’s cliffhanger teased a duel between dodgy stepdad-to-be Jack Duquesne and Barton, the low-key resolution provided is far superior—in this unlikely superheroic twist on meeting the parents, Eleanor Bishop is confused. “Why is there an avenger in my dining room?” The perfect summation of a wonderfully awkward moment.
Hawkeye has already shown that it can drop drama, comedy, and heartfelt character beats effortlessly, and the scenes at Bishop’s Townhouse are no different. The vast difference in Kate and Clint’s work arrangements – she thinks they are equal partners, he still sees her as an over-excited child – is played for laughs, but Eleanor’s protective instincts are more in the conversation. Brings a serious edge. Actually, “Let me be clear, that is No A superhero,” is how most parents react when their daughter brings home the Avengers.
Jack remains an enigma. On the one hand, he’s the skilled fencer who made a beeline for Ronin’s retractable sword in Episode 1 and – now it turns out – runs a business that launders money for the tracksuit mafia. At the same time, he has the personality of a clown, with his convoluted threads and humorous manner suggesting that he may not be the criminal mastermind Clint and Kate believes him.
Whatever the truth, the affection between Jack and Eleanor seems genuine, and their dance moves, while not necessarily what Kate wants to see, open her eyes to the importance of family at Christmas.
With only three days left for the big day and Clint still stuck in the Big Apple, Kate’s ad hoc house party may not be the celebration she was planning with her kids, but it’s the idea that counts. . Tasteless jumpers, cocktail-in-a-bag and coin-tossing tricks—of course they’re going to come in handy later…—become a fun prelude to some dark moments, as Clint finally lets his guard down. gives.
One of Hawkeye’s greatest strengths is its ability to reveal new layers of character, which were underscored chronologically by the Avengers movies. Here we see the tragedy of a man who devoted his life to being a weapon for others, hoping that he was “being shot at the right target by the right people”, and later at his best. Lost his entire family in the blip, before he could see the friend. Sacrifice yourself to save the universe.
Admitting that he was the man in the mysterious Ronin suit is obviously a big step, but the big moment is arguably when he tells Kate that his biggest shot was him. was not Take it: i.e. the one who would have killed Natasha Romanoff before she could. It’s a shame Hawkeye and Black Widow’s friendship — the one that reportedly defines both characters — was never properly viewed on screen.
When the action arrives, it’s worth the wait – a spectacular rooftop scuffle involving Clint, Kate, Maya ‘Echo’ Lopez and a mysterious new attacker. Not there The special guest star we were hoping for.
While we wait a little longer for Kingpin/Wilson Fisk to make her (widely rumored) debut on the show, the arrival of Natasha’s ‘sister’ Yelena Belova is a highly welcome event. Her highly professional moves are a reminder of how much Kate has to learn, and Clint realizes it’s time to heed Eleanor’s advice and send his dependent home.
Who Yelena is working for — whether it’s herself or another, more shady philanthropist — is one of the episode’s biggest mysteries, which presents more questions than answers, though.
What is the relevance of the Rolex watch that has suddenly become an essential McGuffin? Is Jack really an integral part of the tracksuit mafia? Or is Eleanor the true criminal mastermind? The “immediate” phone call she makes after leaving Clint’s house reveals that she knows a lot more than she is giving….
For authentic answers? The unexpected return of those friendly neighborhood LARpers, at least, makes it clear where Clint and Kate will find their revamped Hawkeye suits. Tony Stark is no longer one to delegate to sophisticated nanotech organizations, these are important things to consider.
In a brief, six-part season, an episode that does little to advance the plot can feel like an indulgence. Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld are so watchable as Clint and Kate, though, as ‘Partners, Am I Right?’ Another super fun journey remains for Hawkeye’s amazing reinvention of the MCU.
On the flipside, it looks like there’s still a lot of story to deliver for the final two episodes, especially if both Yelena and the kingpin are to be integral to the story — and if Clint is going to make it home for Christmas.
WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki all stumble in their final acts – hoping Hawkeye can avoid a similar fate.
- This is clearly an error on Jack’s part when he refers to Clint as Archer, but there Is A character of that name in Marvel Comics. Archer was a mysterious mutant from Parallel Earth-1191 (home of the time-traveling bishop) who appeared in the X-Factor comics in the 90s. Also, DC’s Malcolm Merlin (played by John Barrowman in the Arrowverse TV show) is known as the Dark Archer.
- So, Jack Sloan is the CEO of Ltd., the company that employs Kazi and also launders money for the tracksuits. Could the business be linked to Walker Sloan, a scientist who appeared in the 2011 videogame Spider-Man: Age of Time, where he worked for Alkemax Corporation? Alkemax has popped up in various non-MCU projects, most notably in the fantastic animated film Into the Spider-Verse. There, Kingpin uses the business as a front for his Dimension-Splicing Super-Collider Project. While Hawkeye exists in a different continuity in Into the Spider-Verse, rumors of Wilson Fisk/Kingpin’s appearance on the show suggest that there may be a connection.
- Jack’s protagonist is Huey Lewis, lead singer of Huey Lewis and the News, the band behind the hit Back to the Future theme song, The Power of Love.
- On the poster for Creatures of the Dark Galaxy at veteran actor (and Kate’s aunt) Moira Brandon’s apartment, her co-star is Luke Ballard. Luke Ballard is also the name of a digital artist who has worked on various Marvel projects, so we’re guessing it’s no accident. In the episode, we also get a nice look at the poster for another of Brandon’s project, A Chance of Love.
- Kate’s selection of DVDs for her Christmas movie marathon includes Santa Claus, Die Hard, Elf and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
- Festive staple It’s a Wonderful Life Kate Masters appears on TV after Clint’s neat coin trick.
- Clint can be seen drinking from a “Thanos was right” mug – a particularly strange choice, given his experiences as ronin during the blip.
- One-eyed Pizza Dog is played by Jolt. As the on-set photos show, both of her eyes are in full working condition, so the visual effects team used CG to digitally remove the left, as director Rhys Thomas noted from the show’s release. previously told Nerdshala.
- Although Clint scoffs when Kate mentions boomerang arrows, the unlikely weapon has made several appearances in Marvel Comics. In the ’60s, Hawkeye used him against Iron Man, while Matt Fraction and David Aza’s 2010 run (a huge influence on the TV show) also brought him back.
- The radio station playing Festive Hits is 107.6, Light FM. A real-life Light FM brands itself as “New York’s Christmas Music Station”, although its frequency is 106.7, An intentional change for rights reasons, or just a typo in the script?
- Kate Bishop’s айка T-shirt is a straight lift of a design the character wears in the comics. айка The name of the first dog in space translates as Laika.
- As widely reported, Florence Pugh reprises her Black Widow role as Natasha Romanoff’s ‘sister’, Yelena Belova.
- Clint Barton is clearly in Yelena’s sights. This appears to be associated with Black Widow’s final credits sting, where Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine (played by Julia Louis Dreyfus in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Black Widow) tells Yelena to “take a shot at the man responsible”. Gives a chance” for the death of his sister”
- In the official MCU continuation, Hawkeye is set approximately eight years after the events of Black Widow. We don’t yet know what Yelena will be doing in the interim, so there’s a strong possibility that she spent those five years being blown out of existence by the blip. Whether we get answers in Hawkeye or not, that seems to be the mystery Will Might be finally resolved, as confirmed by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige: “You’ll find out” [whether or not she was dusted],
New episodes of Hawkeye stream every Wednesday on Disney Plus.