Hawkeye review: Marvel's best grounded TV show since Daredevil

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It’s the most wonderful time of year for Hawkeye stars Hailee Steinfeld and Jeremy Renner.

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Overall 2021 has been a lot. So, it’s thanks, we’re thankful for Hawkeye,

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Marvel’s Latest Disney Plus Series Is a Fun, Free-Wheeling Action Show Activated by Scene-Theft Hailee Steinfeld, who joins the serious archer Jeremy Renner To see some good honest rest.

The first two episodes of Hawkeye stream on November 24 on Disney Plus. The remaining six-episode series then airs each Wednesday leading up to Christmas, which means you can save them for the festivities. On the casual side, Rainer plays as archery-themed Avenger Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) trying to get his beloved family back in time for Christmas. And if you’re sick of your family’s crap, you might be intrigued by the complicated family dynamics faced by his new sidekick Kate Bishop, whose life comes complete with a wicked stepfather.

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The show begins with the focus on Kate, a new character on our screens who is already a part of Marvel Cinematic Universe: He is one of many unseen commoners whose lives have been touched – and not for the better – by superpowers that have come to the fore on the big screen over the past decade. Even the opening titles focus on Kate, deftly sketching in her backstory as she develops into the star of Steinfeld, True Grit, Dickinson, and more. Bumble-bee,

On the scale of the imagination, from mundane punch-ups to cosmic flights of fancy, wandavision And bottle gourd were mentally simpler journeys to more real access to Marvel lore, while The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Was a lot more meat and potatoes action story. Inspired by writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja’s amusingly based 2012 comic, the Hawkeye series is the down to earth end of the Marvel weirdness spectrum, tackling all-human heroes, family politics, and serious street crime. The joy comes not from the cleverness of the brain but from the energy of the show: the fight scenes fizz with kinetic energy, and the whole thing is blown away by the lead actors sparking each other.

Kate is a rich kid with a chip on her shoulder, which greatly upsets her mother, who is played warmly by her. Vera Farmiga (Last seen in The Sopranos prequel) Many Saints of Newarki) Kate is also a talented martial artist and archer, not to mention a Hawkeye super-fan. The best thing about the show is the classic friend pairing between a spirited youth and moody mentor, with Steinfeld and Rainer propelling each other to amusing effect.

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Rainer and Steinfeld go on a journey together in Hawkeye.

Meanwhile, Hawkeye finds himself pulled back into the violent underworld, looking for the suit he wore while temporarily rebranding as the violent vigilante Ronin during the blip (the year that Thanos killed Hawkeye’s wife and children). including half the population of the galaxy was wiped out). The New York setting flows from high-society murder mystery to street-level punch-up in a way that will strongly remind fans of a previous effort to bring the MCU to the small screen: Daredevil.

Back in 2015, Daredevil was the start of an unprecedented and at the time very audacious experiment, which spawned a series of four interconnected Netflix shows, with Marvel heroes yet to appear in the MCU. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist (plus spinoff The Punisher) were gritty action dramas set in the shadows of New York City, and Hawkeye is more likeable than anything else in the entire MCU. There’s even a long running fight sequence that misses the showpiece One-shot punch-up in Daredevil (Excuse me when I go out to watch them on YouTube).

back again. In the first two episodes, Hawkeye is generally more light-hearted than the sad Netflix shows, which were absorbing but cumulatively a bit drawn out. On paper, Hawkeye has a tortured-hero thing going on, but here’s the thing about the whole ronin business: It doesn’t work. Clint’s loss is believed to have prompted him to betray his morals as a vicious killer. Unfortunately, that’s not really what Endgame showed us. Thanks to Marvel’s family-friendly tone and all the other massive amount of stuff that had to fit into the movie, all we actually saw on screen was Clint getting a crap haircut and banging some Jacob. Which is exactly what a superhero usually does (sending off gangsters, that is, although silly haircuts are also very common). OK, so he cut people off with a sword, which in superhero circles has eyebrows, but we only know that Clint must have crossed some moral line because he won’t be silent about it.

Clint’s sense of loss for Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, is more affecting, having lost fighting Thanos in Endgame. of this summer black widow movie served as a delayed moment in the spotlight for Scarlett Johansson, and it also adds a layer to Rainer’s relatively simple character. what binds Black Widow’s post-credits scene, suggesting that the series would bring together two scene-stealing new recruits as the breakout of Steinfeld and Black Widow Florence Pughe ready to face.

Overall, Hawkeye isn’t a tyrannical anti-hero looking for redemption, he’s still the sociable Jeremy Renner walking around in a grumpy appearance. And the show mostly knows this, sticking it in action sequences that are more playful than dangerous. Episode 2 in particular has both Clint and Kate engaged in a fake fight that’s fun to watch instead of dangerous to their health, a fun twist on the gritty action-scene-every-episode formula.

With little snippets of silly, like a musical about the comic villain tracksuit mafia and Steve Rogers and the Avengers (which gets a lot of screen time in Episode 1), Hawkeye treats to a fun fest. comparisons with Daredevil and its ilk are a reminder that many fans were many of them shows, giving them the dubious distinction of making the MCU feel unnecessary. fiercely 14 more Marvel series confirmed for Disney PlusLooks like fans might be overwhelmed again.

But don’t worry about it this holiday season. Just stuff yourself with a turkey and some warm-up Hawkeye.

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