Hawkeye review: Two archers, one great start for Marvel’s new series

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Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye has always been the hard-luck hero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was mind-controlled by malevolent gods, his entire family turned to dust, and even had to stand helpless as his best friend sacrifices himself to save the universe.

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It certainly hasn’t been easy for the Avengers archer, so it’s especially cool that he finally gets the spotlight at Marvel. Hawkeye series on the Disney+ streaming service.

And yet, in keeping with the tradition of Rainer’s character never getting any respect, the first two, gripping episodes Hawkeye Make it abundantly clear that the series isn’t really about Hawkeye—and that, despite offering a fun, satisfying show, it feels like reimagining him for a supporting role in an adventure of his own. Is.

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Hailee Steinfeld and Jeremy Renner in a scene from Hawkeye.

take aim

Created by Jonathan Igla (Mad Man, bridgerton, Hawkeye Reiner as Clint Barton, former SHIELD agent and Avengers expert shooter who has managed to save the world countless times while fighting alongside heroes who punch through steel, summon lightning, and manipulate . Reality cloth. However, those battles have taken their toll on him, and Hawkeye It is soon discovered that Clint is battling long-term injuries, both psychological and physical, after the events. avengers: endgame,

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whereas Hawkeye Quickly establishes Clint’s post-endgame Desiring a normal life with the family he lost, then regained, it spends the bulk of the first two episodes featuring series co-star Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, a young woman whose Tragic experiences happen during events as a child the Avengers Inspired him to emulate Hawkeye and hone his skills as an archer, gymnast and martial artist. Kate’s chance encounter with an object from Clint’s past forces the latter into action, and the pair soon find themselves pursued by various criminal factions in their quest to settle old scores.

Hailee Steinfeld aims an arrow in a scene from Hawkeye.

smart sourcing

People Familiar with Matt Fraction and David Aja’s critically acclaimed Hawkeye The comic book series will find a lot of familiar elements in the Disney+ series, taking cues from the comic’s tone and narrative, offering a lighter, more self-aware spin on the MCU than earlier films or Disney+ shows. And that change is a refreshing one, especially after the heaviness wandavision And falcon and winter soldier and mind-bending existentialism bottle gourd,

In its first two episodes, Hawkeye Checks quite a few boxes for a fun, satisfying MCU experience. As well as featuring live-action versions of several popular Marvel Comics characters, it subtly adapts and integrates some small but important details from both the character’s comics backstory and MCU timeline, including Clint’s hearing loss and PTSD. as he experiences it. The result of his actions with the Avengers.

Although Hawkeye While the MCU does an amazing job of putting a human face on all of the Superhuman-related events that have happened around it, it’s best when, like the comic book series, it’s grounding all of these events in ridiculous, celebrity-filled, The always-online reality we are all very familiar with these days. Clint and his baby attending a performance in the series’ opening episode Rogers: The Musical — a song-and-dance review based on the adventures of the Avengers — and it serves as the perfect tone-setter for the show’s overall vibe, which rests somewhere between self-conscious snark and superhero action.

Hawkeye (2021)

Hawkeye

Style

Action & adventure, Drama

created by

Jonathan Igla

the director

Rhys Thomas, Bert and Bertie

mold

Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga

season’s:

1

TV-14

passing the torch

Making Rainer’s long-suffering character a supporting character feels unfair Hawkeye, but the series does an admirable job of reinforcing not only Clint’s backstory, but the character himself through screen time and his role in Kate’s story.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Clint’s family surprises everyone by introducing him, only to the events of Avengers: Infinity War And endgame Tear them off from him, then return them. Such trauma is not something that a person can easily process, human or otherwise, and Hawkeye Finds smart ways to show us how damaged Clint is on the inside, even as he cracks jokes about the strange world of superheroes, spaceships and cosmic tyrants that’s just another day at work for him has been made. In just two episodes, Hawkeye The character adds more layers to Clint than he receives in many feature-length movies, and it’s a well-deserved boost for a character that has had more potential to feature prominently in the MCU for a long time.

It remains to be seen whether all of this will be a swan song for Rainer’s character or a sign of better things to come for Hawkeye, but episodes two also make it clear that Steinfeld’s archers will almost certainly see a lot of action ahead. Too.

Steinfeld presents a great mix of humour, heart, and heroism as Kate, which matches well with Clint’s physical attributes, skill and confidence, but lacks the knowledge and experience that made Rainer’s character a formidable one. Honored in – and on occasion, even lethal – in the MCU the force must be reckoned. Her performance and her character’s backstory are both engaging and gripping, and the energy she brings to the MCU is a much-needed dose of levity at a time when the franchise often feels oppressively overwhelming.

The chemistry between Rainer and Steinfeld adds a collective bonus to the individual appeal of their characters, with Clint and Kate playing complementary roles in the adventure that brings them together. Her ambition and excitement play well against Clint’s world-weariness, and the way those qualities foster each character makes their moments together feel refreshingly unexpected.

In a Hawkeye scene, Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld and Lakeith wait for the Pizza Dog train.

a great start

Four episodes left Hawkeye The MCU has great potential to stand out from the crowd and offers fans something new and different from Marvel’s movies and prior Disney+ series.

Every live-action MCU show has carved a niche for itself in one way or another, and after two episodes, Hawkeye Feels like the most grounded, self-aware project ever in the MCU. Her willingness to poke fun at the absurdity of the Avengers experience, acknowledging the tragedy of what Clint has endured because of it, and filtering them all — the good, the bad and the weird — through Kate’s eyes. The medium is both spectacular and unique in equal measure.

if Hawkeye As the Avengers archer really has Rainer’s last dance, here’s hoping he gets the farewell he’s long deserved. And if the success of the first two episodes carries on through the rest of the series, MCU fans have a lot to offer from Steinfeld as well.

Miracle Hawkeye The series will premiere on the Disney+ streaming service on November 24.

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