We Might Really Get a Kate Bishop/Hawkeye Disney+ TV Series!
You found a way to make me care about the MCU version of Hawkeye.
When I was first getting into the Avengers mythos via the excellent Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes TV series, Hawkeye was my favorite character. He was funny and courageous and just a guy with a bow on a team of super-people. Going from that to … whatever Jeremy Renner was doing in Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War was disappointing, to say the least. However, with the rumors surrounding Variety’s announcement of a Hawkeye series for Disney+, I find myself damn excited for more of Marvel’s favorite archer.
Namely because the series will focus on him passing the superhero torch to Kate Bishop, who has the potential to help really shake up the Marvel universe.
Variety was unable to confirm with Disney and Marvel that the series is actually going forward, so take this all with a grain of salt, no matter how on the ball Variety tends to be. They’re reporting that the miniseries will focus on Clint passing the mantle of Hawkeye to Kate Bishop, which is perfect for three reasons. The first is that people have been clamoring for Kate to be in the MCU for a while now, especially after the Matt Fraction Hawkeye comics run and the success of the Young Avengers team-up, which she’s a part of.
Introducing Kate also means we are getting closer to having the Young Avengers on the big or small screen (hopefully big). With team members like America Chavez, Kamala Khan, and others, this is the perfect way to diversify the Marvel lineup and introduce a franchise with a fresh tone for audiences. The Young Avengers are incredibly popular, and including them in the cinematic universe would be an absolutely genius idea, especially now that the Avengers are all either dead or retiring.
Outside of Into the Spider-Verse, I also can’t think of many superhero films or TV series that focus on one hero passing the mantle to another. This could be an interesting series that examines Clint in his post-Endgame life (which, spoiler alert, probably means he lives), leaving behind the title that brought him fame and then endangered his life and his family’s life. Kate, on the other hand, is a self-taught archer who’s dealing with her own personal trauma and pain. It could be a fascinating character study of two popular characters.
They need to make it somewhat humorous, though. Clint and Kate are at their best when they’re making jokes and snarking at each other—none of this nonsense about super serious grimdark Hawkeye; give me bow and arrow jokes and their golden retriever Lucky the Pizza Dog. Seriously, Disney+, you’re already going funny for the Loki show, so you can go funny for Hawkeye too.
There are plenty of reasons a Hawkeye show is a good idea if it centers on Kate Bishop. If it doesn’t, Marvel can keep it. We don’t need another show about sad Hawkeye and his farm. We need something that moves the plot forward and makes his character a little more important.
Clint will join Loki, Sam, Bucky, Wanda, and Vision in the characters getting their own Disney+ limited series, or so we’ve heard. There is no word yet on any ongoing shows centered on Marvel characters, and some of these shows are still floating in the Twilight Zone of not being officially confirmed yet—though seriously, if they do include Kate in this Hawkeye show, I’ll be invested before the first frame is even shot.
(via Variety, image: Marvel)
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