New series from Marvel Studios on Disney +, Hawkeye brings together the character played by Jeremy Renner and his new protégé Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). Is this Christmas-smelling action comedy worth a visit?
WHAT DOES IT TALK ABOUT ?
Former Avenger Clint Barton has a seemingly simple mission: to return to his family for Christmas. Possible? Perhaps with the help of Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old archer who dreams of becoming a superhero. They’ll have to team up as a presence from Barton’s past threatens to derail the festive spirit.
The first two episodes of Hawkeye are available on Disney +. The sequel will be broadcast one episode per week. Episodes seen: 2/6.
WHO IS IT WITH?
In addition to the star duo Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld, Hawkeye brings together beautiful people in the cast: Vera Farmiga plays Eleanor Bishop, Kate’s mother, Florence Pugh returns as Yelena Belova, Tony Dalton plays Jack Dusquene, while Alaqua Cox Maya Lopez aka Echo.
Other names confirmed in the Marvel series include Fra Fee, Zahn McClarnon, and Brian d’Arcy James. The series could reveal other casting surprises as the episodes go on.
WELL WORTH A LOOK ?
Who says new original series from Marvel Studios, says new genre. After the sitcom, political action series and thriller, it’s time for Christmas action comedy with Hawkeye. Founding member of the Avengers, Clint Barton is entitled to his own 6-episode series on Disney +.
Set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, this show further digs into the personal life of the superhero, already explored in the era of Ultron, and expands on his traumas with the sacrifice of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), his destructive past as Ronin, and the gradual loss of his hearing.
Jeremy Renner being a regular at the Marvel house, he slipped easily into Hawkeye’s costume for this umpteenth adventure which promises to be his swan song before putting his bow away for good or taking on a new identity. and a new place in the Avengers.
The actor, however, infuses a new layer of humanity into his character with a welcome lucidity and self-mockery, which befits this character apart and lonely in the team of the original six Avengers.
Make way for the new generation
As he had been able to do with Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Clint Barton plays the mentor for a new protégé: Kate Bishop, a young talented archer who idolizes Hawkeye and who wants to become a superheroine.
The message of the series is clear and inspired by the comics: Kate Bishop will be the worthy heir to Clint Barton as Hawkeye. From the first episode, which begins on the young woman with a moving prologue and stylized credits, we understand that the series will place more emphasis on the archer’s journey.
We welcome this decision to pass the torch with intelligence and fluidity and the relationship between Clint and Kate works quite well. The dynamic of the duo is also reminiscent of that of the late Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
Add to that a good dose of humor (between spicy and musical lines on Broadway about the Avengers), action scenes quite well put together and a shower of Christmas glitter (the cult Christmas songs are linked quite quickly), Hawkeye turns out to be an effective and promising action comedy.
It is difficult to know if the rest of the series will follow the same rhythm and the same energy, knowing that in two episodes, the stakes of the enemies are still struggling to be fully implemented but we imagine that the various antagonists to come will come to clarify the advancement of the plot and will bring even more bite to the show.
With an interesting personality, a complex family background and unfailing motivation, Kate Bishop is proving to be a very good character, pleasant to follow and who will bring a little freshness to the MCU by succeeding Clint Barton as Hawkeye.