Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Hawkeye: Episode 1


1. Never Meet Your Heroes
Battle of New York, 2012. A young girl is inadvertently saved by one of Hawkeye’s arrows from a crashing Chitauri vessel. Losing her father in the process, she vows to be her mother’s protector and asks for a bow and arrow. 2021. Now an overachiever and a bit of a troublemaker, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) does not agree with the decision of her mother Eleanor (Vera Farmiga) to marry Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton). Reluctantly attending one of her charity galas, she stumbles upon a black-market auction putting Ronin’s retractable sword and costume on sale to the highest bidder. A gang of small-time thugs ambush the gathering. In the resulting mayhem, Jack steals the sword while Kate grabs and dons the suit, leading to an anonymous photo and consequent media report about the masked vigilante’s return. Enjoying time with his kids in Manhattan, Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) sees the news item and is forced to hunt down and eventually rescue the wearer of his costume from the Tracksuit Mafia.


Consider this as a ceremonial passing of the torch, or bow and arrow if you must, from a retiring Hawkeye to another one just starting. I guess we just have to make peace with the fact that most of the OG Avengers are now gone. At least Barton is just being forced to retire. Some of his contemporaries weren’t extended the same kind of courtesy. You must hand it to Feige, though. With the MCU becoming this cinematic behemoth now also crossing over to the small screen, you just ought to appreciate how they tie up the many interweaving narratives together. In the case of Hawkeye, Kate Bishop’s origin story begins almost a decade ago during the Avengers’ first outing at the battle of New York. It’s a good way to connect one story with another instead of just shoehorning everything. With a decade of material that can serve as a backstory for new ones, the MCU has never been this interconnected. Overall, a solid and tongue and cheek pilot that doesn’t take itself too seriously.


“All surprises are unexpected.” –Kate Bishop

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