First Social Media Reactions to Marvel's Hawkeye Are Out
Initial reactions to the first two episodes of the Disney+ Marvel series are overwhelmingly positive.
The first reactions to Marvel's Hawkeye, the next series to hit the Disney+ streaming service, and they're overwhelmingly--though not universally--positive. Hawkeye is in a weird place in the MCU's history. Dropping the show just in time for Thanksgiving makes sense thanks to its Christmas trappings, but this street-level Marvel show is releasing right between our formal introduction to Cosmic Marvel--The Eternals--and our first adventure into the multiverse with Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Positive responses praise the chemistry between Hailee Steinfeld's new archer, Kate Bishop, and Jeremy Renner's seasoned Clint Barton, as well as the comparatively relatable stakes of the series and the exciting opening sequence of the show:
I’ve seen the first two episodes of #Hawkeye and really dug them. It gives you some interesting new insight into Clint’s POV and Kate is instantly incredibly endearing. Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld make for a really fun duo. Also, Lucky the Pizza Dog is a very good boy.— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) November 11, 2021
I really enjoyed the first two episodes of #Hawkeye.— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) November 11, 2021
It's light and breezy in a very Shane Black way but the depths to which it simultaneously explores Clint's trauma and Kate's privilege really surprised me. Not 100% sold on the story yet but the characters are excellent. pic.twitter.com/wR6kg2Gou4
If you're a fan of street-level stakes in the MCU like I am, then #Hawkeye is right in your wheelhouse. Hailee Steinfeld and Tony "Tell Me Again" Dalton truly steal the show, and I'm already looking forward to the day when Kate Bishop meets Yelena Belova. pic.twitter.com/A3W7uIl1on— Brian Davids (@PickYourBrian) November 11, 2021
#Hawkeye is a refreshing break from the grand-scale cosmic (and multiversal) madness we've seen from the MCU recently, going fully street-level to deliver a fun and engaging Christmas-coloured murder mystery. Full review on @DiscussingFilm pic.twitter.com/avQubJj6RM— Ariel (@AriRELK) November 11, 2021
More critical reactions, however, called the first two episodes of the show 'lukewarm' and 'cobbled together,' including our own Mason Downey:
Man, I did not like the first two episodes of Hawkeye. It wants so desperately to have the vibe of the Fraction/Aja books but instead is just a charmless, wooden mess with stilted jokes and lukewarm performances. Maybe it’ll have a strong finish or something but man, rough start.— Unfortunately, Mason (@rustypolished) November 11, 2021
Maybe it’s because I’m not in the Christmas spirit yet, but the early episodes of #Hawkeye don’t really do it for me.— Eric Italiano (@ericitaIiano) November 11, 2021
It feels cobbled together and undercooked, as if Marvel said to themselves, “Well, the audience has enjoyed XYZ before, so let’s give that to them again!” 🏹 pic.twitter.com/l8C6i38Ymg
Hawkeye debuts with its first two episodes on Disney+ on November 24, 2021. November 12's Disney+ Day offered up a lot of big announcements about upcoming TV shows and movies coming to the service. The first sizzle reel for the Star Wars Obi-Wan show arrived, which featured director Deborah Chow and star Ewan McGregor talking about the upcoming series. The Big Hero 6 spinoff Baymax got its first trailer, and Baymax is just as charming as you remember. Willow got a "meet the cast" video that is way funnier than it needs to be. The beloved Predator films are getting a prequel movie on Hulu. And Marvel made a lot of announcements about upcoming TV series.