Hawkeye: Everything We Know About The New MCU Show On Disney+
Clint Barton is getting his own Disney+ streaming TV show as part of the MCU's grand Phase 4 plan.
Things in the MCU may be in a strange place right now, after the controversy with Spider-Man rights broke earlier this week, but as far as we know, nothing over on the Disney+ side of things has been affected by the dispute. This could all change, of course, but as of right now it seems like every hero featured in Disney+'s announced line up is firmly held within Disney's very, very wealthy grasp.
That's great news for Hawkeye fans, who will finally get to see their favorite purple archer in the spotlight, starring in his very own show. Like Loki's upcoming show, Loki, Clint's new show is just called Hawkeye, so be prepared for some confusing "who's on first" moments when you're chatting with your friends--a problem that may or may not get even worse, considering the show is planning to introduce yet another Hawkeye into the MCU's mix at one point or another.
That's right: there will be not one, but two violet snipers running around very, very soon. We've got those details and more, gathered up here for you in a list we'll continue to update as more details filter in.
At least one Avenger is back
So far, we only have one confirmed cast member for the show.
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton
Obviously, it's pretty safe to say there will be more to come--unless every other character is Jeremy Renner in a wig. Which, honestly, could be a fun idea.
It's a ways away
Hawkeye will arrive on Disney+ in the fall of 2021, likely following shows like WandaVision, What If…?, and Loki.
Kate Bishop is confirmed
Kate Bishop, Marvel's other Hawkeye, will be officially joining the MCU as confirmed by Kevin Feige during Marvel Studios' massive Hall H presentation at this year's Comic-Con. Kate has yet to be cast. During the panel, Renner teased that Clint will "shepherd a new character to ultimately be a better version of [Hawkeye]" and that he will "teach Kate to how to be a superhero without superpowers." Hopefully, he also doesn't teach her how to go on an angst-fueled global killing spree.
Also, we have no real idea where Kate will fit into Clint's MCU family, or how his daughter--who has already shown an aptitude for archery--will feel about dad taking on a protege.
The look and tone seems to borrow from fan-favorite comics
Though no actual footage or concept art for the show was shared during the panel, an extended logo animatic was played to give fans a look at the general aesthetic Hawkeye will aspire to--and the direction seems both totally new and extremely familiar. The logo, color scheme, and design choices evoke the sensibilities featured in the iconic Hawkeye solo series by Matt Fraction and David Aja, which focused on Clint's time away from the Avengers as he managed an apartment building in Bed Stuy and struggled to live a functional, mundane life.
This is interesting, considering just how vastly different the MCU's incarnation of Clint has been from the Fraction/Aja character. In the comics series, Clint was a put-upon, clumsy, perpetually exhausted goofball who was more often than not covered head to toe in bandaids--the result of whatever stupid, dangerous situation he inevitably wound up in--and made use of hearing aids and sign language after he was partially deafened on the job. He also cared for a pizza-eating rescue dog named Lucky--or, as Clint would often call him, Pizza-Dog--arguably the best supporting cast member in any comic book ever.
We can't actually be sure if the logo design and animatic are any real indications of what the show will actually deal with--it'll certainly be a pretty massive departure if that is the route the show decides to go--but given how beloved the Hawkeye comics are, it would definitely be a welcome change.
Clint's time as Ronin will be explored
Remember when Clint spent the whole first half of Avengers: Endgame as a bloodthirsty vigilante murderer with a full sleeve tattoo and a mohawk? We're apparently getting more of that, according to Feige, who assures the show will explore more of Clint's time as Ronin. Maybe we'll even figure out when in the 5-year time skip he found the time to stop and get a huge tattoo.