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"The past has caught up with me." note 
"Things have gotten... a little more complicated."
Clint Barton
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Hawkeye (stylized as hawkeye) is a superhero action buddy crime miniseries created for Disney+ by Jonathan Igla (Mad Men, Sorry For Your Loss, Bridgerton), based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, and loosely based on the Matt Fraction run of those comics. It is the 31st overall entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the eighth installment in Phase Four, and the fifth MCU series produced by Marvel Studios. Rhys Thomas (Brian Pern) will direct one block of episodes while Bert & Bertie (Troop Zero) will direct another.

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) just wants to spend the holidays with his family after the grueling events of Avengers: Endgame. However, after the enemies Clint made during his five-year stint as the vigilante Ronin resurface in New York, Clint must team up with the young archer Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) to deal with them, all while ensuring that he makes it home in time for Christmas.

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The cast also includes Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Fra Fee as Kazi / Clown, Zahn McClarnon as William Lopez, Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne / Swordsman, Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez / Echo, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Brian d'Arcy as James, and Jolt the Golden Retriever as Lucky the Pizza Dog.

The first two episodes of the series will premiere on November 24th, 2021, with the remaining four episodes premiering through December 22nd - fittingly just three days before Christmas. A spinoff starring Cox's Echo is also reportedly in development.

Previews: Official Trailer


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Hawkeye contains examples of:

  • all lowercase letters: The series title is stylized as such, and in the trailer, the tagline is presented in the same manner, right down to the same lowercase font. It's taken straight from the Matt Fraction run the series is based on.
  • An Asskicking Christmas: The show is set in December and the trailer teases set-pieces built around holiday iconography.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Kate is a huge fan of Hawkeye, going so far as to take up the mantle of Ronin in his absence, which is suggested by the trailer to be the main conflict of the show, as Clint made numerous enemies as Ronin. Part of the conflict between the two leads is that Clint "can't understand her obsession for him", according to producer Trinh Tran.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: In one trailer scene, Clint appears in a tux and seemingly runs through a crowded restaurant, dodging bullets.
  • Blatant Lies: One trailer scene has Clint convincing his kids that they have nothing to worry about... and then put them in an armored SUV with bodyguards.
  • Catch and Return: In the trailer, when a molotov cocktail gets thrown through a window, Clint, standing behind the window, catches the cocktail and tosses it right back at the gang responsible.
  • Christmas Episode: Serves as the second one for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe after Iron Man 3. It seems to be more explicit here, as the holiday is referenced multiple times in the trailer and by the tagline, as Clint is determined to spend it with his family and wants to end the threat so he can get home on time.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Rogers musical, at one point in the trailer, depicts a dramatized version of the Battle of New York, complete with the original six Avengers and Chitauri.
    • Throughout the trailer, several references are made to Clint's stint as Ronin, the guise he took during the Blip.
  • Epic Fail:
    • During Kate describing herself as an amazing archer in the trailer, it shows her targeting an arrow at a bell and then collapsing part of the tower it was in.
    • Both times when Kate and Clint use a zipline in the trailer, they fall in painful situations, with Clint falling into a Christmas tree and Kate falling through a window onto her face.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: Clint is seen driving a car to escape the bad guys in the trailer, while rummaging through his quiver to select the right (read: least dangerous) arrow that Kate can use against their pursuers.
  • Fictional Counterpart: The trailers show a production of Rogers: The Musical, a pastiche of Hamilton as a musical based on an American historical figure, with the poster framing the main character in silhouette. The set of Rogers bears some similaritynote  to Hamilton's as well.
  • Handicapped Badass: In one of the shots from the first trailer, Clint is sporting hearing aids, indicating that he'll be deaf at some point in the series, like in the original comic run. As the rest of the trailer shows, he still keeps the "badass" part, like zip-lining from a building on his bow and taking part in a car chase.
  • Hurrying Home for the Holidays: The trailer shows that Clint's goal is to get back to his family to spend time with them for Christmas.
  • Logo Joke: Keeping with the archery theme, in the trailer, a series of concentric rings envelop the Marvel Studios logo to make it look like a target.
  • The Mafiya: In the first trailer, mooks decked out in red tracksuits seemingly confirm the appearance of the impressively dumb and despicable but oddly likable Tracksuit Mafia, bro.
  • Mood Lighting: The first trailer's brief shot of Echo depicted her in a Red Filter of Doom, not only showing her to potentially be a darker aspect of what is, so far, shown to be a fairly lighter-hearted affair.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: The teaser trailer indicates that Clint Barton isn't proud of his actions as Ronin in the slightest. Seeing what appears to be a pretender going after criminals on their own is what encourages Clint to deal with the past.
  • Protagonist Title: The show's title, as seen in posters and trailers, is "Hawkeye", the codename for its central character, Clint.
  • Show Within a Show: Rogers: The Musical. Signs for the show can be seen on a building at the beginning of the trailer, and the trailer also contains a brief shot of the cast on stage.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Toward the end of the trailer, Kate shoots a Trust a Bro van with a "safer" arrow. The van explodes and flips, the sound drowning out her yelling, "Holy shit!"
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: A mostly unaltered version of "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" plays throughout the first trailer, including during intense action scenes and stunts, adding to the irreverent tone.
  • Trick Arrow: In the trailer, Clint vetoes the use of various arrows and hands Kate a "safer" one which she shoots at a pursuing truck. The truck flips over and explodes. Kate worriedly asks about Clint having more dangerous arrows than that one.
  • Who Are You?: Clint to Kate in the trailer. She answers that she's one of the world's greatest archers. It's a self-given title, at least partially, but she does have the chops.
  • "World's Best" Character: In the trailer, Kate claims that some people have called her the world's greatest archer. Clint (who has also been called the world's greatest archer) flatly asks if she is one of those people. She sheepishly nods.

"Ugh, this is some Christmas..."

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