Get ready to jingle a few bells, because Hawkeye’s on his way to Disney+ with a new protege and two brand new episodes on November 24! The announcement of the two episodes comes via the new trailer that dropped via YouTube on Thursday, providing both a release date and the news that the Hawkeye series will debut with a double dose of the MCU’s favorite everyman.
The trailer features Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) on a failed family Christmas trip to New York City. It’s a simple plan: see a show, have some laughs, spend a nice quiet holiday with his family…until Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) shows up. The 22 year old Hawkeye superfan, and a skilled archer in her own right, could use a hand—and it looks like Clint’s never quite gonna get past being a sucker for the underdog.
From the looks of the trailer, this version of the eagle-eye sharpshooter appears to be a blend of the grace under pressure MCU hero we’ve all come to love, and the version presented in Matt Fraction and David Aja’s comic series (often referred to as Hawkguy). In the Hawkguy comics, we’re shown the more mundane side of Clint Barton—that of a dysfunctional average civilian with a good heart and a penchant for getting into scrapes that are more likely to involve human thugs tied up with the mob than powerful aliens from worlds and dimensions beyond our own. This is mostly what we see in the trailer, with flashes not just of fistfights and high speed chases, but nursing bumps under various bandages and ice packs with apologetic calls to the wife swearing he’ll be home in a couple days.
In addition to the trailer teasing another appearance of Laura Barton (Linda Cardellini), Clint’s beloved wife, we also see more of Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop—another mainstay of the Hawkguy comics. In terms of appearance, she’s an exceptional casting choice, and Steinfeld brings the banter to the party as she keeps up with Hawkeye’s dry wit and brusque demeanor. The series will also feature Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James, and introduces Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. Duo Bert and Bertie direct, with Rhys Thomas at the helm.
How many new scars will Clint accrue? Will he get back to his family in time to open presents? Who’s getting his ticket if he misses the new Steve Rogers musical on Broadway? Tune in for these and other answers (we hope) on November 24th.
Liz Carlie, the Mad Woman with a Box, a regular book reviewer for SCIFI.radio and a regular guest on ‘The Event Horizon’. She has been in and around science fiction fandom for years, and works with the American Red Cross on blood drives at science fiction conventions all over Southern California.