Although he may very well be the blandest Avenger, everyone deserves a stand-alone Disney+ and Marvel series, and this time it's Hawkeye's turn.
The new series, which sees Jeremy Renner's return as Clint Barton, also introduces the delightful Hailee Steinfeld as the long-awaited Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old baby archer and self-proclaimed "world's greatest" with dreams of becoming a superhero.
An official trailer dropped for Hawkeye on Monday, and it's all very Christmas-themed – just in case you needed an extra nudge. It also drops the story, which follows Clint and Kate as they unite to fight "a presence from Barton’s past [that] threatens to derail far more than the festive spirit." It all gets a little tricky as he has to make it back in time to spend Christmas night with his family.
Cute! And as the poster reminds, the best gifts come with a bow. Aww. Much of the trailer is decked out in Christmas lights, snow and some jolly seasonal humour, so we get the point. But one almost wishes the entire series were just Rogers The Musical, the Captain America Broadway biopic featured within Hawkeye with a hilarious dance sequence. Paging Kevin Feige! Please!
Alas, Hawkeye is much more of a buddy comedy. Here's what Renner had to say to Entertainment Weekly earlier this summer about that: "[Kate is] a 22-year-old kid and she's a big Hawkeye fan. She has a wonderfully annoying and equally charming manner about her, because she's such a fangirl of Hawkeye. The relationship grows from that, but the biggest problem for Clint is Kate Bishop and the onslaught of problems that she brings into his life."
The series is set in post-blip New York City, and co-stars Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. The most exciting cameo, however? From Florence Pugh, whose casting was confirmed earlier this year. She'll reprise the role of spy and assassin Yelena Belova, sister of Black Widow from that stand-alone film this year.
Hawkeye drops on Disney+ on November 24, 2021, and will follow a tantalizing week-by-week schedule. It comes after previous popular Marvel series What If, Loki, and WandaVision. While that might seem like a lot to live up to, the fan reaction is already hugely positive, with a lot of love for Kate's entrance especially, and, of course, that Christmas theme. Turns out we're all suckers for a little bit of cheer.
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