Hawkeye Review: Is Marvel’s Breezy Christmas Series Too Light-Weight?

Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) has always been the quietest of the Avengers along with his best friend Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), who sacrificed herself in Avengers: Endgame so that Clint could survive. While Natasha’s family was made up of the Avengers themselves, Clint had a family of his own: wife Laura (Linda Cardellini) and three children; Lila, Cooper, and Nathaniel (Ava Russo, Ben Sakamoto, and Cade Woodward, respectively). But after losing them all in the snap—that’s what Thanos did in Avengers: Infinity War—for five years he took “his pain and anger and sadness on every bad guy on the planet”, as Renner said in a production diary. was for the series. It’s barely addressed in Endgame, as a three-hour movie had a lot in mind, but it’s now fertile ground for Hawkeye’s own TV series.

After all, most superheroes including Hawkeye Work with self-imposed rules. not everyone is so extreme batman That’s about it, but they usually try to prevent loss of life until it’s the only way left to save themselves or someone else. But when Clint turned into a sword-wielding ronin for five years, he went far beyond that. “Clint became fully alert. Appropriate or not, it’s a huge load on him because he knew he was going way outside the moral code,” Renner said.

However, the first two episodes of Hawkeye don’t have much to do with Ronin’s ugly legacy. Hawkeye, It’s a lot more light-hearted, fitting for its holiday (Christmas-y) spirit. six-episode Miracle The series—created by Jonathan Igla (Mad Men, Bridgerton)—starts Wednesday, November 24 Disney+ And Disney+ Hotstar, Disney gave critics access to one-third of the series, or the equivalent of the first act of the Tom Hiddleston-led film. bottle gourd, And falcon and winter soldier With Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. This review can’t speak to the remaining four episodes, and how they handle the Ronin trauma side of things.

But Hawkeye isn’t Hawkeye at all in the first two episodes – though I guess that will change sooner or later, judging by what we’ve seen Hawkeye Trailer and photos. He’s no longer a avenger, if”avengers“Todays are still a thing. After all, not only is the net gone, but so is Tony Stark/ iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers/ American captain (Chris Evans). He’s half the OG gang. He is like a detective at times, who is really tired and he only wants to spend time with his family. So when a rich white girl digs up the corpse of her ronin’ past, Hawkeye just wants to get over it as soon as possible, so that he can get back to the one thing he really cares about: family. (I’m saying “family” a lot, I know.)

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in that sense, Hawkeye The series is like Rainer in real life. The 50-year-old native of California has never hidden his interest in climbing the Hollywood ladder. Rainer has always prioritized his (real) family at work — his on-screen persona could probably learn a thing or two — even going so far as to tell Marvel that he can. reprise your role If their schedule didn’t work for them.

The first two have plenty of family time Hawkeye Episodes that find Clint and his three children in New York City before Christmas watch a Broadway play called Rogers: The Musical. in case you missed NS Hawkeye trailerYes, this is a stage musical celebrating the late Steve Rogers. Hawkeye A musical entertainment shows us how the Avengers came to the rescue 2012 Chitauri Invasion of New York City. It’s goofy and funny – what kind of sentiment is that Hawkeye It seems all serious and average-business Clint Barton has to do with the hilarious situations he finds himself in. elsewhere, Hawkeye takes us into the LARP scene of New York (which is live-action role-playing), and a villain gets angry after criticizing his real-estate choices.

But Clint’s family time with that aforementioned rich blonde girl Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld, Apple TV+’s dickinson) gets over his head. Kate is a 22-year-old expert archer who took up bow and arrow because Hawkeye was her hero and inspiration,, So far, so good. But as the daughter of Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga from The Conjuring), who owns a prestige security firm and spends her time attending charity galas, Kate comes from a peak of privilege. She’s young, she’s rich, and she likes to invite trouble. Soon after receiving a slap on the wrist for showing off her archery skills at university, Kate returns home to New York, where she comes into possession of a Ronin outfit. Clint made a lot of enemies as Ronin, so naturally they’re coming for Kate now.

, Marvel is making a trend of this as its on-screen mythology deepens. Next year, we have a Disney+ series Ms. Marvel, which is also about a big Marvel fan. In that case, it is captain marvel (Brie Larson).

This put Clint and Kate on a collision course – and the two couldn’t feel more apart about it. As a huge fan, Kate looks up to Hawkeye, can be very pushy, and is eager to learn. But Clint has no inclination to teach. He only wants to return to his family. There are six days left for Christmas, and Clint isn’t going to miss any more Christmases with his loved ones. This results in some quietly hilarious moments. Minutes after saving her for the first time, Kate asks Clint to sign her bow. Asked to stay away, Kate does the opposite, crashing a single plan devised by Clint.

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Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne Hawkeye
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But these moments are few and far between. There’s a lot of exposition involved in setting up Kate, her family, and extended circle — and none of it is very interesting. Kate is funny and it helps Hawkeye, But it’s not easy to connect with a privileged child who has little to lose. There is not much conflict in her life, and she feels that she is only causing trouble for herself and others. Steinfeld is a really good actress, Hawkeye He should make more. The same can be said about almost everyone in his favor. Farmiga plays a wealthy-society mother who wants to protect her daughter and wants the best for her, though she comes across as off-hand at times. Tony Dalton, Outstanding in better call Saul, brings a little toned-down cynicism to Jack Duquesne (Eleanor’s boyfriend who has a controversial relationship with Kate), but that’s not enough for her.

big problem with Hawkeye It doesn’t seem like much is going on right now. It’s not very exciting in the first two episodes – and it borders on silliness at times. You’d expect this to resolve naturally as the story progresses and we move deeper into the series, but it’s not off to a promising start at all. saturday night live alum and Hawkeye Director Rhys Thomas doesn’t bring anything special – one could argue that he doesn’t have anything wacky or quirky to work with, as does Matt Shuckman (WandaVision) or Kate Heron (bottle gourd) did – but I’m waiting to see what Bert & Bertie (Troop Zero) do Hawkeye, (The first two episodes are both Thomas.) Usually how this works with TV shows is that the pilot director sets the tone for everyone else. Still, I am cautiously optimistic.

The new Marvel series is in some ways clever and apt. Hawkeye’s presence in the Avengers has been ridiculed many times. “we have a God, a Super Soldier, a Billionaire flying in an exo-suit, and a Scientist who can turn into an animal, And then we have the guy with the bow and arrow? lol what?!” So it’s fitting that Hawkeye Is a small-scale street-level chain. (Though you have to admit, Hawkeye has taken over the bigger fish, from Loki and the Chitauri, to help take down Ultron. He chose the family—there’s that word again—to fight Thanos.) Hawkeye Also pushes Clint into uncomfortable territory, which makes for good TV. He’s saved the day a hundred times, but mentoring the next (privileged) generation seems like the last thing he’d choose to do.

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Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop in Hawkeye
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but Hawkeye There’s definitely more Falcon and the Winter Soldier than there is to say bottle gourd Or wandavision, It struggles to justify why it exists—beyond the fact that it’s actually about Clint passing the baton to Kate. It’s really just one (Marvel Cinematic Universe) In trying to be a healthy family chain for business transactions, and holidays, Hawkeye It ends up playing very safe.

in depth Hawkeye Episode 2, Kate notes that Hawkeye lacks branding. Clint protests that he is not trying to sell anything. “That’s your problem,” says Kate, “you’re too low-key. People want honesty.” Clint tries to pique curiosity by jumping back to his well-known answer (“I’m not trying to sell anything”) but Kate doesn’t let go. “But you are, you’re selling inspiration,” Kate tells him.

And like the title character, Hawkeye There’s only one problem: it lacks branding. Sure, Disney It might know how to sell it, but the TV series doesn’t know what it’s about. at least not yet.

Hawkeye premier Wednesday, November 24 With two episodes on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. A new episode will air every Wednesday till December 22 at 1:30 pm IST/12am PT.