Hawkeye Review: Hawkeye & Kate Bishop With Two Archer Together

Hawkeye Review: Hawkeye & Kate Bishop

The first episode of Hawkeye is now available on Disney Plus. Hawkeye meets fellow archer Kate Bishop in the first episode of the series. Following that, their relationship takes off with a bang.

Hawkeye has always served as a main base for the Avengers. Hawkeye has a bow and arrow, whereas the rest of the squad possesses super-warriors, wizards, iron man, and a talking tree. Sure, he’s a fantastic archer, but still. Even Matt Fraction’s “My Life as a Weapon” comic opens with Hawkeye talking about how he’s simply “fighting with a stick and a thread from the Paleolithic age,” and we saw how Cliff Barton (Jeremy Renner) was unsure about how important he was to the squad in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Part of his tale is that he’s just a regular person battling alongside gods, which may be intriguing in comic books, but in the MCU thus far, it’s been a letdown.

Hawkeye Review: Hawkeye & Kate Bishop

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In the first episode, Barton brings his children to New York City to celebrate the holidays and see Rogers: The Musical. When Barton is faced by adversaries from his time as a Ronin, he sends his family home and tries to clear out his history so that he can be home for Christmas.

Hawkeye also introduces Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a 22-year-old who has idolized Hawkeye since he saved her life accidentally during the Battle of New York. Bishop has grown into a fantastic archer with her own way, which has gotten her into a lot of trouble, and it’s her discovery and wearing of the Ronin uniform that brings up Barton’s history. As Barton tries to figure out who is chasing the resurrected Ronin, the two team-up.

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Hawkeye succeeds in making Renner’s Barton intriguing in ways we’ve never seen before, partly by resurrecting the familial dynamic from Age of Ultron. More of that light-hearted, funnier Barton appears in the second episode, particularly in his exchanges with Steinfeld. Hawkeye, on the other hand, unlike the other Avengers, who are super-powered superstars, demonstrates how much the weight of the previous decade of battle has damaged Barton. Barton suffers from the memories of losing Natasha during the performance of Rogers: The Musical, and after years of explosions and action, he now needs to wear a hearing aid.

However, we witness the importance of heroes in the world through the eyes of Steinfeld’s Bishop. Bishop informs Barton in the second episode that he is “selling inspiration,” and while she doesn’t state it, she is plainly her inspiration for the path her life has followed. If Hawkeye represents the handover of the baton from Barton to Bishop, Steinfeld’s character is a welcome addition to the MCU right away. We see not just how excellent her archery abilities are in her first scene, but we also get a sense of comedy and enjoyment from the character that wasn’t always present in Barton’s Hawkeye.

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Barton’s tale forces him to confront his past, whether it’s the countless fights he’s fought with the Avengers, his hidden background as Ronin, or the adversaries he’s seeking to defeat, such as the Tracksuit Mafia. However, the series also takes the time to give him the lightness that Bishop possesses, as the second episode sees Barton participating in a LARPing campaign, which, while unimportant, does add to the character’s lightness.

While Bishop is a wonderful character from the start, her tale is perhaps the poorest component of the series thus far, at least in these first two episodes. Bishop’s novel, situated in a world of riches and including black-market auctions, living room fencing bouts, and a murder investigation, sounds more entertaining on paper than it works in practice. Of course, the first two episodes are only setting the stage for the greater plot, as we meet Bishop’s mother Eleanor (Vera Farmiga) and her evil fiancé, Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton), but Bishop’s single story is starting to drag the series down.

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But it’s when Barton and Bishop get to play off each other that Hawkeye truly shines, as Barton is the cynical hero who’s seen it all and has to meet Bishop’s earnestness. Together, they have a fantastic dynamic that pits the romanticized notion of heroes against the reality of heroes, all while engaging in some hilarious banter.

Hawkeye utilizes his background and suffering as a strength, despite the fact that it took Barton a decade to receive his own tale. Hawkeye wouldn’t function without witnessing this character’s anguish and past, and when combined with Bishop’s attitude and the Christmas environment, Hawkeye manages to convey a tale of Barton’s physical and emotional traumas while preserving a holiday sense of joy and goodwill. Hawkeye may be the last of the founding Avengers to get his own narrative, but the wait is well worth it.

While there isn’t a post-credits scene in Hawkeye episode 1, it’s possible that future episodes will. There are post-credits scenes in some Marvel Disney Plus episodes, but not all of them. At the absolute least, an after-credits sequence will be included in the conclusion to hint at new projects and connect Hawkeye to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The first two episodes of Hawkeye are available now on DIsney+.

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Elina Raven is an author and content writer for maxblizz. Elina completed her graduation in MA Screen Production - Screenwriting and Documentary at the University Of the West Of England, Bristol.

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