Avenger Clint Barton aka Hawkeye finally has his own show and it's releasing this week on 24 November
The latest Marvel Studios series titled Hawkeye follows Clint Barton who is trying to make it home to his family for Christmas when suddenly a threat from his past shows up. He reluctantly teams up with Kate Bishop, a 22-year-old skilled archer and his biggest fan, to unravel a criminal conspiracy.
Jeremy Renner reprises his role as Barton whom he has played since the character's Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debut with a cameo appearance in 2011 in Marvel Studios' Thor followed by 2012's The Avengers. However, it wasn't until Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 that the character Hawkeye truly emerged.
The series also features Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, and Alaqua Cox.
At a recent press conference, the cast and filmmakers of this fifth Marvel Studios series revealed some pretty interesting details
Participating in the press conference were the following:
- Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye)
- Hailee Steinfeld (Kate Bishop)
- Tony Dalton (Jack Duquesne)
- Vera Farmiga (Eleanor Bishop)
- Rhys Thomas (director and executive producer)
- Kevin Feige (executive producer)
1. Kevin Feige on the conception of the Hawkeye series
"Primarily, it's Jeremy Renner. We want to see more of Jeremy Renner. You want to see more of Jeremy Renner." Feige said that because Hawkeye started "stealing all the scenes" in Avengers: Age of Ultron, they intended on exploring his character more. Even more than that would be because the character himself has a vast history. Yes, a lot more than what happened at Budapest. ;p
He also shared that one of his favourite scenes among all the MCU films is the scene in Sokovia where Barton tells Wanda Maximoff, "You go out that door, you're an Avenger", motivating her to fight. And that scene was the start of Clint Barton's relationship with Kate Bishop — the reluctant mentor surfaces.
2. Why New York as the setting and specifically at Christmastime?
According to Rhys Thomas, setting the show at Christmastime and the story of Barton just trying to live his life and make it back for the holidays — the clash of family time and business time — is a classic combo and one that everyone can love and enjoy.
Feige added that because the Hawkeye series takes place over a short period of time — six days during Christmas to be more specific — they wanted to bring some fun, serving as a breath of fresh air after going through world-ending stakes and Celestials bursting out of planets and dealing with the multiverse shenanigans.
3. Hailee Steinfeld did not need to audition for the role of Kate Bishop
Kevin Feige revealed that Steinfeld did not need to audition for the role of Kate Bishop. "We were very, very lucky that Hailee was opened to this because we very much believed that she was sort of the prototype for the character."
4. When it came to working with his new co-star, Jeremy Renner only had praise
Having played the character for a decade now, Renner joked that he felt like a grandpa when it came to mentoring Steinfeld, who makes her debut in the MCU with her appearance in Hawkeye.
On working with his new (and young) co-star, he said, "She came in very, very prepared. She came in hot. She was ready. It's pretty awesome."
Steinfeld added that she was grateful to have Jeremy's support and his mentorship in real life as well as with her character. She even pointed out that the two of them shared a lot of laughs on set.
5. Vera Farmiga, known for her roles in horror flicks, shared what convinced her to take on the role as Kate's mother, Eleanor Bishop
For Farmiga, what convinced her to take on the role as Eleanor Bishop, a parent to an archer, in a show about an archer, is... well, her love for archery. "I love archery, hands down. I am an archer."
She also shared that she's played an archer before alongside Heath Ledger in a series called Roar.
6. Feige revealed that the Hawkeye story will have a direct connection to one of Marvel's future series
Feige shared that the upcoming Echo series will have a direct link with the Hawkeye storyline. The Echo series will see Maya Lopez go from the end of Hawkeye to the start of the new series.
Hawkeye's Alaqua Cox will reprise her role there as Maya Lopez aka Echo — a deaf Native American character who has the ability to perfectly copy another person's movements or fighting style.
Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Catch the first two episodes of Marvel Studios' Hawkeye this 24 November on Disney+ Hotstar, with new episodes every Wednesday