Thursday, September 23, 2021

‘Hawkeye’: A Breakdown of Details From the First Trailer

The first trailer for Marvel Studios’ next new series Hawkeye finally arrived today, showcasing the upcoming adventures of Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and his new sidekick Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld).

Prior to the trailer drop, minimal information was known about the series outside of the fact that it would focus on the two archers. Now, quite a few questions have been answered, and other intriguing details have also been teased.

So what did we learn from the Hawkeye trailer?

Hawkeye takes place after Avengers: Endgame

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The trailer reveals that the series takes place after Avengers: Endgame, because Clint is looking back on his time as the masked vigilante Ronin and making up for lost time with his family. Clint’s daughter Lila remarks that this is the first Christmas that they’ve had together in years, which hints that the series likely isn’t set too long after Endgame.

It’s a holiday show set around Christmas

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For those who love Marvel and love watching holiday shows and films, our time has finally come. While the first look photo released back in July teased something festive, the trailer confirms that Hawkeye will be full of holiday spirit galore. At one point, Clint makes a promise to Lila that he’ll be home for Christmas. Now that’s the trope we’ve been waiting for.

How will Clint and Kate meet?

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In the comics, Kate Bishop is introduced in the 2005 run of Young Avengers. She ends up taking up the mantle of Hawkeye in Clint’s absence. In the series, the trailer reveals that the two will meet when Clint catches her masquerading as Ronin (and she seems to be quite starstruck to meet the famous archer).

The repercussions of Ronin

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In the five years following the Blip, Clint went on a grief-fuelled rampage when he adopted the alter ego of a dangerously skilled masked vigilante named Ronin. This was revealed in Avengers: Endgame when Natasha tracked him down in Tokyo while he was in the midst of taking out his latest criminal targets.

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It makes sense that Clint would have made more than a few enemies during that time, and this would only be further exacerbated by the reappearance of Ronin via Kate. The trailer shows Clint and Kate facing off against several hostile parties in different scenes, which is likely a repercussion stemming from the trail of bodies Ronin left in his wake.

Clint Barton’s trademark sass will be present

Between temporarily losing his family after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and subsequently losing beloved teammates in Avengers: Endgame (including his best friend, Natasha, during that heartbreaking scene on Vormir), the end of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was not kind to Clint Barton. While we can expect that Clint will still be recovering from these traumatic events, the trailer also teases that his trademark sass — something that has been a penchant of his character since the beginning — will be making a comeback.

Maya Lopez aka Echo

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Alaqua Cox will be portraying Maya Lopez in the series. In the comics, Echo is a Native American character that was born deaf. One of her many skills includes her photographic reflexes, which allow her to perfectly duplicate physical movement and actions (something recently seen in the MCU via Black Widow with the character Taskmaster).

In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, the trailer briefly shows a shot of Maya.

Lucky the Pizza Dog

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It’s clear that the show will be taking inspiration from Matt Fraction and David Aja’s critically acclaimed Hawkeye series, and one of the most exciting details plucked from the pages of the comics is Lucky the Pizza Dog. True to the comics, it looks like this live-action version of the loyal pup will also be missing his left eye.

Eleanor Bishop

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The woman shown near the end of the trailer is Vera Farmiga’s Eleanor Bishop, Kate’s mother.

Tracksuit Draculas

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Fra Fee will be portraying a character named Kazi in the series. In the comics, Kazimierz Kazimierczak aka the Clown is an enemy of Hawkeye and the leader of the Tracksuit Draculas — a name coined by Clint for the aforementioned New York mafia. The trailer gives us a few glimpses of these tracksuit-wearing characters, who seem to have it out for Clint/Ronin.

Rogers the Musical

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Steve Rogers may no longer be at the forefront of the MCU after his decision to go back in time to live a life with Peggy Carter and pass on his vibranium shield to Sam Wilson in Avengers: Endgame. However, the MCU won’t be forgetting him and his legacy anytime soon. In the opening moments of the trailer, an advertisement is shown for Rogers the Musical. The show then takes things a step further by showing a brief glimpse of the musical in action, with Steve Rogers, Loki, and the Avengers putting on a show that would certainly sweep Thanos off of his feet. The only question that remains is: will we get to see a full cut of this epic production?

Don’t miss Hawkeye when it premieres exclusively on Disney+ November 24, and stay tuned for our coverage!

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Lindsey
Lindsey joined the Nerds and Beyond team in 2018. She has spent a large portion of her life dedicated to her first love, photography. When she's not behind the camera, she's likely reading books and comics or dabbling in creative writing. Otherwise, she's probably yelling about something Star Wars or Marvel related on Twitter @lindyysolo. Contact: lindsey@nerdsandbeyond.com

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