How the Hawkeye show fits into MCU Phase 4 and beyond


Hawkeye is coming to Disney Plus and just like Black Widow before him, it may not be see as a show about what’s to come in Phase 4 of the MCU – but it does. Or at least, we think Hawkeye is going to give us a big chunk of what’s to come in the world of Marvel movies, while perhaps saying goodbye to one of his established veterans.

On paper, however, Hawkeye is an action comedy series set in New York City over Christmas. Or as I called it when the trailer came out, “Die Hard with Bows and Arrows”. The entry point, as the title suggests, goes through Clint Barton, the last original Avenger to have a feature film project (minus Mark Ruffalo, whose Hulk technically made his MCU debut in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk) .

But Hawkeye’s importance to the MCU isn’t about Jeremy Renner at all. It’s about giving us a pillar of the next Avengers team, which MCU Phase 4 appears to be building.

Warning: Spoilers for everything that happened in the MCU shows and movies, including Black Widow, are below.

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Hailee Steinfeld and Jeremy Renner, who will play Kate Bishop and Clint Barton / Hawkeye on Hawkeye Disney Plus

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The big story with the Hawkeye show sets up the heir apparent to the bow and arrows: Kate Bishop. Portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld (Dickinson, Bumblebee), the Kate Bishop in the Hawkeye trailer appears to be an aspiring Hawkeye who gets a lot of media attention – and that of Mr. Barton as well. Media finds the masked bishop and thinks she may be Hawkeye’s return, then Clint sets out to find him.

When they meet, Bishop identifies as “the greatest archer in the world”. Clint is suspicious of who else thinks so, but the two seem to be on the verge of forming a mentor / mentee partnership.

And that’s all we expected. Once the character of Bishop was announced for the series, it was clear that Marvel Studios may have been using Hawkeye’s Matt Fraction series, the perfect source for a story about Barton, which doesn’t have a lot of leads though. beloved and iconic.

And then that would suggest that Bishop will become the new Hawkeye. But will this Hawkeye ride with a crew?

Avengers 5 is far away for Kate Bishop

The importance of Kate Bishop is for the future. Right now, Marvel is in a rebuilding process, much like a sports team after its veterans have retired. And they’re stepping up a gear in their rebuild mode, for the biggest unannounced Marvel movie we’d expect in MCU Phase 4 or 5 of the MCU movie: Avengers 5. “But wait?” I hear you asking, “The Avengers are over, aren’t they?” ”

If you look at the original Avengers main team, I won’t dispute that. RIP Tony Stark and Black Widow, Thor appears to be alone (Jane reportedly picked up Mjolnir in Thor: Love and Thunder), Bruce Banner is only expected to appear in She-Hulk, and Steve Rogers is retired living in the past with Peggy (or an old man sitting at the edge of a pond). And as I mentioned above, Hawkeye / Barton is probably done with superheroes as well.

A big screen with Peter Parker / Spider-Man

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But then, look at all the people Marvel Studios introduced in Phase 3. Doctor Strange, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and all the heroes from Black Panther and Captain Marvel. You have the skeleton of a new Avengers, don’t you? Add to that, we have a new Captain America in Sam Wilson, and The Winter Soldier is still in the game, as is Scarlett Witch. Additionally, Shang-Chi looks like a powerful lock to the next Avengers, especially when you look at the box office results for his film. Kate Bishop will likely play well alongside these folks, especially since she seems to emulate the original Hawkeye and may want to join a superhero squad.

They’ve been called The Young Avengers – heck, Kate Bishop was in Young Avengers # 1 – but we’re not quite sure what Marvel plans to call this next Avengers chapter. But there is another member of that team that we expect to see in the Hawkeye show.

How many of Black Widow’s sister will we have in Hawkeye?

Black Widow and Yelena Belova

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The last time we saw Yelena Belova, Natasha Romanov’s adopted sister, we had reason to believe that she will be in Hawkeye. It is no exaggeration to think that Florence Pugh will appear in the series, as Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) found Belova at her sister’s grave and lied to her that Barton was responsible for Black Widow’s death.

At this point, we learned that Belova (Pugh, whom we loved to support in the movie Black Widow), worked for “Val,” who also employs the dubious American agent (Wyatt Russell, whom we loved to hate in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier). So it looks like Val is hatching some sort of nefarious response to the Avengers and wanting to wipe their remaining digits out of Earth.

That said, it’s not hard to see a near future when Belova turns away from the dark side and joins this new Avengers crew. The big question is whether this happens during Hawkeye or if she actually kills Barton, giving Bishop his first real nemesis. These two might have a spy-versus-spy situation playing out on future Marvel movies, and that would rule.

At the end of it all, the question remains: will Hawkeye give us an Avenger and a villain, or two Avengers? We will find out this holiday season.

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