REVIEW: ‘Hawkeye’ a pleasant entry into the Marvel Universe | Entertainment


Julien Wulfgar for the incomparable

Marvel and Disney + continue to use short-term TV series to explore characters who may have been overlooked in the movies. (None have had independent films.) Already covered: Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) in “WandaVision”, Bucky / The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson / Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in “Loki” and their latest serialized action / drama film, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in “Hawkeye”.

“Hawkeye” is a bit different from previous efforts in that while that titular character is here, the series focuses more on Kate M. Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a young avenger in the making. In her backstory, we learn that in 2012, she was living with her parents in a skyscraper in New York City, when a portal was opened and the Chitauri alien army stormed in. The Avengers stepped in to save the city, but, of course, there were casualties, including Kate’s father. As gruesome as it was, that day Kate witnessed Hawkeye in all her archery glory, and this sighting forced her to hone her skills in martial arts, fencing, gymnastics, and archery. the arc. At the start of the series, she herself became a real weapon.

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The series begins around Christmas. Hawkeye is in New York City with his three children, taking in the views and seeing a cheesy Broadway show, “Rogers: The Musical,” based on that fateful day nine years ago. Kate faces upheavals in her life: her mother (Vera Farmiga) remarries a lunatic (Tony Dalton), who could be involved in shady deals, including murders and black market sales. At one of these auctions, Hawkeye’s Ronin suit and weapon are auctioned off, and Kate intercepts and wears it. Since Ronin was a ruthless vigilante killer, his reappearance causes the local villains, the so-called Track Suit Mafia, to get angry – for good reason – and they do their best to kill her. As she tries to avoid being murdered, she collides with Hawkeye and they strike up a reluctant relationship – from her. They also team up with a one-eyed Pizza Dog.

“Hawkeye” has only six episodes. Hawkeye isn’t my favorite Marvel superhero, but I watch everything Marvel puts out. At this point, I am too deep to be an indifferent soul. That being said, “Hawkeye” is entertaining and did some interesting things.

First, Hawkeye is not a superhuman, god, robot, or billionaire with gadgets. He is a dedicated, athletic and exceptional father and husband with a bow and arrows. But he fights alongside the above, and that means he can get hurt. In this series, Hawkeye has a hearing aid because he has suffered many heartbreaking explosions. I appreciate that Marvel, at least, is sort of showing that you can’t keep bouncing off walls and enduring loud explosions and walking away like you didn’t. (“Black Widow” was on the other side of the spectrum; really ridiculous in what Natasha went through, then started running and fighting again.)

Second, Hawkeye has trauma / possibly PTSD. He watched his best friend, Natasha / Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) sacrifice herself for the greater good during “Avengers: End Game,” but even before that, after Thanos broke up and his family was gone for five years. , he derailed like the rampaging murderer Ronin. He’s been through some things. This isn’t the first time Marvel has allowed audiences to see how superheroes are affected by their “work” – “WandaVision” was exceptional in doing this, as was “Iron Man 3,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier, ”and even“ Avengers: Endgame ”- but I’m glad they continue to keep things“ real, ”by not making their heroes react unrealistically to the horrors they witness. The trauma is real, and when you kill and watch your friends and family be decimated and devastated, you can’t just let go of it and pretend it didn’t happen (I’m watching you at the start of James Bond .) At one point. , you will have to face the demons and your emotions.

Third, I personally love that they’ve added a cute dog to Marvel’s very limited line of superhero pets. I like it even better that it isn’t perfect. With his one eye he clearly went through some things as well. The best part about “Captain Marvel” was Goose, the Flerkan who looked like an orange tabby cat, and gouged out Agent Fury’s eye. The only other Marvel animal right now is Rocket (Bradley Cooper), the bioengineered Wiseacre raccoon in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and he’s probably my favorite # 1 character. Is Groot (Vin Diesel) technically a “pet”? He’s a regenerating “tree” that speaks in three words and he’s my favorite character # 2. Keep them coming, Marvel. No more non-humans.

Steinfeld first came to prominence in 2010 when she starred in the Coen Brothers’ remake of “True Grit” starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. Since then, the singer / actress has topped the music charts and has been chosen to star in “The Edge of Seventeen” (2016), “Bumblebee” (2018) and in the television series “Dickinson” (2019-20 ), playing Emily Dickinson. Being caught up in Marvel’s fold, however, is arguably its biggest achievement. Actors are “aging” superhero movies, and she will undoubtedly replace Renner. Kate Bishop will be involved in many up-and-coming lucrative ventures. I am personally delighted that Black Widow’s sister Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), who made “Black Widow” ten times more watchable than she should have been, features in four of the six episodes of “Hawkeye” . I look forward to the joke between her and Kate.

If Renner is leaving the franchise anytime soon – and I’ve seen him in interviews say he didn’t want to be in “spandex in his 50s” – then that’s a good way to take some of the relief out of him. Have him guide his replacement, who appears to be as good with a bow and arrows as he is. Let them bond and give them both a sense of family and camaraderie. Both characters have experienced a lot of loss and disappointment, and it’s a good way for them to heal and heal themselves. In addition, young women need more positive, capable, competent and intelligent role models, but also a little clumsy. Think of Kate Bishop as Katniss Everdeen (“The Hunger Games”) or Tauriel (“The Hobbit”) 2.0. Best of all, the character isn’t sexualized with a provocative outfit. She looks strong and ready to kick ass, and she did.

I’m surprised how much I appreciate “Hawkeye”. And apparently the public too. On IMDB it has an 8.1 out of 10.


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