This review contains very mild spoilers.
We’ve waited and waited and finally, the fourth Marvel tv series from Disney+ has been gifted to us.
These first two episodes hit the ground running and give us a great introduction to Kate Bishop by initially connecting her to what we’ve seen before and establishing her connection with Clint Barton. Hailee Steinfeld was an instant hit for me. She’s very likable, feels so natural, and adds some great, subtle humour. She is cutesy and clumsy and also shows off some great archery skills.
Jeremy Renner deserves this time to shine. For me, it’s always felt like he’s the background Avenger and it’s nice to be given the opportunity to really invest in his character. This is the biggest gap after Endgame we’ve had so far and it’s clear that Clint is still coming to terms with Natasha’s death. We reconnect with him enjoying quality time with his family and perhaps embracing some time away from the spotlight.
Clint and Kate’s first meet comes about after she finds herself mistakenly thrust into a scrap with the tracksuit mafia. The result is some instantly fantastic chemistry and the beginnings of a mentor/mentee relationship which I can’t wait to see more of. The tracksuit mafia also adds a sprinkle of hilarity until we meet their leader who seems a whole lot more threatening than the rest of the group put together.
Hawkeye picks up the pace as the episodes go on and there were some absolute genius scenes. The opening scene with footage from the attack on New York from the first Avengers movie was delicious fan service and did a superb job in setting Kate’s backstory. I loved that we got a scene involving the Steve Rogers musical, it was a lot of fun to watch. In fact, I’m (not so) secretly hoping that some musical theatre producer out there runs with the idea!!! In the second episode, Clint’s LARK in the park was fabulous and made me laugh out loud as he battles to win back what’s his.
It’s clear that there are things bubbling away behind the scenes as Kate’s family dynamic is quite interesting. Vera Farmiga is a great casting choice as her mum, Eleanor, and while she seems like a great mother, there’s something quite ominous about her. It’s great to see Linda Cardellini back as Laura Barton, but it’s Lucky the Pizza Dog who made the biggest impression on my heart.
So far, so good and Hawkeye oozes with charisma, showing a lot of promise. We’ve had the introductions and the setup and it will be interesting to see where this goes. This is Marvel set at Christmas … what more could we want???