By CAPA-JRC reporter Doris Wang
After three suspenseful shows where the risks seemed exceedingly high, Marvel returns with Hawkeye, a comedic show with a refreshing change of pace. Set during the holiday season, the three episodes released so far are packed with fun ideas and easter eggs that will surely please fans of the MCU.
The series opens with the introduction of Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld, to the MCU. We see her perspective of the Attack on New York from the first Avengers film many years ago. Her home is destroyed and her father killed during the attack. Despite witnessing a scene that could have easily set her on a much darker path, Kate pushes herself to become skilled at numerous athletic activities (including gymnastics, fencing, martial arts, and, of course, archery), seeking to one day become similar to Hawkeye, who she witnessed fighting in the Attack on New York. Confident, determined, and lively, Kate plays a major role in the series’ comedic tone. Steinfeld is able to make her character cocky yet likable. Her sarcasm and banter brightens the mood, breaking the tension when needed.
Hawkeye (Clint Barton) makes his first appearance during a viewing of Rogers: The Musical, a Hamilton-esque Broadway musical that is a fun nod to Captain America himself. After fighting tumultuous universal battles filled with explosions and chaos, it is revealed Clint has slowly started losing his hearing and is now dependent on hearing aids. Still affected by the death of his close friend Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), who sacrificed herself for him, and guilt from his time during the five years, separated from his family, that he spent as the vigilante Ronin, he isn’t looking for any more fights. He spends time with his family in New York, looking forward to a peaceful holiday celebration spent with loved ones, staying true to his low-profile personality.
But Kate gets Clint involved once more in the superhero business when she unintentionally steals the infamous Ronin suit from a black market charity auction. When enemies recognize the suit and chase her down, Clint steps in, recognizing the suit from his past as well. They soon get swept into a whirlwind of adventure, with people wronged by Ronin seeking revenge.
In a show with such an energetic dynamic between the duo, there are elements that keep it from feeling too light. Clint’s guilt is a recurring theme throughout the first episodes and help explain his more no-nonsense attitude. Clint also has to balance his superhero life with that of a father, leading to multiple emotional moments. The show also takes its time introducing those looking for revenge against our protagonists. They’re given fleshed-out and heart wrenching backstories, allowing the viewer to decide the rights and wrongs of the show themselves.
Hawkeye is a much-needed breath of fresh air and holiday fun in the MCU and delivers both light-hearted comedy and compelling narratives. The show is off to an exciting start, and the introduction of many new characters help give the show its own unique mood.
This article was provided by Chinese American Parents Association Junior Reporter Club (CAPA JRC) with members who interviewed, audio recorded, wrote, translated, and video recorded. CAPA JRC has 25 Montgomery County middle to high school students. They have created a bilingual platform delivering news and serving the community.