‘Hawkeye’ Episode 1 and 2 Review: Marvel Hits the Mark…Yet Again
In the early hours of the morning, Disney+ premiered the first two episodes of its latest Marvel Phase Four outing that is sure to liven up the coming holidays for many; this is Marvel Blog’s Hawkeye Episode 1 and 2 Review!
With an opening sequence that so brilliantly travels back to 2012 and the battle for New York, Marvel sets up its newest series with an incredible moment; priming the audience for a series exploring legacy, consequence, and the challenges of heroism.
Barton doesn’t believe he’s a hero, Kate Bishop wants nothing more than to be one, and Hawkeye explores the reality that being the greatest archer of the MCU probably puts you somewhere in the middle.
The beautiful aspect of the series premiere- and what Marvel has been able to achieve over more than a decade worth of projects- is the ability to tell stories that reflect a universe of implications.
Characters are created out of the actions within the story itself; Kate Bishop is introduced very much in this same way, as her character was born through the circumstances of the universe for which she lives.
But what Hawkeye does, maybe better than any Marvel project to date is tell a story where its first generation of heroes guides the MCU’s next generation.
Clint Barton- once again played wonderfully by Jeremy Renner- arrives in Hawkeye as one would expect following the events of Avengers: Endgame; a character who is, first and foremost, a father.
We see moments that assure us that Nat’s death still ways heavy on his mind, and his desire to atone for his sins is seemingly endless; setting the character on the journey of the series.
Hawkeye plays like a true adaptation of Matt Fractions brilliant comic book run on the character; equipped with an aging and very malleable Clint Barton, a hilariously inept, albeit very dangerous, criminal organization in the Tracksuit Mafia, and even Lucky the adorable Pizza Dog.
But no character is truer to that comic book than Hailee Steinfeld’s brilliant portrayal of Kate Bishop.
Steinfeld truly brings the fan-favorite comic book character to life, with every bit of charisma and comedic fervor that permeated through those books.
Bishop is young, brash, inexperienced, and in way over her head; but she is also incredibly heroic, capable, and determined in a way only youthful naivety would permit.
Hawkeye, thus far, is everything it needed to be.
the Hawkeye episode 1 & 2 premiere shows off the fantastic dynamic between the two leads, an interesting subplot involving an intriguing villain in Jack, and action that makes the series perhaps Marvel’s most grounded story yet.