What We’d Like to See in Marvel’s Hawkeye

It’s almost Hawkeye time, Marvel fans! The highly anticipated series comes hot on the heels of Marvel’s other successful Disney+ ventures, WandaVisionThe Falcon and the Winter SoldierLoki, and What If…?

While it’s apparent we’ll see young Kate Bishop assume the Hawkeye mantle and the show emulates Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye comic book series, Marvel keeps plenty of plot details under lock and key. So, in honor of the criminally underrated and oft-overlooked Avenger, let’s dive into some predictions (and a few wishes) for Hawkeye.


Classic Kate and Clint banter like the comics

Fraction and Aja’s comics boast excellent banter between Clint and Kate — it’s fun and snappy. Take this exchange, for example: 

CLINT: Boomerang Arrow, Kate. It comes back to you in the end. Boomerang. Respect it. 

KATE: Why the hell do you need an arrow that comes back to you after you shoot it, Clint?

CLINT: Because … boomerangs. 

We do get a brief taste of their repartee in the teasers and trailers, but this on-screen version of Clint is a bit more severe than his comic book counterpart. He somberly advises Kate to exercise caution when diving headfirst into the super hero life.

But the MCU has already taken liberties with the on-screen version of Clint — in the comics, he has relationships with several Avengers, and he doesn’t respect authority. I hope we see that banter-friendly side of Clint as he takes Kate under his wing.


Insight into Clint’s past

 

MCU Clint Barton probably has the most mysterious backstory out of the Avengers, especially now that Black Widow is out in the world. All we know is that he has a family and, when that family vanished courtesy of the Snap, Clint assumed the identity of Ronin to channel his grief. 

I would love to dive into Clint’s past with S.H.I.E.L.D., even if Natasha Romanoff doesn’t make an appearance. What about his history with the circus, being raised in that atmosphere and trained by criminals? There’s a wealth of intriguing backstory in the source material, so why not flesh that out for the small screen?

While this is more recent in his story, Hawkeye could also delve deeper into Clint’s time as Ronin before Natasha found him in Avengers: Endgame. His vigilante streak feels closer to comic book Clint and would be fun to explore. 


Yelena mourning with Clint over Natasha’s death

I’m still seething over Natasha’s death in Endgame, and watching Black Widow over the summer made me inexplicably angrier about it. I know — Natasha died a hero and all that, thereby absolving her from her past transgressions. But I wanted to see her happy, for once.

Anyway, we know Yelena Belova receives a tip from Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in the end-credit scene of Black Widow regarding Clint’s whereabouts and his role in Natasha’s death. Of course, Yelena’s out for blood … Clint’s blood, to be exact. While Yelena didn’t exactly grow up in a nurturing and empathetic environment, she might change her tune when she sees Clint has a family and a mentee. That’s not to say she won’t try to kill him, but, ultimately, I think she’ll abandon her mission when she learns about Natasha’s connection to Clint.

I’d like to see Yelena and Clint mourn Natasha together and give Clint a proper chance to say goodbye instead of Black Widow’s sacrifice getting sidelined for Tony Stark in Endgame. Let’s give Nat a quality sendoff!


An end-credit scene that ties into Maya Lopez, AKA Echo, and her upcoming show

Echo is on the horizon, and Alaqua Cox’s first appearance as Maya Lopez, AKA Echo, unfolds in Hawkeye. In the comics, Maya Lopez is an Indigenous woman of the Cheyenne Nation who was born deaf. Wilson Fisk, AKA Kingpin, takes her in after he orders her father’s murder. Her inclusion in Hawkeye is fascinating, mainly because, in the comics, Maya shoulders the Ronin identity for a time. 

Whether it’s an end-credit scene in the season finale or an extended in-episode scene, a connection to Echo would be fun to see. Perhaps Vincent D’Onofrio resurfaces, solidifying Echo‘s legitimate connection to Daredevil and, hopefully, heralding their entry into the MCU.

What if Matt Murdock appears? While I don’t want to get too carried away, this would be a fun way for Charlie Cox to reprise his celebrated role. 


The seeds planted for Young Avengers 

Could there be a Young Avengers series on the Marvel horizon? This past year, we’ve already seen a few shows with future Young Avengers — Wiccan and Speed in WandaVision, Patriot in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Kid Loki in Loki. Now, Kate Bishop also joins the fray. Besides those mentioned above, there’s Iron Lad, Hulkling, Miss America (who will appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), Noh-Varr, Prodigy, and Stature (we’ve seen her in Ant-Man as Cassie Lang).

This wish is a stretch, but what if Patriot, Wiccan, Speed, and Kid Loki somehow appear in Hawkeye? Even if it’s for a brief moment? It would be brilliant if the Hawkeye Powers That Be planted seeds for a Young Avengers on-screen property, whether that takes the form of a film or TV series. 


S.H.I.E.L.D. agents like Maria Hill 

Clint’s S.H.I.E.L.D. past is undeniable, and the show should acknowledge it. Director Maria Hill appears in the Fraction/Aja comic universe, so why not bring her into the fold? She did show up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. a while back. 

Speaking of that show, this would also be a creative way to include some of the core cast from S.H.I.E.L.D., notably Daisy Johnson/Quake. It’s about time the MCU acknowledges this series as canon, especially given how it closely aligned and reacted to significant events in the Marvel universe. 

Perhaps I’m slightly bitter, but given Clint’s S.H.I.E.L.D. ties, even getting a Maria Hill cameo would suffice. 


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