With “Die Hard” vibes, Jeremy Renner’s stern Clint Barton becomes a reluctant mentor as his Ronin past comes back to haunt him – and perhaps get Steinfeld’s eager Kate Bishop killed!
Once again, another MCU series on Disney + brings a whole new vibe and energy. This feels like a classic Christmas-themed action movie in every way. It even has Christmas day as its deadline, like Jeremy renner Clint Barton has six days to get home in time to spend with his family.
In some ways “Hawk Eye” It reminds us of the quintessential non-Christmas (or is it?) movie, “Die Hard,” starring Renner’s reluctant Clint, a perfect superhero variation of Bruce. Willis reluctant hero, John McClane.
That layer of humor about street violence and sinister spy-level drama is perfectly reproduced here. Like McClane, Clint is the reluctant hero here, preferring to spend time with his family, only his conscience will not allow him to ignore what is happening, especially if it endangers other lives.
Only “Hawkeye” has a secret weapon that even John McClane did not have. They have a Kate Bishop.
In these first two episodes, although Renner is the familiar face of Avenger that even people on the street are recognizing, no star shines brighter than Hailee steinfeld, making his glorious debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Hawkeye, the other.
Well, she’s not Hawkeye yet, and that’s the problem. Instead, she is a young and very anxious fangirl who tends to act impulsively before thinking things through. The first big action sequence we have with her sees her shoot an arrow to ring a bell on the clock tower, which proceeds to collapse in on itself.
The final big moment we have with her is one of the most brilliantly executed and fun “rescue” scenes we’ve ever seen. Renner’s expressionless face sold him even better than his utter ridiculousness could.
At the center of the entire piece is the Ronin costume, and Clint’s apparent residual guilt for Black Widow’s decision to sacrifice himself to save the universe when he was the one who spent those years during the Blip running around in that costume doing things better. they are not remembered. (For the record, this is all the MCU knowledge you need to enjoy this series – you’re welcome!).
Kate Bishop is a 22-year-old Bruce Wayne, in a way. From a wealthy family, she too was wrought into tragedy, with her father dying (or at least disappearing) during the first attack on New York that brought the Avengers together.
He spent the years from childhood to early adulthood honing his body and mind with various martial arts, archery, and other skills. She didn’t necessarily have Bruce’s haunting vision of saving the city and fighting crime like a giant bat, but there was a drive to at least keep her mother safe, as expressed by her younger self.
That became much more complicated when we learned that the time she studied kept her out of the family image long enough for a new man to enter her mother’s life. And future stepfathers always raise red flags on shows like this, and James is no exception. Instead, Kate quickly found herself infiltrating a seedy underworld that she certainly appears to be a part of.
Meddling just like super confident, impulsive youngsters who don’t think about the consequences of their actions, Kate fights her way under a profit even to find a stolen goods auction taking place underneath. It’s here that he sees his stepfather, a certain Ronin sword and costume, and our introduction to the season’s “big bad” so far, the hilariously named Tracksuit Mafia.
As with most Christmas-themed action games, we shouldn’t take any of this too seriously. Now, serious is what Clint does best, and mourning Natasha only takes that one step further, so thankfully, we have Kate around to serve as a great counterattack to Clint’s severity and determination. In that sense, he’s definitely more of the Bruce Wayne.
What happens next is a case of mistaken identity, as Kate dons the Ronin suit after an explosion drives the mob into the auction room. They were there to keep watch, but instead they found someone who was apparently a mortal enemy to them.
Hey, Clint did some things while half the people were gone. He had history and enemies, and by donning that suit, Kate became a target. And being a complete fan of all of this, she didn’t consider her name to be on her apartment door.
Honestly, the interactions between Clint and Kate, even as reluctant allies, is the heart of this series. Fans have already fallen in love with its dynamic, almost as much as they have fallen in love with the stray dog that Kate somehow managed to pick up and adopt along the way.
This is all happening because with the suit resurfacing, Clint feels responsible for what happened next. Now she feels responsible for Kate because it was her suit that led her to be attacked, so now her conscience says that she has to say to make sure she is safe, the suit is recovered and everything is quiet, in time for get home during the holidays. !
His efforts saw him trace the lawsuit back to a LARPing event, where he actually had to sign up and participate, as his members are all (or mostly) law enforcement officers or first responders, so good luck you don’t get arrested. all types.
Here we were expecting a challenge, but instead we got a very sweet and heartfelt exchange from the man who took off his suit just to look cool here. It was all so healthy, fitting in perfectly with the tone of the entire series, and we hope that the grills somehow make a return to the story later.
While Clint was tracking his suit, Kate was doing her own detective work, in her usual careless and anxious way. In this sense, he began to expose that his future stepfather, Jack, is more than meets the eye. On the one hand, he is a much more batting fencer than he let on. On the other hand, well, she’s too obvious about these things.
And that brings us full circle to his daring rescue, which we are still laughing at. The next step in Clint’s plan was a move from Natasha’s playbook, “Catch and Release.” That meant he allowed himself to be caught by the tracksuit mob. He’s trying to get them off Kate’s trail, but that didn’t work at all when she showed up unannounced.
Kate’s family fortune comes from her mother owning a security company. It is hinted that Jack might marry that, either for his money, his company’s resources and technology, or maybe all of it. But Kate clearly has access to that technology. So when one of the mob members answers her phone, she uses her resources to trace the signal.
We love how stupid the mob henchmen are, pressuring Clint to tell them who the guy in the Ronin suit is, insisting that Kate Bishop is the “guy” in the suit. He keeps talking and they still don’t understand him.
But as soon as he announces that he has no idea who Kate Bishop is, in a perfect moment for comedy, she crashes through the ceiling and lands in a heap at his feet. Princess Leia could almost be heard saying, “This is a ransom!”
And that energy is what makes this a great premise for a limited series, as well as a great introduction for Steinfeld in the MCU. He has that quick wit, with his own sardonic twist, that makes up most of the MCU heroes, but he also has a serious positivity that is rare.
She and Clint are already developing an adorable father-daughter dynamic, with him fondly grumbling about her, fixing her wound dressing at one point, like she’s a rebellious teenager, and she adores him and tries to help him get a clue.
A scene from the premiere shows the couple walking alongside a group of costumed Avengers taking photos in the streets with people, only their Hawkeye is actually Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games.”
Kate explains to Clint that she has an image problem. You need to stop being so introspective and brooding (i.e. grumpy) and wear your heart on your sleeve. In other words, it needs to be a Christmas movie.
Well Kate may not be able to make her heart grow threefold by the end of this series, but it can certainly serve as a reminder and inspiration (she says that’s what he represents to the common man, as he is a superhero without powers. ). that there is a way to enjoy being a hero. Not everything is obligation and guilt.
You have five days left to get you in the holiday spirit, find out what’s going on in your family, and make sure Clint gets home in time for the holidays. It’s the perfect Christmas movie … TV series.
Every Wednesday new episodes of “Hawkeye” appear on Disney +.