Hawkeye Trailer Breakdown: 25 Marvel Secrets & Reveals
Here’s every reveal and secret contained within the first trailer for Disney+’s Hawkeye series. Avengers: Endgame marked the end for many Phase 1 heroes, but the MCU wasn’t quite finished with Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, handing Clint Barton his very own solo series. Hawkeye takes place in the aftermath of Thanos’ defeat, with Barton and his family finally reunited. The Avengers’ resident Robin Hood finds himself a protégé in Kate Bishop (played by Hailee Steinfeld), and the duo embark on a brand new MCU adventure. The cast is rounded out by Alaqua Cox as Echo, Fra Free as Kazi, Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne, and Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop. Florence Pugh reprises her role of Yelena Belova from Black Widow and, most importantly of all, Lucky the Pizza Dog will feature.
Set to release on November 24, it’s fair to say Clint Barton’s comeback isn’t anticipated quite as hotly as WandaVision or Loki, but that was before Marvel blessed us with Hawkeye‘s first trailer. New footage gives a taste of Hawkeye‘s Christmas aesthetic, a glimpse of the Barton/Bishop dynamic, and a hint of what brings two generations of archery enthusiasts together. Though Hawkeye will release precariously near two of 2021’s most eagerly awaited movies (Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home), MCU fans should know by now not to underestimate Hawkeye.
Taking an in-depth look at the trailer footage, Hawkeye will be part continuation of Clint Barton’s Avengers: Endgame story, part setup for the future, adding another Young Avenger to the MCU’s lineup. These are all the major takeaways from Marvel’s very first Hawkeye trailer.
A Barton Family Christmas
The Hawkeye trailer opens on Clint enjoying a festive meal in New York with his 3 children, Nathaniel, Lila and Cooper. Lila mentions how this is their first Christmas together “in years” which is obviously true, since the entire Barton family (sans Hawkeye himself) got snapped by Thanos. For Lila, however, those 5 years never happened. Perhaps Clint’s Avenger duties kept him from spending holidays at home even before the snap.
Steve Rogers: The Musical
Since Steve Rogers hung up his shield at the end of Avengers: Endgame, the world has been celebrating Brooklyn’s skinny-kid-come-good. We’ve seen various tributes to Cap through Falcon & The Winter Soldier (the museum ceremony) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (the Statue of Liberty holding a shield), and Hawkeye reveals “Rogers: The Musical” is now an MCU Broadway production, described as a “timeless story for a timeless hero” and “a super-powered sensation.” More than anything, the Rogers musical demonstrates how Marvel is transitioning Captain America and Iron Man into legacy figures for Phase 4.
Hawkeye Isn’t Even His Kids’ Favorite Avenger
In an amusing detail, it seems Clint takes his kids to see Rogers: The Musical. Because even their favorite Avenger isn’t Hawkeye.
Kate Bishop Is A Masked Vigilante
The Hawkeye trailer’s first proper plot exposition comes via a news report about a “masked vigilante.” Clint Barton’s work as Ronin (between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame) was apparently noticed on both sides of the moral divide. The world hasn’t deduced Ronin and Hawkeye are the same, and now Barton has left his darker mantle behind, another masked do-gooder has stepped up to paint the underworld red in his stead.
Why Hawkeye Leaves His Family (Again)
Clint Barton was under house arrest when Thanos arrived, and only returned to the field because his family got dusted. With the Barton clan restored, fans were wondering what could possibly drag Hawkeye back into the fight for his Disney+ solo series. The trailer addresses that question, revealing Kate Bishop’s Ronin cosplay as the cause. Clint believes his murky past has come to haunt him (“when I wore the suit, I made a whole lot of enemies“), and sends his kids somewhere safe. The archer stays behind to investigate his mysterious impersonator and her motive for taking on New York’s criminals alone.
Hawkeye Is Wearing Hearing Aids
Deafness has intermittently been part of Hawkeye’s character in the Marvel comic books, first in the 1980s then again in the 2010s, but this trait hasn’t translated into live-action – until now. The addition of hearing aids to Jeremy Renner’s Disney+ costume was confirmed previously, and this shot clearly shows Barton’s new apparatus. Marvel is making definite attempts to diversify its hero roster, and introducing Hawkeye’s deafness is just the latest example.
Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop In Action
As Barton goes hunting for his shadowy impersonator, the Hawkeye trailer offers a better view of Hailee Steinfeld in action as Kate Bishop. Clad in her Ronin gear, Bishop gets cornered in a New York street and looks to be outnumbered by thugs. Fortunately, the young archer is already a capable fighter, flipping goons and holding her own against larger opponents. Steinfeld’s action won’t be limited to just shooting arrows in Hawkeye.
It’s always interesting whenever MCU releases explore how the wider fictional world view the Avengers. We know everyone swoons over Thor, worships Tony Stark and hates Spider-Man, while Falcon & The Winter Soldier offered a forensic exploration of Steve Rogers’ legacy. Kate Bishop’s reaction when meeting Clint Barton proves that even Hawkeye has superfans. Not only does she recognize him immediately, but Kate’s excitement proves she’s a true Barton-ite. Jeremy Renner has described how his character doesn’t understand Kate’s admiration, and this scene sets that dynamic up nicely. Kate Bishop being a Hawkeye fan and picking up Ronin’s slack implies she somehow figured out Barton was the man behind both.
Kate Bishop’s Archery Skills
The Hawkeye trailer’s first demonstration of Kate Bishop’s skill with a bow and arrow sees her fire a tennis ball at a bell rope, landing a perfect shot. Evidently, she’s no beginner, and in the Marvel comics, Bishop learned archery after Hawkeye (and the other Avengers) saved her from El Matador. Maybe MCU Kate was one of the kids Hawkeye saved from that bus during The Avengers? This scene also gives an example of Kate Bishop’s DIY aesthetic. While Hawkeye imbues his arrows with state of the art technology and explosives, Bishop is forced to use materials from her local sports stores. Unfortunately, her game isn’t quite perfect – Kate’s shot ends up destroying the bell tower.
Kate Is “The World’s Greatest Archer”
Kate Bishop proclaiming herself the world’s greatest archer in Hawkeye’s presence is like telling Thor you have the world’s most luscious hair, but Kate does it anyway. Their exchange is a perfect introduction to the humor Hailee Steinfeld will bring to the MCU – the confidence to tell Hawkeye “some people” say she’s the world’s best archer, and the self-awareness to admit she’s actually one of those people.
Clint Barton’s Wife Is Still Around
When only Clint and his kids appear at the beginning of Hawkeye‘s trailer, some fans might’ve been concerned about the state of Clint Barton’s marriage. Coming back to life after 5 years to find your husband became a bitter vigilante would put strain on any relationship. Breathe a sigh of relief, then, because this brief trailer scene finds Hawkeye getting a “where the hell are you?” call from Mrs. Hawkeye.
The Tracksuit Draculas
Clint Barton annoyed a lot of unpleasant folk while sulking around as Ronin, and Kate Bishop has only them angrier. We see a group of thugs toss a Molotov cocktail through a window, and Hawkeye (probably; it’s hard to be sure) returns the bomb with a shot Roger Federer would be proud of. The big question is who hired these goons. Many anticipate Kingpin will make his MCU debut (where NYC crime goes, Fisk is never far away), but Tony Dalton (Better Call Saul‘s Lalo Salamanca) is playing Swordsman, whose comic history is checkered at best.
More likely, it’s Ivan Banionis. In the Matt Fraction 2012 Hawkeye comic run, Banionis led the Tracksuit Draculas gang against Clint Barton and, though not well-lit, these thugs are clad in tracksuits.
Is Disney+’s Hawkeye Basically Die Hard With Superheroes?
As Clint Barton leaps from a window attempting (unsuccessfully) to swing toward safety, it’s worth noting how similar Hawkeye feels to Die Hard. Bruce Willis’ 1988 Christmas classic shares many traits with Marvel’s latest Disney+ effort, including the Yuletide setting, New York City, a man trying to spend Christmas with his family, and plenty of leaping from tall buildings. All we need now is Barton barefooted in a vest.
Hawkeye Is More Comedic Than We Thought
Also intriguing is how heavily Hawkeye (or the trailer, at least) leans toward comedy. Kate Bishop is full of hilarious wisecracks, and her accidentally destroying a bell tower proves Hawkeye is no po-faced MCU crime caper. As Clint soothes his wounds with a bag of pina colada, it becomes clear that Jeremy Renner will be flexing his comedic chops more than ever before, and with a younger, funnier student to spar with, that can only benefit the Avengers’ archery aficionado.
Kate Bishop (Sort Of) Rescues Hawkeye
Captured by the Tracksuit Draculas, Hawkeye lands himself in a tight spot. Judging purely from their similar facial hair and his position right in front of Hawkeye, the gangster directly opposite Hawkeye could be Ivan Banionis himself. Either way, Kate ziplines into the room to save Clint and falls flat on her face, proving that earlier point about Hawkeye‘s comedy. Kate rescuing Clint Barton from the tracksuit goons represents another element taken from the Fraction Hawkeye comics.
Vera Farmiga’s Eleanor Bishop
Though the Hawkeye trailer focuses almost exclusively upon Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, we get brief glimpses at select supporting figures, beginning with Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Kate’s mother. Eleanor is a wealthy socialite in the Marvel comics, and the brief glimpse of Farmiga chugging wine in Hawkeye suggests the same will be true in live-action. Kate believed her mother was dead in the comics, but there’s no suggestion of that here, otherwise Eleanor surely wouldn’t be shown in trailer footage.
The Steve Rogers Musical’s Avengers Battle
Those hoping for more of Rogers: The Musical are in luck, as Hawkeye‘s trailer gives a quick look at the on-stage action. In a song and dance number depicting the Battle of New York (from 2012’s The Avengers), the top row contains Chitauri warrior backing dancers, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Tony Stark. On the stage itself are Thor, Loki, Steve Rogers and Hulk, as well as a scientist character who could be Erik Selvig. If Rogers: The Musical isn’t released in full as a Disney+ exclusive, Marvel are leaving money on the table.
Lucky The Pizza Dog
Finally, the real star of the show. In the comic books, Clint adopts Lucky the Pizza Dog from Ivan Banionis, taking the dog to get treatment after an eye injury. Hawkeye seems to be adapting that same story, as Lucky clearly only has one eye in this shot.
Clint & Kate Go LARPing
Hawkeye and LARPing aren’t exactly natural bedfellows, but this trailer shot reveals Clint Barton and Kate Bishop both indulging in a little historical reenactment with local LARP enthusiasts, each wielding swords against a group who are no doubt thrilled to be clashing blades with an actual Avenger. One can only venture to guess the context of this scene, but if Hawkeye and Kate Bishop needed some place to blend in while carrying bows and swords, a LARP group is a solid choice.
Clint & Kate Get Dressed Up
In another scene ripped directly from Fraction’s comic run, Hawkeye and Kate Bishop get dressed up in their finest threads – most likely for some infiltration mission. Clint is wearing the same tuxedo attire during his aforementioned building jump, as well as while dodging bullets through a restaurant, and punching fodder. While it’s too early to say what the pair are up to, their comic selves crashed a luxury hotel opening, suspecting the event would be targeted by the criminals they were hunting. If Hawkeye stays true to its source material, the hotel job could be how Tony Dalton’s Swordsman swaggers into the MCU.
Hawkeye & Kate Shoot Villains (On Ice)
The Hawkeye trailer’s money shot is Clint Barton and Kate Bishop standing back-to-back, taking on reams of armed thugs on the Rockefeller center’s ice rink, complete with collapsed Christmas tree. The villains are the Tracksuit Draculas from earlier, and including this climactic battle among Hawkeye‘s trailer footage suggests there’s a bigger antagonist lurking in the shadows.
Alaqua Cox’s Echo
As with Vera Farmiga’s Eleanor Bishop, the Hawkeye trailer gives only the slightest glimpse of Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, otherwise known as Echo. In the Marvel comics, Maya begins as a follower of Kingpin’s, used as a pawn in his plans to destroy Daredevil. She later becomes a hero and adopts the Ronin persona. Another deaf character, Marvel has confirmed Echo will be getting her own Disney+ spinoff in the near future, so her Hawkeye role could merely be setup for things to come. The red lighting on Echo’s face has fans very excited, with some interpreting the coloration as proof of Echo’s Daredevil comic connection carrying over into the MCU.
Hawkeye & Kate’s Car Chase
The Hawkeye trailer’s final action sequence sees Clint Barton and Kate Bishop (in the black vehicle) chased by Tracksuit Draculas (riding the red). Barton is driving while desperately trying to figure out which arrows Kate is allowed to fire, and this calls back to a comic scene where Kate was driving and passing arrows to Clint, but the lack of labels meant she kept handing over the wrong projectiles. The red car is also a straight lift from the comics, though was driven by Kate and Clint, rather than the bad guys.
Hawkeye’s Dangerous Arrows (& Kate’s Costume)
Hailee Steinfeld demonstrates her comic timing once again, firing an exploding arrow and then looking shocked when realizing that was one of Hawkeye’s tamer missiles. The van she hits is emblazoned with “Trust-A-Bro,” nodding to the Tracksuit Draculas who used “bro” incessantly in the comic books. As for which arrows Hawkeye possesses more dangerous than a flying bomb, Clint Barton has previously carried acid tips, firebombs and pulse emitters in the MCU, though something tells us his Hawkeye arsenal might go deeper still.
Purely by virtue of being set during daytime, this shot also provides the trailer’s best view of Kate Bishop’s superhero costume in Hawkeye. Largely faithful to the comic books in color and style, Bishop’s gear is an evolution of Hawkeye’s usual getup, and the only significant deviation is the lack of arm and shoulder holes.
Kate Copies Hawkeye’s Trademark Pose
Yelena Belova tore Black Widow’s superhero pose to shreds, but she might’ve preferred Hawkeye’s more unique “jump-turn-shoot” move, which Barton has whipped out in both the Marvel comics and The Avengers. At the very end of Hawkeye‘s trailer, Barton does it again to send the fans home happy, but this time has Kate Bishop mirroring the move right next door. It’s a great show of how Bishop is becoming Barton’s student in Disney+’s Hawkeye series.
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