LH Review: Hawkeye

A well-written, balanced show, as all things should be.

Kaitlyn Brown, Reporter

With mysterious murders, rival mafias, and the return of an infamous vigilante, the new Marvel television series “Hawkeye”, brought to screens by director Rhys Thomas and Jonathan Igla, takes a deeper look into Clint Barton’s life in the aftermath of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Taking off with the origin of Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld, “Hawkeye” features two skilled archers in New York City at the same time. While new Broadway plays are shown and black-market auctions happen, both Clint (Jeremy Renner) and Kate (Steinfeld) must come together to solve a sudden murder in Kate’s life while picking up the pieces left behind in her attempt to save others. 

Hailee Steinfeld pulled together the episodes with her amazing performance as the witty, new superhero Kate Bishop. Even without past knowledge of Marvel, you can enjoy her ability to become the character. Amazing casting, like this, has affected the cinematic universe largely. When will we see Hailee return as Kate after this series? Hopefully as soon as possible. While she brought the show to another level with her acting, she also upped the game with her on-screen chemistry with co-star Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton). Both characters have a dynamic seen in many past superhero films, which welcomes a warm feeling of homeliness to many fans. 

Not only did the “Hawkeye” series provide great casting for new intriguing characters, but it also created a well-paced, binge-worthy plot that keeps viewers on their feet. While watching the first episode, I became hooked on all the emotions provided, featuring hints at past movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The well-placed jokes and mysterious plot kept me intrigued, the add-in of a murder mystery to Marvel’s largely fantasy world is enjoyable. The series’ plot-line is continuous over the span of two debut episodes that will eventually turn into a season of 6, one more episode to be released every Wednesday following at midnight PST. 

The newest addition to the MCU comes to screens with fewer plot twists, well-acted fight scenes, and more fangirl-worthy characters. “Hawkeye” provides a fun series in the dark age of Marvel, as well as a show that non-fanatics can sit back and watch with some good laughs, every Wednesday night.