Hawkeye Review: Hailee Steinfeld makes an impressive MCU debut; Strikes an oddball equation with Jeremy Renner

by Asif Ali
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Hawkeye Cast: Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld

Hawkeye Creator: Jonathan Igla

Hawkeye Streaming Platform: Disney+Hotstar

Hawkeye Stars:3.5/5

From powerful immortal alien species to the cataclysmic multiverse, MCU has walked into unchartered territories ever since Avengers: Endgame. Hence, Hawkeye comes as a ‘grounded’ breath of fresh air amid the always flying superheroes as it not only gives the overdue spotlight to the most overlooked OG 6 Avenger, Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), but it also humanizes the MCU narrative as much more than just having superpowers.

“With great power comes great responsibility,” and when you’ve been bruised and battered for eons while losing your best friend, who sacrifices her life so you can stay alive, the scars within play an obvious toll on you. That’s a prominent plot point in Hawkeye as we see the after-effects of Thanos’ snap-on Clint, in particular, who juggles between his Avenger identity while trying to establish a more intrusive family life with his always supportive wife Laura (Linda Cardellini) and their three fiery kids; Lila (Ava Russo), Cooper (Ben Sakamoto) and Nathaniel (Cade Woodward). In what was nothing short of a ‘Broadway’ highlight for MCU fans, Clint’s trauma is shown impeccably by a hilarious Rogers: The Musical, featuring the OG Avengers recounting their previous hard-fought battles. Jeremy, who has lived as Clint for a decade and counting, seamlessly immerses himself in Clint’s conflicted state of mind between a joyous family man and a wrecked soldier. Props to Hawkeye creator and head writer Jonathan Igla for including Clint dealing with hearing loss as an important personality trait.

The first episode starts off on a nostalgic note, which is sure to leave MCU fans ecstatic, making it a killer opening in recent times. We see a good buildup into the character sketch of what makes Kate Bishop as eccentric as she is. Particularly, it’s her twisted relationship with her overbearing mother Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga) and a pure hatred equation with the mysterious Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton) that sets to stone as to why Kate is forever looking for trouble, even when it doesn’t particularly come knocking at her doorstep.

Marvel hits the arrow right on target by casting Hailee as Kate Bishop. Steinfeld has steadily made a name for herself as a versatile actress and in Hawkeye, she’s nothing short of spectacular. From the get-go, you’ll be convinced (I was!) that she was tailor-made to play Kate Bishop as she makes a very impressive MCU debut. Moreover, it’s the generational gap between Clint and Kate that makes way for the patented MCU humor that we’ve grown accustomed to love as their oddball equation is consistently entertaining. When Kate tries to up Clint’s PR game, it’s hysterical!

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