Disney+ is about to launch next month in selected countries and the MCU has a long list of shows under their Phase 4 slate that will stream in the service. A notable one is the Hawkeye Disney+ series which is set to star Jeremy Renner which reprises his role as the bow-wielding Avenger. It was also confirmed that he will be joined by a young archer named Kate Bishop who is set to receive the mantle of Hawkeye from Renner’s character. No official word yet from Marvel Studios regarding the casting of the Kate Bishop character but it seems that Hailee Steinfeld is the lead actress to nab the role. Moreover, the series is more than just a passing of the torch from one archer to another.
In an interview with Screenrant, veteran producer Trinh Tran, Executive Producer of Hawkeye, shared why he chose the series as her next project and she teased that the series will dive into the unexplored origin story of Clint Barton.
Well, I chose that one specifically because we haven’t gotten a chance to tell Clint Barton’s story. You’ve seen Thor have several movies. You know his backstory. Cap has several movies, Tony has a few, so they’ve all had their chance, and Clint Barton hasn’t gotten a chance to tell his past. I’m excited for that, and I’m also excited that there is a young girl coming in who wants to be Hawkeye.
The possibilities of telling Hawkeye’s origin story is endless. Fans haven’t really explored the backstory of how Clint took up the mantle of Hawkeye and it would be interesting to see how certain experiences in his past life shaped him to become a hero. It will also be fun to see how Clint excelled in the craft of archery and we should also expect an answer as to why he loves the craft so much.
Tranh also touched on Matt Fraction‘s run of Hawkeye comics, the character’s most seminal run which prominently featured Kate Bishop’s dynamic with the resident Avenger archer.
[Matt] Fraction’s run is absolutely one of the most amazing things. I remember sitting there are reading through the Fraction run and going, this is amazing. This is absolutely amazing. This is something we can do. We can do this! So wanting to tell Clint’s backstory, after reading Fraction’s run and getting excited for Kate Bishop there’s something really interesting that I think the two of them can have.
It will be interesting to see the dynamic of Bishop and Barton in the series. Not much is known about the overall narrative of the series but it will be intriguing to see how it will fit in the ever-expanding MCU. The series can double down as a proper sendoff for Renner’s Hawkeye character as well as a proper introduction to Kate Bishop as the new face of Hawkeye in the MCU.