A new dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is upon us, and for the first time it is venturing into the world of television thanks to new streaming service Disney+ opening up a world of opportunities.
Although we have had Marvel shows before such as Jessica Jones and Daredevil, they always ran separate to the world of the MCU, despite hints and nods that would potentially connect the two.
But with the arrival of Disney+, this is no more, with Marvel Studios now taking charge when it comes to the television side of the comic book conglomerate.
From now on the Marvel TV shows coming our way will be set in the world of the MCU, being intrinsically tied to the storylines of the movies featuring crucial plot developments, characters and more.
Each one will be on Disney+ and either feature returning characters or new heroes, or a combination of the two as is the case with the upcoming Hawkeye TV series.
But when will Hawkeye be released? What is the show about? Who is in it? Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Hawkeye TV series.
What is the Hawkeye TV show about?
Although Marvel Studios are keeping plot details under wraps, we do know some of the basics when it comes to what the Hawkeye TV series will be about.
It has been confirmed it will be set after the events of Avengers: Endgame and will see Clint Barton pass on his mantle and bow to his young protoge Kate Bishop.
In the comics Kate takes on the moniker of Hawkeye following Barton’s apparent death, being a key member of the superhero group the Young Avengers.
When Barton is brought back to life, he takes on the Ronin identity so Kate can continue to be Hawkeye. The two often team up to take on crime.
In Avengers: Endgame we did see Clint don the Ronin suit, and whilst the film never referred to him by this name, we expect that to change in the Hawkeye show.
When it comes to the villains, it looks like Clown will be an antagonist, a mercenary who goes up against both Clint and Kate in the comics.
With the series set to feature the superhero Echo, we may also see the supervillain Kingpin show up too since he raised the young hero after killing her father.
Who is in the cast?
In a recent report, Variety revealed who will be joining MCU veteran Jermey Renner’s Clint Barton/Hawkeye in the upcoming show, and it is an exciting cast list.
Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) will star as Kate Bishop, Hawkeye’s mentee, whilst Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) will play Bishops’ mother Eleanor.
Fra Fee has been revealed to be playing a character named Kazi, which is most likely short for Kazimierz Kazimierczak, better known in the Marvel comics as the villainous Clown.
Tony Dalton will take on the role of Jack Duquesne, likely the MCU’s take on the character of Jacques Duquesne a.k.a. Swordsman, an early mentor to Clint who is both a hero and a villain in the comics.
Meanwhile Alaqua Cox will portray the character of Maya Lopez, known in the comics as Echo, a deaf Native American superhero who can copy perfectly another person’s movements. So yeah, you wouldn’t want to go up against her in a fight.
It was also announced that Zahn McClarnon will play the role of William Lopez, Maya’s biological father, who in the comics is known as Crazy Horse and is one of villain Kingpin’s henchmen.
It is important to note here that in the comics Kingpin raised Maya as if she was his own daughter after he killed her father William. Given the character’s history with Kingpin then in the comics, maybe the big bad will pop up in Hawkeye?
And we can’t forget the most important cast member of them all – Lucky The Pizza Dog has been confirmed to be featuring in the show.
The one-eyed golden retriever is a friend and companion to both Clint and Kate in the comics, and looks set to be the show’s secret weapon.
Will other MCU characters show up?
When Variety revealed who will be joining the Hawkeye TV series, one name stood out – Florence Pugh.
That’s because Pugh is playing Yelena Belova in the Black Widow movie, with the rumour being she will take on the Black Widow moniker following the death of Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff in Avengers: Endgame.
Her appearance in Hawkeye backs this rumour, and also suggests her character will become a significant part of the MCU going forward, likely featuring in other TV shows and films too.
Whether other MCU characters will show up in Hawkeye, well we don’t know yet, but with crossover potential being rather high, we except a few cameos.
Is there a trailer?
With filming having kicked off only recently, there is no trailer yet for the Hawkeye TV series.
However, Disney+ released a GIF online which showed what the opening title sequence for the series could look like, featuring animated versions of Hawkeye himself and Kate Bishop.
It is currently unclear whether this is a finalised version or an early concept, but we would guess it to be the latter.
When is the release date for the Hawkeye TV series?
When Marvel Studios announced the project at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con, they said the Hawkeye TV series will arrive on Disney+ in late 2021.
And despite other Marvel shows being delayed due to productions being affected by the pandemic, Hawkeye still seems on track to be released next autumn/winter as scheduled.
However, no set date has been announced so far and the schedule can of course change. So stay tuned for more information.
Hawkeye will be coming soon to Disney+.