The list of Marvel shows and films on Disney Plus is already ridiculously long, but it’s going to get substantially bigger over the next two years with all the live-action TV series on the way. One that’s on the way is a spin-off (and send-off?) for one of the original six Avengers: Hawkeye.
We’ve rounded up everything we know so far about this Disney Plus series – read on for more information. In the meantime, why not check out our picks of the best TV shows and movies on Disney Plus?
When does Hawkeye start on Disney Plus?
Hawkeye is now confirmed to begin airing on Wednesday 24 November, with episodes expected to drop weekly.
Assuming that we’re getting six episodes – as we did for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Loki – that means the series should wrap on 29 December, just ahead of New Year’s.
Is there a Hawkeye trailer?
Disney hasn’t released any teasers or trailers for the show just yet, but it has taken the unusual step of revealing the title sequence, which you can watch here:
The official #Hawkeye title sequence has been revealed on @disneyplus: pic.twitter.com/jpHuXqZ2yp
— MCU Direct (@MCU_Direct)
November 18, 2019
What is the plot of Hawkeye?
The series will follow Hawkeye training his young apprentice Kate Bishop, known from the comics to eventually take over the mantle of Hawkeye, and likely to eventually start appearing in the MCU movies too. Here’s a look at the pair of them together in the first official image from the show:
Kate Bishop is already trained in martial arts when she meets Hawkeye, and so is a quick learner of archery under Clint’s mentorship. Like Hawkeye, she doesn’t possess any superpowers, and focuses more on street crime rather than massive outer space threats.
The inclusion of Lucky the dog in the series gives us hope that the series will be adapting the phenomenal My Life as a Weapon arc from the comics, but as yet that’s unconfirmed.
Producer Kevin Feige also revealed at the D23 Expo that we’d see more into the life of Ronin – Clint Barton’s darker alter-ego that went on a killing spree after losing his family due to the Thanos snap. We imagine this will take place in the form of flashbacks.
In an interview with TV Guide, executive producer Trin Tranh stated that this series will be inspired by the holiday season, and will be, “grounded and funny, packed to the brim with Christmas spirit.”
Tranh also said that the series will explore how the citizens of New York City are finally healing after the Thanos snap.
Spoilers for Black Widow ahead
Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) from Black Widow will likely play a big part in the series. In the post-credits of Black Widow, Yelena had a visit from Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who showed a picture of Hawkeye and told Yelena that he would be her “next target”.
Valentina implied that Clint was responsible for Natasha’s death, which obviously we know isn’t the case. Therefore it will be interesting to see whether Yelena continues to work for her when she finds out the truth.
Yelena could also end up being part of the team that Valentina is trying to assemble, which includes the villain John Walker from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
Who are the cast and crew of Hawkeye?
Jeremy Renner will be reprising his role as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, joined by Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop.
You can see the two of them together on set in costume already thanks to some spy shots:
Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld on the Set of #Hawkeye 12/02/2020 pic.twitter.com/6gFGR4HZGt
— XRealm Matthews (@CreamOrScream)
December 2, 2020
The same thread also shows images of Lucky the Pizza Dog, a companion of Clint’s in the comics.
Other confirmed cast members include Florence Pugh, Vera Farmiga, Fra Free, and Alaqua Cox.
Seeing as this will be about Clint Barton’s life, we could see appearances from Linda Cardellini and Ava Russo, the actresses who played his wife Laura and daughter Lila respectively. We may also see appearances from Julia Louis-Dreyfus, considering her character’s connection to Yelena.
Behind the camera, we also know that Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie will each direct some episodes of the first season.
Will there be a second season of Hawkeye?
Possibly? Jeremy Renner put a caption on his Instagram Story on the last day of filming that read, “This is not a goodbye, but a see you soon”. This could imply that he’ll be back in some form for another season – even if Kate Bishop takes up the mantle.
However, this could also be Renner confirming that he’s got appearances in other MCU properties as Clint Barton. Once we know more, we’ll update this article.
How to watch Hawkeye
Hawkeye will be a Disney Plus exclusive, joining other live-action MCU shows such as WandaVision.
If you’ve not yet signed up to Disney+, the service costs £7.99/$7.99 per month for a rolling subscription and £79.90/$79.99 for an annual pass. You can sign up on the Disney Plus website.