Undoubtedly one of the big pulls of Disney+ for subscribers is the promise of a range of new Marvel TV projects exclusive to the streaming service – and one of the biggest shows for fans to look forward to is Hawkeye.
Revolving around the eponymous character played by Jeremy Renner across multiple films in the MCU, the series is set to expand on the story of the Avengers’ expert archer and will take place after the seismic events of Avengers: Endgame.
Renner reportedly once wished to kill off Hawkeye, but he certainly won’t be wishing that now he’s got his own show – and Marvel fans will certainly be intrigued to see how one of the franchise’s most beloved supporting characters adapts to taking center stage.
Fans might also be hoping that some other characters from the movies might make appearances in the show, and will no doubt be praying that the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t caused too much of a delay to the show’s planned air date – read on for all the latest information.
When is Hawkeye TV series’ release date?
Hawkeye is currently on target for a late 2021 release on Disney+. At least we won’t have to wait longer to see it in the UK at that stage!
A rumour on the Murphy’s Multiverse website claimed the series had been delayed, but Verge reporter Julia Alexander called the speculations “completely inaccurate” so it looks like Disney is still on for a late 2021 release – phew!
Is there a trailer for Hawkeye?
No, although Disney+ appears to have revealed an early look at a credits sequence for the series, which you can check out now.
Hawkeye TV series cast
Jeremy Renner will once more pick up the quiver of Hawkeye AKA Clint Barton, marking his sixth time playing the character on screen.
It’s currently not been officially confirmed who will play Kate Bishop, a young woman who Hawkeye will train into a formidable archer, though Hailee Steinfeld has apparently been offered the crucial role. You can see Clint and Kate together in action in new concept art revealed on Disney+ in America.
However, in a recent RadioTimes.com interview Steinfeld hinted that she might not be able to take on the part after all.
“That’s not something that’s necessarily happening,” Steinfeld told us when asked if she’s prepping for her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut. “We’re going to wait and find out, I guess.”
Notably, Kate is a different character from the girl he trained in Avengers: Endgame, who was his daughter Lila Barton (played by the daughter of director Joe Russo, Ava).
It’s expected that Linda Cardellini, who played Clint’s wife Laura in the Marvel films, will make an appearance, but this isn’t yet confirmed.
Who is directing Hawkeye?
In July 2020, Marvel began to reveal some of the directors who had been lined up to helm episodes of the show – with Troop Zero filmmakers Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood (known professionally as Bert and Bertie) signing on for directorial duties on a batch of episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Also pulling the strings for part of the series will be Welsh director Rhys Thomas, whose previous credits include Comrade Detective, Documentary Now and John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch.
It is unclear which other directors will be involved in the series, but based on the first names to be unveiled it appears as if the studio are opting for filmmakers with a history of working predominantly in the comedy genre – which could tell us something about the nature of the series.
We’ll let you know if we hear of any other directors being hired for the project.
What is Hawkeye TV series about?
Jeremy Renner teases the arrival of Kate Bishop’s Hawkeye at San Diego Comic-Con
Although huge chunks of the story are unknown, Marvel has said the series will centre on Hawkeye passing on his mantle and bow to the young Kate Bishop. We also know the series will be set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, and may explore Hawkeye’s years as the vigilante Ronin which were glimpsed in that film.
As the show is taking place towards the end of phase four of the MCU, it’s likely it will set up events for a later Avengers movie.
Who is Kate Bishop in Hawkeye?
Hailee Steinfeld (Getty) with the logo for Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye series (Marvel)
Apparently, True Grit, Pitch Perfect and Bumblebee star Hailee Steinfeld is set to play Kate Bishop, Hawkeye’s successor.
In the comics, Katherine “Kate” Bishop takes up Hawkeye’s mantle during his apparent death when she joins the Young Avengers, later becoming the original Hawkeye’s protege when he returns from the dead.
Like Hawkeye, she doesn’t have any superpowers herself but was already trained in archery and martial arts thanks to her wealthy upbringing, and enhances her skills further when trained by Clint Barton.
In many stories, she teams up with Hawkeye to take on street-level crime, rather than the more extreme adventures enjoyed by other superheroes, and was a key character in the popular Matt Fraction comic-book run on Hawkeye which the new streaming series appears to be based on (the Disney + series’ title is in the same font as the comic-book series). During that run Fraction’s take on Kate Bishop was critically-acclaimed and reignited interest in the character, who ended up fronting many storylines on her own as the series continued.
Confusingly, Kate Bishop also takes the codename Hawkeye even when the original is still using it, causing the pair to jokingly refer to each other by the same name during many missions.
Hawkeye will come to Disney+ in 2021. You can watch it by signing up to Disney Plus for £5.99 a month or £59.99 a year. And if you’re looking for more, check out our TV Guide or our guide to the best series on Disney+.