An unexpected appearance from Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) in the first episode of Marvel's Echo has stirred up conversation once more over whether Hawkeye's very own streaming show could return to our screens.


The archer's first solo outing was a genuine Christmas treat in December 2021, thrusting the often underestimated Avenger into the limelight for a story that introduced the likes of Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld).

It was also noteworthy for integrating Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin – a character previously confined to the now-cancelled Marvel/Netflix shows – into the mainline MCU, kicking off what is hoped to be a long arc for the iconic villain.

Although it claims to require little background knowledge as part of the new-fangled Marvel Spotlight banner, Echo is actually quite closely connected to the events of Hawkeye – as evidenced by Barton's appearance.

Alas, fans may be disappointed that this is not all-new material but archive footage from the earlier show, in which Clint grimly informs Maya that her adoptive father, Kingpin, orchestrated the events that led to her biological dad's death.

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Still, it goes to show that Hawkeye is one of the few recent Marvel projects to still be having an impact long after its finale aired, which could strengthen the argument for a follow-up. Here's what we know so far about a potential season 2.

Will there be a second season of Hawkeye?

Yelena Belova, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop in the Hawkeye poster
Yelena Belova, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop in the Hawkeye poster. Marvel Studios/Disney+

Two years on from its grand finale, there is still no word from Disney on whether Hawkeye will return for a second season.

Immediately following its release, the show was submitted for Emmy consideration in the 'Limited Series' categories, which suggests that Marvel Studios may not have intended to continue with the show.

However, plans can change – as they did with one-time limited series' The White Lotus and Big Little Lies – with Hawkeye's decent performance on Disney Plus and social media providing a sturdy argument for a follow-up.

Hawkeye director Rhys Thomas told at the time of the show's release that he hadn't heard anything about a renewal, but added that he would "merrily come back" if one should happen.

"It's a lot of fun living in the Marvel Universe," said Thomas. "Again, it's this massive privilege to realise that you're walking on this alternate reality... it's a joy."

When could a potential Hawkeye season 2 be released?

Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld in Hawkeye
Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld in Hawkeye. Disney Plus

If Hawkeye were to be renewed for a second season, it's unclear when production could get underway in light of Jeremy Renner's recent snowplow accident.

At the beginning of 2023, reports emerged that the actor had suffered serious injuries while attempting to stop his snow-removal vehicle from hitting his nephew.

During the attempt to stop or divert the Pistenbully, Renner was "pulled under the vehicle by the track and run over", according to a report obtained by CNN.

The actor survived the horrifying incident, but required at least two surgeries and treatment in an intensive care unit over a period of two weeks.

In January 2024, almost one year after his accident, Renner had made significant strides in his recovery process – including learning how to walk again after breaking 30 bones – but he still has a considerable journey ahead of him.

"I'm just so blessed that I have so many things to live for," he told CNN. "I have a giant family, I have a 10-year-old daughter. I would've disappointed and really messed up a lot of people's lives if I would've passed, and so there's a lot for me to get better for."

In April 2023, his Hawkeye co-star Hailee Steinfeld fought back tears in an interview with Entertainment Tonight as she reflected on the shocking accident.

She said: "I have [spoken to him]. I'm going to get emotional talking about it. I'm so grateful that he's okay. He's truly made a miraculous recovery.

"I go back to thinking about how excited I was just to meet him and then I realised very quickly, I can't believe I'm going to admit this but I will for Jeremy: as Kate Bishop is to Clint [Barton], I am that way with Jeremy."

Steinfeld added: "I just couldn't be more grateful that he's okay. He's more than okay. He's such a fighter."

With all this in mind, it's safe to say that Renner has more important things to think about right now than Hawkeye season 2, so we wouldn't expect to see it any time soon – if, indeed, it even gets renewed.

However, it's quite possible that Steinfeld's Kate Bishop – who is Hawkeye's successor in the comic books – could take a more prominent position while Renner recovers. She recently made a cameo appearance in The Marvels.

For now, we wouldn't expect to see a second season of Hawkeye until at least 2026, with opportunities for more stories with the character potentially emerging out of the upcoming mega-blockbuster Avengers: Secret Wars.

Hawkeye season 2 cast speculation

Vincent D'Onofrio as Kingpin in Hawkeye. Disney Plus

If Hawkeye returns for a second season, fans would hope to see Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld share the screen once again as the MCU's finest archers Clint Barton and Kate Bishop.

However, it's possible that Steinfeld would take on more of the action sequences in a potential follow-up as Renner would perhaps not be willing or able to put himself in that position following his traumatic accident.

Despite being a major breakout star from this first season, Alaqua Cox's Echo may not return for a potential Hawkeye season 2, given that she now has a spin-off series of her very own.

Likewise, Vincent D'Onofrio's appearance in the season finale has also been elaborated on in Echo, although executive producer Brad Winderbaum notes that this is only the beginning for the recently revived Netflix character.

"I can't say too much. Only that as a chapter in Wilson Fisk's life, this is a crucial one and sets the stage in some remarkable ways for what's coming next," he told ScreenRant.

There's also the not-so-small matter of Vera Farmiga's Eleanor Bishop, who could be promoted to the status of main villain in another season of Hawkeye, with some fans calling for her to be adapted into the MCU's Madame Masque.

Facing off against her own mother would be devastating for Kate, but she might find an unexpected ally in Tony Dalton's Jack Duquesne (aka Swordsman), who may not be as nefarious as he was initially depicted.

As for Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova, she looks to be rather busy with the upcoming Thunderbolts movie.

What would the plot be for a potential Hawkeye season 2?

Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop in Hawkeye
Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop in Hawkeye. Marvel Studios

Fans have speculated that Kate Bishop will go on to become a founding member of the Young Avengers in the MCU, just as she was in the comic books, so it's possible that future Hawkeye episodes could set her on that path.

As for Clint Barton, his future is less certain as he continues to show a desire to get out of the superhero game and retire to a quieter life on his countryside estate with wife Laura and kids Cooper, Lila and Nathaniel.

Perhaps he'll finally get his wish and fully pass the baton to Kate, but it seems like she still has much she wants to learn from the Avengers' resident archer – so don't rule out their partnership continuing.

Is there a trailer for Hawkeye season 2?

Slow down! We don't even know if Hawkeye has been renewed yet! If it does get the green-light, we won't be expecting footage for a good while yet.

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