Hawkeye, the review of the first episodes: Christmas Encounters

The review of the first two episodes of Hawkeye, the Marvel series dedicated to the hero played by Jeremy Renner, available starting November 24 on Disney +.

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Hawkeye: Jeremy Renner in an image from the series

What is about to end has been a year full of Marvel Studios productions, especially after the previous one which had been stingy beyond the initial programming, but also generous in terms of quality, as we will see in the review of early Hawkeye episodes (1×01 and 1×02), the new one marvel series which begins its journey on Disney+ starting November 24. After WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and then Loki, the new series does an operation not dissimilar from a content point of view compared to those that preceded it, looking forward but without giving up the past of the MCU, expanding with the ‘introduction of new heroes, but also deepening already known characters.

Home for Christmas

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Hawkeye: A scene from the series

It’s almost Christmas in New York City and the atmosphere is that of everyone’s favorite holiday, with chill, decorations and feverish anticipation of Christmas Eve, gifts and family time. On the other hand It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, as underlined by the classic Christmas song that accompanied the trailer and we also find it as on the end credits of the episodes. A background that is the background to a new adventure of an old acquaintance of ours, because we finally find Clint Barton, one of the original Avengers, forced to face a fundamental mission: to return home to his family in time for Christmas. A mission that doesn’t seem difficult, but it becomes so when he comes to terms with a threat that comes from his past and that forces him to ally himself with Kate Bishop, a twenty-two-year-old archer who is also a Hawkeye fan, with whom he will have to undergo surgery to expose a dangerous criminal conspiracy.

Little heroes are born and grow up

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Hawkeye: Hailee Steinfeld in una scena

But what we immerse ourselves in is also the post-blip New York and Hawkeye does not overlook the importance of the context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from many different points of view. Firstly by adding further nuances to the consequences of what Thanos did, then resolved by the Avengers; secondly, and perhaps in an even more profound and interesting way, by showing us the point of view of the world on the heroes who have fought, including Hawkeye. It does so with the usual MCU irony outlined by Feige, with that Rogers – The Musical that we would love to be able to look at in its entirety, to which Clint Barton himself witnesses with his family, but also through the gaze of a heroine in the making like Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop, who looked at those heroes, receiving the push to define the own path.

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Symbols, a precious asset

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Hawkeye: Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld in a picture

This of models and inspiration is a strong and powerful speech in Hawkeye, present from the very first scene of the new Marvel series, which in some way continues the one on the symbols that had already introduced and addressed The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. So the shield is flanked by Ronin’s costume in this symbolic thread that is going through this new phase of the Marvel universe, at least from a serial point of view. Because we could not go on without taking into account what happened previously, not only in terms of mere facts to be considered for a narrative coherence, but also and above all for the repercussions they have and can have on the figures that animate it, on the world as a whole as well as on the individuals who are influenced by it.

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(self) irony and solid action

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Hawkeye: Hailee Steinfeld and Jeremy Renner in one scene

Hawkeye stages this discourse, carries it forward and develops the relationship between his two protagonists, making use of the tests of two excellent interpreters: Jeremy Renner confirms himself as an excellent Clint Barton, capable of transmitting intensity and lightness in equal measure, but surprising how much Steinfeld at his side is at ease, defining an excellent old-fashioned action comedy couple, between (self) irony and action sequences staged with solid confidence. Because this is ultimately the new Marvel series: an action comedy we felt the need, which uses the Christmas setting to wink at genre cult like Die Hard, in this brilliant and dynamic journey through the six days that separate the hero since Christmas in the family. Six days marked by the six episodes that make up Hawkeye, of which the first two distributed from November 24th are a perfect introduction.


Having arrived at the end of the review of the first episodes of Hawkeye, we can not help but feel satisfied with the first steps of the new Marvel series available on Disney +, for the way in which it continues to carry out both the development of the post-blip context of the setting. , that the discourse on the symbols and the impact that the heroes have on the world in which they move. Excellent as always the performance of Jereny Renner in the role of Clint Barton, but also surprising the ability of Hailee Steinfeld to integrate into the MCU and build the chemistry and chemistry with the protagonist to stage the action comedy dynamics of the series, to which the Christmas setting gives an edge.

Because we like it

  • Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld, a confirmation and a surprise for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • The dynamic action comedy, further enhanced by the Christmas atmosphere in which the series moves.
  • The discourse on the symbols and the impact that the heroes have on the world in which they move, which develops in a different way than also set by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

What’s wrong

  • As is often the case with Marvel, it can involve those who love a less ironic approach to the world of superheroes less.

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