Here’s everything you need to know about the debut Hawkeye trailer for Disney+’s Hawkeye series, including every reveal and mystery. Many Phase 1 characters came to an end in Avengers: Endgame, but the MCU wasn’t quite done with Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, who got his own solo series.
Hawkeye takes place after Thanos has been defeated, and Barton and his family have finally been reunited. The Avengers’ resident Robin Hood finds a protégé in Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop, and the two embark on a whole new MCU adventure together seen in this Hawkeye trailer.
Clint Barton’s return, set on November 24, isn’t quite as widely anticipated as WandaVision or Loki’s, but that was before Marvel released the first trailer for Hawkeye. New footage hints at Hawkeye’s Christmas style, the Barton/Bishop interaction, and what brings two generations of archery fans together.
Despite the fact that Hawkeye will be released in the same year as two of the most anticipated films of the year (Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home), MCU fans should know not to underestimate Hawkeye.
Hawkeye will be a part continuation of Clint Barton’s Avengers: Endgame story, part setup for the future, and will introduce another Young Avenger to the MCU’s lineup, according to the teaser video.
The following are the most important takeaways from Marvel’s first Hawkeye trailer.
A Barton Family Christmas
Clint enjoys a joyful supper in New York with his three children, Nathaniel, Lila, and Cooper, in the Hawkeye trailer. Since Thanos snapped the entire Barton family (sans Hawkeye himself), Lila remarks that this is their first Christmas together “in years.” This is definitely accurate.
Those five years, on the other hand, never transpired for Lila. Clint’s Avenger obligations may have prohibited him from spending the holidays with his family even before the snap.
Steve Rogers: The Musical
The world has been celebrating Brooklyn’s skinny-kid-turned-good since Steve Rogers laid up his shield at the end of Avengers: Endgame.
Through Falcon & The Winter Soldier (the museum ceremony) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (the Statue of Liberty holding a shield), we’ve seen various tributes to Cap, and Hawkeye reveals that “Rogers: The Musical” is now an MCU Broadway production, described as a “timeless story for a timeless hero” and “a super-powered sensation.”
The Rogers musical, more than anything, highlights how Marvel is transforming Captain America and Iron Man into legacy characters for Phase 4.
Kate Bishop Is A Masked Vigilante
The first meaningful plot exposition in the Hawkeye teaser comes from a news item about a “masked vigilante.” Between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Clint Barton’s performance as Ronin was clearly observed on both sides of the moral divide.
The world hasn’t figured out that Ronin and Hawkeye are the same people, and now that Barton has stepped down from his darker mantle, another masked vigilante has stepped forward to paint the underworld crimson in his place.
Why Hawkeye Leaves His Family once again
When Thanos arrived, Clint Barton was under house arrest, and he only returned to the field because his family had been dusted. With the Barton family reunited, fans wondered what would entice Hawkeye to return to the fight for his Disney+ solo series.
That question is answered in the trailer, which reveals Kate Bishop’s Ronin cosplay as the root of the problem. Clint fears that his shady past is catching up with him
“when I wore the suit, I created a lot of enemies”
and he moves his children somewhere secure. The archer stays behind to look into his strange impersonator’s motivation for going it alone against New York’s villains.
Hawkeye Is seen wearing Aids
Hawkeye’s deafness has been a recurring feature of his character in Marvel comic books, first in the 1980s and then again in the 2010s, but it hasn’t been adapted into live-action – until now.
The addition of hearing aids to Jeremy Renner’s Disney+ outfit was previously reported, and Barton’s new device is plainly seen in this photo. The introduction of Hawkeye’s deafness is only the latest indication of Marvel’s efforts to broaden its hero lineup.
We see Kate Bishop In Action
The Hawkeye trailer gives us a clearer look at Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop as Barton is on the hunt for his shadowy imposter.
Bishop, dressed as a Ronin, is cornered on a New York street and appears to be outmanned by thugs. Fortunately, the young archer is already an accomplished warrior, capable of fending off goons and holding her own against larger foes. In Hawkeye, Steinfeld’s action won’t be restricted to shooting arrows.
Kate Bishop’s Archery Skills
Kate Bishop’s talent with a bow and arrow is initially demonstrated in the Hawkeye trailer, when she fires a tennis ball at a bell-rope, hitting a perfect shot. Bishop learned archery after Hawkeye (and the other Avengers) rescued her from El Matador in the Marvel comics, so she’s clearly not a novice.
Maybe Kate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe was one of the youngsters Hawkeye rescued from the bus in The Avengers? Kate Bishop’s DIY approach is also displayed in this scene.
While Hawkeye uses cutting-edge technology and explosives in his arrows, Bishop is forced to rely on supplies from local sporting goods stores. Kate’s stroke, however, destroys the bell tower, indicating that her playing isn’t quite up to par.
“The World’s Greatest Archer” is Kate.
In the company of Hawkeye, Kate Bishop proclaims herself the world’s finest archer, which is like telling Thor you have the world’s most exquisite hair, but Kate does it anyway.
The courage to tell Hawkeye “some people” claim she’s the world’s best archer, and the self-awareness to realize she’s one of those people, is a perfect start to the humor Hailee Steinfeld will bring to the MCU.
Clint Barton’s Wife is still with him after everything
Some fans may have been concerned about Clint Barton’s marriage when only Clint and his children appeared in the trailer for Hawkeye.
Any relationship would be strained if you returned to life after 5 years to find your husband had turned into a bitter vigilante. So breathe a sigh of relief, because Hawkeye gets a call from Mrs. Hawkeye asking “where the hell are you?” in this brief trailer scene.
The Tracksuit Draculas
While sulking around as Ronin, Clint Barton irritated a lot of unpleasant people, and Kate Bishop has made them even angrier. A gang of thugs throws a Molotov cocktail through a window, which Hawkeye (presumably; it’s hard to tell) returns with a shot Roger Federer would be proud of.
Who hired these thugs is the key question. Many expect Kingpin to make his MCU debut (when there’s a crime in New York, Fisk is never far away), but Tony Dalton (Better Call Saul’s Lalo Salamanca) is playing Swordsman, a character with a shady comic background.
Hawkeye Is Funnier Than We Expected
Hawkeye (or at least the trailer) leans heavily toward humor, which is also intriguing. Hawkeye is no po-faced MCU crime caper, as seen by Kate Bishop’s amusing wisecracks and her unintentionally damaging a bell tower.
As Clint relaxes with a pina colada, it becomes evident that Jeremy Renner will be pushing his comedic muscles more than ever before, and having a younger, funnier student to fight with will only benefit the Avengers’ archery connoisseur.
He’s a Die Hard fan
It’s worth noting how similar Hawkeye feels to Die Hard as Clint Barton leaps from a window, seeking (unsuccessfully) to swing to safety. The Yuletide backdrop, New York City, a man seeking to spend Christmas with his family, and plenty of leaping from lofty buildings are all shared by Bruce Willis’ 1988 Christmas classic.
Kate Bishop Rescues Hawkeye… Kind of
Hawkeye finds himself in a difficult place after being captured by the Tracksuit Draculas. The criminal directly opposite Hawkeye could be Ivan Banionis himself, based solely on their identical facial hair and his posture exactly in front of Hawkeye.
In any case, Kate rushes into the room to save Clint and falls flat on her face, validating Hawkeye’s comedy earlier. Another feature from the Fraction Hawkeye comics is Kate rescuing Clint Barton from the tracksuit goons.
Vera Farmiga’s Eleanor Bishop
Though the Hawkeye trailer focuses almost entirely on Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, we do get a few views of some of the supporting characters, starting with Vera Farmiga as Kate’s mother, Eleanor Bishop.
In the Marvel comics, Eleanor is an affluent socialite, and a fleeting glimpse of Farmiga sipping champagne in Hawkeye suggests the same will be true in the live-action adaptation. In the comics, Kate assumed her mother was dead, but there’s no evidence of that here, else Eleanor wouldn’t be depicted in the promo video.
Steve Rogers Musical’s Avengers Battle
Those expecting to see more of Rogers: The Musical will be pleased to learn that Hawkeye’s trailer provides a little glimpse of the on-stage action.
Top row: Chitauri warrior backing dancers, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Tony Stark in a song and dance sequence recreating the Battle of New York (from 2012’s The Avengers).
Thor, Loki, Steve Rogers, and Hulk are all present on stage, as well as a scientific character who could be Erik Selvig. If Rogers: The Musical isn’t released in its whole as a Disney+ exclusive, Marvel will be losing money.
Lucky The Pizza Dog
Finally, the show’s true star. Clint acquires Lucky the Pizza Dog from Ivan Banionis in the comic books, taking the dog to the vet for treatment after an eye injury. Hawkeye appears to be adopting the same story, as Lucky is seen in this photo with only one eye.
Hawkeye and LARPing aren’t exactly natural bedfellows, but in this trailer shot, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop are both enjoying a little historical recreation with local LARP aficionados, each brandishing swords against a bunch who are no doubt ecstatic to be clashing blades with an actual Avenger.
The background of this scene is unknown, but if Hawkeye and Kate Bishop needed a location to blend in while wielding bows and swords, a LARP group might be a good choice.
All dressed up
Hawkeye and Kate Bishop get suited up in their finest threads – most likely for some infiltration mission – in another scene lifted straight from Fraction’s comic run. Clint is dressed in the same tuxedo for his aforementioned building jump, as well as dodging bullets in a restaurant and punching fodder.
While it’s too early to speculate on what the two are up to, their comic selves disrupted a high-end hotel opening, fearing the event might be targeted by the criminals they were on the lookout for. The hotel employment might be how Tony Dalton’s Swordsman swaggers into the MCU if Hawkeye keeps faithful to the original material.
The Amazing ice duo
The money shot in the Hawkeye trailer is Clint Barton and Kate Bishop standing back-to-back on the Rockefeller Center’s ice rink, complete with a toppled Christmas tree.
The enemies are the same Tracksuit Draculas we saw earlier in the trailer, but the inclusion of this climactic encounter among Hawkeye’s promo footage suggests there’s a larger foe hiding in the shadows.
As with Vera Farmiga’s Eleanor Bishop, Alaqua Cox’s Maya Lopez, also known as Echo, is only seen briefly in the Hawkeye trailer.
Maya first appears in the Marvel comics as a Kingpin follower who is exploited as a pawn in his efforts to eliminate Daredevil. She subsequently transforms into a hero and takes on the Ronin avatar.
Marvel has revealed that Echo, another deaf character, will be getting her own Disney+ spinoff in the near future, so her Hawkeye role could just be a set-up for what’s to come.
Fans are ecstatic about the red illumination on Echo’s face, with some seeing it as confirmation of Echo’s Daredevil comic link making it into the MCU.
The car chase scene
Clint Barton and Kate Bishop (in the black car) are chased by Tracksuit Draculas in the Hawkeye trailer’s final action sequence (riding the red).
Barton is driving while anxiously attempting to figure out which arrows Kate is permitted to fire, evoking a humorous scene in which Kate was driving and passing arrows to Clint, but the lack of labeling caused her to hand over the wrong projectiles.
The red automobile is also a direct reference to the comics, however, it was driven by Kate and Clint instead of the evil guys.
Hailee Steinfeld once again shows off her comic timing by firing an exploding arrow and then seeming surprised when she realizes it was one of Hawkeye’s tamer rockets.
The van she collides with is marked with “Trust-A-Bro,” a homage to the Tracksuit Draculas from the comic books who used “bro” all the time. Clint Barton has already carried acid tips, firebombs, and pulse emitters in the MCU, but we have a feeling his Hawkeye arsenal will go even deeper.
This picture also provides the finest glimpse of Kate Bishop’s superhero costume in Hawkeye in the trailer due to the fact that it is set during the day.
Bishop’s outfit is an extension of Hawkeye’s standard getup, with the exception of the lack of arm and shoulder holes, which is largely similar to the comic books in color and style.
Kate Copies Hawkeye’s Trademark Pose
Yelena Belova shredded Black Widow’s superhuman position, but she would have chosen Hawkeye’s more creative “jump-turn-shoot” maneuver, which Barton has demonstrated in both Marvel books and The Avengers.
Barton performs it again at the end of Hawkeye’s trailer to send the fans home pleased, but this time Kate Bishop mirrors the move directly next door.
In Disney+’s Hawkeye series, Bishop is becoming Barton’s student, and it’s a fantastic show.