Hawkeye, a Disney+ original series set two years after the events of Avengers: Endgame follows Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton as he spends some well-deserved time with his no-longer-snapped kids.
Clint appears to have retired from the superhero role, but he is clearly uncomfortable with his famous position.
Of course, in the MCU, retirement is only ever temporary, and Clint is quickly lured back into one of his old messes by Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld.
Kate unwittingly angers New York’s Tracksuit Mafia… while wearing Clint Barton’s old Ronin costume, thanks to her mother’s and stepfather’s unscrupulous transactions (Vera Farmiga’s Eleanor Bishop and Tony Dalton’s Jack Duquesne, respectively).
When Clint finds out about Kate’s impromptu costume, the Barton family’s Christmas is abruptly canceled. Hawkeye now has to safeguard his imposter while also shutting down the Tracksuit Mafia and recovering his stolen Ronin gear.
Only the last of those items can be ticked off by the end of episode 2 (which debuted on Disney+ at the same time as episode 1)
Hawkeye, like all of the Disney+ MCU programs, is full of Marvel Easter eggs.
There are adorable references to previous movies, comic book homages, and fascinating hints in the opening one-two punch alone.
Here’s a list of all the references in “Never Meet Your Heroes” and “Hide & Seek.”
The Bishops’ Debate Prefigures The Avengers (and More?)
In Hawkeye’s opening flashback sequence, Eleanor and Derek Bishop quarrel about their financial troubles, and Kate’s mother says, “You became used to the thought a solution would just fall out of the sky.”
This image occurs only moments before The Avengers’ Chitauri assault, during which a great deal of debris falls from the sky.
Eleanor’s comment shows that the Bishop family benefited from the Battle of New York, in addition to forecasting the extraterrestrial onslaught.
After all, Eleanor isn’t in a financial bind in Hawkeye’s present day.
Flashback to Hawkeye’s Battle Of New York
The Battle of New York from 2012’s The Avengers begins just on time. Kate Bishop, a young woman, sees Chitauri fighters and a massive Leviathan floating above her opulent apartment complex.
The sequence provides a rare street-level perspective of an MCU event that by this point has become all too familiar.
Stark Tower is spotted by Kate Bishop.
Unfortunately for Kate, the Bishop family lives directly across from Stark Tower, the hub of the Battle of New York.
Kate claps her eyes on the unique silhouette of the MCU’s most renowned building, which still clings to 4 of its 5 letters, as she looks out across her damaged balcony.
The Avengers’ Hawkeye’s Trick Shot
Kate sees a classic scene from The Avengers from a very different perspective.
Hawkeye is captured atop a tower, striking out many Chitauri adversaries before completing his signature jump-and-twist move with an explosive arrow.
During this moment, Hawkeye tells how Clint Barton saved Kate Bishop’s life, and his moves from Kate’s perspective are almost identical to the similar sequence from The Avengers.
The Opening Titles of Hawkeye Pay Tribute To Comic Books
The MCU Hawkeye series is primarily a loose adaptation of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s 2012 comic run, and Fraction is a consulting producer on the program.
Hawkeye’s opening titles mirror Aja’s unique graphical style, paying respect to the source material.
The color scheme, an abundance of geometric shapes, and arrow motifs are all inspired by Aja’s work, while the logo font is a comic book reference.
Hawkeye makes a reference to Obadiah Stane from Iron Man.
Kate Bishop climbs “Stane Tower” just before she decides to destroy her college campus clock tower for a bet.
This plaque had to be a nod to the MCU’s first villain, Obadiah Stane, who appeared in 2008’s Iron Man.
Stane might have funded or opened the tower as an (ex) wealthy man, and while most institutions would have taken down the sign following their benefactor’s crimes, Hawkeye wouldn’t have this amazing Easter egg if they did.
Hawkeye Costume Copies by Kate Bishop The Graphic Novels
Hailee Steinfeld makes her Hawkeye appearance already dressed in her purple superhero attire, which is based on David Aja’s comic book design.
The purple is a near-similar tint, and the shape is nearly the same. Hawkeye’s sole significant change is that he covers up places that were left exposed in the comics.
The Battle Of The Grand Central Station Statue In New York
The camera briefly stays above New York’s Grand Central Station as Hawkeye advances into the current day.
The MCU’s version of this real-world building has been topped by a statue honoring emergency workers who died during the Battle of New York since 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
It’s appropriate for Hawkeye, who delivers a less super-hero tale.
The Musical Lyrics Reference by Rogers Accords of Shawarma and Sokovia
The debut episode, which was heavily featured in Hawkeye’s teaser, satisfies fans who were clamoring for more.
“Rogers: The Musical” is a musical about Rogers. Many Marvel Easter eggs may be found in Broadway’s tribute to Steve Rogers, both physically and acoustically.
Actors dressed as Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Loki, Hawkeye, Thor, and others go to the stage.
Ant-Man? The lyrics are considerably better, with references to Hulk as “amazing” and Rogers’ slogan “I can do this all day.”
Iron Man sings about getting “shawarma after we’re done,” and the Tesseract and Stark’s nuke are both mentioned.
The line “We’ll blame you then, but you’re good for now” is by far the best lyrical Easter egg.
This refers to how the Avengers were initially lauded, only to be slammed with the Sokovia Accords a few years later.
Hawkeye’s Best Avengers Moment Is Ignored in Rogers: The Musical
Clint Barton, who was already weary of the song and dance reenactment, is even more so when a cardboard Loki flying a Chitauri glider floats across the stage’s backdrop.
This is most likely due to Hawkeye’s use of an exploding arrow to bring down the flying God of Mischief during the Battle of New York. Rogers: The Musical fails to honor the archer.
Hawkeye’s Hearing Loss is Adapted by the MCU
Clint Barton wears a hearing aid in his left ear for the first time in the MCU, and this incorporates a facet of the comic character, who has suffered from hearing loss in numerous printed incarnations.
Unlike in the comics, where Hawkeye’s deafness was caused by an attack or childhood trauma (depending on the era), flashbacks later reveal that Hawkeye’s condition is the result of a series of Avengers-related loud bangs.
The Musical Ant-Man Is In Rogers
The most glaring inaccuracy in Rogers: The Musical is placing Ant-Man at the Battle of New York, although Scott Lang was not even close to being a superhero at the time.
The inclusion of Ant-Man is most likely a joke on Lang’s size-shifting abilities. Because Ant-Man has the ability to shrink, the public imagined he fought Chitauri while remaining invisible to the naked eye.
Lang, without a doubt, has done very little to dispel that specific notion.
The Black Widow’s Haired Girl
The most distressing aspect of Rogers: The Musical for Clint is witnessing someone play Black Widow, not the terrible tunes or shoddy costumes.
A female in the audience notices Hawkeye and waves, emphasizing his emotional reaction.
Clint is irritated even more since she has the same red, plaited hair as Natasha.
“Thanos Was Right”
Clint Barton discovers “Thanos Was Right” graffiti painted on a urinal while taking the longest restroom break imaginable.
This Easter egg acknowledges the real-world view that the Mad Titan wasn’t that crazy after all, and that his plan to wipe out half of the universe’s life had value.
The Swords of Jack Duquesne Predict His Hawkeye Role
After Bellgate, Kate Bishop comes home, receiving a nasty scolding from her mother, who is bearing the repair price.
Kate notices an unfamiliar collection of swords hanging on the wall while she is being chewed out – an early indicator that Eleanor’s new lover, Jack Duquesne, has moved in.
The blades also make a reference to Jack’s comic book counterpart, Jaques Duquesne, also known as Swordsman.
This Easter egg foreshadows a future twist, even if Hawkeye hasn’t discovered the link yet.
From Marvel Comics, Armand Duquesne hails
In Hawkeye, Simon Callow (briefly) portrays Armand Duquesne, a minor character from the Marvel comic books.
In 1989’s Avengers Spotlight #22, Armand appeared as Swordsman’s father and was the one who encouraged his son to take up sword fighting.
As a result, it’s only right that both guys be obsessed with blades in Hawkeye.
Marvel Comics are Adapted at the Duquesne Auction
The highlight of Hawkeye episode 1 is a covert black market auction, which is heavily based on Matt Fraction’s Marvel comic plot.
Kate Bishop broke into a supervillain auction in the 2012 Hawkeye series, where a very incriminating tape involving Clint Barton (not that type of tape) was up for sale.
The poisoned treasure in Hawkeye isn’t a VHS, but Clint’s Ronin costume and sword from Avengers: Infinity War to Avengers: Endgame.
In a nod to the comics, Kate Bishop steals the Ronin clothing and disguises herself as the vigilante, while Hawkeye’s bow was stolen by Kate when investigating the titular adolescent team in Young Avengers #4.
Endgame’s Avengers Compound Fallout
Thanks to sellers like Vulture, alien technology went on the loose following the Battle of New York, as seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
After the devastation of the Avengers Compound in Avengers: Endgame, the same thing is happening again.
Several objects were salvaged from the debris of the facility, and they were later sold at an illicit auction.
Ronin’s retractable sword, ninja suit, and a mystery watch are among them…
Kate’s Bottle Trick is reminiscent of Steve Rogers (& Eleanor)
Kate Bishop stamps on a bottle, sending it flying into the face of a neighboring goon, as she is cornered by two members of the Tracksuit Mafia during the disrupted auction.
Kate’s move is reminiscent of Captain America stamping on his shield and catching it, but it also pays off Hawkeye’s opening flashback, in which her mother flipped a carrot stick.
When comparing each scene, it becomes clear that Kate has more in common with Eleanor than she realizes.
Watching the Avengers (and a Kang Reference?)
The underlying motivation behind the Tracksuit Mafia’s invasion is to steal a mystery watch from the Avengers Compound.
The nature of the artwork isn’t clear, but the red face suggests Stark technology, which explains the hefty price.
Hawkeye wouldn’t be the first time a piece of Stark technology was used as a MacGuffin in a Marvel Cinematic Universe plot.
“Avengers Compound – Lot 268,” says the label. In Avengers #268, who is the villain? Kang the Conqueror, to be precise…
It’s A Comic Trait For The Tracksuit Mafia To Say “Bro”
Whether speaking to a guy or female, friend or foe, members of the Tracksuit Mafia frequently use the word “Bro.”
This trait dates back to their comic debut in 2012, and it has the potential to irritate you just as quickly.
Kate Bishop Prevents a Pizza Dog from Being Run Over
Kate Bishop acrobatically saves Pizza Dog from an incoming automobile as they both flee the Tracksuit Mafia. T
his scenario is based on a sequence from the Fraction comic books, in which Lucky is thrown into oncoming traffic by the Tracksuit gang and later taken to a veterinarian by Hawkeye.
The Hawkeye team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe certainly knew that a dog being run over isn’t very Christmassy.
Hawkeye Debuts The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Clown
The final combat sequence in Hawkeye episode 1 focuses on a member of the Tracksuit Mafia known among the other criminals as “Kazi.”
Kazimierz Kazimierczak is a modernized version of the previous Marvel villain Clown, who debuted in 1962, in Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye books.
Unlike Kazimierz, Kazi in the MCU doesn’t appear to be a clown… yet.
Pat Kiernan Returns To The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pat Kiernan, a real-life news anchor who has appeared in The Avengers, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and other Marvel films, is quickly catching up to Robert Downey Jr’s Marvel credentials.
While everyone is excited about Marvel’s upcoming multiverse crossovers, it’s worth remembering Pat was there first, connecting the main MCU to Marvel Netflix shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
Kiernan makes his MCU return in Hawkeye to report on Ronin, and while everyone is excited about Marvel’s upcoming multiverse crossovers.
It’s worth remembering Pat was there first, connecting the main MCU to Marvel Netflix shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
Marvel Staff Tributes At Kate’s Aunt’s Building
Kate Bishop brings Hawkeye to her aunt’s apartment, where she discovers a slew of surnames on the buzzer, some of which refer to Marvel employees past and present.
Inside the flat, a banner for “Creature of the Dark Galaxy” bears the name “Luke Ballard,” while Marcelo Sosa, Robert Bernstein, and Sam Moskowitz get shout-outs (if this isn’t simply a massive coincidence).
This is most likely a reference to the same-named digital artist who has worked on a number of MCU films.
Kate Bishop’s Aunt Is A Marvel Comic Character
A Moira Brandon also lives in this Marvel alumni apartment building, and her name appears alongside Ballard’s on the “Creatures of the Dark Galaxy” poster.
Moira is a name that is linked to a comic book character, thus it’s safe to believe Kate Bishop’s aunt is Moira.
Moira Brandon was an actress whose mansion was auctioned and later became the West Coast Avengers HQ, according to Marvel legend.
Moira herself aided in the defeat of a villain, and Hawkeye proclaimed her an honorary Avenger before her death.
It’ll be interesting to see if Kate’s aunt is just a cute Easter egg or if she can relate Hailee Steinfeld’s character to the Avengers in some way.
Kate’s Tracksuit Description References The “Draculas”
Kate Bishop writes “extremely white” over and over on a notebook as she tries to define the Tracksuit Mafia.
She’s not entirely inaccurate, but this could be a reference to the group’s comic moniker. Hawkeye refers to the gangster’s as-
“Tracksuit Draculas” is in the source material, and while the name isn’t utilized in the MCU, the “extremely white” line could be a vampire-themed reference.
New York’s Times Square Avengers
The enormous Disney store advertisement is more of crass self-promotion than an Easter egg, but there are a few cosplay Avengers in the Times Square scene.
Hulk, Thor, two Captain Americas, two Iron Men, and Ant-Man, who shows up where he doesn’t belong yet again.
An archer joins the group, but Clint instantly recognizes her as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.
Another Comic Book Character is Introduced by Detective Caudle
Kate Bishop is called by Detective Caudle in Hawkeye episode 2 who wishes to speak with her about her wrecked flat and other bizarre recent events. Kate tries (badly) to avoid appearing suspicious, but Caudle’s appearance in the MCU is another Marvel comic innovation.
Kate appeared in Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye series, where she assisted Detective Caudle in catching the criminal Flynt Ward and pestered the cop until he listened to her.
In Hawkeye, the boot is firmly on the other foot.
In the comics, Grills is Hawkeye’s next-door neighbor.
Hawkeye’s LARPing segment is a lighthearted outing for the irritated Avenger, with little MCU Easter eggs…
until the very end. Although there isn’t much of a connection, the man who steals Clint Barton’s Ronin suit calls himself “Grills,” and Grills is the name of Clint’s neighbor in the Marvel comics.
He mispronounces Hawkeye as “Hawkguy,” and has a violent altercation with Kazi as a result.
Hawkeye employs an Avengers trick devised by Black Widow.
Clint deceives the Tracksuit Mafia by using “catch and release,” which his wife describes as “one of Nat’s gimmicks.”
Hawkeye, as expected, is apprehended and interrogated, but he quickly escapes after obtaining the information he sought.
In the first act of 2012’s The Avengers, Black Widow does just that to a group of villains.