Hawkeye shoots its way into the hearts of viewers

Clint Barton, played by Jeremy Renner and also known as the Avenger Hawkeye, recently starred in his own self-titled TV show. The show mainly focuses on Barton’s relationship with young 20 year old Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfield, who is also an archer but not nearly as practiced of a superhero as Barton. In spite of that, with time and practice she develops into a superhero, and moreover into the role of the new Hawkeye. 

Starting out, Hawkeye seems to want nothing to do with Bishop, only being forced to work with her because of a mistake from his past. Over the course of the series, however, the two heroes grow closer together and become a team. Together, they face off against a local gang called the Tracksuit Gang, led by an intimidating adversary named Echo, a deaf and Native American hero in the comics, played by Alaqua Cox, a deaf and Native American actor. Having a deaf and Native American actor play Echo was very important as it represented the character to the fullest ability, and “Hawkeye” accomplished this goal. 

There was also a mysterious villain who had a huge influence on the whole story, and had a surprise reveal at the end of the series. Revealing another villain at the end of the story does have its drawbacks, as the character lacks development and interactions between the main characters and the villain are limited, however, this was one weak point in an otherwise very strong show. 

One interesting thing about this show that sets it apart from other superhero shows is that there was a holiday theme running throughout. The show takes place during Christmas time, and classic Christmas songs such as “Winter Wonderland,” and “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” help to create a merry atmosphere for the viewer. Having a holiday theme made the show more enjoyable, as the show aired from Nov. 24 – Dec. 22, so it made the viewers very excited for the holidays. 

While the show did have some flaws, as a whole, it was a strong addition to the new Marvel TV shows. There were great action scenes that showcased everything that viewers love about Hawkeye, including tons of trick arrows. The show also excelled at developing the relationship between Barton and the Bishop as the new Hawkeye.