Hawkeye, the long-awaited Disney Plus TV show starring Jeremy Renner, has begun filming. The show is about Clint Barton (Renner) mentoring a newer Hawkeye, Kate Bishop – who, it's now been confirmed by set photos to be actress Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Bumblebee). That's been long rumored, but never confirmed by Marvel.
First up, Renner posted a picture on his Twitter account, confirming that he was filming, and mentioning Bishop's character.
🏹 Ms Bishop ... we need you ! #marvel pic.twitter.com/rZJv7RsP7kDecember 2, 2020
Then, Steinfeld was pictured on-set sporting a classic Kate Bishop Hawkeye look:
Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop. That’s it. That’s the tweet. pic.twitter.com/CbXEs7LQENDecember 2, 2020
You'll notice that one of those photos also features a dog. That's a reference to a very popular and acclaimed Hawkeye comic book that ran from 2013, by writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja. In that book, Clint saves a dog from some wrong 'uns, then adopts him. He likes pizza – hence, he's informally called Pizza Dog among fans of that book (his real name is Lucky).
Clearly, Marvel is taking inspiration from great sources once again – which bodes well for this new show, which doesn't have a release date yet, but is expected sometime in late 2021.
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Steinfeld definitely looks the part as the younger Hawkeye – it'll be interesting to see how the show creates a mentorship between Renner's Hawkeye and her character. In the comic book, Barton was a down-and-out loser living in an apartment block, but the MCU version gave him a family. He's also still recovering from going on a killing spree in Avengers: Endgame, so he has a fair amount of baggage.
It's weird to think of that same Barton now training a young woman who's similarly talented with a bow and arrow. But hey, hopefully they'll make it work. Jonathan Igla (Mad Men) is the show's head writer.
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