I am a fan of Marvel, especially the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I was never a huge comic book reader – with the exception of a few X-Men and New Mutant series. And even though I fell in love with several of the characters in the MCU, I wasn’t a huge Hawkeye fan.
So, when I screened the first two episodes of the new Disney+ series HAWKEYE, I came in expecting it to be good – because I haven’t seen a terrible Marvel film – but my expectations weren’t as high as let’s say my excitement for “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”
But, three and a half minutes into the first episode was all it took for me to hit pause, run to my kitchen, and grab my bag of popcorn because BABY it was on and poppin’ (no pun intended)!
More than the aforementioned and “WandaVision,” “Hawkeye” takes no time to get into the nitty gritty and lets you know that Marvel didn’t come to play any games where visuals and character development were concerned. Within those not even four minutes, we know exactly why Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) is drawn to and mesmerized by Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), get her origin story, and dynamic action to boot.
The series then goes from a high energy fight scene to absolute hilarity with a horrendous Broadway production of The Avengers story, which Clint Barton/Hawkeye and his children are attending, and it is just classic Marvel on display – you know you’re in for a good ride with thrills, comedy and self-deprecating humor included.
By episode two’s end, we have a criminal conspiracy, a who’s the real bad guy dilemma, and Hawkeye dealing with an internal struggle – holiday family time vs. getting a very important item (no spoilers) back from the wrong hands and making sure Kate remains safe in the process.
It’s a no brainer that Marvel fans and those who just enjoy a good, family-friendly action story will want to put this one in their streaming queue, and it’s arriving right on time for those holiday gatherings where something safe to watch may be needed.
I personally can’t wait to see the remaining four episodes, as I have no doubt the series will continue to up the ante based on how it started.
And, unlike the fictional Kate Bishop, Hawkeye still isn’t my favorite Avenger but he sure is the one I look most forward to seeing over the next four weeks!
I rate it 4 out of 5 on the MMTrometer.
HAWKEYE premieres today November 24 on Disney+.
Until next thought, Thomasena