The Honest Trailer for Hawkeye pokes fun at the suit-obsessed MCU show starring Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld and a one-eyed pizza dog.
A new Honest Trailer for Hawkeye pokes fun at the suit-obsessed Marvel show. Hawkeye stars Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, the famous non-super-powered Avenger who is dealing with life after the events of Avengers: Endgame. In New York City for the holidays, Hawkeye finds himself embroiled in convoluted mess that involves a murder, a watch, his old Ronin suit, a gang of bros, and a pesky Hawkeye wannabe played by Hailee Steinfeld. The series is loosely based on Matt Fraction and David Aja comic series, which brings Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop front-and-center as the heir to the Hawkeye throne.
Hawkeye also introduces the character of Maya Lopez, played by Alaqua Cox, a gang leader with some very formidable skills and an obsession with tracking down the real Ronin. Lopez’s mentor is revealed to be none other than Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin, once again played by Vincent D’Onofrio, who first portrayed the character on Netflix’s Daredevil series. Rounding out the cast is Vera Farmiga as Kate’s mother, Tony Dalton as her fiancé, Jack Duquesne, and a surprise appearance by Florence Pugh’s Black Widow character, Yelena Belova.
Now, Screen Junkies has released a new Honest Trailer that takes aim at Hawkeye, calling out the suit-obsessed show that spends a lot of time talking about the branding of the character, which is a subtle jab at his overall branding problem with Marvel in general. The trailer teases the most “over-it” Avenger who “kinda sucks,” which makes it that much easier for Kate Bishop to literally slide into the role. On top of that, the trailer mentions the inclusion of Pugh’s Yelena and asks the question that many viewers posed, which is why isn’t the show about her instead? Check out the humorous take below:
Hawkeye fared reasonably well with critics, although it was the lowest-rated of all the live-action MCU/Disney shows in terms of viewership, which appears to support Hawkeye’s “least-popular Avenger” status. There’s no word thus far on when or where either Clint Barton or Kate Bishop would show up again in the MCU or if the show would get another season, but the reception was good enough to merit their return in some fashion. Renner is currently starring in Taylor Sheridan’s The Mayor of Kingstown show, while Steinfeld is doing voice work for Netflix’s Arcane and returns as Spider-Gwen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse.
While many fans were pleased with Hawkeye, some even calling it their favorite of the Marvel/Disney+ shows, others were unsatisfied with it. In many ways, Hawkeye played it safe, aiming for a more family-friendly holiday-themed tone, which may not have served the character best, especially given the Ronin angle that deserved a deeper exploration as it was a very dark chapter in Barton’s recent history. Although the introduction of characters like Kate Bishop and Maya Lopez make for an interesting step forward in bringing more Marvel characters into the fold, some feel that they need a much deeper story to maintain that interest.