Keep Your Eyes Out for Marvel’s Hawkeye on Disney+

Emily McDonough, Contributing Writer

Usually, when a new Marvel movie or show comes out there is never any need for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to read the comics used as source material. However, that isn’t the case for “Hawkeye.”Critics say that Matt Fraction and David Aja’s comic “Hawkeye,” which ran from 2012-2014, is a must-read before the show premieres. Fraction and Aja’s run shows off the complicated and imperfect mentor-mentee relationship between the main characters, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read “Hawkeye” before tuning into the show, here is a little history about the two heroes before turning to Disney+.

When Bishop was younger, she was captured by the villain El Matador and her escape was thanks to the Avengers. She was most impressed with Hawkeye since he was the only Avenger present with no powers and from then on viewed him as a role model. Years later, she was attacked while jogging in Central Park. After her attack, the budding hero took up archery, while having new equipment such as archery quivery, sword fighting, and different forms of combat training and self-defense. Her first appearance was in “Young Avengers” #1 by Allan Heinberg. There she found the Young Avengers and helped them defeat Kang the Conqueror, played by Johnathan Majors in the Disney+ series, “Loki,” using Hawkeye’s bow. It wasn’t until Issue #12 that Bishop took up the Hawkeye mantle since, at the time, Barton was dead.

In Matt Fraction and David Aja’s “Hawkeye” run, Barton is taking time off from the Avengers and fighting for justice with his protege Bishop. This comic takes them all over the world to face off against Madame Masque, the Tracksuit Mafia, Superstorm Sandy and so much more. Fraction dives into Clint’s life to show just how complicated of a character he truly is.

In just the first two episodes, actors Hailee Steinfeld and Jeremy Renner, who respectively play Bishop and Barton, nail the relationship that the duo has in the comics. Steinfeld perfectly portrays Bishop’s funny yet dedicated personality. Kazi (Fra Fee), however, seems like a wasted villain. While Kazi seems to be semi-leading the Tracksuits, it is unknown if he will don the infamous clown makeup from the comics and cause Clint even more problems.

There is a lot to look forward to as the series continues. . We have yet to see Alaqua Cox, who portrays Maya Lopez, aka Echo, in action and it’s been confirmed that “Black Widow” actress Florence Pugh will return for revenge as Yelena Belova. There are rumors that actor Vincent D’Onofrio will be reprising his role as Wilson Fisk, aka King Pin, who fans have been patiently waiting to see in the MCU.

Right now, you can watch the first two episodes, which are currently streaming, on Disney+ with new episodes premiering every Wednesday.