Best Avenger?: Behold Hawkeye, A Marvel TV Show About A Superhero With Impostor Syndrome



Who’s the best Avenger? No shade, still when it comes to the Marvel movies, you’re almost certainly not going to find many people who’ll pick the guy with the bow and arrow.

Nevertheless that’s one of the things inquired into in new Disney+ TV show, Hawkeye, where the Avengers’ archer eventually gets his shot at the spotlight.

The sequence marks 10 years of Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye/Clint Barton.

Director and executive producer Rhys Thomas tells Radio 1 Newsbeat,

“I love the idea that Clint is a guy that has been elevated to the status of Avenger but is a human, and I think feels that insecurity and reality,”

“It’s about a man dealing with his self worth and almost an element of impostor syndrome.

“That was part of the fun – coming in and dealing with that identity of Hawkeye being the thing that you’re defined by – but knowing the reality inside.”

Impostor syndrome is when someone repeatedly lack conviction of their own skills, expertise and achievements – normally in-spite of proof to indicate they’re really quite good at what they do.

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Jeremy declares these are the evidence why Hawkeye is such a relatable character to fans of the franchise.

Jeremy tells Newsbeat

“I’ve always loved how he anchors the fantasy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) because he’s a superhero without superpowers,”

“It’s why they’re fighting in the first place – because he has his family and kids.”

This time, as the big-name Avengers are away, Hawkeye teams up with franchise Hailee Steinfeld, the newcomer who plays crackshot Kate Bishop.

Kate’s a Hawkeye super-fan and a keen archer herself.

A throwback at the beginning of episode one displays Kate observing the events of the first Avengers movie as a child, seeing Hawkeye assist save New York from an foreign seizure.

Image caption,
Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld makes her Marvel debut in the Hawkeye series

They collaborate in this new set of programs, with Clint Barton acting as a an experienced and trusted adviser to the young fan and likely future Avenger.

Hailee tells Newsbeat

“I felt like there was a similar dynamic between Kate and Clint as there was between us personally,”

“I was very excited and very at the ready constantly for whatever was thrown my way – very much like Kate.”

Who is Kate Bishop?

Kate Bishop has been a character in the Marvel comics from 2005 – in the end taking over the role of Hawkeye in some of their storylines.

She was a member of the Young Avengers, a team of teenage heroes with indistinguishable powers and capacities to the ones fans know from the MCU movies.

Some of these heroes have been seen already in preceding Marvel shows (Wiccan and Speed in Wandavision) and will be seen in future productions (Ms Marvel).

Jeremy chronicles shooting the six-hour set of programs as

“a little more arduous”

than making a movie, yet even after a decade in this role, saying he loves what he’s doing and who he’s doing it with.

he says

“I enjoy the hell out of this character, this world, this job and the blessings of doing it,”

“There’s a lot of curveballs that get thrown your way in this this kind of storytelling and I certainly don’t need Hailee feeling like she’s a fish out of water.

“‘She’ll ask: ‘Is this normal?’ And I’ll say: ‘I know, it doesn’t make any sense, but just keep moving forward, all we have is each other’.”

Image caption,
Jeremy Renner, now a Marvel veteran, made his MCU debut in the first Thor movie in 2011

Hailee’s no newcomer to blockbuster productions, having formerly taken the lead role in 2018 Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, even so working on Hawkeye was an chance for the Oscar-nominee to flex her action-movie qualities – and naturally, kick some butt.

she says

“I loved that this role has required so much physical preparation between the archery, stunt training and the different types of fight choreography,”

“One of my favourite parts was being in that stunt room and picking up all of this new skill.

“I would catch him [Jeremy] in the stunt room and be absolutely terrified in the best way. He might as well be a martial artist.”

Jeremy, nevertheless, suggests that he’s just using his own acting abilities to pretend like he knows what he’s doing in the fight scenes.

“A lot of this is very physical and there’s a lot of time spent in the gym,”

he adds.

“But, heck, it’s just a lot of fun. I mean, whether you’re good at or not, you gotta look like you’re good at it.”

‘Like John McClane in Die Hard’

Hawkeye follows preceding Marvel TV shows about its Avengers cast (Wandavision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki) that have been extremely large streaming hits in 2021.

Apart from the on-screen chemistry between Clint and Kate and the show’s lightweight, fun tone, there’s one other thing that intelligibly sets Hawkeye aside from its forerunners – it’s set at Christmas.

And Rhys Thomas isn’t scared of opening a festive can of worms concerning that set-up.

he says

“I’m a sucker for Christmas movies and my mind immediately went to Die Hard,”

“I know there’s some debate that some people don’t consider it a Christmas movie, but that tantalised me and I saw Clint Barton very much as a John McClane character.”

“It’s a joyous time of year, it brings a level of warmth, and it’s also like this merry time of year to watch someone going through such a challenging series of events.”

Hawkeye is streaming now on Disney+.

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