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In the weeks and months ahead of Marvel releasing Avengers: Endgame, the MCU has delivered quite a few interesting news stories about its future on the small screen. Particularly when it comes to all the projects heading to the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. Now, Jeremy Renner has suited up for some big news, as his Avenger hero Hawkeye is reportedly getting his own standalone limited series on the aforementioned streaming platform. But there's something of a twist involved.
While neither Marvel nor Disney have officially confirmed that the series is happening, it's being reported that Jeremy Renner is indeed reprising the role of Hawkeye. But his Clint Barton won't be the only master archer showcased in the TV show.
According to Variety, the upcoming Hawkeye project will be an adventure-based series in which Renner's Barton eventually passes on the heroic mantle to the character Kate Bishop. Comic fans don't need to be told that she's is indeed the third character who becomes Hawkeye in the comics, and the first female of the group.
Could it be possible that Marvel is setting up the Hawkeye TV show through Avengers: Endgame? The MCU is admittedly pretty terrible these days about their multimedia connections, but introducing Kate Bishop in the concluding Avengers film ahead of her big TV debut would be quite an interesting move from all involved. Especially when the movie does set up his transition to becoming Ronin.
That's not just rampant speculation, of course. There is a moment in the Endgame trailer in which Barton is seemingly training a female on the ol' bow and arrow. That doesn't necessarily mean it's Kate, of course, but it's a convincing enough argument.
So many questions remain about what this new project will do for this broadening franchise. Depending on what goes down in Avengers: Endgame, the Hawkeye show could deliver the MCU's first big legacy hero transition, with Kate becoming the sole Hawkeye (at least for a while).
Kate's Hawkeye is also a member of the Young Avengers, a comic book team that fans are hoping to see get adapted to live-action in the near future. So in a sense, this TV show could set up both a Young Avengers franchise, a Ronin franchise, a Hawkeye franchise, and...well, that might be it. At least until we hear about what other actors and characters will be involved.
If the Hawkeye series is legit, it would follow a handful of other noteworthy Marvel projects that are supposed to be heading to Disney+ and beyond. There's the Loki series with Tom Hiddleston, the What If? anthology, a Scarlet Witch show, the Captain Falcon/Winter Soldier show, and more that haven't been announced.
Those, of course, complement Marvel's other ongoing and upcoming projects, such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6 on ABC, Cloak & Dagger Season 2 on Freeform, Runaways Season 3 on Hulu and a slate of animated projects heading to Hulu in 2020, including Howard the Duck.
There are obviously no release dates or any details of that sort for the yet-to-be-confirmed Hawkeye TV show. But stayed tuned to CinemaBlend to see what happens next.