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Disney+ is set to spend big bucks to debut a dizzying array of content in less than a month, and some of the shows that fans are eager to feast their eyes on will focus on the big screen heroes of the MCU. This includes original Avenger Hawkeye, who'll be getting his own, eponymous series, which is going to feature him passing the Hawkeye mantle on to Kate Bishop after he trains her up in the ways of...avenging with arrows. And, now, we know what Marvel is looking for from the actress who will take on the very important role.
While there's been no confirmation from Marvel or Disney+ yet, it's been rumored that Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld has been in talks to take on the part of Kate Bishop in Hawkeye. And, considering what MCU executive producer Trinh Tran told CinemaBlend's own Adam Holmes recently about what qualities they want to see on screen from the character, Steinfeld sounds like a pretty good choice. Here's what she had to say:
The property and the character really appeal to me because after reading the [Matt] Fraction run, I just absolutely love the character that he created from that. I love her personality, I love how confident she is, and that she’s this young girl who really can stand on her own in the MCU. So I feel like with this particular property and having the chance to have an original Avenger be a part of it and train her is super exciting and appealing to me. Her character is absolutely so much fun and so different than I think anybody that we’ve had that I think that’ll be refreshing.
Well, first off, I have to say that it sounds like Kate Bishop will be a treat to watch, especially as she interacts with Hawkeye, no matter who they cast in the role. The MCU has brought us so many wonderfully entertaining characters over the past decade plus of films and television shows that it's hard to imagine someone bringing in a new dynamic, but it seems that the relationship between Clint Barton and Kate Bishop will do it.
One of the things Trinh Tran put a spotlight on was the training aspect, which will be a big part of the story between Kate and Clint. While we don't know right now how these two will end up in a mentor / mentee situation on the series, one of the things that people loved about the Matt Fraction run of the Hawkeye comics (which ran from 2012-2015, and can be found here) is the snarky, snappy dialogue between Kate and the old pro who's training her.
If you've seen Avengers: Endgame (and, man, I really hope you have) you'll know that we haven't seen a lot of a lighthearted Clint recently, so giving him someone new to have this kind of back and forth with will be really cool to see.
Hailee Steinfeld really does seem like the perfect person to jump in and bring an "absolutely so much fun and so different" character like Kate Bishop to life. As someone with a long career in good standing, she's got all the skills needed to help make Hawkeye a great beginning for Kate's adventures in the MCU. I mean, seeing as how we've been promised that the Disney+ Marvel shows will, indeed, connect to the big screen universe, there's no reason for Steinfeld's time as Kate to end when the limited series does, right?