Marvel Studios have been on a decent roll regarding their latest Disney + series Loki, Wandavision, and The Falcon and the Winter Solider. The mega studio isn’t slowing down with their streaming programs which is why we’re getting a Hawkeye show starring Jeremy Renner and Hallie Steinfeld. The series is premiering this month which means behind-the-scenes info from the cast and crew.
Recently Steinfeld and Renner were joined by fellow cast members Vera Farmiga, Tony Dalton, alongside Hawkeye Director/Executive Producer Rhys Thomas, and Marvel Studio head honcho Kevin Feige to discuss the next installment in the MCU.
One of the key facets in the Kate bishop character is confidence. The Marvel Comics character can be playful at times but knows what she wants and is dead set on completing her mission—no manner how ridiculous it can be. Steinfeld understood the importance of getting the character just right for the live-action adaptation. She states, “It sort of forced me to find a confidence and a determination and discipline that’s always been inside of me, but I really had to bring it out of myself [to] do this character justice.”
I’ve seen the first two episodes of Hawkeye and there is a great level of certainty in the character that isn’t overshadowed by any level of inflated ego.
Steinfeld and Renner are the main focus of this buddy comedy/action series and the bonding between the two is very important in making the show a success. “I mean, I will say, as far as bonding, we really jumped right into this thing,” says Steinfeld when referring to the chemistry between her Renner. She continues, “Right straight into the deep end and together.”
Renner added, “For me, I just wanted to communicate with her that I had her back and that there’s gonna be a lotta strange things that go on. I just wanted to let her know that she wasn’t alone, and I had her back and I’ll give her the answers if she needed them.”
Many of the original Avengers members were granted a solo movie that explored the characters’ backgrounds and possibilities in a grand way. However, Rhys Thomas felt that the story of Hawkeye would receive a more serviceable job for the small screen. The key to that is “time” and Thomas lets this be known by expressing, “To me, it’s just more time and I think you fall in love with these characters when you make these things, and you fall in love with all the possibilities.”
I honestly don’t mind a Hawkeye series as the character has always come off as cynical in a comedic and relatable way.
Lastly, Fiege chimed in with one of his favorite scenes in the MCU and how that put the first foot forward into producing Hawkeye.
One of my favorite scenes in all of our films is the scene with Clint and Wanda in Sokovia, when he basically says, ‘You go out that door, you’re an Avenger’ and motivates to join the fight. And that was the kernel of how we could connect our MCU incarnation of Clint Barton into the Matt Fraction storyline and the relationship with Kate Bishop.
Hawkeye premieres on Disney Plus on November 24th.