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‘Creative Flexibility’: Why Marvel Made HAWKEYE a Series Instead of a Movie

Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. © Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

‘Creative Flexibility’: Why Marvel Made HAWKEYE a Series Instead of a Movie

By Movieguide® Contributor

A Marvel insider recently revealed why Hawkeye was given a Disney+ series instead of a solo movie. 

“We decided to move Hawkeye from the feature side over to the Disney Plus side,” Marvel Parliament member Trinh Tran explained in an interview for “MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios.”

Marvel Parliament is a group of filmmakers “who’ve been with the company for longer than we want to admit who sort of help each other with ideas across all the properties…it really is just kind of a brain trust to help elevate the movies when we can,” group member Nate Moore shared in an interview with CinemaBlend. 

Tran continued, “We have an Avenger whose backstory we haven’t quite had time to explore yet. We also have to introduce a new character [Kate Bishop], as well as allow enough time for them to bond and create that special dynamic that everybody finds so appealing in the comics. So, in moving it over, it allowed us six hours, three times as much time, which really gave us the creative flexibility we needed to tell the story.”

HAWKEYE was very popular among MCU fans, with many praising the actors’ chemistry and the fun storyline. A portion of Movieguide®’s review of HAWKEYE’s first two episodes reads:

The first two episodes of HAWKEYE are an entertaining, funny, upbeat addition to the Marvel franchise. They feature a unique setting just before Christmas that extols family, sacrifice and good over evil. The first two episodes contain many funny, exciting, heartwarming scenes demonstrating these positive values. This morally uplifting, redemptive content is marred by brief gratuitous foul language, lots of action violence and jeopardy, and scary villains. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children. The third episode of HAWKEYE is even more exciting and funny, though. It also seems cleaner. Please visit movieguide.org for updates on HAWKEYE.

There has been no official word yet on when Marvel fans can expect to see Hawkeye or Kate, but a post-credits scene in last summer’s THE MARVELS teased a potential return for Kate.

The character, played by Hailee Steinfeld, comes home to her apartment and is met with Ms. Marvel—Kamala Khan—who tells the archer that she’s putting together a team—the Young Avengers.

Steinfeld sounds excited to return to her MCU role; in an interview after the release of HAWKEYE, the actress said, “I am so ready to get back at it. I am itching to be on set again with people that do what I do, and love what we do, and I have such a sense of belonging when I’m on set, and a sense of home, and I just love it.”

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.

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