HAWKEYE: Episodes 1.1 and 1.2

"Exciting, Moral and Redemptive, So Far"


What You Need To Know:

HAWKEYE is a Marvel series streaming on Disney+. The first two episodes were released first. They show Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, celebrating Christmas in New York with his children. Clint’s plans to return home to celebrate the holiday with them and his wife are interrupted, however. Kate Bishop, a young wealthy woman and champion archer, has uncovered a mysterious criminal conspiracy involving an underground auction of Avengers gear. When her discovery threatens her life, Clint teams up with Kate to stop the conspiracy.

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.


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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview with some light Christian, redemptive elements promotes family, sacrifice, good overcoming evil, and protecting people, with some light positive references to Christmas

Foul Language:
Brief foul language in first two episodes (five and nine obscenities and profanities) includes an “s” word in first episode, two “s” words in second episode, an “h” word in first episode, two “h” words in second episode, one “d” word in first episode, one to three light profanities in each episode, and two Jesus profanity in second episode

Lots of action violence and peril in first two episodes includes several scenes involving martial arts and regular fighting, scenes from the first AVENGERS movie of alien monsters and flying machines attacking New York City and Hawkeye shooting arrows and mayhem destroying part of a penthouse mansion, bad guys throw Molotov cocktails into a second-story apartment to set it ablaze, 22-year-old heroine shoots arrow into a fire extinguisher and it flies around the blazing apartment to set off the sprinklers, fire extinguisher flies out the apartment window and hits near the feet of the bad guys who were throwing the Molotov cocktails from the street, older man and younger woman do some fencing, and heroine crashes through skylight of building

No sex

No nudity

Alcohol Use:
Brief alcohol use in both episodes

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Stealing, an underground auction sells

More Detail:

HAWKEYE is a new series streaming on Disney+ and based on the Marvel Comics superhero Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner. The series, produced by Marvel chief Kevin Feige, follows Kate Bishop, played by MCU newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, as she gets caught up in a battle between crime lords and black market dealers. The series takes place in New York City just before Christmas.

Hawkeye, also known as Clint Barton, enjoys a holiday with his three children in New York City. Barton is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with his entire family back home when they reunite with Clint’s wife, Laura, at home. While Hawkeye is still recognized as one of the Avengers on the street, all he wants is to be a good husband and father.

The first two episodes of HAWKEYE also introduce Kate Bishop. It is revealed that Hawkeye saved Bishop during the New York attack by Thor’s brother, Loki. From that day onward, Hawkeye is her role model, and Bishop learns to defend herself by pursuing martial arts, gymnastics, and her favorite activity, archery. Despite coming from a

wealthy family, Bishop has a rebellious spirit that eventually gets her involved with an unsavory group of criminals. Although she has extensive training, she’s in over her head. However, with the help of Barton, Bishop can reach safety. Barton leaves her to be with his family. However, after Bishop uncovers more details about her run-in with the criminals, Hawkeye’s time away from family might be extended.

The first two episodes of HAWKEYE are an entertaining, funny, and upbeat addition to the Marvel franchise, with a unique setting just before Christmas. It contains witty dialogue and great acting performances from everyone involved. These episodes set up the emotional conflict for each character in a clear but engaging way. Ultimately, Barton and Bishop’s love for their family is what drives them.

HAWKEYE has a strong moral worldview with redemptive elements stressing family and sacrifice. Barton takes his responsibility as a father seriously, and nothing comes before the safety of his children. He shows love and care to his family but is willing to sacrifice time with them when someone else’s safety is involved. Hawkeye also has some pro-marriage themes and stresses the importance of trust within the family.

HAWKEYE contains some brief foul language in its first two episodes. As with other Marvel projects, HAWKEYE contains some hand-to-hand combat, explosions and other superhero violence. However, little blood is shown in these fight scenes. A man is murdered by getting stabbed in the chest, and blood is shown. A group of criminals burns down an apartment using Molotov cocktails. A character’s father dies offscreen, but there is a scene at a funeral. There is no nudity and no sex, but there are a few scenes with alcohol. Bishop is rebellious but ultimately loves her mother and will do anything to keep her safe.

While both Bishop and Barton love their families and let that love drive their actions, their personality differences and backgrounds make their relationship entertaining and fresh. It also includes many pro-family themes and has excellent examples of the biblical theme of sacrifice. However, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children due to brief foul language and significant violence in the first two episodes of Disney’s new HAWKEYE series.

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