For ‘Hawkeye’ to be Great Kate Bishop Must Hit the Mark

It always seems like the MCU is 10 steps ahead of everyone in today’s world of entertainment. They’ve run rings around DC, put YA novel movie adaptations on ice, and made those vampire and magician movies a thing of the past. Now that we’ve all enjoyed the 10 year ride that led up to the glory that is Endgame, we’re moving into the silver screen with a slew of B-list characters (with all due respect) that might wind up being one of the smartest decisions in Marvel’s nearly impeccable list of creative moves.

In addition to Hawkeye, Disney+ will be blessing fans with their takes on Falcon and The Winter SoldierWandaVision, and Loki. As we all know, the global pandemic has changed the game in so many ways, and if any of these shows can can close to the quality of writing from the Captain America movies, the storytelling of Tom King’s Vision, or the genuine humor and lovable mischief of Loki’s previous antics, then Marvel will once again show the superhero genre why they’re leading the charge in every way.

This brings me to Hawkeye; the one Avenger that everyoneeee loves to make fun of for being the bow and arrow guy. Little do most of those people know, Matt Friction’s Hawkeye comic is *Chefs kiss*, and will serve as the storytelling basis of the show. Friction details the growing pains of training Kate Bishop to be Hawkeye, as well as the downtrodden side of Clint Barton. While it isn’t necessarily easy to put together a well done “everyday in the life of” script, there have been many great examples to draw inspiration from. What this show will need to get right is bringing an exciting and accurate Kate Bishop to life.

Anyone who has been keeping tabs on the Disney+ train has heard the rumors that Hailee Steinfeld will be cast as Kate. While there may be more qualified or popular actors, Steinfeld brings a bevy of passion to her roles and certainly looks the part. If it goes down, she’s gonna need that spunk and energy that she has in spades.

And if it isn’t Steinfeld who officially takes on the role, whoever plays Kate Bishop will need to bring it. They’ll need to bring out her resourceful, playful side anchored by a particular bluntness that only Kate can get away with. For Hawkeye to fly, Kate Bishop has to be done right, and I have no doubt Marvel/Disney will make it happen.

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  • Ja-Quan is a NYC teacher and artist holding a B.A. in Sociology and History from SUNY New Paltz. On his journey to become Hokage, the Lord of The Speed Force and Protector of the Recaps can be found North of The Wall, chopping it up on Twitter @OGquankinobi

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