Even though he’s a founding member of the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Clint Barton aka Hawkeye has somewhat gotten “the shaft”. Since his debut in 2011’s Thor, Clint has only physically appeared in The Avengers, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. Heck. He was nowhere to be seen in Avengers: Infinity War and even got ignored in that drawing of The Avengers in Spider-Man: Homecoming. I get it. He might not be the most appealing character when it comes to a film but maybe that’s why it’s time to stop being cowards and give him his own series. And after this week’s news? There’s no excuse not to.
If you somehow missed the news I’m referring to, earlier this week it was revealed that Marvel Studios would be giving some characters which there were no plans to make films for their own mini-series on Disney’s direct to consumer service. But the first two names mentioned when that news hit? Loki and The Scarlet Witch. Where was the love for the scene-stealing arrow-shooting Avenger? Nowhere to be seen. Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited to see these upcoming additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but if Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye doesn’t get his own mini-series? It’s definitely a missed opportunity. We’re still waiting to find out exactly what happened in Budapest. The ball is in your court Marvel Studios.
However, if they do decide to not give Hawkeye his own series maybe they can give Hawkeye her own series. There was some other Marvel television news this week that broke this week as well revealing that Wonder Woman scribe Allan Heinberg was developing a new series for ABC. This new Marvel series will be female-centric and is reported to be “based on lesser-known Marvel characters.” This definitely sounds like a team series and perhaps could feature a character that Heinberg actually created while writing Young Avengers back in 2005: Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye.
For those who might be unfamiliar with Kate Bishop, she is the third character to use the codename Hawkeye and the first female. After being sexually assaulted while walking in Central Park, Bishop was traumatized and became heavily isolated. This incident motivated her to learn multiple forms of combat fighting and self-defense which included swordplay and archery. During a battle with Kang The Conqueror in the initial Young Avengers run, she donned a mixture of Hawkeye and Mockingbird’s gear which led to her donning the codename Hawkeye. She later revealed that she had done so to honor the original Hawkeye who was currently using the mantle of Ronin. He eventually officially passed the bow and mantle over to Bishop.
Whether it be Clint Barton or Kate Bishop, these are characters with rich potential for either the big or small screen. Fans of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s recent comic book run can tell you how much they’ve wanted to see either of these two really get their time to shine. Fans have been holding out hope for either a film or television series for a while and it’s time to give a Hawkeye or Hawkeyes their time to shine.