That was a decent season of television.
While this show is definitely being overshadowed by the release of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (my review of that film should be up in a few days), and “Hawkeye” in general seems to have garnered a lot less attention and enthusiasm than Marvel’s other Disney Plus series (though I think that has more to do with the fact that the other shows released at times where they had little competition), it’s been a good run. Its action has been good. Jeremy Renner has been great as our leading man, Clint Barton/Hawkeye, and Hailee Steinfeld has been alright as out leading lady, Kate Bishop.
Episode 6 sees the pair come face-to-face with Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), who poses a threat to Kate’s mother when she wants out of their business arrangement. Meanwhile, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) is still hunting Clint, and her arc meets its natural conclusion in this episode with Yelena obviously not killing Clint and accepting the sacrifice of her sister, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow.
Maya Lopez/Echo (Alaqua Cox) and Kazi (Fra Fee) also come at a crossroads, with Maya deciding she wants out of the Tracksuit Mafia, which also puts her at odds with her surrogate father, Kingpin.
D’Onofrio absolutely kills it as Kingpin, dominating every scene he’s in. You can tell that he really missed the part, and no one can do a better job at bringing this character to life than D’Onofrio. Minor spoiler: Maya does shoot him, but he also survives getting hit by a car and exploding, so I fully expect to see Kingpin in future Marvel projects. He’s just not a character that you bring back for one episode of a TV show and then kill off. I wish he was more present in this show, and hopefully he gets a chance to shine again somewhere else in the MCU.
We also get to see Clint and Kate don versions of the classic purple Hawkeye costume this episode — it’s become a staple of these Disney Plus shows. I personally think Clint looks silly, but it works for Kate.
This episode has great action and Kingpin really makes it work, but it doesn’t necessarily feel like a natural end to the show. It leaves plenty of loose ends, some that we’ll see in Maya’s upcoming “Echo” show, and others that we’ll probably see in Hawkeye Season 2 or in a future MCU film.
The one big thing I would have liked from this episode is for it to be a little clearer whether or not Kate Bishop is the new Hawkeye, which I think the show tries to communicate, but it feels rushed. It does seem like that is the long-term plan; it’ll just depend on whenever Renner is done with his character. This show is billed as a limited series, but it does feel like there is a little more Disney can do with Renner before it officially transitions to Steinfeld.
“Hawkeye” Season 1: Episode 6 “So This Is Christmas?” gets an 8/10