The holiday theme of Clint Barton's next adventure makes Hawkeye tonally unique, says one of the upcoming Disney+ show's directors.
In the series, the Avengers' marque archer finds himself fighting the ghosts of his past in New York City. With only days until Christmas, Clint will have to train a new protégé, take down some bad guys and race home to his wife and kids before Santa arrives. While this silly set-up makes Hawkeye sound like Die Hard, the holiday spirit is one of the core elements that makes the show unique. Speaking to GamesRadar, Bert (one half of the directing duo Bert & Bertie) opened up about how the Clint's Christmas conundrum shapes the series.
Borrowing a page from Matt Fraction, David Aja and Annie Wu's Hawkeye run, the Disney+ series plants the archer's adventure in the midst of the holiday season. "It's an absurd Christmas story," said Bert. "Just starting from that point, tonally, I was tickled. What does that mean? And it's throughout the whole series. It's not what you're expecting it to be." And just because Marvel set Iron Man 3 during Christmas, don't expect Clint to retrace Tony's footsteps. "It's genuinely not what you expect from Marvel [Studios]."
This merry motif has been highly promoted throughout Hawkeye's production. Earlier this year, executive producer Trinh Tran called the series "grounded and funny and packed to the brim with Christmas spirit." Hawkeye's first trailer showed New York City covered in snow, decorations throughout the scenery and Clint's dog Lucky wearing holiday headgear. If that wasn't enough festivity, the trailer featured the Christmas carol "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams while its accompanying promotional text read, "This holiday season, the best gifts come with a bow."
Another element of the Christmas season, unique to Hawkeye's NYC setting, is the inclusion of the fictional Broadway play Rogers: The Musical. The show-within-a-show is a retelling of Captain America's life story with the Avengers, packed with Easter eggs for fans. The meta-musical will likely appear early in Hawkeye, given that Clint is shown taking his kids to the production.
In Hawkeye, actor Jeremy Renner reprises his role as Clint Barton, who becomes a mentor to Hailee Steinfeld's upstart archer Kate Bishop. Together, the pair face off against an eclectic assortment of goons who deserve lumps of coal in their stockings. The show debuts on Disney+ with a two-episode season premiere on Nov. 24, just in time for Thanksgiving.
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