Hawkeye's Captain America Musical Shows How the MCU Views Clint

As goofy as Hawkeye's Captain America-themed Avengers musical sounds in concept, it also helps viewers understand what public perceptions of Clint Barton look like on an uncomfortable meta level.

During a press conference attended by CBR, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that the "Rogers: The Musical" idea originally sprang from the mind of episode director and executive producer Rhys Thomas. Thomas admitted that "it was an innocent suggestion in one of our calls that I quickly tried to backtrack on," but Feige found the idea an effective way to rationalize Barton's involvement in Manhattan, which he described as "a bit of a generic Christmas in New York. Clint taking the kids. It was a daddy weekend before Christmas."

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Feige also revealed that he brought on Broadway collaborators Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman to write the musical due to meeting Shaiman "at an event," where he learned that his husband Louis "is a giant Marvel fan." Rhys' idea, he continued, "gave us context for the opening episode, context for why Clint is in New York, context for Clint seeing himself in the way the world sees Hawkeye, and gave us an opportunity to have an amazing song by Marc Shaiman."

For Rhys, the musical's conceptual purpose was to deliberately annoy Jeremy Renner's character, having visualized "this image of Jeremy's world-weary face sitting in a Broadway theater watching it." Trailers for Hawkeye not only provided a look at the play's official poster atop a New York theater, but also clips of actors dancing as Steve Rogers, Thor, Loki and other characters present during the events of The Avengers.

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Barton, who attends the show with his wife Laura (Linda Cardellini) and kids, is ultimately forced to remain in New York when reports of someone dressed as his post-Blip alter-ego Ronin appear on the news, and eventually discovers the culprit is Hailee Steinfeld's Kate Bishop.

Initially meant to be a standalone film, Hawkeye was changed to a TV show in order to further develop the mentor/student relationship between Clint and Kate, as executive producer Trinh Tran explained. Renner has confirmed that the story will pull directly from Matt Fraction and David Aja's award-winning 2012 Hawkeye comic series, not only featuring characters like the Tracksuit Mafia and golden retriever Lucky (a.k.a. Pizza Dog), but also using poster images reminiscent of Aja's covers in its marketing.

Hawkeye's first two episodes debuted on Disney+ on Nov. 24.

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Source: Press Conference

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