Quick ‘Hawkeye’ Review – ‘Ronin’

SPOILERS ALERT!!!

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

It’s time to check out the penultimate episode of ‘Hawkeye’! I’ve enjoyed the series so far. It’s interesting how it showcases Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye; how his past as Ronin during ‘Avengers: Endgame’ comes back to haunt him; and how his relationship with Kate Bishop develops.

The Christmassy element of ‘Hawkeye’ is also something to look forward to each week since the series started. It was fun to hear the Grinch song being played during the end credits of the episode, highlighting who happens to be the big villain of this series, but this is something to talk about later.

In the episode, we begin with a scene taking place in 2018. Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova/Black Widow from the ‘Black Widow’ film and her partner Yssa Mei Panganiban as Sonya visit a woman called Ana (played by Annie Hamilton). She’s been helping Black Widows that are deprogrammed. 😐

But something happens, as Yelena becomes a victim of the Blip. Five years later, Yelena finds Ana now married and her sister Natasha Romanoff is dead. This is before the Marvel Studios logo comes up and before we have the ‘previously on’ recap for ‘Hawkeye’. Very unusual to set this episode up!

In the present day, Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop returns to her mother’s house where she tells her about Jack Duquesne’s shell corporation. This leads to Vera Farmiga as Eleanor, Kate’s mother, to call the New York police and have Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne. So, is his role in the series over? 😐

Kate soon returns to her apartment in New York where she finds Yelena waiting for her. Yelena continues to have her cocky sense of humour that I remember from the ‘Black Widow’ film, as she tries to ease Kate with a meal of macaroni cheese before telling her she’s planning to kill Clint Barton.

It’s interesting how Yelena gets to appear in the ‘Hawkeye’ series and she hasn’t even had a scene with Clint yet. I wonder if they will meet. Kate tells Clint that she’s had a visit from Yelena, and Clint clearly seems to know who Yelena is. Natasha must have shared her all family history to Clint before she died.

Clint recovers at the apartment of Clayton English as Grills before he dons the Ronin suit again. He confronts Alaqua Cox’s Maya Lopez/Echo at the auto shop where he killed her father. During the fight, he unmasks himself, trying to convince her to let go of her vendetta and leave his family alone.

Clint also reveals to her that an informant working for Lopez’s boss wanted her father dead, but Lopez disbelieves him at first. Again, I’m not sure if this matches to what Lopez is like in the comics, but it does sound so familiar from reading the book ‘Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover’, which I enjoyed.

Kate also turns up to help Clint escape. It doesn’t seem to take too long for Clint and Kate to be paired up together again. I also liked the scene between Kate and her mother, where her mother encouraged her to keep being the superhero she dreamed of becoming despite the risks involved. 🙂

Lopez also becomes suspicious of Fra Fee as Kazi, who was absent on the night of her father’s death. I have a suspicion that things aren’t going to end well for Kazi in the final episode. This is especially concerning the close relationship that he and Lopez seemed to have formed in the ‘Hawkeye’ series.

The episode concludes with Kate receiving a text from Yelena, who reveals to her that she was hired by her mother Eleanor to kill Clint and Eleanor is working with Lopez’s uncle, who happens to be…Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin. Yep! The Kingpin from the Netflix ‘Daredevil’ series! 🙂

I was disappointed we didn’t get to have a proper scene with the Kingpin in this episode, as it’s basically a photo or something in the text Yelena sent to Kate to show Clint. Maybe that’ll be followed up in the final episode. I’ll have to check out the ‘Daredevil’ Netflix series sometime soon. 🙂

I wonder if Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil is going to show up in ‘Hawkeye’. Or maybe he’s in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’. 😀 The fifth episode of ‘Hawkeye’ has been great to watch. I’m looking forward to how things turn out in the series finale. Hopefully they’ll all be resolved satisfactorily. 🙂

Linda Cardellini also appears as Laura Barton in the fifth episode of ‘Hawkeye’! 😀

Stay tuned for my review on the sixth and final episode of ‘Hawkeye’ next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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