Quick ‘Hawkeye’ Review – ‘So This Is Christmas?’


Hello everyone! 🙂

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

After checking out ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ at the cinema, it’s only fair for me to finish checking out ‘Hawkeye’ on Disney+. I enjoyed the series finale to ‘Hawkeye’, especially as it’s filled with Christmassy stuff as well as a fine conclusion to many character arcs that have gone on in the series.

I don’t know if a second season is in the making, especially with Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop still together as parents by the series’ end. I also don’t know if we’ll have another Christmas theme if the second season of ‘Hawkeye’ be made. 🙂

‘Hawkeye’ could easily go in the ‘Die Hard’ direction of being set at Christmas each season. 😀 Anyway, we have the follow-up to Kate’s mother, Vera Farmiga as Eleanor, meeting up with Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/the Kingpin, as she decides to break off their partnership involving crime. 😐

It’s a surprise to find Eleanor being involved with the Kingpin’s crime activities in New York. Kate is shocked and upset that this has occurred and it turns out Eleanor killed Simon Callow’s Armand Duquesne III character from the series’ first episode. Interesting how it gets unravelled in the series.

This was the first time I’d seen Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin from the ‘Daredevil’ Netflix series in ‘Hawkeye’. I hope I’ll get to watch the ‘Daredevil’ Netflix series soon, especially since I found the Kingpin in this ‘Hawkeye’ episode pretty intimidating when he’s conducting his many crime activities.

A shame that Clint Barton/Hawkeye didn’t get to fight off the Kingpin in the series finale, but at least Kate Bishop manages to fight him off in order to save her mother! I also don’t think the Kingpin got killed off by Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, since the Kingpin does manage to survive death somehow. 🙂

It also turns out Eleanor framed Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne, as he gets to come back into the series finale. I thought we’d seen the last of him. Eleanor does get her just desserts when Kate sees to it she’s arrested for murdering Armand Duquesne. Rather unfortunate, especially as it’s Christmas. 😦

Most of the episode’s action happens at Eleanor’s holiday party on Christmas Eve, where Clint and Kate get to tackle the Tracksuit Mafia as well as sort out Eleanor and the Kingpin. Clint also gets into a fight with Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova who tries to kill him for the death of Natasha Romanoff.

I like how Clint gets to convince Yelena not to kill him and tells him what really happened when Natasha self-sacrificed herself to save the universe. It fulfils a story arc that began in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ as well as in ‘Black Widow’ where Yelena got sent to assassinate Clint for Natasha’s death. 🙂

Fra Fee as Kazi also tries to kill Eleanor on the Kingpin’s orders before he’s stopped by Clint and he ends up fighting Maya Lopez. Lopez tries to convince Kazi to turn to the good side of life, but he’s too ridden with a life of a crime. In the end, Lopez kills Kazi when fighting outside the Christmas party. 🙂

Clint and Kate get help from Grills, the LARPers and Jack Duquesne when sorting out the Tracksuit Mafia. Very soon, on Christmas Day, Clint is reunited with his wife, Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton, and family and Kate joins them too along with Lucky the Pizza Dog. Clint and Kate also burn the Ronin suit.

After the episode’s end credits, we’re given the full musical number from the first episode that occurs in the ‘Rogers: The Musical’. This features Tom Feeney as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Aaron Nedrick as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Jason Scott McDonald as Thor, Harris Turner as Bruce Banner/the Hulk, Avery Gillham as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Meghan Manning as Natasha Romanoff, Nico DeJesus as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Jordan Chin as Loki. I wonder what the full musical is like. 😀

‘Hawkeye’ has been a fun ‘MCU’ series to check out on Disney+. I’m glad I’ve been able to see it this year over Christmas. Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld also steal the show as their characters. I wonder whether a second season will be made as Clint and Kate still seem to be partners by the end.

Merry Christmas everyone! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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