You’d be hard pressed to find a more popular or well known comic book run for Hawkeye than the series created by Matt Fraction and David Aja from 2012. The book single handedly informed modern fandom’s understanding of Clint Barton and became one of Marvel’s greatest selling and most beloved stories of all time. Unfortunately, the character in Fraction and Aja’s stories was a far cry from the Ultimates universe inspired version of the character seen in the MCU who had been introduced just one year earlier in the first Thor film. It was a bad time for brand synergy–and rather than immediately move to course correct, MCU Clint only deviated further away from the Fraction/Aja vision as his appearances in the films progressed.
Now, a full decade after his live-action introduction, Marvel and Disney have finally made the call to bring Clint Barton back around, giving him his very own Disney+ streaming TV show that very overtly wants to reformat the MCU’s archer into the version seen in the comics. Unfortunately, it’s all too little, too late, and, after the two episodes provided for review, we remain unconvinced that the MCU’s take on Hawkeye has anything meaningful left to salvage after all this time left sitting on the shelf.
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