Marvel's Hawkeye Episodes 1 and 2: MCU Easter Eggs and Comic References

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2012, THE AVENGERS, & THE BATTLE OF NEW YORK

The resonance of the Battle of New York is felt heavily all through these episodes, from the opening scenes to Rogers: The Musical, but even in quieter moments like when Kate is casually exiting Grand Central Terminal at Pershing Square, the site of much of The Avengers’ climactic battle.

It’s one of many things, not the least of which being the very New York City setting, that recalls the tone of the now-departed Marvel Netflix shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. In those series, at least early on, the gritty tone and beat-up nature of Hell’s Kitchen was attributed to the neighborhoods adjacent to the Battle of New York still recovering from the damage and trauma. We can see how the scars run deep in the entire MCU in these opening episodes of Hawkeye.

KATE BISHOP

CLINT BARTON

ROGERS: THE MUSICAL

We wrote much more about Rogers: The Musical and what it means for the MCU (no, seriously) here.

THE BARTON FAMILY

Clint’s youngest is named “Nate” as an ode to his best friend and fallen partner, Natasha. This was first introduced at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Nate’s middle name is Pietro, a tribute to Wanda’s deceased brother who died saving Clint’s life in the same movie.

WHO IS ELEANOR BISHOP?

Vera Farmiga’s Eleanor Bishop sure seems to have more to her than meets the eye. In the comics she is also quite rich (although there, Kate’s father, Derek, didn’t die, he was merely estranged from his daughters), but also has some funny dealings going on. Considering the mysterious nature of her association with the Duquesnes (even without the fact that she’s engaged to ol’ Jack there), and the fact that Armand and Jack seem pretty shady on there own, well…let’s keep an eye on her.

WHO IS JACK DUQUESNE?

Yes that is Better Call Saul’s brilliant baddie Tony Dalton as Kate’s shady stepfather-to-be Jack Duquesne. In the comics he’s known as Jacques Duquesne, but Marvel fans might know him better by another name: the Swordsman.

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