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 first appeared in Young Avengers #1 back in 2005. That single issue is turning out to be a key issue for the future of the MCU. Kang the Conqueror played a central role, it also introduced Wanda Maximoff’s kids, Billy and Tommy (Wiccan and Speed) who we met on WandaVision, Eli Bradley (Patriot) who we met briefly in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Kid Loki, and more. Basically, we expect to see LOTS more of the Young Avengers in the MCU soon enough.
- Kate refers to herself (and claims others also refer to her) as “the world’s greatest archer,” which is a play on how Clint Barton was billed in his early comics appearances as “the world’s greatest marksman.”
- Kate is 22 years old. When you factor in the five year time jump in Avengers: Endgame, and Kate’s age in 2012 during the Battle of New York, it seems likely that Kate was probably “snapped” during Avengers: nfinity War. Incidentally, Hawkeye apparently takes place two years after the events of Endgame, which means we’ve closed a little bit of that time jump gap with the MCU, so Hawkeye probably takes place only 2-3 years in “our” future.
- Kate says she “inherited” her apartment, but doesn’t say who she inherited it from. Presumably, it would be her share of her father’s wealth. But in the Matt Fraction/David Aja comics that this show draws so much inspiration from, Clint owns an entire building in Brooklyn, NY (Kate’s apartment is somewhere in lower Manhattan). Is it possible that her “inheritance” is actually this entire building and not just this basement apartment? There’s a lot of unanswered questions about Kate here…
- Kate’s password to log in to that remote Bishop Security account appears to be BISHOP112012. Aside from the fact that using your last name as a security password might not be the most secure thing in the world, what is the significance of that 112012? Is it meant to signify just November 2012? November 20, 2012? We know that the Battle of New York took place in 2012, but that was in May, not November…so what’s the significance of this date for Kate? Maybe it’s when she got her first bow and arrow? What do you think?
- This marks the first time Clint’s hearing loss has ever been addressed in the MCU, and as we see in episode two it’s a logical consequence of his time spent in absurdly high volume situations as a superhero. His hearing loss has been addressed a number of times in the comics, as well, and we wrote more about that here.
- Clint’s entire beaten down demeanor here is once again reminiscent of his portrayal in the Fraction/Aja comics as the MCU’s “everyman.”
ROGERS: THE MUSICAL
- “I Could Do This All Day” is the closest thing to a catchphrase Steve Rogers has, from his time getting his ass kicked by a bully in 1941 Brooklyn to him fighting himself in the timeline during Avengers: Endgame. The song is exactly as ridiculous and overblown as all musical theater is, and thus is completely authentic.
- The Hairspray, Smash, and Mary Poppins Returns team of Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman penned this number after being approached by Kevin Feige. It’s sure to be a Christmas earworm, for better or worse.
- Ant-Man’s inclusion despite not being in the first Avengers movie works on several levels. One, it contrasts with Scott Lang’s lack of notoriety during the restaurant scene in Avengers: Endgame. Two, it borrows from the Ultimates comics where Hawkeye insisted Quicksilver was never on any of their missions when — like the musical claims for Ant-Man — nobody was able to see him due to his powers. Quicksilver was repeatedly saving Hawkeye’s life in the field and Hawkeye never noticed.
- But technically, Hawkeye was wrong in his assessment about Ant-Man. Scott Lang WAS there during the Battle of New York. Granted, it was a Scott Lang from years later, but thanks to Endgame, he was there!
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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