Hawkeye: First Reviews Very Positive; MCU Timeline Setting Revealed
One of the more anticipated projects in Marvel’s Phase Four titles, and the last to feature a character from the original Avengers films, Hawkeye debuted on Disney+ today and already Rotten Tomatoes has posted its cumulative scores from critics and users. From the looks of things (so far), it appears that Marvel may have another hit on their hands.
The series currently sits at an 87% Fresh rating on the go-to website for film and television lovers; a score that puts it among the best Marvel series to date.
The events of the show take place two years after the events of Avengers: Endgame. This means that Hawkeye jumps from 2023 to 2025, which makes the series the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s timeline.
Director Rhys Thomas told GamesRadar:
“Clint’s someone that we haven’t gotten to spend a lot of time with obviously, over the course of the films. We get to see where he’s at, we’re two years after the events of Endgame. And so we get to see what he’s been doing and how he’s dealing with his past.”
What this will mean for the series, and even the MCU going forward remains to be seen, but it may lead into December’s big screen outing Spider-Man: No Way Home, perhaps setting the stage for this slight time-jump. The setting is also likely to give the show a lot of opportunities to explore Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton, in particular how he has been affected and even come to terms with the catastrophic events of Avengers: Endgame and his years as a superhero and former Avenger.
Hawkeye premiered its first two episodes today on Disney+, will consist of six episodes, and is scheduled to concluding on December 22, the week after Spider-Man: No Way Home premieres in the U.S.