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Hawkeye Episode 1 and 2 Review: Welcome to the Party, Pal

Meanwhile, the Tracksuit Mafia is revealed to be below the management of Maya Lopez aka Echo (Alaqua Cox), a deaf athlete and martial artist closely related to Daredevil, Kingpin and Moon Knight in the comics. Her proper hand man is Kazi (Fra Free) aka The Clown, and it seems that MCU Echo can be portrayed as much less of a heroine right here than we’d have anticipated – a minimum of at first.

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Two episodes in, and a lot of Hawkeye’s items are already on the chessboard. Kate’s mom Eleanor (Vera Farmiga) is deeply suspicious and dexterous, and wears pink in present-day scenes (both as a cheeky “red herring” or a nod to her latter-day West Coast Avengers reveal as a vampire), and Kate is clearly in line to be handed the MCU Hawkeye mantle. Steinfeld is predictably nice in the function, so it by no means feels awkward. Along with the model selections that the Hawkeye group have made for her character and the method she’s clearly thrown herself so fully into being Kate Bishop, she’s really nailing it.

Tantalizingly, Echo’s introduction additionally indicators the integration of Netflix’s Daredevil crew into the MCU, with Spider-Man: No Way Home arriving in a couple of weeks – I really feel like everyone knows by now that Charlie Cox is destined to make an look in it.

There’s additionally the mysterious watch that the Tracksuit Mafia had been out to snag at the public sale, present in the particles of Avengers Compound. Echo was clearly determined to purchase it, however for what goal? And who did it belong to?

Alongside the the present’s intriguing mysteries had been a variety of different highlights. Rogers: The Musical was inevitably certainly one of them, however I’m undecided how I really feel about these tributes to Captain America’s legacy turning into A Thing in the MCU. What with the Smithsonian’s notable assortment in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and the Statue of Liberty holding Steve Rogers’ protect in No Way Home, it’s giving second-hand cringe each time I think about how embarrassed Steve could be. I additionally beloved Clint’s weary, slow-motion larping, and the call-back to Scott Lang’s selfie rejection from the children in Avengers: Endgame who had been extra hyped to see the Hulk.

Overall, I actually loved these first couple of episodes. With the MCU introductions of Kate, Lucky the Pizza Dog (the lovely Jolt), Eleanor, Kazi, and Echo, Marvel Studios has created an interesting, Die Hard-esque world for Clint Barton right here; filled with jingle bells, bows, and bullets. It fits him down to the floor, although we do get the sense that this is likely to be Renner’s swansong as Clint. I wasn’t actually anticipating to be unhappy about that, however right here we’re.

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