Disney + ‘s Hawkeye: What You Need To Know About The Marvel Comics That Inspired Clint Barton’s Latest Screenplay – YP

This holiday season, Marvel’s Hawk Eye premiered on the Disney + streaming platform. The show reintroduces fans to Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) – a character we haven’t seen since 2019 Avengers: Endgame – and presents to fans Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld).

In the series, Clint teams up with Kate to take on the enemies he made when he was a vigilante named Ronin. The dynamic duo must face off against Echo (Alaqua Cox), the Tracksuit Mafia, Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) and Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton) as they attempt to get home in time for Christmas.

Read on to learn more about the inspiration behind the show.

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What comic book inspired Disney + Hawk Eye?

The Disney + miniseries borrows heavily from the comic book of the same name, written by Matt Fraction with illustrations by David Aja, Annie Wu and a few others. The comics aired from August 2012 to July 2015. Like the series, it has a heavy Christmas-themed emphasis but has a different plot.

In the comics, Clint has no family. Instead, he lives alone in a decrepit apartment owned by the tracksuit mafia. The Mafia conflict arises when they attempt to forcefully evict Clint’s neighbors. He stands up to them and protects the other tenants of the building.

After summoning the rage of the entire Mafia, Clint and his protégé, Kate, must continue to protect the other residents as the Mafia attempts to kill the two archers and reclaim the building to fuel their criminal activity.

Matt Fraction’s version of Hawkeye is more grounded and grainy than the character depicted in the miniseries. Photo: Marvel Comics

The main theme featured by Fraction is that Hawkeye is human, and the comic book themes address depression, disability, and mental health. Clint feels lonely, is often self-destructive and acts irrationally. Unlike the other Avengers, he’s not a genius god, super soldier, or billionaire. Clint has flaws, and he’s constantly beaten and beaten by life as he makes all the wrong choices.

His humanity is further underlined by the fact that he ends up deaf after all the fights he has endured. He has suffered so much physical damage as a superhero that it has rendered him unable to hear, showing that he is not like other heroes who always seem to escape a fight unscathed. Like any other human being, Clint’s body decomposes and shatters under pressure.

In doing so, Fraction founded this legendary Avenger and made it accessible. The comics explore the main emotional components of the character and create a gripping story with an authentic protagonist.

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How is the series different from the comics?

The miniseries covers a much wider field. Instead of following the comic word for word, the series adds twists and unique characters to the mix.

For example, Echo, which first appeared in Daredevil # 9 (1999), is introduced as a villain in the series. She can mimic any fighting style or movement she sees, and like the Hawkeye from the comics, Echo is deaf.

Another character who appears in the series but is absent from the comics is Swordsman, also known as Jack Duquesne, who is introduced as Kate Bishop’s stepfather. Swordsman first appeared in The Avengers Vol. 1 # 19 (1965) in which he is not Kate’s stepfather but rather the man who trained Clint. The series seems to take an essential part of the Hawkeye lore and rewrite it to fit Kate’s story.

Hailee Steinfeld plays Hawkeye’s protege, Kate Bishop. Photo: TNS

Finally, Yelena Belova of this year Black Widow the film is also in Disney + Hawk Eye. Her appearance on the series is likely related to the film’s post-credits scene in which Belova believes Clint killed her sister, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson).

The series also decides to cover a completely different conflict than the comics. The story moves away from the grounded Fraction narrative as it is no longer about Clint and his apartment building.

In the miniseries, Clint’s conflict with the Tracksuit Mafia stems from his time as a vigilante named Ronin. The hero’s past has caught up with him and he tries to right his past sins. No more relatable characters and realistic sets. In its place are the dramatic shows we’ve come to expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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So, is the show good?

While the miniseries lost some of the complexity of Hawkeye, it mixed up its new characters in an interesting and compelling way. The show also took a few action scenes and staged the Fraction story. For example, the continuation of Episode 3 is from comic book number 3.

If you are excited about the new Hawkeye series and want to learn more about the history of Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, you should definitely get your hands on copies of the Fraction and Aja comics. Hopefully, as Disney + releases more episodes, the series will continue to adapt what made the original storyline so great.

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