Hailee Steinfeld’s young Avenger teams up with Jeremy Renner for Marvel’s ‘Hawkeye’ series

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DAN BUFFA, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT

In case you have lived under a rock for the past decade, Marvel has taken over Hollywood, one successful and highly-watched movie and television show at a time.
Whether it’s “Avengers: Endgame” becoming the all-time No. 1 movie at the box office or “WandaVision” confounding people’s attention spans for a couple months, The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken on a new, intricately precise television presence. That continues this November with “Hawkeye,” a unique buddy comedy in the vein of “Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” but with a different twist.
It’s not just a show about Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner in several MCU movies. Hailee Steinfeld will join forces in the TV series with Barton, who got out of the hero game after the events of “Endgame.” Reunited with the family he has barely seen, Clint seems ready to settle down…until news reports show a masked vigilante bearing his appearance wreaking havoc. When he tracks her down, he realizes someone else, much younger, is picking up the slack he left behind.
That’s Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop, the newest Avenger getting introduced into the Marvel world of entertainment. As the show’s one-line description puts it, “Clint Barton and Kate Bishop shoot a few arrows and try to avoid becoming the target themselves.” There’s more to it than that but then again, how much more do you need? Barton promises his family that he will be home for Christmas, but knows the enemies he collected over his career as a crimefighter will now come after Kate as well, which makes them unlikely partners.
Steinfeld, 24, whose father is Jewish, continues her Hollywood ascent with a role that could eventually appear in an MCU movie. Along with being a successful singer, she has come a long way from sharing the screen with Jeff Bridges in 2010’s “True Grit,” starring in the “Transformers” Bumblebee spin-off and co-starring in the “Pitch Perfect” movie series, among other films.
With her kind of pedigree, hanging with Renner, an Academy Award-nominated actor, should be fun to watch unfold. At one point, Kate proclaims to Barton that she is the greatest archer the world has ever known, which elicits an eye roll from her elder.
All this means is that there may be bad guys to dispose of during the eight-episode series, but there will also be many comedic quips to be inserted after the fighting is done. Marvel’s way of creating entertainment always carries a lighter tone to go with the exhilarating and extremely well-choreographed action sequences. Throw in the esteemed Vera Farmiga as Kate’s mom Eleanor and Florence Pugh’s Yelena, and the stakes just get higher.
Here’s the thing. These are the kind of easy-to-please slices of Marvel action comedy that I crave at the moment. While I admired the ambitious approach of “WandaVision” and “Loki,” I lean towards the Anthony Mackie-Sebastian Stan chemistry and wise-cracking that reminds me of the old “Lethal Weapon” movies.

It’s easy to see that back and forth developing between Renner and Steinfeld, and that’s only after one single preview. On Nov. 24, Marvel fans will get their first episode on Disney+.

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