Hawkeye’s Producer Explained That Surprising Phase One MCU Link

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Hawkeye’s Producer Explained That Surprising Phase One MCU Link
Kate Bishop lining up a shot with her bow and arrow.
Why did Kate Bishop want to become an archer? Hawkeye answers.
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In my recap of the first two episodes of Hawkeye I mentioned at one point I got misty eyed. Well, it was in the show’s very first scene which, basically, had the biggest spoiler to find in both episodes. So when we spoke to Hawkeye executive producer Trinh Tran about the show, of course we had to ask about the scene in question, and find out what went into making it happen.

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The opening scene of Hawkeye takes place in New York City circa 2012. Now, 99% of us all had the same thought in that moment. “Oh, if this is 2012 New York City, we’re at the battle of New York from the end of The Avengers.” Which, it turns out, is the case. Loki and the Chitauri are invading New York, the Avengers are trying to stop them, but the collateral damage is unthinkable. Spider-Man: Homecoming already dealt with this and now, Hawkeye does too. When a corner of Kate Bishop’s apartment is smashed, one of the Chitauri warriors goes in for the kill. Kate is frozen like a deer in headlights until an arrow kills the alien. An arrow from none other than Hawkeye himself. As he swings down from the building, you instantly understand why this character wants to be a hero, and why Hawkeye is her favorite Avenger. Which, according to Tran, was exactly the reaction they were going for.

“We wanted to figure out a pivotal moment that made sense for Kate to enter the MCU, especially through her eyes” Tran told io9 via video chat. “Out of all of the moments, the most memorable one is battle of New York and we were trying to figure out, obviously, her age and how it fits within that time frame, as well as the experience and the events and everything. And battle of New York was just the perfect time [especially] because of [Hawkeye’s] iconic shot when he does that flip. I mean, I remember it to this day the first time I watched it.”

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