After an ambitious inaugural year on Disney+, Marvel Studio's fifth and final series for 2021 is Hawkeye starring Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton alongside MCU newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop.
Inspired by Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye comic run from 2012, this six-episode series is set in New York City at Christmastime, where Barton and his new protege race against the clock to combat a new threat in time to be home for Christmas.
Hawkeye is set to premiere on Disney+ with two episodes beginning November 24, 2021; but just ahead of its debut, Disney has revealed another sneak peek of this Phase 4 story and its characters.
Hawkeye Stills Feature Kate Bishop & Echo's Maya Lopez
Ahead of Marvel's next series' Disney+ debut, Disney released new stills of the cast of Hawkeye including Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton, Hailee Steinfeld's Kate Bishop, Alaqua Cox's Maya Lopez, and more.
The first image is similar to what fans have seen before in the show's trailers and promotional material, and it perfectly encapsulates the show's themes of Barton and Bishop's relationship and the holiday season.
Also, the purple lighting and Barton and Bishop's purple and black costumes are homages to Hawkeye's signature look from the comics.
The next image features Jack Duquesne - aka Swordsman from the comics - played by Tony Dalton, along with Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Kate Bishop's mother.
Critics are already praising Hailee Steinfeld's portrayal of Kate Bishop, and this new image shows her carrying a backpack and looking over her shoulder in the snow.
One of the most interesting photos of the bunch is this still of Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, who Marvel recently announced is receiving her own Disney+ series, titled Echo.
Maya Lopez is deaf but possesses the ability to mimic her opponents similar to that of Black Widow's Taskmaster. She's also Native American and a Latina martial artist; and in this still, she appears to be preparing to train in a boxing ring.
The next still shows Clint Barton talking on the phone as he walks through New York City. Due to the bandage on his forehead, it looks like this occurs after he sent his kids home following Rogers: The Musical.
Disney also revealed yet another image of Steinfeld wearing the same coat from the prior image. However, this still was taken from a scene during the day - could it possibly be in New York's Central Park?
Next up is Clint Barton with his bow in hand, standing in front of a van belonging to the Trust a Bro Moving Company, the same company that was involved in the car chase that's been heavily featured in the show's trailers so far.
It's also worth noting that Clint doesn't have a bandage on his forehead in this particular still.
The last still is another of Maya Lopez dressed in black and standing by a motorcycle. It appears that she's wearing the same apparel that fans saw her in one of Hawkeye's most recent TV spots.
Hawkeye Introduces New Female Marvel Heroines
Even though Hawkeye stars OG Avenger Clint Barton, his new series is bringing a number of new female characters into the MCU fold with Kate Bishop, Eleanor Bishop, and Maya Lopez's Echo.
Hawkeye is also expected to feature Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova, who Marvel fans first saw this summer in Black Widow and who just may have it out for Barton thanks to Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Val from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Due to all of these connections, the show's focus on characters both old and new, Hawkeye may be the most interconnected MCU series to date and the best example of Marvel Studios' blurring the lines between film and television.
After all, even though WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and What If...? all exist in Marvel's Phase 4 story, up until this point, they have been somewhat self-contained with only hints at future storytelling opportunities.
Hawkeye, however, appears to be teeing up characters for the immediate future while also serving as the catalyst for past characters to begin their next chapter in the MCU.
Hawkeye debuts on Disney+ with two episodes on November 24, 2021.