The final Marvel Studios series to hit Disney+ in 2021 was Hawkeye. The show saw the introduction of Hailee Steinfeld's Kate Bishop as she teamed up with Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton to help clean up his Ronin mess post-Avengers: Endgame. In the end, they were successful—at least, mostly. The last fans saw of the two of them was a happy and calm moment, one that saw Bishop get the mantle of Hawkeye.
So what comes next for those characters? Their situation seems like it could easily be the start of many more stories to come, with multiple seasons of bow-and-arrow madness available for development.
Sadly, there hasn't been any official word on a second season. The only two Disney+ projects that have received a second season order thus far are Loki and What If...?. While all hope for a continuation of Hawkeye's isn't lost, a recent move by Marvel Studios has cast some significant doubt on the potential future.
Continuation of Marvel's Hawkeye in Trouble?
According to a new report by Variety, it seems that the odds just got lower for those hoping to see a second season for Hawkeye.
The site reports that Marvel Studios decided against putting Loki beside Hawkeye and Moon Knight in the Limited Series category for the upcoming Emmys. Instead, the Tom Hiddleston-led show will be placed in the drama categories.
Hawkeye remains in the same limited series field that the single-season WandaVision sat in, which seems to be a strong indication that the Jeremy Renner-led show will not receive a traditional second season.
Will Hawkeye Receive a Season 2?
With what Hawkeye is, and how it was structured, it would be the perfect show to continue on a seasonal basis. The series could have easily chronicled Clint Barton and Kate Bishop's ever-evolving partnership, while also potentially leading right into the formation of the rumored Young Avengers team.
There's plenty more to be explored as well, such as Laura Barton's secret history, Eleanor Bishop's future, the Kingpin's reign of terror, and even further fleshing out Tony Dalton's Jack Duquesne.
It's important to keep in mind, however, that these Emmy changes aren't a firm confirmation there won't be a second season for either Hawkeye or Moon Knight—but it certainly doesn't look good. There have been shows in the past that continue into multiple seasons, even if having only one was the original plan.
Another definition for a limited series is akin to an anthology; each season tells a different story with a completely new set of characters. It's difficult to see how that would potentially apply to either of those Marvel Studios series, but the creatives could find a way to continue if they want.
At the end of the day, if the studios wanted, they could also just simply chalk up a continuation to an unexpected idea they felt deserved to be told.
Loki starts production at some point this year, with a release window set for some time within 2023.