Hawkeye has officially begun filming in New York, with bystanders already ready to capture photos and videos of the actors at work. Through these set photo leaks, it has been officially confirmed that Hailee Steinfeld will be playing Kate Bishop alongside Jeremy Renner. Not only that but Lucky the Pizza Dog was spotted alongside them, played by an adorable golden retriever.
These set photos have already told fans plenty about what might be going on in the show, like Clint, Kate, and Lucky being on the run from someone.
More set photos from filming have revealed more about Hawkeye and when the series will actually take place.
On the MarvelStudiosSpoilers subreddit, Reddit user /u/jkconhen626 posted several pictures from the set of Hawkeye filming outside their apartment. None of them stood out in particular, except for a man seen wearing a classic Santa Claus outfit, indicating that, at the very least, this scene takes place close to Christmas.
More photos were captured, posted by @BRMarvelNews on Twitter, showing Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, and the dog playing Lucky walking in the park.
Steinfeld is no longer wearing any purple under her trench coat, and the jeans she's wearing are torn and have the legs rolled up. It seems like they're a tad too big for her and that the pair of jeans maybe belongs to Barton. It's hard to tell when this scene exactly takes place in relation to the one in the subway since Clint seems to be wearing the same outfit he wore in that scene, but his backpack is missing.
It could be that whatever reason they were being chased, it may have had to do with what was in the backpack. Clint maybe lost it to whoever was chasing him and Kate, or maybe he stashed it somewhere and had Kate change out of her purple-colored underclothes.
WHAT THIS MEANS
The man in a Santa outfit seen on set during filming certainly makes it clear that at least part of Hawkeye will be set close to Christmas. That would make it the second MCU property to take place during the holiday, with Shane Black's Iron Man 3 being the first.
It is curious whether this was the original intent for the series, considering that Hawkeye and several other series productions were delayed by several months due to the ongoing pandemic. However, late-summer or early-fall could have easily been faked to take place around winter.
As for how this may relate to the comics, in Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, there were actually two issues that took place during winter and Christmas. In issue #6 and #17, Clint Barton has to deal with trying to set up a cable box before he has to help his neighbor and her kids fix their own while also holding off the Tracksuit Mafia. Issue #6 ends with Barton sitting down with his neighbor's kids to watch a Christmas cartoon special.
In issue #17, the reader is shown that as he watched this special with them, he fell asleep and proceeded to have some fever dream about his life through the lens of a Christmas special and cartoon animals.
Obviously, all of that won't be adapted into the show exactly. Still, it's possible that Clint Barton's character arc bluntly showcased in issue #17 that focuses on him trying to solve his problems by himself may be introduced in the Hawkeye series.