Number 3: Hawkeye
When it was first announced that Hawkeye was going to get his own show on Disney Plus, I was very ho-hum about the endeavor. Let’s be honest, most of us don’t give much thought to Hawkeye as a character when thinking about the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We should know by now that if Kevin Feige puts the wheels in motion for something and it actually comes to fruition, it will end up being great. The show Hawkeye is no exception.
One of the best things the creators of Hawkeye decided to do was to base the series around the Matt Fraction run of Hawkeye comics starting in 2012. While many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe properties are influenced by their comic counterparts, none took as much inspiration from those comic roots as Hawkeye did on Disney Plus.
The other brilliant maneuver was to give the show a very heavy holiday theme. There was a constant through line for the show, and it paid off on multiple occasions throughout the series.
It was nice to get more time with Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton, but we also were introduced to Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop. She will be a force to reckon with in the years to come, and if this is the last we see of Clint Barton in the MCU, Hawkeye gave him a very fitting and fond farewell.