When I tell you this one was a surprise.
Marvel's Hawkeye was undoubtedly one of the least-anticipated MCU shows from the first batch of Disney Plus originals. It's not that fans weren't interested in it; it's that the Hawkeye character had never really been given the spotlight he deserved to make him as well-rounded a character as some of his fellow Avengers, so it was hard to know what to expect from this one. What we didn't expect, though, was this epic adventure.
The show was led by both Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfeld, who played burgeoning superhero Kate Bishop. Kate is a big Hawkeye fan and is determined to follow in his footsteps... literally as she ended up involved in a murder mystery which the reluctant Avenger helped her solve. This provided the show with the unique opportunity of becoming a holiday buddy comedy and it ran with that, offering up plenty of laughs and gasps along the way.
Renner and Steinfeld make for a pretty perfect duo on-screen, as the scenes between Clint and Kate were easily among Hawkeye's best. The show also benefited from some wicked action scenes, surprise cameos, and a festive setting; all of which made it the perfect Christmas gift in 2021. The icing on the cake was the fact that, beneath all of those laughs, there was some really nuanced storytelling that finally placed the focus on Hawkeye in a way that fans were longing for.
The gift that just kept on giving, Hawkeye was a truly pleasant surprise.