Marvel reportedly renews one of its earliest shows for second season; fans stunned

In what can only be described as unexpected, a new report suggests that a classic Marvel Disney Plus show could return for a new season years after it ended.
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War..L to R: Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen)..Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal..© Marvel 2016
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War..L to R: Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen)..Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal..© Marvel 2016 /

Marvel Studios made waves in the television realm with the debut of the Disney Plus streaming service in 2021. Suddenly the big screen's biggest titan could now dominate on the small screen too. And it did. Oh it did.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe came out of the TV gate strong with hits like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and Hawkeye. That was followed by a second generation of shows such as Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk: Attorney At Law. Through all of it, there was MCU goodness, but one other thing that quickly became clear is that the vast majority of those shows seemed to be miniseries with no second seasons in sight (even though most would lend themselves nicely to a sophomore outing).

That might be about to change as a new rumor has now suggested that one of the MCU's earliest Disney Plus shows could return for a second season after two years.

Hawkeye rumored to have been renewed for a second season

According to Marvel scooper MyTimeToShineHello, Marvel has renewed Hawkeye for a second season. They also claim that both Hailee Steinfeld and Jeremy Renner would reprise their respective roles in the potential season 2 as it would see Kate Bishop and Clint Barton trapped in one location. Furthermore, Clint's brother Barney would play a major role.

As the report began to trickle out across the internet, it was met with a multitude of responses. Many were thrilled about the idea of a second season of Hawkeye, while others felt it was unnecessary (especially because the show finished over two years ago). And then, naturally, there were those who just wouldn't believe the rumor at all. But whatever way you look at it, fans were talking about Hawkeye after the scoop surfaced.

As with all rumors, it's important to take it with a grain of salt until confirmed by Marvel Studios but the prospect of Hawkeye season 2 is an exciting one nonetheless - especially after how unexpectedly fun the first season turned out to be during the holiday season in 2021.

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Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in Marvel Studios' HAWKEYE. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. /

If this report turns out to be true, it would make for a drastically different show to that first season. That one thrived on the buddy comedy approach it took to Clint and Kate's chaotic relationship, with the seasonal theming leaning into that nicely. The unlikely duo traversed all through New York City in a caper that also had ties to other MCU projects such as Avengers: Endgame and Black Widow. It was ambitious and very cinematic.

This rumored second season, however, sounds like it would strip things back and keep the story more confined to one area. It would be a different approach for sure, but one that these two would be capable of pulling off. And as for Barney Barton; in the comics, he is the older brother of Clint and a recurring antagonist of him, too (Brotherly love, eh?), so if the report is true, he could pose quite the threat to the two archers.

Hawkeye season 2 should have been greenlit long ago

Honestly, Hawkeye is a show that could have made a second season work at any point. We didn't particularly know that its season 1 finale was set up to be its series finale. Those were the early days of the Disney Plus MCU shows, so a second season was still seemingly on the table for all of them at the time. It was only when Clint suggested he was officially retired as Hawkeye that we all caught on that this could actually be the series finale.

Even if Clint chooses to stay retired, a second season of Hawkeye could still work if it just focused on Kate Bishop. Hailee Steinfeld has been a joy to watch as the character and she's certainly been one of the fan-favorite characters introduced in Phase Four of the MCU, so another season catching up with her and all of her heroics would have worked at any point in time. It's actually wild to think that Marvel hasn't made it happen yet.

Irrespective of whether the Hawkeye season 2 rumor pans out or not, we will see Steinfeld in the MCU again. Kate Bishop resurfaced in the post-credits scene of The Marvels when Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, attempted to recruit her so that they could form their own team. This led to a ton of speculation that the long-awaited Young Avengers project is finally happening. There has yet to be any confirmation as to whether that is the case, but it's clear that Marvel Studios has more stories to tell for Kate Bishop. The only question is whether they will be on the big screen or the small screen.

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