Hawkeye starts out strong because it doesn’t take itself too seriously

Hawkeye starts out strong because it doesn’t take itself too seriously


Image: Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel Studios

Hawkeye is a few different things. It’s a chance to spend more time with one of the lesser-known Avengers, it’s an origin story for an up-and-coming hero, and it’s a detective drama set amidst the backdrop of Christmas in New York City as the MCU adds yet another genre to its all-enveloping fold. Most importantly, though, it’s a Marvel series that doesn’t take itself too seriously — making the first two episodes unexpectedly fun.

This review contains some light spoilers for the first two episodes of Hawkeye.

Though it’s named after the bow-wielding Avenger, Hawkeye really is a story about two people. Yes, one of those is Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), a surly hero and one-time vigilante who is now doing his best to enjoy life with his…

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