Hawkeye is the latest Marvel superhero to get his own show, with an adaptation of the comic book character set to debut next year on Disney+’s streaming service.
A TV adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s 2008 Hawkeye limited series came out in 2015 as a web comic, with Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof starring as the titular hero and Misty Knight, respectively. It will also see stars from the original comic go into the new show, including Elodie Yung as Black Widow and Chloe Bennet as Quake.
A superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe such as Hawkeye plays a vital role in putting together the Avengers and making sure they do not get overwhelmed by threats, frequently showing a deep understanding of how society works.
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The news comes as we learn more about Marvel’s plans for their own streaming service, which will launch in 2021. The still-untitled service is still without an actual release date, but it was revealed last month that Disney would be folding The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor into the service. This will mean a whole new Captain America movie, alongside Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as a new James Bond movie.
It is thought that Disney’s streaming service will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers to see content from Disney (but not Star Wars or Pixar) that it will not be able to release theatrically in the US at first. According to reports, it will launch in the US in April 2021, followed by Europe and Asia in August that year. But for American streaming viewers, a deal between Disney and Netflix will ensure Netflix retains access to Disney properties until at least 2022.
In addition to its own exclusive content, Disney’s streaming service will be able to carry material from other Disney studios, which makes for a potential a good fit for Marvel and Star Wars, or even Disney movies not set to be released on Netflix until after the end of their contracts with the Hollywood studio.