Hawkeye, the Avenger voted both “least essential” and “most forgotten” by writers of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War will finally get some development time as Jeremy Renner is taking the sharpshooting archer to the Disney+ streaming service for a limited series, according to a recent article in Variety.
The series will follow Renner’s Clint Barton as he trains his partner and eventual successor, teenager Kate Bishop — the other Hawkeye. In the comics, Bishop took the mantle of Hawkeye and joined the Young Avengers during a period when Barton was suffering from a bad case of being dead. Comic books being what they are … he got better.
Rather than insisting that she return the codename, Barton partnered with Bishop in the critically acclaimed Hawkeye comic book series from writer Matt Fraction and penciller David Aja (mostly). The book followed the pair as they fought the Russian mafia, battled Hydra and adopted a one-eyed dog named “Lucky.”
Hawkeye joins other reported Disney+ superhero-themed limited series planned for Disney’s new streaming service, including one focused on Loki, another on Falcon and Winter Soldier and yet another on the Scarlet Witch and Vision.
Each series is expected to run between 6 to 8 episodes. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige will executive produce, likely erasing the line that has separated Marvel’s television efforts like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil from their far more lucrative big screen siblings. The shows are expected to have budgets far greater than typical television fare.
No word on who will play Bishop, or whether the character might cross back over to the big screen in future Avengers movies.