Annlyel reflects on an emotional fourth episode of Marvel’s Hawkeye. Where will the series go next?

Remember when Avengers: Endgame came out and everyone was mourning Iron Man’s death while at the same time lamenting Black Widow‘s unexpected demise? And remember how lackluster her death was handled and how upset Black Widow fans were about it? Well, Hawkeye does not stray away from the fact that Natasha Romanoff was Clint Barton’s best friend and that the price of her death has never left him.

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE. Photo by Mary Cybulski. © Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

This episode hit me right in the gut on the emotion meter and yeah, I even cried a bit. Black Widow was such a major part of the MCU and now it’s just starting to kind of register how dead she is in this franchise. Clint is still haunted by his final moments with her and now his time doing superhero work is permeated with so much more meaning.

(L-R): Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) and Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) in Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

At the end of the episode, we get two instances that show Hawkeye having to deal with the potential trauma of losing someone again. At one point he thinks he loses Kate and it’s gutwrenching to see his terrified reaction.

The second moment comes when he realizes things have gotten a lot more serious than he expected. And he tells Bishop to let him finish this mission alone. There’s so much pain in his expression, so much trepidation at the idea that he may lose her too. And even though we know they will end up back together sometime in the next episode it’s still depressing to see Hawkeye so emotional. I was not expecting Clint Barton to be the saddest superhero I’ve seen since Scarlet Witch but here we are.

Jeremy Renner as Clint Bishop in Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE. Photo by Mary Cybulski. © Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

How this story ends concludes in just two weeks is beyond me. But let’s see what Marvel Studios has up its sleeve next week.

Hawkeye is streaming on Disney Plus now.


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