It’s been a rough few weeks of uncertain news about Hawkeye, how about some good news?
Firstly, as previously reported via a denial by Disney; the series is not delayed. Insiders are revealing that it’s all going along without any real change to when the series will air.
Furthermore, some more details about the series are coming to light. We of course know about how Kate Bishop and Pizza Dog will be introduced in the series, but now I’ve learned of more supporting characters and adversaries that are expected to appear in the show.
According to a very reliable source, the series will introduce Clint’s brother Barney Barton. Comic fans will know him as the anti-hero Trickshot. This is interesting as Trickshot was also a member of the Dark Avengers, potentially setting up someone who can be in the Thunderbolts project Marvel is developing.
But Clint’s brother isn’t the only problem he’ll have to deal with in the show, as the Tracksuit Draculas, otherwise known as the Tracksuit Mafia, will also reportedly appear in some way in the series. I’d think that Barney Barton would have a bigger role than them, and they’d probably fill some supporting villain role.
Even back in June of 2018 when I first reported on the Hawkeye project, it always felt like the Matt Fraction run would be the obvious inspiration for it, and the addition of the Tracksuit Mafia (along with Pizza Dog and Kate) makes it really clear that’s the basis they seem to be starting from for the Disney+ Hawkeye series.
Marvel hasn’t set a specific date for Hawkeye, outside of the 2021 target they revealed at SDCC last July, but it seems to be flying towards that bullseye without any delay. Now they just need to lock down that Kate Bishop casting…