Yesterday, Marvel shook up the Internet, once again, but this time around it had nothing to do with the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame. The news broke through Variety that Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming service, will distribute a Hawkeye TV show. Jeremy Renner will return as Clint Barton, also known as Hawkeye, who he portrays in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the series will also feature the fan-favorite comic book character, Kate Bishop, who will make her debut in the MCU. Rumors about the series suggest it revolves around Clint passing on the torch to Kate, but not much else is known. No actress has yet to be cast in the role of Kate Bishop.
Who is Kate Bishop?
Kate Bishop, in the comics, is the third character to take up the mantle of Hawkeye. Created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung as a part of the Young Avengers, Kate came into existence following the events of Avengers Disassembled. Highly skilled in many different forms of weaponry she, like Clint, prefers archery. Kate’s introduction presents her as as a hard-headed, blunt, and independent young woman who follows the Young Avengers after they attempt to save her life. She decides to join the team, donning the apparel of many different Avengers (Hawkeye, Mockingbird, and Swordmaster). After the events of the original Young Avengers comic, Captain America gives her Clint’s—believed to be dead at the time—old codename Hawkeye because she stood up to him in the same manner as Clint.
Kate continues her adventures as part of the Young Avengers and later rolls over into Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye run. This is where Clint and Kate develop a teacher mentor relationship, both using the codename Hawkeye. The story focuses deeply around tackling low-crime instead of intense superheroics, giving Kate a more grounded outlook on the job of Hawkeye. Although Fraction and Aja’s delivered a tremendous character, Kelly Thompson’s time on the character informed most of Kate’s development.
Kate’s first solo series came from Marvel’s All-New All-Different initiative in which she moves to Los Angeles in order to begin a career as half a superhero and half a private eye. The series takes a more comical approach to Kate while showcasing her resourcefulness and independence. It also takes time to explore Kate’s personal relationships and her family life in a meaningful way. The series’ abrupt end is followed by the currently on-going West Coast Avengers in which we see Kate’s abilities as a leader continuing to protect LA while unraveling more of her complicated family’s secrets.
Kate Bishop in the MCU?
How does Kate fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Kate’s debut in the MCU will be heavily influenced by Clint’s position post-Endgame. My guess is one of two things. First, Clint either doesn’t get his family back, keeping the title of Ronin and training Kate to be Hawkeye in his place. My second guess is that he gets his family back and decides to take care of them, but he knows there needs to be someone to do his job within the Avengers.
In a way, Kate will probably come to replace Clint symbolically, but she will bring a different type of energy which the original Hawkeye didn’t have. I believe this is the first step towards a Young Avengers movie where Kate will be the centerpiece. There are many possibilities for Kate in the MCU because she’s a character that can fit in any setting and still bring something important to the plot. Hopefully, we get to see her headline her own movie one day, but for now, all we can do is hope.
Kate Bishop Must Reads
Want to know more about Kate Bishop? Here are a few recommendations.
- Young Avengers by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung
- Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja
- Hawkeye by Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero
- West Coast Avengers by Kelly Thompson Stefano Caselli
- Extra: Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie