Kevin Feige Talks One of His Fave Hawkeye Scenes in the MCU

Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick
Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick

With Hawkeye now available on Disney+, all the original MCU Avengers have now starred in their own projects including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Black Widow. Jeremy Renner returns as the expert archer, and he is joined by newcomer Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, Hawkeye’s superfan. The cast and crew talk about the new Marvel Studios and Disney+ show during the global press conference, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reveals which Hawkeye scene is one of his favorites in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Steinfeld knows how big of a deal playing Kate Bishop is, and she didn’t feel confident at first. The character is an overachiever who’s really good at archery and has a black belt.

“I really do feel like playing this character forced me to find confidence and determination and discipline that’s always been inside of me,” Steinfeld said. “But I really had to bring it out of myself for this and do this character justice. I feel so lucky to be playing a character that is so loved by so many that people have been waiting for some time to see brought to life.”

Renner has been an Avenger for quite some time, and that means his character has had experiences dealing with all sorts of danger and losing people he cared about. In the series, Kate will be thrust into danger, and she will encounter Hawkeye’s enemies.

“She came in very, very prepared,” Renner said of Steinfeld. “She came in hot. She was ready. It’s pretty awesome. It’s pretty sad that it makes me feel old that I see a lot of people come in and see a lot of people go. I’m like a grandpa. It’s terrible.” He laughs.

Feige can still remember the time he asked Renner to be a part of the MCU.

“We want to see more Jeremy Renner,” said Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President. “You want to see more of Jeremy Renner. That goes back to the earliest days. Yes, we’re both grandfathers now of the MCU, and the trust that Jeremy had to jump into the MCU before moderators said things like, ‘Welcome to the MCU.’ It was, ‘Hey, you want to do this thing with us? And it’d be pretty cool. I think it could be neat.’ And he said, ‘Yes.’ And then he won an Academy Award, and he still said yes.”

The Hawkeye series is inspired by the Matt Fraction run including the purple opening title sequence, the villains, and more. There are shots from the show that really captured panels from the comic book series.

“I thought that was pretty cool,” Feige said. “But they were relatively small obviously. Ultron we saw a little more, and then he just started stealing all the scenes, but it was always the intention to explore much more. The character’s history is vast. Also, the Matt Fraction comics, which I’m sure people have been spending a lot of time talking about over these last few press days was a big tonal inspiration for us. And seeing that and this new dynamic, and there are moments within all of Jeremy’s appearances where you see this mentor under the surface.”

Feige talks about one of his favorite scenes in the MCU, and it featured a pep talk between Hawkeye and Wanda in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Avengers: Age of Ultron. Credit: Marvel Studios
Avengers: Age of Ultron. Credit: Marvel Studios

“This reluctant hero,” Feige said of Clint Barton. “This reluctant mentor under the surface. One of my favorite scenes in all of our films is the scene with Clint and Wanda in Sokovia, when he basically says, ‘You go out that door, you’re an Avenger’ and motivates [her] to join the fight. And that was the kernel of how we could connect our MCU incarnation of Clint Barton into the Matt Fraction storyline and the relationship with Kate Bishop.”

About Hawkeye

Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye” stars Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, who teams up with another well-known archer from the Marvel comics, Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. The cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. “Hawkeye” is helmed by Executive Producer Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie. The first two episodes of “Hawkeye” are now streaming on Disney+ with new episodes releasing Wednesdays.

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