At the recent global press conference for Marvel Studios' “Hawkeye” Series on Disney+, 6 of the cast and creators of the new series shared some of the inside scoops about working on the series.
8 Marvel Studio's Hawkeye Fun Facts (from the Cast and Creators of the show)
- Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton)
- Hailee Steinfeld (Kate Bishop)
- Vera Farmiga (Eleanor Bishop)
- Tony Dalton (Jack Duquesne)
- Director Rhys Thomas
- Producer Kevin Feige
Moderator: Brandon Davis of comicbook.com/Phase Zero podcast
Marvel fans love when Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is in attendance because they know rumor confirmations are either finally confirmed or shut down hard.
Award-winning composer and lyricist Mark Shaiman created the number for “Rogers: The Musical”
Director Rhys Thomas made what he described as an “innocent suggestion” on a team call one day to have the musical be the reason Clint was in NYC. Feige loved the idea.
Feige had met Mark Shaiman at an event, and it turns out his husband is a huge Marvel fan.
Feige explained that in addition to the fantastic opening song by Shaiman, it also gives “context as to why Clint is in NYC with his kids and context for Clint seeing himself in the way the world sees Hawkeye.”
Vera Farmiga is an archer
Vera Farmiga needed no convincing to take on the role of Eleanor Bishop, Kate Bishop's mother in the series. She loves archery and that alone was enough for her.
I love archery, just hands down. I am an archer. You guys don't know this about me. My first job I played an archer with Heath Ledger in a series called “Roar,” where I had my bow and arrow and I had a 40-pound pull-weight arrow… I just wanted to be next to someone with true grit. –Vera Farmiga
Hailee had no idea she wouldn't be shooting real arrows
Hailee Steinfeld had no idea she wouldn't be shooting actual arrows.
That was the first thing [Jeremy] told me, and I actually, for whatever reason, didn't occur to me that would actually be the case.
Tony Dalton never thought listing his fencing and horseback riding skills on his old 8×10 headshot would come in handy
Tony Dalton portrays Jacques Duquesne, in comics, and is also known as Swordsman. In the first two episodes, we see sword skills. Dalton wouldn't spill if we are going to see more swordfights (though as a betting woman I'd say yes). But he talked a little about his background in fencing.
It's actually like Jeremy says. You never really fire an arrow. I never had a sword in my hand. I'm kidding. No, of course… –Tony Dalton
Hold on, I… –Brandon Davis
I was like, “Wait. Really?” but you had fencing experience. –Kevin Feige
Of course, I did. Of course, I did. I did. I took some fencing back in the day. I don't know why. –Tony Dalton
Did you ever think that would come in handy on a Marvel show? –Brandon Davis
I never did. And now I know. I took some fencing. And we did a whole bunch of stuff there with the stunts and everything. It was great. It was good, good fun. –Tony Dalton
Remember headshots? That used to always be like, “Talents on heads shots…” –Kevin Feige
Yeah, fencing. –Rhys Thomas
Fencing was on there. –Kevin Feige
Yeah, fencing. As well as horseback riding. –Rhys Thomas
But yeah, exactly. –Kevin Feige
No, Tony sent us one. It was a cold submission, and yeah, it was a picture of you as a fireman… –Rhys Thomas
Look, it says fencing. –Kevin Feige
It was a shot in the dark. It was a shot in the dark. –Tony Dalton
That was how the audition tape went? Just fencing? –Brandon Davis
For years now, there have been rumors of Young Avengers with no confirmation. We got as close to a confirmation as we've gotten yet from the MCU Mastermind himself and a potential Young Avenger herself.
During the conference, moderator Brandon Davis asked Steinfeld one of the submitted questions: “Marvel's Phase 4 seems to be setting up a new group of Young Avengers. How excited are you to join the new group moving forward in the MCU?”
Are you? –Kevin Feige
[Steinfeld turns to look at Feige and then looks back at Davis] Am I? I mean, listen, this feels so crazy to me right now, just sitting here with this group of people. I'm so grateful to be a part of this show and this universe, and, it's only the beginning. The show's not even out, so I'm looking forward to that day. [laughing] –Hailee Steinfeld
Young Avengers confirmed. Uh… [laughing] –Brandon Davis
No. [laughing] –Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee got asked about Young Avengers and this happened pic.twitter.com/oIVli2XXut
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Hawkeye is set near Christmas, in part, because the Fraction/Aja comic series is, but also it's a nice break from Celestials blowing up planets
We love the holiday inspiration for the show and are certain fans will, too. Inspiration for setting the show during the holidays comes from both the comics and because it's a trope that feels good.
I think the story of a character like Clint just trying to live his life and trouble coming to find him, it's a trope that we all love and enjoy. And setting it at Christmastime, that clash of family time with business time, it's a classic combo. –Rhys Thomas
This is fun because it is a Christmas story that is taking place, during the holidays, and it also is based on early discussions about a limited time period—about setting a series in not quite real-time, but essentially in a 6-day period. Six episodes, six days. Will Clint make it home for Christmas? Which was fun and a breath of fresh air after world-ending stakes and Celestials bursting out of planets, and multiverse shenanigans. This, like Hawkeye himself, is a grounded, family-based show. –Kevin Feige
Hailee Steinfeld is multiple Marvel superheroes
Hailee Steinfeld may be the only woman to play multiple superheroes within the same universe. Gwen in Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse and now Kate Bishop in Hawkeye. While one is animated and the other live-action, there are similarities.
I always love that I do find the characters that I have played in the past do have this sort of consistency in being these young women who are strong-minded, have a point of view, have an idea of who they are in this world, and they really stop at nothing to get what they want to achieve. Both Gwen Stacy and Kate Bishop are proof that if you set your mind to something, you can really achieve great things. –Hailee Steinfeld
About Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye” on Disney+
Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye” is an original new series set in post-blip New York City where former Avenger Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has a seemingly simple mission: get back to his family for Christmas. But when a threat from his past shows up, Hawkeye reluctantly teams up with Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a 22-year-old skilled archer and his biggest fan, to unravel a criminal conspiracy. The series also features Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James, and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. Helmed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie.
“Hawkeye” debuts exclusively on Disney+ on November 24, 2021.
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