After “Hawkeye” aired, the ABC drama became an overnight sensation. The show has been praised by critics and fans alike for its compelling narrative and relatable characters. Now that we’ve seen how it all ends, what did the finale teach us? We explore five of the most important things from the end of “Hawkeyes.”
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The Hawkeye finale has it everything, from action to a complete musical song (Image: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus).
Hawkeye ended on Disney Plus a week ago, but we’re already mourning Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) and Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner).
The Marvel TV series finale offered up numerous interesting new avenues for the MCU in the future, including further development of Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), the planned Echo spin-off centering on Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox), and Kingpin’s (Vincent D’Onofrio) optimistic return.
Following episode six, we had a lot of questions about cliffhangers, Easter eggs, and behind-the-scenes mysteries, so we decided to ask one of the folks who worked on the production for answers.
Rhys Thomas, who directed the first, second, and sixth episodes of Hawkeye and was also an executive producer on the program, spoke with Metro.co.uk after the finale aired.
He discussed ‘deep cut’ Easter Eggs, moments that had to be revised or removed, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige’s role in making Rogers: The Musical a reality.
Even the most observant Kate Bishop fans could have missed an Easter Egg.
In the MCU TV series and films, diehard Marvel fans seldom miss even the tiniest Easter Egg.
However, there was a wink to Kate Bishop in the comics that may have been hard to find in the episode, if it was even apparent at all.
Fans of Kate Bishop may want to revisit this (Photo: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus/Chuck Zlotnick)
‘I don’t even know if you can see it because of the way the scene’s edited,’ Rhys remarked of the Easter Egg, which he described as’super deep cut.’
He said that viewers should see a flickering light in the backdrop towards the conclusion of episode two and the beginning of episode three, when Kate and Clint are being held hostage by the Tracksuit Mafia in the warehouse.
‘This is a really deep cut, but it amused me, so I’m going to say it.’ The light is flashing and there is some type of show. ‘Our board operator has worked on previous Marvel productions, including, I believe, Guardians of the Galaxy, and he’s a tremendous Marvel fan,’ Rhys said.
‘He routinely programs Morse code in the flickering lights, and that light is really flashing the date of the first Kate Bishop issue of Hawkeye.’
Kate and Lucky the Pizza Dog form an instant relationship. (Photo by Mary Cybulski/Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
‘So it’s one that I believe people would be extremely hard-pressed to find,’ he added, adding that the member of the crew had ‘done it previously on other projects that he’s worked on.’
Rhys also said that one Easter Egg he planned to add in the show had to be deleted, calling the fans ‘incredible’ for the way they ‘dig out’ the slightest of things.
‘I was planning to include in the episode of Winter Friends, which is a small little moment inside the Matt Fraction comic book run, which we did work on for a short while but then time got away from us,’ he added.
‘There’s this program that Clint watches with the kids, and we went down the path of producing that episode, and I worked with Matt Fraction on figuring it out a little bit.’ The concept was that it would simply be Lucky – Pizza Dog – watching TV, and the viewer would just catch a brief glimpse of him doing so.’
Without Kevin Feige, Rogers: The Musical would not have happened.
Since Hawkeye presented Rogers: The Musical to the world, some fans have hoped for a full-length version of the show to be produced in real life.
I Can Do This All Day’s performance exceeded all expectations. (Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios and Disney Plus)
While they only had time in the Hawkeye schedule to ‘go for that one song,’ it was’something I know Kevin really liked,’ according to Rhys, who added that ‘from the minute we began talking about it, he was really delighted about the silliness of performing it.’
Because he’d seen a hint of a Rogers musical appearing on a billboard in a screenplay, the director originally ‘threw it out as a foolish concept,’ but it was never pursued further.
However, when he brought it up at a meeting, he did so ‘with a grimace,’ believing it was’stupid’ and that the others would not want to go on. Kevin’snatched it up straight immediately,’ to to his amazement.
Rogers: The Musical may have been a pipe dream without Kevin Feige (Photo: Amy Sussman/WireImage).
‘I then attempted to backtrack because I suddenly realized, “Oh wait, hold on, I just said I’m going to do a Steve Rogers musical,” and what the heck does it mean in the MCU? How are we going to do it? What exactly is it? ‘It worried me right away,’ the executive producer recounted.
‘ Kevin, on the other hand, stayed firm and said, “No, we’re doing it,” while Rhys was informed by his employer, “It was your idea, you can’t back out on this.”
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Hawkeye’s conclusion left numerous fascinating narrative issues unresolved, including a cliffhanger suggesting Kingpin’s destiny.
It also partially verified a fan hypothesis concerning Clint’s wife Laura, since it was shown that she was or had a link with Agent 19, also known as Mockingbird.
For the first time, Laura’s history is investigated. (Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
When asked what the future holds for that narrative, Rhys said that he has no control over it.
‘It’s above me in terms of where it goes, but it was enjoyable,’ he added.
‘I think the joy of teasing out or bringing out this piece of Laura’s background was a really fun little thing to toss in and do, but I’m not sure where it leads.’
Another component of the climax that Rhys clarified was Clint’s battle with Kazi (Fra Fee), since the scene was originally planned to be lengthier and feature another significant character.
‘There was going to be a much longer sequence where Clint was going to take down all of the TSM [Tracksuit Mafia] in a sort of almost Ronin-like way, and you’d sort of see this stealthy side, and it was going to be a much longer sequence, that we ended up just truncating, and Yelena was going to come up in the office as well,’ he explained.
‘It was all a shifting goal of screenplay, logistics, stunt coordination, and visual effects, all of this preparation.’ ‘It was definitely a lot.’
Cameos from Spider-Man and Ant-Man are a possibility.
Because No Way Home was set around the same time as the Marvel series, several fans hypothesized that Spider-Man may appear in a cameo before the season finale of Hawkeye.
Many fans hoped to see Spidey, who lives in New York (Photo: Sony Pictures/AP).
While the webslinger’s presence was canceled, Rhys said that he did raise the topic, which was only briefly considered.
‘I believe I raised that question as well, because we’re in New York, and particularly in this finale, there’s a lot going on here, and it seems like someone may come to assist, and he’s doing it all by himself,’ he said.
‘But we never actually spoke about whether it would happen or not,’ he continued afterwards.
Nonetheless, given Jeremy’s ‘fun, entertaining’ connection with Ant-Man actor Paul Rudd, Rhys was intrigued in a cameo from another Avenger.
Although he said that he contemplated having Ant-Man and Clint ‘interact,’ he explained that ‘ultimately, we had a lot of characters in the show,’ and that ‘we’re going to keep it centered on him.’
Scott Lang would love to make fun of Clint with Kate (Photo courtesy of Marvel/Walt Disney Studios/Moviestore/Rex).
How Kingpin’s reappearance after Daredevil was kept a “top secret”
Vincent’s return as Kingpin in Hawkeye was formally announced at the conclusion of episode five, before he burst onto the screen in the episode six finale, after he played Wilson Fisk in the Netflix program Daredevil.
Kingpin makes a colorful comeback, replete with a flowery outfit inspired by comic books (Image: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus).
Rhys said that keeping Vincent’s participation a secret was “tricky.”
‘It was quite challenging.’ It was presented as a top-secret, top-secret proposal. I didn’t tell anybody at home, I kept it as private as possible because I was afraid of dying, so I didn’t say anything,’ he said.
According to the former Saturday Night Live producer, the actor would ‘walk between his trailer and the set with a great black cloak with a hood on it, in an ensemble that resembled Voldemort.’
‘We simply never spoke the character’s name out loud anywhere, and I wouldn’t mention his name out loud anyplace,’ he recalled.
‘They took it very seriously because you didn’t want to give anything away until the last episode.’ ‘Holding it until the very final episode was a difficult line to walk.’
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When Vincent ‘interacted with a tweet or something from someone, and people quickly jumped on it,’ Rhys stated that he was worried about the cameo becoming public knowledge.
Despite the rumors, the truth was kept hidden, with Vincent referred to on set as “the boss.”
Disney Plus has Hawkeye accessible to view.
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