When does Hawkeye start on Disney Plus?

The series was originally slated for a late 2021 release date. Of course, we know that the pandemic has delayed productions across the board - so this could get pushed back. 

Disney+ France listed several release dates on its website, once of which included a 2022 release for Hawkeye. This hasn't been officially confirmed - if we hear more we'll update this article. 

Jeremy Renner has confirmed that filming has now wrapped, so the release date will likely depend on the speed of post-production:

What is the plot of Hawkeye?

Spoilers for Black Widow ahead

The series will follow Hawkeye training his young apprentice Kate Bishop, known from the comics to eventually take over the mantle of Hawkeye. It’s highly likely that this will also be a setup for the next Avengers film.

Kate Bishop is already trained in martial arts when she meets Hawkeye, and so is a quick learner of archery under Clint’s mentorship. Like Hawkeye, she doesn’t possess any superpowers, and focuses more on street crime rather than massive outer space threats.

The inclusion of Lucky the dog in the series gives us hope that the series will be adapting the phenomenal My Life as a Weapon arc from the comics, but as of yet that's unconfirmed.

Producer Kevin Feige also revealed at the D23 Expo that we’d see more into the life of Ronin - Clint Barton’s darker alter-ego that went on a killing spree after losing his family due to the Thanos snap. We imagine this will take place in the form of flashbacks.

You can get a closer look at the title sequence below:

Yelena Belova from Black Widow will likely play a big part in the series. In the post-credits of Black Widow, Yelena had a visit from Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who showed a picture of Hawkeye and told Yelena that he would be her "next target".

Valentina made out like Clint was responsible for Natasha's death, which obviously we know isn't the case. Therefore it will be interesting to see whether Yelena continues to work for her when she finds out the truth. 

Yelena could also end up being part of the team that Valentina is trying to assemble, which includes the villain John Walker from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. 

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Who are the cast and crew of Hawkeye?

Jeremy Renner will be reprising his role as Hawkeye from the MCU, starring as the main character.

Hailee Steinfeld has been confirmed to be playing Kate Bishop, after being spotted on set in costume with Jeremy Renner. You can take a look at the photos from set below:

The same thread also shows images of Lucky the Pizza Dog, a companion of Clint's in the comics.

Other confirmed cast members include Florence Pugh, Vera Farmiga, Fra Free, and Alaqua Cox. 

Seeing as this will be about Clint Barton's life, we could see appearances from Linda Cardellini and Ava Russo, the actresses who played his wife Laura and daughter Lila respectively. We may also see appearances from Julia Louis-Dreyfus, considering her character's connection to Yelena. 

Behind the camera, we also know that Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie will each direct some episodes of the first season.

Will there be a second season of Hawkeye?

Possibly? Jeremy Renner put a caption on his Instagram Story on the last day of filming that read, "This is not a goodbye, but a see you soon". This could imply that he'll be back in some form for another season - even if Kate Bishop takes up the mantle. 

However, this could also be Renner confirming that he's got appearances in other MCU properties as Clint Barton. Once we know more, we'll update this article. 

How to watch Hawkeye

Hawkeye will be a Disney Plus exclusive, joining other live-action MCU shows such as The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Loki.

If you’ve not yet signed up to Disney+, the service costs £7.99/$7.99 per month for a rolling subscription and £79.90/$79.99 for an annual pass. You can sign up on the Disney Plus website.