Marvel Studios is working on a range of eight-to-ten-episode big-budget TV shows for the Disney streaming service, and a prime contender should be a Hawkeye show, focusing on the relationship between Clint Barton and his protege/partner, Kate Bishop.
Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye has been a major character in the MCU, although Hawkeye has never been the star of his own film, and technically spent a good part of The Avengers working for the bad guys. Avengers: Age of Ultron expanded his story more by exploring his family life, and saw him step up as something of a mentor for Scarlet Witch. That paid off in Captain America: Civil War, when Hawkeye left retirement to talk Wanda into breaking her "house arrest." The founding Avenger was absent from Avengers: Infinity War, but is expected to suit up as Ronin in next year's Avengers 4. By all accounts, he'll be an important figure in the film.
There's long been talk of a Hawkeye movie, and Jeremy Renner has always been positive about the idea. "Just don't wait too long," he quipped in an interview last year. "I don't want to be in my 50s in tights." The latest reports, however, suggest that Marvel may be changing direction. The studio is working on a series of film-budget mini TV shows for the Disney streaming service, with characters like Loki and the Scarlet Witch reportedly set to star in their own series. It has since been suggested that Marvel may be changing plans for Hawkeye, pivoting towards turning this project into one of the shows. What's more, as had previously been implied, the rumor suggests the show will introduce Clint Barton's replacement - who fans can only assume is Kate Bishop. True or not, the idea makes sense, and it's one of the best possible uses of Hawkeye.
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Introducing Kate Bishop - The Next Hawkeye
Created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung back in 2005, Kate Bishop was introduced as a civilian who crossed the paths of a team known as the Young Avengers. Independent, tough-minded, and devastatingly blunt, Kate was no "damsel in distress." Her introductory scene saw her one of a number of wedding guests held hostage by gunmen, and she was visibly frustrated. "We can take these guys," she protested to the bride. "There's two hundred of us and only five of them." It didn't take long for Kate to suit up and, given she believed Clint Barton was retired at the time, she soon took up the "Hawkeye" codename.
Marvel Studios seem to be increasingly interested in exploring the so-called "Legacy Heroes," like Sam Wilson's Captain America or Kamala Khan's Ms. Marvel. The Young Avengers - who also included Scott Lang's daughter, Cassie - were essentially the forerunners of the whole idea of Legacy Heroes. Kate Bishop was one of their most popular characters, and she soon wound up partnered with Clint Barton himself. Amusingly enough, neither was willing to give up the "Hawkeye" moniker, even though they tended to work together a lot. If Marvel really is considering giving the MCU version of Hawkeye a protege, Kate is frankly the only possible candidate.