The rumour mill has been a-churning upon reports that the Hawkeye Disney+ series has been delayed indefinitely. According to a hot take from the site Murphy’s Multiverse, the show has been quietly pulled from Marvel Studios’ 2020 production schedule.
There could be numerous explanations for this change in status for Hawkeye. Hailee Steinfeld is an up-and-coming star whose name has been floated around in Marvel/Disney+ circles as a front-runner for the role of Kate Bishop. The new series was to have Hawkeye take on a mentor in Kate Bishop as his crime-fighting protégé. However, when approached for comment about the series, Steinfeld has been cagey, likely due to the fact that she’s already in contract with Apple TV for her involvement in the show Dickinson. This conflict of interest could imply that Disney may be waiting for Steinfeld’s schedule to open up before proceeding with production on Hawkeye.
A more dire reason for the delay may have to do with the controversy sounding the actor who plays Hawkeye in the MCU, Jeremy Renner. In the fall of 2019, allegations came out from the star’s ex-wife that Renner has been abusive towards her and their daughter. Given the scandal, Disney may wish to preserve its family-friendly image by outright purging the Hawkeye Disney+ series.
Regardless, the rumour comes on the heels of other less-than-promising Phase 4 news, as the director for Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness has recently left the project, citing “creative differences”. It looks to be a precarious balancing act for the current phase to synchronize both the MCU projects and the Disney+ series; when one show or movie gets delayed, it seems to shuffle around the other projects, as evidenced with the schedule for WandaVision and Ms. Marvel getting bumped up to earlier dates.
Disney/Marvel have yet to comment on the validity of the rumour.
As an editorial aside? I was not clamouring for the Hawkeye Disney+ series, and I wonder if its sudden backburner treatment may be indicative of a lack of interest in the project from Disney, Marvel, or the general public as a whole.
But what do you think? Are people crying doom and gloom too early on Hawkeye? Is the MCU hitting its first sizeable roadblocks with Phase 4? If the rumours are true, what series would you prefer to see made in Hawkeye’s place? Discuss in the comments below!