How the Christmas set Marvel series ‘Hawkeye’ was inspired by ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Home Alone’

Hawkeye is not the first Marvel Cinematic Universe property to be put on during the December holidays – it would be 2013’s Iron Man 3 – but there’s no doubt that the new Disney + series is the closest Marvel has fallen on a Christmas special.

The story, of course, follows its self-proclaimed Avenger, aka Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), who is just trying to show his three children a Merry Christmas Eve in New York City when he’s set off after seeing someone pretending to be his Snap-era alter ego vigilante Ronin. The deceiver is the young archer Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), who, as comic book fans know, is ready to eventually take over Hawkeye’s cloak in MCU, where this series marks a passing of the bow and arrow.

“We would like to find a way to separate it from all the series that have been released and all the series that are coming out. [in the future], “executive producer Trinh Tran (Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame) told us ahead of the debut of the fifth MCU series to premiere at Disney + the following year WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and What if?. “And we love holidays. We love holiday events. And other than that Iron Man 3, we do not really have that [dove] into that area. And out of all the characters, Clint Barton made the most sense. He is one of the few Avengers with the family with children. Family is central to him, and especially after Playoffs where he lost his family [to Thanos’s snap], took on another person for five years and then got his family back. He has lost all the time, but still again, he [gets stuck] on this mission, where there is a ticking clock, will he come home in time to vacation? ”

If that sounds like a premise derived from other bona fide Christmas classics like Die hard (1988) and Home alone (1990), it is by design. Both were of great influence Hawkeye.

Hailee Steinfeld and Jeremy Renner in ‘Hawkeye’ (Photo: Disney + / Marvel Studios)

“There’s definitely that style in there,” Tran says of the show Die hard DNA.

“There is Home alone, which I also really love. Die hard obviously has the action, has the character. So we looked at a ton of them. We also watched different Christmas music. But most important of all was also: ‘How do we integrate it and maintain the feeling that we are looking for in all the projects we have created?’

Cast was fully on board with Marvel’s polar express.

“The fact that this is happening during the holiday season, it’s beautiful and wonderful and nice and heartfelt and emotional,” Steinfeld says (Pitch Perfect, Bumblebee). “But it’s complicated too, and there are a lot of layers and a lot of depth, and a lot that can go wrong, a lot. it doesgo wrong. … But I love that it’s the background of our show and plays such a big part in it. “

Or as Renner puts it simply: “The best gifts come wrapped in a bow, duh.”

See our full interview with Tran, Renner, Steinfeld and co-stars Vera Farmiga and Tony Dalton above.

Video produced by Anne Lilburn and edited by Steve Michel

Hawkeye premieres Wednesday at Disney + and ends appropriately just three days before Christmas on December 22nd.

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