Marvel dramatically shortens playing times for the ‘Hawkeye’ episode

When Marvel Studios’ latest Disney + Original series, Hawkeye, hit the streaming service last week, fans were pleasantly surprised by the playing times of the first two episodes.

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The episodes were about 100 minutes and delighted fans who can not get enough of longtime Avenger Clint Barton / Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and MCU newcomer Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld).

Now, however, new reports suggest that the playing times for episodes 3 and 4 are dramatically shorter, which can be disappointing for Marvel Cinematic Universe loyalists.

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According to one of these reports, the combined driving time for the next two Hawkeye episodes will last 80 minutes, which is significantly shorter than expected. Cutting about ten minutes from each episode means a lot of history could have been left on the cutting room floor.

While this may not seem like a lot of time at first glance, to put it in perspective, network TV shows with 30-minute slots actually run for 22 minutes to cater for commercial breaks. Essentially over the next two episodes of Hawkeye, Marvel Studios has cut almost one full network sitcom rate.

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For the sake of comparison, the third and fourth episodes of Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackies The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was longer than the first two installments. Tom Hiddlestons Loke, however, became shorter after the premiere. None of these series, however, had a section as short as 40 minutes.

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It is important to note that Marvel Studios has not officially commented on future driving times Hawkeye episodes. The first season of the series will have six episodes in total, following Barton’s attempt to return home from his New York trip in time for Christmas.

More about Hawkeye

Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton aka Hawkeye in Thor
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The official description of Hawkeye reads:

Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye” stars Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye teaming up with another famous Marvel cartoonist, Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Also on the cast are Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. “Hawkeye” is directed by Rhys Thomas and director duo Bert and Bertie.

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