Marvels Hawkeye TV series on Disney + introduced a new board of Marvel Cinematic Universe characters during its two-episode premiere – and one that’s definitely worth keeping an eye on is “Jack Duquesne” (Tony Dalton). As Hawkeye begins, Jack is set to marry Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga); Kate is suspicious of her future stepfather, and in episode 2, she decides to interrogate Jack in an unorthodox way: by challenging him to a fencing duel. Kate is as skilled an athlete and fighter as they come, but Jack disarms (and annoys) her almost effortlessly in the sword duel.
So why does the Hawkeyes’ Jack Duquesne like swords so much? For any Marvel Cinematic Universe fan now asking that question, there is actually an exciting answer!
Here comes the swordsman
Hawkeye will actually be introducing a whole team of Marvel Comics assassins and mercenaries for hire – and Jack Duquesne will probably be one of them! In Marvel Comics, “Jack Duquesne” is actually Jacques Duquesne, aka Sowrdsman. Swordsman was a master of weapons with leaves who worked on the carnival circuit, and he happened to be one of the two most important mentors for a young Clint Barton. While Swordsman trained Barton in blades, Trickshot trained the boy in archery, giving rise to the hero Hawkeye and his dark alter-ego, Ronin. Eventually, Swordsman was revealed to be a criminal, and when Clint discovered that truth, his mentor nearly killed him, leaving him for dead.
Swordsman wanted to continue to be a career criminal, but eventually reformed and became an Avenger. The fate of the sword fighter gained cosmic significance when he fell in love with Mantis, who was eventually revealed to be the future bride of the heavenly Madonna, Kang the Conqueror. When the Avengers and one of Kang’s variants stood up to the villain, Swordsman sacrificed himself to save Mantis from a fatal beam weapon.
It’s clear that the role of “Jack Duequesnes” in MCU will be something very different – however, one aspect of his comic book story may end up being a big twist in this Hawkeye series. So far, there does not appear to be any direct connection between Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), but that may change the moment Clint gets a glimpse of Kate’s personal life. Will Jack Duquesne be revealed as Clinton’s alienated mentor in an awkward, unexpected reunion?
There is evidence that this comic connection between Barton and Duquesne could actually be a potential story twist in Hawkeye TV series. Jack is clearly pursuing his own shady agenda – an agenda that led him to bid on (and eventually steal) Barton’s infamous Ronin sword. Jack’s “romance” with Eleanor Bishop is also shady, as they can both be for more malicious things than it immediately seems (or clearly looks like …).
With Ronin’s reappearance unleashing a whole wave of hits that are going to shoot after Barton and Bishop, Swordsman could also end up being a major threat they just have to deal with before a family drama can even take place …
Hawkeye now streamed on Disney +.
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