Marvel’s Hawkeye is set to appear on Disney + as an action-packed TV series – and that’s because the original plan for a Hawkeye solo film was just too full of details to explain.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Producer Trinh Tran explained why Hawk Eye was eventually turned into a television series.
“It gives us the creative flexibility to explore the characters a lot more because we have the time and space to do it,” she explained. “This is exactly why we decided to move Hawkeye from the features side to the Disney + side.”
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The Hawkeye TV series has been in the works for some time, which Marvel boss Kevin Feige has confirmed Hawkeye almost had his own solo film. Now Marvel producer Trinh Tran has explained why it was so important to turn the project into a TV series. And it’s all about how much history they have to tell.
“The big question was, ‘How do we get all of this into a two hour timeframe? We have an Avenger whose backstory we haven’t fully explored, ”she explained. “We also have to introduce a new character [Kat Bishop], as well as enough time to connect and create the special dynamic that everyone finds so attractive about the comics. “
Although Kate Bishop (played by Hailee Steinfeld) will be known to comic book fans, the Hawkeye TV series marks its debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here, the character is a self-taught archer and Hawkeye fanatic who attracts Clint Barton’s attention by posing as a ronin – Hawkeye’s deadly alter ego that appears in Avengers: Endgame. This show also features Echo, which will get its own spin-off show in the future.
There’s certainly a lot of backstory to tell, so it makes sense for Marvel to develop Hawkeye into a TV series rather than a movie – all the more given the phenomenal success of WandaVision and other MCU series.
“The move gave us six hours, three times as long, which really gave us the creative flexibility we needed to tell the story,” added Tran. “But there are also challenges associated with it. We have a process at Marvel, and we try to keep that process going on both the movies side and the TV series side. We treat it as a process that works well for us. “
“But things happen faster on TV,” she said. “We have the same amount of time that we normally spend on the feature end, but we have three times as much content that we need to deliver in a shorter amount of time.”
If you need to rest before Hawkeye starts this week, we have a full MCU timeline for the character, and if you want to know what’s next, we have a full list of upcoming MCU projects.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment writer and film critic for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.