Hawkeye

TV review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Intriguing new Marvel duo's adventures have violence.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 16 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Hard work, perseverance, and courage are all present in both Kate and Hawkeye. 

Positive Role Models

Although they have to make many sacrifices to do so, the heroes are fighting for the greater good.

Diverse Representations

Most of the cast is White, with some Black supporting characters. Hawkeye has hearing damage and wears a hearing aid; his son also is learning sign language. Kate defies gender norms by wearing suits instead of dresses, to the chagrin of her family. 

Violence

Explosions and mass peril. Villains use guns. Hand-to-hand combat, extensive fighting with punching and kicking. A dead character is seen shot and bleeding out. 

Sex
Language

"Hell," "s--t."

Consumerism

A main character is from a wealthy background and her family enjoys the trappings of wealth and privilege. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hawkeye is a series about the Marvel superhero and Avenger Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a young archer who takes on Hawkeye's mantle as Ronin, a renegade crime fighter. Although all Hawkeye wanted was a pleasant holiday with his family, he finds himself fighting crime and mentoring Kate as she learns the superhero ropes. There's lots of superhero-style violence with big explosions and mass peril; villains use guns. Hand-to-hand and bow-and-arrow combat are frequent. Language includes "hell," "damn," and "s--t." 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byOctagonman November 29, 2021

Good show

It is a great show although it could use a little more Hawkeye.
Adult Written bydbecker November 29, 2021

Great show!

The first two episodes have been exciting! Lots of action and a very cute dog! Hawkeye is a plus for me as he is my favorite Marvel character. He is a real p... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byVadesNYC November 24, 2021

Common sense media really?

Violence 0?
I would say at least violence three.
Some language
Teen, 14 years old Written bysquishymonkey November 27, 2021

It's not even about Hawkeye guys

So, in my opinion, this show was a bit of a let down. Even tho the show is called Hawkeye, it’s mainly about the girl, Kate Bishop. I think that she’s a very un... Continue reading

What's the story?

Taking place years after the Purge (an event where half the world's population was decimated), this film features a world still trying to get back to normal. Hailee Steinfeld plays Kate Bishop, a young star archer from a privileged background who lost her dad in Thanos' attack. Meanwhile, Hawkeye, aka Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), is trying to enjoy the quiet family life with his wife (Linda Cardellini) and three kids. When Kate finds herself stealing the suit of the mysterious renegade crime fighter Ronin (a role that was formerly Hawkeye's), her story as a superhero truly begins. 

Is it any good?

It doesn't feel entirely necessary in the increasingly bloated Marvel Universe, but this miniseries is still an enjoyable holiday trifle for superhero fans. Steinfeld is charming as a fledgling hero, and while Renner won't win any awards here, he brings a little more life to Hawkeye than in previous performances. Marvel fans will enjoy a few fun comic moments, like watching Hawkeye suffer through a performance of "Rogers," a musical about the Avengers' earlier adventures, or Kate's discovery that the Avenger base is outfitted with Avenger-branded butterscotch. Bishop could be a solid new addition to the team, and her origin story here is a treat for the holidays and beyond. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about superheroes. Why do you think they stay popular after so many years? 

  • How do Hawkeye and Kate show courage in the face of danger? Why do you think courage is an important character strength? Do you have to be a superhero to have it? 

  • How do the main characters manage their complicated family relationships? How does Hawkeye feel when he has to abandon his family to do superhero stuff? How does Kate feel about her family's wealth and connections? 

  • Hawkeye has hearing damage and wears a hearing aid. Have you seen other characters who are deaf or hard of hearing on TV or in movies? How are they presented? 

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