A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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."
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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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