In the last episode of Hawkeye, Clint helps Kate escape the Tracksuit Mafia. His only focus was getting his Ronin suit back. He had to participate in a LARP event to get it back. It turned out to be great for him, though. For Kate, he had no intentions of mentoring her beforehand. She had more important things to worry about, like Jack’s weird behavior. Kate almost got him to crack, but he played her very well. After Kate finds clues about him, she tries to contact Clint, but he is already captured by the Tracksuit bros. Kate went to their hideout to help Hawkeye. The plan didn’t go as she hoped, and both were detained. The last shot was a tease of the bros boss. It was just a reasonable way to end the episode. What’s going to happen next? Let’s find out!
The beginning of the episode focuses on Maya Lopez. It was such an emotional start. She looks like the villain of this series, but you start to feel for her. The struggles to balance two worlds at the same time is quite challenging. There was a big tease of Maya’s Uncle as well. It was a heavier person, and you know who it could be! I don’t want to say much, but it could potentially be something huge. The conversation her father and she shared was beautiful. It made his death by Ronin so much sadder. I understand why she would have a grudge with anyone who wore the Ronin suit. In this case, Clint Barton. I love when Maya’s father held her face, and she got a bloody handprint on her face. A nice nod to her comic character. Kate and Clint were still taped up from the last episode at the bros’ hideout. The old head and newcomer are very different people. It makes their team up so much entertaining. Maya walked into the room and noticed Clint’s hearing aid. She eased up a bit. Since he wasn’t communicating fittingly to her, he was taped back up. Her partner, Kazi, was the interpreter for everyone in the room. Maya wanted to know who Ronin was, but Hawkeye said he was dead. He went as far as saying that Natasha Romanoff killed him. It made perfect sense because his Ronin facade went away when she gave him hope in Avengers: Endgame.
Other than that, though, I don’t understand how Maya thought Kate was Ronin. She doesn’t look like the person who would be under that hood. Kazi and Maya disagreed on how she handled the situation, which gave Hawkeye enough time to cut the tape and escape. While he fought Maya one on one, she knocked his hearing aid out of his ear and broke it. She must really not like those things. It took a while, but we got some great bow and arrow action from Hawkeye. His accuracy was too good. He freed Kate, and they ran out to steal a car. One of my favorite scenes from the episode. The one-shot from inside the car was done so well. The trick arrows were the icing on the cake. Kate handled herself remarkably in a high intense car chase. The big trick arrow was the Pym one, no pun intended. I find it so cool that Pym’s creation can be used on an arrow; I never expected that. Kate and Clint escaped the Tracksuit Mafia and Maya just in time. It may not have any significance, but the two on the subway were so hilarious. Now that’s comedy. The directors of this episode were excellent at showing Clint’s hearing loss. The phone call with his son was so damn emotional. I bout teared up myself. I felt horrible for Kate as well. I know all she could be thinking about was her father at that moment. Do you think Clint will make it back in time for Christmas? There’s a prediction I have, but I’ll wait to talk about it in my final thoughts.
At the bros’ hideout, Kazi wanted to make sure that Uncle wouldn't find out about their Ronin affair. Maya reminded him who was in charge and asked him to look into Clint. It has to be a sure thing they find out that Clint is Ronin. I mean, they have to. Kate and Clint went to fix his hearing aid then grabbed some food. I like how Kate is excited to become a hero, but Hawkeye gives her a reality check for a minute. It isn’t all fun and games. There are serious stakes in this life. He was thinking about Nat again. There is always a possibility you will lose people or things being a hero. Kate sidetracked that talk and told him she had a costume idea for Hawkeye. You know how much I love comic-accurate suits, right? I had a big smile when she drew him a comic-accurate Hawkeye suit! Clint doesn’t like it, though. Bummer. I can’t tell if Kate knows Ronin’s true identity. It seems like she does, though, I don’t think she would be acting like that towards Clint if she knew her role model was a cold-blooded killer. I hope she does find out by the end of the series. I also hope Kate tells Clint about 2012. He needs that bit of hope. I understand why Clint said he isn’t a role model, especially after being Ronin, but he can redeem himself. Kate told him the Tracksuit Mafia isn’t going to back down, and Jack isn’t cleared yet. The two will have to work together to fix everything.
While they were walking the dog, Clint explained to Kate that Maya isn’t the main boss. There is someone else on top, someone pretty dangerous. I think you can tell who it might be by now. I’m 95% certain it is Wilson Fisk, also known as, Kingpin. Ronin hit the Tracksuits, which left the big boss upset. Both he and Maya have bad blood with Clint. Hawkeye made a great point in the taxi. After the battle at the Avengers compound, how many types of equipment, suits, items were stolen and sold already? It has to be a bunch, right? Kate explained her situation with Jack, and it didn’t sound too great. Her explanation made it sound like she was the bad guy. She insisted that they go to Eleanor’s penthouse to prove Jack is in some shady mess. They looked up Kazi and found that he was employed at Sloan Limited. It didn’t ring a bell for me, as far as any company from comics that I have read. Clint heard a sound and went to check it out. He was stopped by Jack with his Ronin blade at his neck. Oh, what a cliffhanger!
Episode three of Hawkeye is my favorite so far! In terms of midseason, I’m more hooked on this series than I thought I was going to be. Bert and Bertie did a spectacular job with the action sequences and clint’s hearing loss. Props to them. One of the things that I said I wanted to talk about in my final thoughts was Clint’s Christmas. Do I think he’ll make it on time? Well, I’m 50/50 on it right now. After the heart-aching conversation with his son, I want him to make it. But I also think he won’t make it out alive when the series finishes. There is a part of me that wants him to be punished for his actions as Ronin. I don’t know of any projects that will have Clint’s Hawkeye in them. I’m more certain Kate will take his name, and you know he is terrible at retirement. He did some wild stuff, and he needs to be called out on it. The people that know of his actions are Nat and Rhodey. Nat isn’t here anymore, and I don’t think Rhodey will do a follow-up. So, something has to happen to him, or he deals with some consequential effects of his actions. I enjoyed Maya and her backstory. It made me feel something for her. Hopefully, she turns to the good side in the future. If we get to see Kingpin in this series, I’ll say next episode, we get a better look at his character, then he’ll have a small role in later episodes. They could do what LOKI did with Kang the Conqueror, but I think Maya and Jack are more important for this series than Fisk as of right now. Another character we haven’t seen yet is Yelena. She is someone who I think has to show up in episode four or five. I would prefer episode four, so the rest could wrap up the series. I need Clint and Yelena to have a conversation about Vormir. I’m very much excited to see her again! I’m ready to see the Swordsman go at it with Kate and Clint in the next installment of Hawkeye!
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