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Hawkeye Premiere Pays Tribute To An Interesting Iron Man Villain

By Soniya Hinduja
November 25,2021

Marvel has finally dropped Hawkeye on its partner streaming service Disney+. And so far, the first two episodes have shown great promise when delivering the story. The series has been received well by the audiences. This means Marvel just scored another great success for its content.

The purpose of the show is mainly to give Clint Barton the well-deserved highlight as opposed to the films. Meanwhile, the show also introduces Hailee Steinfeld’s new hero Kate Bishop into the MCU. The first episode of the series focuses on building her story before elaborating on  Jeremy Renner’s Avenger.

Steinfeld’s Bishop remains to be the best part of the show. The character has received a lot of admiration from the fans. We can even go as far as to say that she has the potential to become our favorite hero. Her debut scene says it all. Playing a 22-year-old student, she is exceptionally remarkable and portrays Kate’s character in the best manner. 

Clint Barton And Kate Bishop

Clint Barton And Kate Bishop

Marvel sneaked in a deep-seated Easter Egg to the scene to add significance to her first glimpse in the MCU. And if you’re an avid fan who has scoured all of the MCU territories following Iron Man, you are sure to admire the effort. 

This Iron Man Easter Egg Sure Doesn’t Go Amiss

Kate Bishop opening scene in Hawkeye

In Episode 1 of Hawkeye, Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop is acting out a part of a dare. As she goes through with it, she shoots an arrow at an old clock tower, which crumbles shortly after her shot rings the bell.

As an interesting fact, this particular clock tower has a long-rooted connection to the MCU. And it goes back to Iron Man.

If you pay close attention to the opening shot of the scene, you can spot the sign that displays the tower’s name. It reads Stane Tower.

A closer look at the sign

And underneath the name on the sign are a few words that give away the fact that the tower is named “in honor of Obadiah Stane.” And if you remember, Obadiah Stane, played by Jeff Bridges, was the primary antagonist of 2008’s Iron Man.

“The oldest university bell tower in the United States. Its cornerstone was placed on October 20, 1725.

Rededicated on July 19, 2006, in honor of Obadiah Stane.”

However, Stane bid farewell to the MCU with Iron Man’s final act, where he died in the original Arc Reactor’s explosion.

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Marvel Studios stands out from the rest because the production spends a lot of time and creativity in incorporating such tiny details in their movies and shows. Fans have long forgotten the existence of Obadiah Stane, which is why this subtle inclusion, as unexpected as it came, was commendable. 

Obadiah Stane and Iron Man

Then again, we wonder why an antagonist like Stane would have a tower built to his name. It is possible that the reason is not something entirely monumental. Shane was obscenely rich. He might have helped fund the college sometimes. It would make sense that something on the campus property is dedicated to him. 

So far, the show has done a great job connecting Kate Bishop’s narrative to the previous events in the MCU. This can be perfectly explained with the opening instance when she sees Hawkeye during Avengers because Kate’s entire life trajectory focuses beyond that exact moment in time. The portrayal was an incredible one. 

There are still four episodes remaining in the series. And we hope that each of them is filled with such intriguing Easter Eggs. But to find out, fans will have to tune in to Disney+ weekly every Wednesday.

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