Hawkeye’s Kate Bishop has an enveloping origin story. That, and her response to the Attack on Midtown Manhattan during the Chitauri Invasion, makes her the perfect candidate to become Nick Fury’s Avenger. Through the latest Disney+ series, the Marvel Cinematic Universe allows Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton to live his own story, solo style. Although, he shares the limelight with another budding superhero.
Hailee Seinfeld’s Kate Bishop plays the co-lead in Marvel’s Hawkeye. And the first two episodes that aired on Wednesday do a great job in acquainting the audience to her person. These sequences include displaying her potential as an upcoming MCU hero. As well as shedding light on the backstory of her origin.
Warning! This article contains SPOILERS for Hawkeye Episode 1
The opening scene of Episode 1 of Hawkeye is set in the year 2012. It shows Kate’s family and her life during the Battle of New York in The Avengers. Little Kate is seen witnessing the Chitauri Invasion led by Loki (Tom Hiddleston) nearby. Since it was also her family’s apartment that took the hit during the destructible attack.
The scene also shows a particular point when some of the aliens come ferociously towards Kate. But then a perfect hit from an arrow causes them to explode. This was when Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, saved Kate’s life without knowledge of it. During the Attack on New York, this specific instance in Kate’s life plays a prominent role in her story and prepares her for the future, more so because she lost her father in that battle. Although, the way Kate reacts to the alien invasion is commendable and cannot be easily ignored.
After Kate and her mother, Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga), safely escape the ruins of their apartment, Hawkeye directly switches to the funeral of Derek Bishop (Brian d’Arcy James). Over there, Kate conveys her concerns to her mother. She asks her what would happen if the aliens came back. Eleanor soothes her daughter’s worries by assuring her that the aliens won’t come back. And that the Avengers saved them once, and they would do it again if they had to.
While young Kate tries to find comfort in her mother’s words, she is still not convinced with the answer. Instead, Kate shows how the Battle of New York has entirely altered how she looks at things. And she resolves to be the one able enough to protect them if something like this happens again. This is why Kate asks for a bow and arrow. And she commences her training in unique ways. With that said, considering Kate’s determined and brave response to the Battle of New York, it is safe to assume that she would be Nick Fury’s perfect Avenger.
After the Battle of New York, Kate Bishop has a newfound drive and motive to work on herself. And to be capable enough to fight if the world is plagued by an unimaginable terror again. This personality trait matches that of Iron Man and Nick Fury throughout Marvel’s Phase 1 and 2. The very first time Fury faced aliens was in Captain Marvel.
But The Avengers stressed that he started developing weapons to secure mankind and Earth along with SHIELD following Thor. When the Asgardians made an appearance on Earth, Fury and the rest were forced to use the Tesseract’s immense powers to create weapons. This was done to be ready to fight potential dangers arising from Thor’s kind.
On the other hand, Iron Man immediately multiplied the production of new armour following the dreadful Attack on New York. In a way, Marvel’s Nick Fury and Iron Man hold a greater resemblance. The two icons siphoned their collective concerns about the coming days into creating better equipment. And they both tried to be their best capable versions to protect the people. This is the same mindset that Kate Bishop followed right after the events of the Chitauri Invasion.
The drive and emotion that Kate Bishop possesses are admirable. And it is so deep-seated that it could potentially draw her into becoming the MCU’s main Hawkeye. Her story as a superhero is still developing. But it should not be long before Kate is recruited as an Avenger of some kind. Her superhero career following Hawkeye could take an interesting turn towards The Young Avengers.
But she also can join the main Avengers team in the coming future. If this ever happens, we will see Kate Bishop and Nick Fury share the screen. And the two might form a connection because of their similar perspectives. But it is still soon to form an angle around it. Since Nick Fury’s story in the MCU will currently be determined by Secret Invasion and The Marvels. The way these shows progress will determine his future in the MCU