There are hints that Hawkeye takes place in the Multiverse even though it appears to be a smaller MCU story. Hawkeye’s Clint Barton wants to spend the holidays in New York City with his family. This is because Marvel doesn’t allow that to occur. It soon becomes apparent that Hawkeye’s Ronin outfit is attracting the attention of Ronin’s old enemies. With the help of the young archer, Hawkeye will have to confront his disturbing past as Ronin. To get home for Christmas, Barton might have to do that.
Like other Marvel shows and films, Hawkeye has a few MCU Easter eggs. During the Hawkeye premiere, Marvel treated audiences to Rogers: The Musical. The Avengers’ battle in New York against Loki from 2012’s The Avengers was retold in a brief glimpse of the Broadway show. This included multiple Easter eggs. Several nods to a significant villain were made in the third episode of Hawkeye. This further suggests that Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin may be introduced into the MCU.
Additionally, Marvel may be hinting at an MCU-altering twist in the form of Easter eggs. It was revealed in the Hawkeye premiere that a young Kate Bishop stood in front of Stark Tower during Loki’s attack on New York City from the perspective of Hawkeye. In Hawkeye, the tower’s “STARK” sign is missing an “R” because Loki attacks the tower. However, the “K” is missing from the sign-in Avengers. The scene may unveil that Clint Barton’s Disney+ series in an alternate MCU timeline, even though some fans view it as a Hawkeye continuity error. An intriguing twist could have a major impact on the MCU.
There is a good chance that Hawkeye’s possible timeline shift is correct. As Chris Hemsworth’s Thor takes on Loki one-on-one in Loki’s Avengers battle, the letter “K” falls off the Stark Tower. The camera even follows the “K” as it falls from the tower in this important scene. A continuity error that caused the “STARK” sign to appear differently would be egregious. An actor playing Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man appears in the Battle of New York scene of Rogers: The Musical. To his daughter, Clint Barton points out that Ant-Man was not involved in the Battle of New York. However, in Avengers: Endgame, Ant-Man was prevalent at the battle. So, if Hawkeye is set in a different era, that would explain why Ant-Man appears in the series.
At the very least, Hawkeye appears to be acting strangely. After all, creating the Multiverse has been a central theme of many of Marvel’s previous Disney+ shows. For example, Marvel’s What If…? and WandaVision both focus on alternate timelines in the MCU and show the Scarlet Witch taking her spot as a timeline-altering Nexus being. Although Marvel’s first show on Disney+ was supposed to be Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the pandemic delayed it. This show is the only one that doesn’t appear to deal with the Multiverse. So either Marvel is taking a quick detour from its multiverse-setting shows to talk about Clint Barton’s Christmas festivities, or Hawkeye isn’t quite what it appears to be at first glance.