Hawkeye Episode 4 is the fourth instalment of an American television miniseries created by Jonathan Igla for the streaming service Disney+, based on Marvel Comics featuring the characters Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Kate Bishop / Hawkeye. The miniseries will run for six episodes in total.
Entitled “Partners, Am I Right?”, Hawkeye Episode 4 spends its first half leaning heavily on the possibilities of a mentor – mentee relationship between Clint and Kate. This is something of course that Kate wants so much – considering the early demise of her own father and perceiving Clint as a surrogate father-figure. Add to this the alienation from her mother and there’s little doubt that this is the dramatic need of Kate throughout this series.
Once viewed from this perspective, the three previous live-action streaming Marvel Cinematic Universe-based series take on deeper meanings. After all, a multi-part series allows a more thorough examination of the inter-personal character relationships like Scarlet Witch and Vision (WandaVision), Sam and Bucky (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) and Loki and Sylvie (Loki). With the mentor – mentee dynamic providing a different sensibility in this Hawkeye series, it’s a pity that even more time is not spent developing this further.
Of course, as much as both Clint and Kate may want to invest in a partnership, reality intrudes with a new agent provocateur coming into the equation to discourage Clint from risking Kate’s life in the superhero lifestyle that brings about danger and possible death. An intriguing development as this complicates Clint’s plans somewhat and he has to come face to face with the consequences of past actions once more.
Only two episodes left, Hawkeye Episode 4 will always feel like there’s more than what the series is teasing and perhaps for rabid fans, the revelations are not coming up quick enough. We shall see….
Now streaming on Disney+.
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