Hawkeye Series Spoiler Podcast: The Comic Years Podcast
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The Comic Years Podcast: Hawkeye Series Spoiler Discussion

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BY December 29, 2021

In a year with countless new Marvel Studios projects, everything feels like a blur. After a long drought of MCU content from before, 2021 saw everything from WandaVision to Loki, and even cinematic offerings like The Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home. No one can be more surprised than me when the MCU Disney+ series about the ‘lesser’ Avenger, is ranking up there with the rest. With Hawkeye coming to a close, the Comic Years Podcast team reunites to break it all down and talk about where the show stood among all those other Marvel releases. So, check out this Hawkeye series spoiler podcast to close out the MCU year of 2021.

Please note: Since it’s the end of the year, this Hawkeye series spoiler podcast of the series does discuss many of the other Marvel Studios releases of this year. So, if you haven’t seen the other MCU Disney+ series like WandaVision, Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, What If…?, or the movies like Black Widow, The Eternals or No Way Home, please be aware of some minor spoilers here and there.

How Hawkeye Was the Underdog of the MCU Disney+ Shows

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Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye character was always considered to be less than the other Avengers. Just a guy with a bow and arrow standing back-to-back with a God, an armored suit and a super soldier; among others. Throughout the Marvel Studios run of its shared universe, filmmakers have found unique and creative ways for Hawkeye to stand out. Things like his corruption at the hands of Loki in the first Avengers. Or the reveal of his family in Avengers: Age of Ultron. To a dark turn and eventual return from it in Avengers: Endgame.

You’d think given that history, that the Hawkeye series wouldn’t have been as good or important as the others we got this year. I mean, WandaVision kickstarted the MCU Disney+ shows with a bang with its depiction of grief and reality-altering powers. Loki continued with the introduction of time travel and the multiverse within a love story. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier tackled racial issues in the MCU. And What If…? gave us amazing alternative stories with our favourite characters. So, a show about the human Avenger training a younger replacement didn’t feel as— epic. And it wasn’t, but maybe that’s just what MCU audiences needed. 

How the Hawkeye Series Stands Out from the Rest of the Disney+ Marvel Shows

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The fact that the Hawkeye series didn’t deal with world-ending consequences was to its benefit. While the other shows had repercussions that we will be feeling through the MCU in the future, Hawkeye kept the stakes close to its protagonist. The story was a personal one, the stakes were specific to these characters, but the action and heart were huge! And even after everything is said and done, the impact of the story is limited to these characters and their experiences through this series. With some, exceptions like the fate of Maya (Alaqua Cox) and the surprise big bad of the show, revealed in the finale.

And as Joshua mentions in the podcast, the fact that 30-plus-year-olds can finally relate to a superhero with the Dad- energy that Renner brings to this show, is something we didn’t realize we needed. Feeling close to a dad with too much on his plate, but still having to clean up the mess of yet another kid, is the level of exasperation we all feel. The slow texting and the falling asleep on the couch are acts we can totally relate to. Much more than riding a magic hammer in the wind. Finally, a Marvel superhero that feels like the everyday person that we all are. If that wasn’t clear from his other appearances, then Hawkeye series drives that point home.

The Hawkeye Series Spoiler Podcast Goes into All Things MCU in 2021

During this spoiler podcast of Hawkeye series, the Comic Years Podcast team of Joshua M. Patton, Meghan Hale and Roman Colombo breakdown why they related to and loved the show. Meghan especially felt a kinship to the series, and so she explains why it was this show that stood out for her. Joshua sets out to rank all the Marvel Studios releases from this past year and takes some hits for his choices. Check out this Hawkeye series spoiler podcast to see where the team puts their favourite MCU shows and movies this year.

If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the Comic Years Podcast on all the various podcasting platforms we are on. Leave us a review and rating on Apple Podcast. And be sure to check out all our previous episodes covering many of the Marvel Studios’ Disney Plus shows.

All episodes of Hawkeye is now streaming on Disney+

Let us know where Marvel shows and movies ranked on your list, and if you agree or disagree with ours, in the comments below.

Featured image via Disney Plus.


Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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