When the “Hawkeye” TV series was announced earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con, it was assumed that Jeremy Renner would return and he’d pass the bow to a new hero, Kate Bishop. And later, we learned that Hailee Steinfeld was likely going to be the young woman who would play Bishop, and take over as Hawkeye moving forward. However, in a new interview with the Radio Times, while promoting “Dickinson,” the young actress isn’t so sure that’s going to happen. Or at least, she’s not admitting it yet.
“That’s not something that’s necessarily happening,” Steinfeld said. “We’re going to wait and find out, I guess.”
Now, the ambiguous nature of this answer isn’t completely earth-shattering, especially given how secretive Marvel Studios is with all of its superhero projects. But with the recent drama surrounding Renner (and rumors/gossip/speculation that he may not be asked to return), there’s a bit of uncertainty surrounding “Hawkeye” that isn’t found in other MCU projects. So, there’s the chance that Steinfeld is being sincere with her answer about the Kate Bishop role maybe not coming to fruition.
She continued by saying that her experience creating the recent TV series “Dickinson” has prepared the actress for future small-screen endeavors, if that happens to be with Marvel Studios or not.
“I think generally speaking, this sort of experience has prepared me for working in this sort of space,” Steinfeld explained. “So whatever opportunity might present itself in this space, I do think I will be able to tackle it, now that I’ve had some experience under my belt.”
It was recently announced that Jonathan Igla, who previously worked on series such as “Mad Men,” will take the lead as the writer and executive producer on “Hawkeye.” So, at least given all the reports and news, it seems as if this Disney+ streaming service is destined to move forward. We’ll just have to wait and see.
“Hawkeye” is expected to launch on Disney+ in fall 2021.