Marvel Explains Why Hawkeye Switched from a Movie to a Series

Marvel’s Hawkeye is about to launch on Disney + as an action-packed TV series, and that’s because the original plan for a solo Hawkeye movie was too full of details that needed explanation.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Trinh Tran explained why Hawkeye it eventually became a television series.

“It allows us the creative flexibility to explore the characters much more because we have the time and space to do so,” he explained. “We decided to move Hawkeye from the performance side to the Disney + side for that very reason.”

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The Hawkeye TV series has been in the works for a while, with Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirming that Hawkeye almost got his own solo movie. Now, Marvel producer Trinh Tran has explained why turning the project into a television series was so important. And it’s about how much story they have to tell.

“The big question was, ‘How are we going to fit all of this into a two-hour time frame? We have an Avenger whose backstory we haven’t had time to explore yet, ”he explained. “We also have to introduce a new character [Kat Bishop]As well as giving them enough time to come together and create that special dynamic that everyone finds so attractive in the comics. “

Although Kate Bishop (played by Hailee Steinfeld) will be well known to comic book fans, the Hawkeye television series marks her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here, the character is a self-taught archer and a Hawkeye fan who catches the eye of Clint Barton by posing as Ronin, Hawkeye’s deadly alter-ego who appeared in Avengers Endgame. This show will also feature Echo, who will have his own spinoff show in the future.

There’s certainly a lot of backstory to cover, so it makes sense for Marvel to develop Hawkeye into a TV series rather than a movie, even more so considering the phenomenal success of WandaVision and other MCU series.

“Moving it allowed us six hours, three times as long, which really gave us the creative flexibility we needed to tell the story,” added Tran. “But challenges also come with that. We have a process at Marvel and we try to keep that same process on both the feature side and the TV show side. We treat it as a process that works well for us. “

“But things happen faster on the television end,” he said. “We have the same amount of time as we normally do at the end of the show, but we have triple the content that we have to deliver in a shorter period of time.”

If you need to catch up before Hawkeye starts this week, we have a full MCU timeline for the character, and if you want to know what’s next, we have a full list of upcoming MCU projects.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.

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