Wow! Yelena is here! The rumors and leaks have proven themselves true and Yelena Belova, a former Black Widow, is in New York City trying to eliminate Clint Barton. Looks like Maya definitely has a run for her money in that regard.
If you haven’t seen the Black Widow movie or even the finale of another Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, then you may not know about the person behind Yelena’s presence in Hawkeye: Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Certainly a mouthful, to say the least. In the comics, Fontaine has a history of being a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s not exactly known who or what she works for, other than that it’s in the echelons of government and covert agencies. Whoever she works for, Fontaine makes it a point to task Yelena with the assignment of killing Clint Barton, telling her he is to blame for Natasha’s death, in order to ensure this mission really gets completed.
The penultimate episode "Ronin" skips the recap on the outset, but reverts back to that later on. What we’re initially given is an unexpected yet exciting surprise regarding a brief period of pre- and post-Blips (caused by Thanos’s and Tony’s Snaps). As the MCU moves past the Blips, it’s awesome to get peeks into what happened to the characters we’ve met along the way and how they were affected by it. We do know Kate Bishop and her mother Eleanor were not snapped away. One would think in all this time and considering all of the personal hardships they’ve had, mother and daughter would be much closer than they are. Apparently Kate doesn’t really know her mother all that well. After all, she had no idea about Eleanor’s boyfriend, Jack Duquesne. The mystery around Eleanor and Jack continues as we get so close to the end. Will absolutely all be revealed?
So far the series has been about the Tracksuit Mafia being the Big Bad right before our eyes, led by Maya Lopez aka Echo. Clearly, taking down Ronin is Maya’s personal vendetta, one that the Mafia isn’t so happy to continue supporting, but they’ll do as they are told. With each passing episode, more and more enemies of Hawkeye reveal themselves. Who will the final reveal be? We still have not gotten confirmation on who the watch belongs to, though you all likely have a good guess as to who. Also, the identity of the mysterious"uncle" (aka "The Big Guy") is revealed in the final scene, confirming rumors of the return of a major, fan favorite MCU character.
Hawkeye is two parts mystery/whodunnit and two parts action. Fists and arrows do as much talking as the characters do. Still, there’s no way there’s going to be a satisfactory finale as there just isn’t enough time left. Additionally, Hawkeye hasn’t picked up in quality the way Wandavision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier did, as it feels in the low-budget MCU vein of Jessica Jones. Even some of the CGI wasn’t great, with the purple smoke and purple goo being the top Don’ts so far from Episode 3 "Echoes." All the stops have to be pulled out next week in order to solidify Hawkeye as a great series worth of a second season. If not, the future of Young Avengers on the big screen in the MCU will be at stake.
Hawkeye is a 6-part series that can be streamed now on Disney+ with new episodes airing every Wednesday at 3AM EST.
Ruth Kotsalos spent her Saturday mornings as a kid fully invested in Batman: The Animated Series. Since then, she has been a fan of all DC animated cartoons and movies. Ruth currently works in the nonprofit sector, has a masters degree from The New School, and lives in New Jersey with her husband John, and their German Shepherd puppy, Athena.