Marvel Studios has started off Phase 4 with a bang, bringing in a new wave of characters for audiences to fall in love with. Most recently, the Hawkeye series (streaming on Disney+) introduced a Young Avenger: Kate Bishop. Played by Hailee Steinfeld, Kate Bishop is a fangirl at heart, a young woman who fell in love with the Avengers after witnessing them protect New York City. In the show, she becomes a side-kick to Clint Barton, but soon grows into her very own heroine.
Kate has no powers, but hasn’t let that stop her from fighting the villains who threaten what she stands for. Not very often do we see MCU characters who aren’t gifted with powers but are still able to fight alongside those who are! She has not been trained to be a soldier or fighter like some have. Kate Bishop is merely a human who is determined to make the most of her life. And instead of it becoming a hinderance to her battles, it becomes a powerful motivating force that sets her apart from others characters.
One of the most memorable quotes from Hawkeye comes from Kate Bishop, who explains why Clint is such an important figure in her life:
“You showed me that being a hero isn’t just for people who can fly or shoot lasers out of their hands. It’s for anyone who’s brave enough to do what’s right, no matter the cost.”Hawkeye season 1 episode 6
This quote speaks to the audience and is inspiring. Kate Bishop humanized the Hawkeye show, and that’s one of the main traits that makes the season so charming. The show was character-driven, and most of the fan-favorite scenes revolves around Kate and Clint’s friendship away from the action. These scenes felt natural in the show because of Kate’s character, and helped to soften Clint’s image as well. The action scenes with Kate and Clint fighting side by side were not only entertaining but also heartening because of the progression she made within the show, in regards to her training. Although most Marvel fans watch these movies to escape reality and see the unbelievable powers of these heroes, it is a breath of fresh air to see a character who is so familiar to our own abilities.
Kate Bishop brought something new to the table, allowing audiences to relate to this young, new character on a large scale. Seeing her continue to grow as a heroine with Clint’s training and help made us root for her even more! We hope to see the renewal of Hawkeye for a second season so we can see this relatable, lovable heroine return and inspire MCU fans once again.