Earlier Monday, reports surfaced suggesting Marvel Studios had found its Kate Bishop in Bumblebee star Hailee Steinfeld. Even though the upcoming Disney+ show had tapped its showrunner last week, the casting news still surprised most if not for the fact it's still not set to debut for two full years. With Hawkeye not set to hit Disney+ until this time two years from now, we've got to ask the question: could Steinfeld's early casting mean the character is popping up in a property sometime before she spins off into her own show alongside Jeremy Renner?
Ten years and 23 movies later, Marvel Studios has built this incredible behemoth of films intricately woven together where characters and heroes can pop up in one property or another without little warning. That's all about to get much bigger when the Burbank-based outfit introduces streaming shows to the mix, exclusive to Disney's new proprietary direct-to-consumer platform Disney+. On top of that, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige promises the shows will be as connected to the movies as the movies have been to each other for the past decade.
Still two years out, we already know who will be playing Kate Bishop in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Conversely, we just started getting major casting news for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in July, a show starting production in the coming weeks. Though it's pure speculation, one has to wonder if they plan on including the character is that street-level show starring the likes of Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl and Emily VanCamp.
Another option some may be passing over would be a cameo or small role in Black Widow, a movie set between the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Though Hawkeye is all but guaranteed to take place after the five-year time jump in Avengers: Endgame, Steinfeld certainly has enough range to serve as a Hawkeye stand-in with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) on the lamb.
Or the studio just like Steinfeld enough to lock her down as soon as they could. Steinfeld, 22, has been in hot demand after stand-out roles in Bumblebee and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and on the verge of joining the Hollywood A-list, it's likely Marvel Studios plans on using her role for the foreseeable future.
Hawkeye is set to hit Disney+ in Fall 2021. What do you think of Steinfeld's casting as the new Hawkeye? Share your thoughts in the comments below or by tweeting me at @AdamBarnhardt to chat all things MCU!
Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, What If…? in Summer 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022. Marvel Studios Disney+ series without release dates include Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk.