We are down to just two more episodes left of Loki, the penultimate arriving in just a few days, and the finale on July 14. But as Loki comes to an end, there appears to be a more lengthy break than usual coming before Disney Plus’ next new big Marvel series, Hawkeye.
To recap, here’s how the flow of the schedule has worked so far:
- WandaVision ended on March 5, 2021.
- Falcon and the Winter soldier began two weeks later on March 19, 2021
- Falcon and the Winter Soldier ended on April 23, 2021.
- Loki began six and a half weeks later on June 9, 2021.
But for Hawkeye? Despite Loki coming to a close, we still have yet to get a release date for the series besides fall 2021.
If we are assuming another Loki-length gap, at minimum, that would mean that would be August 25. But that seems too early for “fall,” and Hawkeye seems like it wouldn’t show up until mid-September or October at the earliest. “What If?” the animated Marvel anthology series outside of MCU canon, is arriving in August.
Hawkeye has wrapped filming, we know that much, but we haven’t seen anything from it promotional-wise outside of set shots showing Hailee Steinfeld suiting up as Kate Bishop. It would make sense they wouldn’t start previewing it until Loki wrapped, and we’re also in the midst of the Black Widow promotional cycle, now that we’re getting back into the swing of theatrically released MCU movies after a year of pandemic delays. It is going to be a crowded fall/holiday season for the MCU with Shang-Chi on September 3, The Eternals on November 5 and Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17. Time to make up for lost time. So where does Hawkeye and its six episodes fit into there?
I think this series is probably going to be more important than people realize, and I have a feeling Kate Bishop herself is going to be one of the most key fully new MCU characters introduced in a while. It seems abundantly clear that Disney Plus is working to either add new Avengers to the main roster after a few major losses, or more likely, assemble the Young Avengers squad, which I can see them having Steinfeld’s Bishop lead.
A younger generation of Avengers is coming, that much is clear, though whether that’s on Disney Plus or coming together for a future blockbuster remains uncertain. Black Panther has Shuri. Black Widow is essentially a Yelena origin story. Wanda and Vision have children. Tony Stark and Scott Lang have daughters. Miss Marvel and Miss America are coming. You get the idea. And Kate Bishop is going to be a key part of this new generation of heroes, I’m certain of that.
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