the Marvel Hawkeye marks the franchise’s first live-action return to the small screen since July’s season 1 finale of Loki, and the new series takes on a genre that Marvel TV aspirations have not yet reached – the holiday special. The last time Marvel ever did anything with Christmas was in Iron Man 3 in 2013. 2013! It will also not be the last, with Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special planned to hit Disney + in winter 2022. But besides Christmas time is when Hawkeye actually placed within the MCU timeline? Let us discuss:
It’s the wonderful time
Hawkeye has a lot on his plate; the series will not only end with Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) for the first time since the death of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johansson), but it also brings down its protégé, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), and who could forget Lucky the Pizza Dog (Jolt the Golden Retriever)? These events and characters are already big enough without adding the holiday concept to the mix, but at least it helps us wrap our heads around the timing of the Disney + series.
So, if in the Marvel Cinematic Universe does Hawkeye Take place? Well, of the official trailer we can conclude that the events take place at least a few days before the Christmas holidays, and in fact, Hawkeye starts 6 days before Christmas with each episode representing one day until the big day, as chief writer Johnathan Igla noted Consistency. But this question becomes much more complicated when you consider this further explanation by co-director Rhys Thomas Factor [via Games Radar]:
“We get to see where he is, we are two years after the events of the endgame. And so we can see what he has done and how he deals with his past.”
With the majority of Avengers: Endgamethe events of October 2023, Hawkeye happens later in the Cinematic Universe than any movie or TV show to date. In the trailer, Clint talks about the lost time he wants to recover. At first it seems that this could be the time lost between the snap and the blip, however Rogers the Musical is much more likely to exist to remember the captain after his disappearance (or death – Marvel has still not done what the public thinks is clear). This sets Hawkeye End of 2024 or 2025.
What does that mean?
With a date of Christmas week of 2024 or 2025, that does Hawkeye the farthest venture set in the MCU, even compared to the movies. The previous owner of this title is Spiderman: Far from home, takes place in the summer of 2024. Hawkeye will also likely take place later than future films, Spiderman: Kee Wee Heem in the Dr. Strange and the multiverse of madness, who are called to lead one another, not so far after Spiderman’s sequel. So, since Hawkeye is possibly the farthest out we’re seen from the Marvel universe in a few months, paying attention to clues to the state of affairs.
Fun fact: When the characters of Hawkeye ever traveling across the Indian Ocean, they can see a marble Tiamut of the plane.
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