WARNING: This article contains spoilers about the first episode of Hawkeye.
The opening scene of Hawkeye took us back to the events of The Avengers in 2012 during the Battle of New York in which we saw how Clint Barton inadvertently saved a young Kate Bishop and how it inspired her to learn archery. It was an awesome sequence that went back to one of the most pivotal moments in the MCU told from the perspective of an ordinary person who was witnessing the battle. If you're wondering why the series decided to open with that sequence, we now have an answer for you.
In an interview with Gizmodo, Hawkeye executive producer Trinh Tran gave an explanation on why they opened the series with a flashback to the events of The Avengers told from the perspective of young Kate Bishop.
She said, "We wanted to figure out a pivotal moment that made sense for Kate to enter the MCU, especially through her eyes. Out of all of the moments, the most memorable one is [the] Battle of New York and we were trying to figure out, obviously, her age and how it fits within that time frame, as well as the experience and the events and everything. And [the] Battle of New York was just the perfect time, [especially] because of [Hawkeye’s] iconic shot when he does that flip. I mean, I remember it to this day the first time I watched it."
A lot of fans were delighted by the opening scene of the series as it showed us how a hero's action inspired someone to be like them and it is pretty much relatable to everyone. We're always inspired by our heroes or just the people that we admire. The sequence basically showed us that Kate Bishop was indeed directly inspired by the heroic move of Clint Barton, who saved her life and he's not even aware of the impact that he had on her. As we all know, they'll eventually meet years later.
The first two episodes of Hawkeye have received positive responses so far from both critics and the audience. Given what was teased by the end of the second episode, it looks like Clint and Kate's journey around the New York holiday season is about to get wild.
New episodes of Hawkeye premiere every Wednesday on Disney+.