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The following story contains spoilers for Hawkeye Season 1 on Disney+.
When WandaVision debuted at the start of 2021, even Marvel fans had to be surprised by just how enticing and gripping that series was. While Wanda and Vision were interesting in their limited MCU screentime to that point, the series immediately fleshed them out into important characters who could both now be classified as fan-favorites. Loki, a few months later, arrived with a ton of hype—that titular villain-turned-anti-her0 was already a favorite of fans. It might be the biggest surprise of the year (and that's saying something) that Hawkeye turned out to maybe be the most fun series of them all.
It's no secret that it's been something of a struggle for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to get fans on the same page as Clint Barton. And how could you blame them? When you're focusing on a genius billionaire who can create some of the coolest technology in fictional history, and a literal norse god, and a super-soldier, who really cares about a guy who just shoots a bow and arrow? What If...? did a good job telling a Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff story, making one thing abundantly clear: when you're putting these two in a story not next to next-level overpowered heroes, they can be extremely cool.
That paved the way, certainly, for what we got with the Hawkeye series; when you just have Clint Barton and Kate Bishop (longtime star Jeremy Renner and new MCU star Hailee Steinfeld) bouncing off each other, shooting some cool trick arrows, and kicking ass, it can make for a whole lot of fun—and those two great actors can really help.
But like with the other Disney+ Marvel shows, no one was really sure where this story would be headed next. Season 2? A movie? It remains to be seen—but here's what we know.
We don't know for sure just yet, but the fact that Disney+ is promoting Episode 6 as a "season finale" and not a "series finale" is a good sign. Continuing the Marvel Studios Disney+ series so far has been something of a mixed bag; we know for sure that Loki and What If...? will be returning for second seasons, and we also know for sure that WandaVision was a one-and-done. We haven't gotten word either way on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but it seems likely that story—and the character arcs around Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and John Walker in particular—will continue in the announced-but-not-officially-announced Captain America 4 movie.
The story of Clint Barton and Kate Bishop will certainly continue, but we'll have to be patient to see if its in Hawkeye Season 2, or perhaps as a part of a future MCU film.
That's a good question; much of Hawkeye season 1 were some arcs that may be self-contained here. One example: the story of Maya Lopez and Echo, which of course took up a good chunk of this season, and will continue on in the Echo spinoff series that we know is coming. That series will also likely continue any remaining mystery around the Kingpin (who we do not think we've seen the last of).
While Hawkeye covered much of the story of Matt Fraction's Hawkeye run in the comics, there are some aspects of that story that haven't been explored just yet. One of those is a small arc involving Clint's childhood (and the fact that he had hearing loss as a child based on abuse by his father) and the return of his brother, Barney Barton. This is a fairly dark story for the MCU to tackle, so it doesn't seem particularly likely, but just tossing it out there.
More likely is that we'd continue to see how the friendship/mentorship/partnership of Bishop and Barton goes. Kate sent her mom off to jail, but we know that the LARPers and Jack are on the side of the good guys now—so maybe we continue more adventures with them.
We've also now got something of a white flag waived between Yelena and Clint; we also haven't heard a peep from Val. There's likely to be some fallout here, and we'll definitely get it—it's just a matter of if it'll be in a Hawkeye Season 2 or a future MCU film or series.
Should Hawkeye return, two of our stars would be obvious: Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld as Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton (confirmed as the owner of the Rolex and a version of Mockingbird!) would also seem like a solid bet. And why not bring Tony Dalton back as Jack Duqesne? What a fun character he turned out to be. And, obviously, we'd see the return of Lucky the Pizza Dog.
Then we've got our up-in-the-air characters: who knows what happens with both Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova and Vincent D'Onofrio as the Kingpin. It feels safe to assume we'll see these characters more in the future, but we don't really have any way of knowing where.
One character we probably won't see again anytime soon is Vera Farmiga's Eleanor Bishop; she's been hauled off to jail for murder and it seems like that story is pretty much set. Maybe Kate visits or gives her a call or something, but Eleanor—though guilty—doesn't seem particularly sinister, and, thus, doesn't really seem like the type who will get a call from Val about a potential Dark Avengers or Thunderbolts situation (though maybe she winds up involved with the bankrolling somehow). We will see!
Now that question is truly anyone's guess—we have no idea on the Season 2 releases for the shows we know for sure are coming. We have no idea how the Season 2s of those shows will tie in with the movies. We have no idea of anything! We just have to wait and be patient.
While we don't know a darn thing about Hawkeye Season 2, you can feel comfort in knowing that 2022 will still have plenty of Marvel Cinematic Universe goodness on Disney+—that includes Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, Secret Invasion, and She-Hulk series at the very least. Godspeed, Marvel fans.