The Director of Hawkeye Fought Long and Hard to Include This Surprising Avengers Hero.
The non-superpowered Avenger finally gets his moment in the spotlight in Marvel’s Hawkeye, but the all-new series from the House of Ideas is also introducing a slew of new characters to the MCU. Not only will Echo, Swordsman, and Kate Bishop make their MCU debuts in the series, but you never know who else might show up.
Could Hawkeye do the same as previous Marvel Disney(plus) series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which brought back Don Cheadle’s War Machine for a brief appearance? Maybe, but according to one of the show’s directors, his attempts to get another Avenger were rebuffed.
Rhys Thomas, who directed three of the show’s six episodes and previously worked on Documentary Now! and John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch, told The Playlist that he really wanted Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man to appear in it.
“I don’t want to give anything away because we do get to introduce [some characters],” Thomas said.
“Here’s one-Ant-man, one-Ant-woman, one-Ant-woman, one-An
I like Paul [Rudd] and Jeremy’s dynamic together.
When they were on the ‘Avengers’ run, I enjoyed their press tour dynamic, and [Ant-Man] felt like a fun way to poke fun at Clint’s situation…but I did get to have a little nod to that.”
Thomas went on to tease the process of working in the Marvel machine and pitching ideas that didn’t get approved due to other MCU plans.
“I’d be scribbling notes and coming up with new ideas.”
They don’t overwhelm you. Sometimes I’d wake up in the middle of the night thinking, ‘I’ve solved it!’ And you get all excited about pitching it, and then someone like Kevin [Feige], the overarching brain of it all, will say, ‘Yeah, that’s really good and all, but yeah, we’re already doing that in this movie.’
They don’t say, ‘Okay, here’s a big book and plan, don’t touch the sides, don’t do that.’ They just wait for you to stumble into them and then push you away.”
Hawkeye also stars Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne, Alaqua Cox as Echo, Zahn McClarnon as William Lopez, and Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, reprising her Black Widow role.
Hawkeye’s first two episodes are now available on Disney(plus).