Disney officially launched its streaming service late last year, but it was just a few months earlier that Marvel officially confirmed what content they would produce for it. Through San Diego Comic-Con and D23, they announced eight new shows made exclusively for Disney+. A Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton was among the initial wave, along with shows like WandaVision and Loki.
News of Hawkeye getting a solo project is something fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been waiting to hear for years. However, Clint would not be the only Hawkeye in the series, as Kate Bishop was set to co-star and eventually become the Hawkeye in the future.
In the months since the announcement, Hawkeye found a showrunner in Jonathan Igla and began searching for an actress to play Bishop. With a Fall 2021 release originally announced, it had been expected for Hawkeye to begin production in the middle of this summer – but that may no longer be the case.
According to a rumor reported by Screen Rant and numerous other sites, Hawkeye had been delayed indefinitely by Marvel Studios. The rumor cites larger changes to the MCU’s future as the reason for this delay, and not because of recent allegations against Renner.
However, The Verge’s Julia Alexander later reported on Twitter that rumors of Hawkeye’s delay are untrue, with her sources at Disney calling the news “completely inaccurate.”
One of the other reported other reasons for the delay is down to a casting issue. It turns out the actress that was rumored to be chosen for the role of Kate Bishop, Hailee Steinfeld, is busy filming Dickinson on Apple TV+.
While it’s possible that additional casting or other production issues could also be at fault for the delay, it seems the release timeline for MCU fans may end up turning out for the better because of logical events that happen in the story. We’re told that Hawkeye is still on target for release on Disney+, but it’s most certainly not until well into 2021 at this point.