Hawkeye Ep. 5: The stage is set, and it's grown considerably

Daniel Lubofsky
8 min readDec 15, 2021

If Episode 4 is widely regarded as the one where Marvel’s Disney+ shows produce some of (if not) their best work, I would like to point out that the second-to-last episodes have all done a great job at setting up a thrilling finale.

Hawkeye is no different, and the show continues to impress with its ability to seamlessly switch between the moments that make me laugh and those that cause a lot of allergies to spontaneously materialize around me.

With that…


Biggest Takeaway: This show has scaled so well and I can’t wait to see how it ends (even if I have no idea how it will)

Think about where we were at the beginning of the show. At first, there were no problems. Just Clint trying to spend time with his family before Christmas and Kate coming home from college.

From there, we get the following:

— The Ronan suit reappears. Kate steals it and is seen wearing it in public.

— Seeing the Ronan suit in action triggers the Tracksuit Mafia and their leader, Maya, who seeks to avenge the death of her father by killing his killer, who is Ronan.

— Because Kate stole the Ronan suit and got involved in all of this, Clint needs her help. The only problem is that Eleanor doesn’t want Kate to help out, which is apparently why she looks for a way to take Clint out of the picture, which leads her to turn to the Kingpin, who hired Yelena.

As Clint said at the end of Episode 4, this just got very real very quickly, developing from a cute little clothing recovery mission into a saga involving assassination attempts and mob bosses. For a show that figured to be on the smaller scale of the MCU, it certainly knows how to expand as much as possible. That’s impressive, but it’s also left me stumped ahead of the finale, in that I have no idea how it’s going to end.

I thought Clint only had two goals: To recover the Ronan suit and ensure that Maya would stop coming after Ronan. Those two things have now been taken care of. I guess he now needs to get Yelena to stop hunting him down before he can travel back home for Christmas. Other than that, the job feels taken care of.



Daniel Lubofsky

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