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Marvel's Hawkeye series premiered Wednesday on Disney+, introducing fans to a new adventure for both Jeremy Renner's titular Avenger, Clint Barton, as well as the up-and-coming Hawkeye herself, Kate Bishop, played by MCU newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.
The series shows Clintreluctantly taking Kate under his wing after the pair find themselves in the midst of a dangerous plot-- andjust in time for Christmas! Along with the members of New York's criminal underground, the series also introduces a new crop of Marvel characters that comics fans are excited to see onscreen, includingKate's mother, Eleanor Bishop, played by Vera Farmiga.
"It's a story about family connecting and feeling the closeness, or the disconnect, as the case may be," Farmiga told ET's Denny Directo of the series.As forsetting the show at Christmas time, she added cryptically,"The holidays always make everything just cozier, more emotional... and always more complicated."
Complicated is right. When Kate returns home for Christmas, she gets an unexpected surprise, learning thather mother is engaged toJack Duquense, played by Tony Dalton.
"He's sort of a family friend," Dalton saidof his character during the Hawkeye press conference prior to the show's release."You don't know where he's coming from."
While Hawkeye viewers may be in the dark about Jack's intentions, Marvel fans known that there's plenty of comic canon for the show to mine when it comes to his character. Jacques Duquesne, known better as Swordsman, is a long-running Marvel comics character first introduced in 1965.
A master swordsman, obviously, the character is perhaps best known for takinga young Clint Barton under his wing and teaching him about bladed weapons, while a fellow carnival performer, Trick Shot, taught him how to shoot his bow and arrow. So, while the character starts out as a part of Kate's story, fans will surely be wondering if and how this version of Jack Duquense knows the original Hawkeye as well.
Dalton told ET that he wasn't given any specific comics as a reference point when starting the series, but he did do some research on his character's canon.
"There's one part of it that you kind of get an idea of what the character is, and then on the other hand the way it's done[in Hawkeye] is, it's sort of ventured off to a completely different story or character than it was in the comic books," he shared."Butit's good to get an idea of the essence of why this character was created in the first place."
As for swordplay,Hawkeye's second episode sees Jack taking up a fencing epee to square off against Kate, but will we get to see some real Swordsman action?
"I use a little butter knife, but I'm not supposed to say that," Dalton joked of his fancy dinner party scenes with Farmiga, stealthily avoiding the question. "One of those butter knives one day might get deadly... Or not, maybe we'll just cut some butter."
The actor did admit, however, that he'd "brushed up" on his fencing skills prior to starting the series.
"You want to look like you know what you're doing, you know?" he told ET. "It was great, I loved it. I love fencing, it's super fun. And also,being able to have a character that loves swords and kind of just grabs them and uses them is a hell of a lot of fun."
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