Who is Kate Bishop? Hawkeye Marvel Comics’ New Story, Explained
Marvel has been setting the low profile table for the next Avengers franchise for almost a year now, long before Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) made her MCU debut. Hawk Eye. In Marvel’s first television series, WandaVision, we met Wanda’s twins, Billy and Tommy Maximoff, Wiccan and Speed, two heroes who would later belong to the group called the “Young Avengers”. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we meet another Young Avenger, Eli Bradley (Elijah Richardson), who becomes Patriot. We also meet a young Joaquín Torres (Danny Ramirez), who will become the new Falcon, a character, we’re sure, who will also join the millennial cast of actors.
While none of these characters are highlighted, their introduction into the MCU sets up a future ensemble project. Alongside Patriot, Kate Bishop is one of the first heroes introduced to the Young Avengers Volume 1 comical, which makes her famous in Hawk Eye something of a pulse control for Marvel; if Steinfeld can make any money, there’s a good chance she’ll help lead the next big Marvel team.
Of course, all of this probably takes years; four years separate the first Iron Man from the Avengers. Maybe by 2026 we’ll see something like the First Millennium (or Gen Z?) Avengers.
By then, we should be familiar with many of the comic book characters these films will likely feature, including Kate Bishop, who at one point is fighting Deadpool. Hope we are in for a crazy Marvel future.
Who is Kate Bishop?
In comic book history, Bishop grew up in Manhattan. When she was young, she was taken hostage by the villainous El Matador before being rescued by the Avengers and, in particular, Hawkeye (Clint Barton). Barton became a role model for Bishop who appreciated that he was an avenger even though he had no powers.
Like Bruce Wayne, Bishop grew up rich, but wanted to serve his city. And like Wayne, a crime inspired his heroic pursuits. Bishop was sexually assaulted in Central Park. Subsequently, she trained in saber, archery and martial arts as a form of therapy.
By this time, the Young Avengers were already formed around Patriot. The team attempted to save Bishop and a host of others during an attack, but the team was still young and inexperienced; Bishop ended up saving them. Alongside Ant-Man’s daughter Cassie Lang, Bishop sought out the Young Avengers in order to join them. After the duo repelled an attack from Kang the Conqueror, they became permanent members. Bishop and Patriot then become the leaders of the group. Bishop later fights Deadpool and the old man logan, Wolverine of the future.
After the events of the Civil War, Barton finally bows Kate, officially handing over the role to her. (Barton and Bishop ultimately form a stronger bond, especially in the Matt fraction Hawk Eye run, when both hold the famous archer title). Over the course of the comics, the Young Avengers end up picking up Billy and Tommy Maximoff.
We’re already seeing a crossover with several recent MCU franchises, including the characters Kang (introduced in Loki), Cassie Lang (who will be in another The ant Man film), Patriot (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) and the Maximoffs (WandaVision).
If we bet, we’d say a Young Avengers franchise is already on Marvel’s drawing board.
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