Hawkeye Finale Catch-Up? You'll Just Need 1,082 Minutes & a TARDIS

With less than eight hours to go until the late-night brings the series/season (we're thinking "season") finale of Disney+'s Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton) & Hailee Steinfeld (Kate Bishop)-starring Hawkeye hits our screens, Marvel was kind enough to offer a rundown on what you need to watch to get up-to-speed on the MCU backstory that blazed the trail for Wednesday's sixth and final episode. We've got Thor, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow, and Hawkeye Episodes 1-5. Of course, if you're looking to cram all of that in before the newest episode drops then you're going to need a little more than 18 hours (or 1,082 minutes)… and apparently, a TARDIS because that wasn't going to happen even if you started watching at 1 pm ET this afternoon when it first dropped. But if you're one of those delayed/binge viewers, the following list is for you. But after the poster below? You should consider the "MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!" sign officially on & blinking so tread carefully.

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Image: Marvel Studios

Here's a look at the newest teaser for the Hawkeye season/series finale, as all of the attention gets directed on "The Boss" who's been running everything from behind the scenes:

Here's a look at D'Onofrio's tweet from last week, saying a whole lot with only five words but five words that fans of Netflix's Daredevil should find very familiar. Stay tuned for what's about to go down this week  (especially when you're never quite sure who will show up)

Towards the end of last week's episode of Hawkeye, Clint decided to go full-on Ronin and set up a meeting with Maya (Alaqua Cox). Needless to say, she didn't come alone… but since we're talking Ronin Clint, that really didn't matter a whole lot. But after besting Maya, Clint took off his Ronin mask to show his face… and to let Maya know that this all ends now. To further punctuate his point, Clint revealed to her that it was the season's "big guy" who's been getting everyone trembling who wanted her dad dead. Not taking too well to that news, Maya still looked to put down Clint but not before a narrow save from Kate.

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Hawkeye – Image: Screencap

Taking some time at Grills' (Clayton English) apartment to process everything, Kate received a text message from Yelena that confirmed what we've been speculating about for weeks but still has that "oh shit" quality to it. In the image, Kate's mom Eleanor (Vera Farmiga) is seen meeting with none other than Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio). So if you're thinking that it was actually Eleanor who hired the Black Widow hit on Clint, you would be right (and possibly as big of a shocker if not more).

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Hawkeye – Image: Screencaps

As for what the confirmation of D'Onofrio's Kingpin means big picture? Well, the possibilities are pretty endless. With D'Onofrio in play and now that we've got Charlie Cox aka Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home showing off some skills, it would appear we're getting some integration of the Netflix MCU into the proper MCU. That said, I'm expecting there to be a "shaving away" of certain things in that it won't exactly be the Netflix series' full canon coming along for the ride (as Cox has cautioned fans about in the past). As for where they could end up, we definitely know that Disney+'s Tatiana Maslany-starring She-Hulk is now in play. But honestly, you could have Cox's Murdock, D'Onofrio's Kingpin, and a number of other characters from the NMCU (Netflix MCU) make the way over to play a role of some type in any number of series coming down the line- from Secret Wars to Armor Wars.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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