hawk eye Episode 5 is out now on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. If you’re still reeling from the rampant rooftop battle from the previous episode, don’t worry. This episode is about more revelations, some known, some rumored, and some, well, King-size. We get to see a lot of Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova as she finally confronts Kate Bishop – although not quite in the way you might have imagined. We also see Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), who is forced to put on an old suit to take care of a few things. The episode concludes with a big reveal that has everyone waiting with bated breath for the finale of what was a light but enjoyable season of hawk eye.
let me assure you, hawk eye Episode 5 is full of new promises. The promise of a new Black Widow and a new Hawkeye has been around for a long time, but this time we see the possibility of a new ally and a brand new MCU villain. However, as it turns out, he may not be entirely new to devoted fans of Marvel movies and TV shows. Nevertheless, things are looking good for Marvel fans as the penultimate episode of hawk eye season 1 takes place.
hawk eye Episode 5 – aptly titled “Ronin”, directed by Bert & Bertie and written by Jenna Noel Frazier – begins with the voice of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) as she asks Yelena Belova (Pugh) to see all the Black Widow agents around the world using a synthetic gas that acts as an “anti-clinical submission”. Viewers may remember this from the Black Widow movie (Review) from earlier this year. Located in 2018, hawk eye episode 5 cold open unfolds as Yelena and fellow widow cop Sonya try to break into the home of yet another widow, Ana, while trying to use the chemical on her. Apparently she wasn’t brainwashed after all, and she just preferred to make money by taking out kill targets.
As Ana and Sonya begin to chat about Natasha, Yelena apologizes and heads to the washroom. Without a word of warning, she blips — something all MCU fans are terribly aware of thanks to Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War. For Yelena, she only turns to dust for less than a second before coming back to life. However, five years have passed and she emerges from the washroom to see Ana with her husband and their adopted daughter.
This is the first time we’ve experienced the beep from the point of view of one of the victims and how the actual incident only lasted a moment for someone who beeps. That was an impressive way to show the huge time jump of five years, without wasting too much time. The scene ends with Yelena asking Ana where Natasha is. If you’ve seen the Black Widow post-credits scene, you already know that Yelena is on the trail of Clint, assuming he killed her sister figure Natasha, spurred on by Contessa Valentina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). This brings it all around in the rooftop fight hawk eye episode 4, where Yelena briefly exposes herself to Barton and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld).
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The fifth episode then begins with a battle-scarred Kate returning to mother Eleanor (Vera Farmiga). Eleanor sees her daughter’s wretched condition and asks, “Does Clint think you’re a superhero?” Kate is clearly shocked, as she says, “No, me neither.” She tells Eleanor that Clint protected her hair and asked her to stay away from him, which is exactly what he did in the last episode, thinking a Black Widow agent is after him and Kate should stay away from him for her own safety. Kate tells Eleanor that she and Clint have found a lot of incriminating things about Eleanor’s new partner Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton), who is also the CEO of the dubious Sloan Limited.
In the next scene, we see a visibly injured Maya (Alaqua Cox) being treated by her friend Kazi (Fra Fee). Maya tells Kazi about a masked figure who shows up during the rooftop fight, but she doesn’t know who that person is.
We then see Kate return to her hideout-cum-apartment, where she and Clint had a confrontation with the tracksuits earlier in the seasons. Surprise, surprise! Yelena was already waiting for Kate in the shadows. However, she didn’t seem eager to kill Kate and instead quite casually prepared a plate of mac-and-cheese, treating the encounter as a casual dinner. She explains to a completely confused Kate that she didn’t want to kill her on the roof. She just wanted to keep her away.
Yelena says she knows everything about Kate, from her late father to her university GPA score. Tired of spinning around the pot, Kate asks Yelena, “Are you in New York to see Clint Barton?” “No, no,” Kate replies simply, “I’m here to kill him.” Finally, she hints that she’s been hired by someone to kill Clint, believing he killed her sister Natasha (another jaw-dropping revelation for Kate). “The trail of blood that follows him, you could surround the whole world,” Yelena’s hatred of Clint is evident here.
However, Kate tries to defend Clint. “He’s not perfect, nobody’s perfect. But he’s good.” Instead, she asks Yelena if she might need to dig deeper into whoever asked her to kill Clint. Looking unconvinced, Yelena then makes a Black Widow-esque exit through a window and asks Kate to stay away from her.
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Meanwhile, Clint takes refuge in the apartment of LARPer Grill (Clayton English), who clearly needs medical help herself. Grills informs Clint that his and Kate’s new outfits are ready (as discussed in the last episode), but Clint doesn’t want to see them yet and dozes off on the couch.
When Kate returns home, she discovers that her mother followed her advice and that Jack was taken by the police to investigate some erroneous tax records. Jack seems imperturbable and tells Eleanor that he’s been framed, and that he’ll be back “soon” for her Christmas party.
In the middle of hawk eye Episode 5 sees Clint visit the New York site where the Avengers first gathered, over a decade ago. He stands in front of an Avengers plaque, takes off his earpiece to drown out the sound and talks to Natasha. No, Scarlett Johansson does not appear here, because Clint only talks to her as you might remember a deceased friend.
Clint said guiltily that he recounts the moment of her death over and over. Referring to her sacrifice (as seen on Avengers: Endgame), he says, “I do my best every day to earn what you gave me. I miss you.” Then, in a foreshadowing mood, he says, “I’m so sorry for what I’m about to do,” and walks into the crowd.
Kate ignores Clint and Yelena’s warnings to “stay away” and tries to contact Clint by calling him. And keeps calling him until the message box fills up. Clint, meanwhile, sends a message to Maya through the tracksuits: “Maya, meet me tonight where you first met Ronin. Only.”
Clint also quickly calls his wife Laura (Linda Cardellini) and keeps her informed of the latest developments. He says, “If I don’t end it tonight, it’s only a matter of time before the big man gets involved.” What does he plan to do? And is the “big man” in question here none other than the Kingpin? We do not know yet.
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We drive to Maya, waiting for Clint. She’s not alone, though, as Kazi and the tracksuits are ready to ambush anyone who arrives. Clint, donning the Ronin suit, quickly knocks everyone out in a way that even Batman would be proud of. We also see a fully costumed Ronin in proper action for the first time since Avengers: Endgame and brief glimpses since.
After a quick fight between Maya and Ronin, she is overpowered. Here Ronin reveals that he is none other than Clint. He says it was Maya’s boss who arranged her father’s death at the hands of the Ronin, as Clint was tipped off at the time by an informant who worked for Maya’s boss. Heeding no further, an enraged Maya tries to kill Clint, only to be saved in the nick of time by a flying arrow from Kate. Kate helps rescue Clint. Her escape plan? Uber!
Meanwhile, Kazi comes to see Maya. Reflecting on the new revelations, Maya asks Kazi why he was not present at the gathering where his father was murdered? Kazi is acting suspiciously. He mumbles that he didn’t know there was a meeting at all. Maya didn’t look like she believed him and rode off on her motorcycle. Does she believe Clint? Will she team up with Clint and Kate? Fingers crossed!
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On her Uber ride back to a hiding place (which turns out to be Grill’s apartment), Kate tells Clint that the Black Widow they were fighting was in fact Natasha’s sister Yelena. We cut to the climax: Yelena follows Eleanor. She quickly texts Kate to let her know that she found out who hired her.
“Eleanor Bishop,” the lyrics read. “I thought you deserved to know.”
Yelena then sends Kate a video of her mother interacting with none other than Kingpin herself. You can tell from the blurry thumbnail that Kingpin is played by none other than Vincent D’Onofrio, from Netflix’s now-cancelled show, daredevil.
Does this mean Disney is finally bringing in Marvel Comics’ hitherto overlooked superheroes? Or will this be just another red herring like the return of Quicksilver and the X-Men on WandaVision? We’ll have to wait to find out in hawk eye episode 6, which will be released next Wednesday, December 22.
And before you ask, there’s no after-credits scene hawk eye episode 5.
Hawkeye Episode 5 is streaming now on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. New episodes air every Wednesday around 1:30 PM IST / 12:00 PM PT.
- Publication date November 24, 2021
- Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy, Superhero
- Duration 2h 57min
Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James, Alaqua Cox
- Director Rhys Thomas, Bert & Bertie
- Music Christophe Beck
- Producer Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Trinh Tran, Rhys Thomas, Rhys Thomas, Jonathan Igla, Brad Winderbaum
- production Marvel Studios
- Certificate 13+
- User review