Hailee Steinfeld couldn’t help but marvel throughout her time on the “Hawkeye” set.
The actress-singer makes her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the new six-part Disney+ series, portraying the eager archer Kate Bishop, and says her addition to the superhero world really sank in during an action-packed car chase sequence.
“I will never forget, after the first take, I was just, like, giddy,” Steinfeld told the Daily News. “Something came over me and I just was like, ‘This is what I signed up for. This is why I wanted to do this.’ I got to have several of those moments throughout shooting.”
Steinfeld’s introduction to the Marvel franchise mirrors that of her character, a wide-eyed college student who hopes to adopt the hero lifestyle over the course of the series, which debuts Wednesday.
Kate has long idolized the arrow-shooting Avenger known as Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, and ultimately joins forces with him as new terrors threaten New York City right before Christmas.
“She brings up a lot of difficulties in his life,” Renner told The News. “She brings up a lot of problems in his life, and maybe even heals some parts of him. I think their relationship is one of the more beautiful things in this show that’s very grounded and connected.”
Renner has portrayed Hawkeye, whose given name is Clint Barton, for a decade, debuting as the masterful marksman in 2011′s “Thor” before serving as one of the original six Avengers.
“Hawkeye” is the first project from Marvel Studios in which Renner’s hero is the central character. The show picks up after the events of 2019′s “Avengers: Endgame,” when Clint’s dark past as the sword-wielding, crime-fighting mercenary Ronin was exposed.
Renner, 50, is excited for audiences to learn more about his longtime character through the six-hour series.
“We get to explore a lot of the things that happened when he was Ronin,” Renner said. “We get to explore relationships with new friends, I suppose, that become amazingly important. There’s a lot more you can explore because of the time.”
The series begins with Clint still reeling from the death of his best friend, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. He’s since embraced a more family-focused lifestyle, and hopes to complete his mission in New York in time to spend the holidays with his wife and kids.
Kate, meanwhile, is a native New Yorker who wants to “be a source of light” and help people, said Steinfeld, who previously starred in the “Pitch Perfect” movies and released hit songs such as “Starving” and “Let Me Go.”
“(The series) really is a beautiful evolution of someone meeting their idol and being completely enamored by that, and seeing this human underneath all of that,” Steinfeld, 24, said. “Seeing this person that wants to do good despite their past. It turns into, whether or not he’s willing to admit it right away, a partnership.”
The complicated dynamic between Clint and Kate grows as their unlikely journey together unfolds.
“It’s not linear,” Renner said. “There’s a lot of shifts and changes, and ups and downs, and wonderful things and terrible things that happen. I think the archetypal energy of them makes them realize, like, how did these characters ever exist without each other?”
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