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'Hawkeye' Episode 1 introduces Kate Bishop. Here's what she brings to the MCU

Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

"I immediately tried backtracking on it because … suddenly, all the ramifications of actually making a musical of the MCU sort of hit me," said Thomas.

Who is Jack Duquesne and why is he so into swords?

Another new character introduced in the series is Kate's stepfather-to-be, Jack Duquesne (Tony Dalton), who seems to be really into swords. Jack is the MCU version of Jacques Duquesne, aka the Swordsman, a comic book villain first introduced in the pages of "The Avengers" in the 1960s.

As his alias implies, he's a master swordsman, and in the comics, he's primarily known for his affiliation with Clint. Duquesne took in a young Clint and taught him everything he knows about bladed weapons. His depiction has moved between villain and vigilante over the years, but it's probably in Kate's best interest to keep an eye on him.

Were those criminals in tracksuits?

First seen crashing the black market auction before jumping Kate because they believe she's Ronin is a gang referred to as the Tracksuit Mafia. Their signature attire and overuse of "bro" is pulled directly from Fraction and Aja's "Hawkeye" run, where the group, known as the Tracksuit Draculas, were recurring villains intent on taking Clint down.

 

Who's a good boy?

A character highly anticipated by fans of the Fraction/Aja "Hawkeye" run is Lucky the Pizza Dog. In the first issue of that "Hawkeye" run, Clint rescues a dog after a scuffle with the Tracksuits and ends up taking him in and renaming him Lucky (the dog's original name was Arrow). The run's acclaimed "Hawkeye" No. 11 is told strictly from Pizza Dog's perspective, where he proves he has a nose for detective work.

In the show, Kate is the one that rescues a dog from traffic. Though she's resistant to claim him as her dog, we soon learn pizza is his business.

"I think this is an important starting point for her because dogs are a lot of responsibility," said Igla. "This was a small way in which I wanted to highlight some of the the reality of the world that they live in. It is a world with alien invasions and superpowers, but even in a world with alien invasions and superpowers, you still have a responsibility to take care of a dog if you end up taking in a dog."

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