Creator Jonathan Igla admits to asking the powers-that-be at Marvel Studios to remember Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova for Disney+’s Hawkeye. As the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands, it continues to draw in some of media outlets’ best ability. For instance, Pugh, who has developed an impressive filmography through roles in Lady Macbeth, Fighting with My Family, Midsommar, and Little Women, made her MCU debut recently Cate Shortland’s Black Widow. In a meeting, Igla discussed Yelena’s job in Hawkeye. When asked whether the thought for Black Widow’s post-credits scene came from him or Marvel, Igla drilled down into presenting a defense for Yelena’s importance to Hawkeye’s story. Understand what he needed to say underneath:
“[Black Widow’s post-credits scene] came from Marvel, yet it came in response to [us] asking for and presenting a decent defense for why Yelena had a spot in our story,” said Igla. “I figure what I can safely say about it right currently is that there is an obvious association between Clint’s responsibility over the loss of his best companion and the other person in the world who thought often the most about her.”
Inspired by Matt Fraction and David Aja’s comic, My Life As A Weapon, the six-episode series introduces Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, a Hawkeye super fan who makes the unwise decisions to wear the Ronin costume in episode 1. Fortunately, Clint is in New York City for a couple of days. Unfortunately, he wishes to return home and spend Christmas with his family rather than defuse the mess Kate’s made with the Tracksuit Mafia and their chief, Echo (Alaqua Cox). Three episodes in, Yelena has yet to show up. In any case, a new promotion shows a masked figure in strategic stuff, which resembles the Super-Adaptoid costume Yelena wore in the comics.
Hawkeye deals with the murders Clint submitted as Ronin and his hesitance to be a hero/symbol—something exacerbated by the loss of his best companion in Endgame. By presenting Kate, a person who believes in Hawkeye, and those violated by his misdeeds as Ronin, the series is handling all of Clint’s issues. In addition, Yelena’s presence will almost certainly incite feelings of disappointment and responsibility. To cite Clint in Endgame, “it should’ve been me.” Outside of Clint, it’ll be interesting to see Kate and Yelena collaborate, as they’re the two characters with large personalities poised to inherit Clint and Natasha’s mantles, respectively. Given their specific set of skills and other similarities, it’s not difficult to envision them fostering a friendship that mirrors that of Clint and Natasha.