Review of Hawkeye Episode 6: Bird on the Wire

Hawkeye Episode 6: With the year 2021 drawing to a close, Marvel Studios had one more surprise for Marvel Cinematic Universe fans in the form of the Hawkeye finale on Disney+. The episode, titled “So This Is Christmas,” appears to be based on the lyrics of a John Lennon song, and expresses faith that the combat would end and the war will be ended. “What have you done?” appears to have eluded the show’s grasp, but we’ll get to it later.

The war against Thanos may have ended a long time ago, but it still haunts survivors Yelena Belova and Clint Barton, who have yet to fully recover from Natasha Romanoff’s death.

Yelena wasn’t even present throughout the battle, having been wiped off along with half the population, yet she misses what she’s lost, and her misplaced sadness smacked Clint in the face during the ending.

We all knew that a genuine heart-to-heart between the two would soon fix matters, but that didn’t stop me from sobbing like a baby when they eventually cleared the air. It’s time to remember Natasha the way she wanted to be remembered: tenacious as hell and in complete command of her fate. Thanos is the only one to blame for her death, and he is dead, dead, dead. Allowing him to control over so many emotions after the fact only gives him some of the success he desired in the first place, and that won’t do.

In the Hawkeye finale, there was still more air to clear and plot strands to tie up, the majority of which were addressed in the opening scene between Wilson Fisk and Eleanor Bishop. The latter was present to corroborate that yes, she killed Armand III for a reason, and yes, she had been working for Fisk since Kate’s father died, leaving them with a massive debt to him that had already been paid off with excessive interest. Eleanor was little more than a pawn on Fisk’s chessboard, exploited to the nth degree. She may have put her foot down because she didn’t want Kate to be in danger, but she paid the price in the end.

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After confronting Eleanor about how she handled the situation, Kate witnesses Eleanor being jailed for the murder of Armand III and other crimes.

In the Hawkeye finale, there was still more air to clear and plot strands to tie up, the majority of which were addressed in the opening scene between Wilson Fisk and Eleanor Bishop. The latter was present to corroborate that yes, she killed Armand III for a reason, and yes, she had been working for Fisk since Kate’s father died, leaving them with a massive debt to him that had already been paid off with excessive interest. Eleanor was little more than a pawn on Fisk’s chessboard, exploited to the nth degree. She may have put her foot down because she didn’t want Kate to be in danger, but she paid the price in the end.

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After confronting Eleanor about how she handled the situation, Kate witnesses Eleanor being jailed for the murder of Armand III and other crimes.

I have to say, the present status quo still doesn’t sit well with me, and if the MCU is serious about respecting Tony Stark’s legacy in-story, this would be a key way to do so, given Tony’s adamant desire for the Avengers to be held accountable for what they do and who they injure in the process.

Putting that aside, the conclusion was pure Yuletide delight, with a great amount of pace and fantastic action, and enough gifts to keep me going until Marvel starts giving out fresh treats in 2022.

The reappearance of Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin was thrilling, and Yelena and Kate’s fight on the elevator and beyond was everything I could have hoped for and more. Florence Pugh and Hailee Steinfeld are fantastic on film together, and their personas complement each other perfectly. All herald the new Hawkeye and Black Widow, a new breed of assassins who appear to be far more inclined to question their instructions than Clint and Natasha were in the beginning.

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