Hawkeye: Why Kate Bishop's MCU Origin Should Skip Her Assault

Kate Bishop, the young Hawkeye, had a forgotten moment of sexual assault in the comics. The MCU will likely ignore it to avoid stereotypical tropes.

Kate Bishop, the Young Avengers’ Hawkeye, has a dark origin story that the MCU will likely stay away from. Kate will be portrayed by Hailee Steinfeld in the upcoming Disney+ Hawkeye series. So many comic book fans have been anticipating her arrival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe; she most definitely has the potential to stand out in this new phase of the MCU. Kate is known for her sarcasm, humor, and witty banter with the original Hawkeye—Clint Barton. She could potentially be one of the funniest of Marvel’s characters in this new phase, especially if it steers clear from one particular story.

Kate’s most memorable comic book appearances include Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja and Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen, Jaime McKelvie, and Mike Norton. These stories put the young Hawkeye beside the characters she interacts with best. One story from Fraction’s Hawkeye run perfectly the sort of whimsical and youthful tone that would fit right in with the MCU, especially with Hailee Steinfeld. Issue #14 features a standalone story of Kate Bishop as a hero for hire. The story has Kate Bishop shot at, hit by a car, and covered in bandages. Even in her seriously injured state, Kate is still cracking jokes throughout the whole issue. Lucky the Hawkeye “Pizza Dog” is by Kate’s side in issue #14 too, just as he was in the Hawkeye trailer.

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