WARNING: HAWKEYE SPOILERS BELOW. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED HAWKEYE EPISODE 1-3 YET!
We are three episodes into Hawkeye, and they’ve been packed with Easter Eggs to Marvel Comics! Here’s a rundown of what I’ve spotted so far:
Kate‘s password to Bishop Security is BISHOP112012, which is a reference to Kate’s first appearance in Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye in November 2012.
Clint’s Hearing Loss
Clint has been deaf on and off throughout his Marvel Comics history, and fans have been calling for this to be shown in his MCU counterpart, and it has finally happened! Clint is now officially wearing a hearing aid, and is dealing with the fact that he is now hard of hearing, after being in too many loud battles/falling through far too many windows. He also has been shown to be using sign language – he isn’t fluent by any means, but he is making use of the language when needed.
Another reference lifted straight from Matt Fraction’s run, the Tracksuit Mafia, and they’re exactly what it says on the tin. The difference between the comic and the TV show is that in the comic they seem to work for themselves, and are buying up New York real estate (including the building Clint lives in), whereas in the TV show they are seen working for Echo, and someone even higher up than her…
The Swordmaster aka Jack Duquesne
Jack, aka Kate Bishop’s step-dad-to-be was not created for the TV show, he’s a Marvel Comic character, and not only that, he has a connection to Clint too. Jack, or Jaques as he is in the comics, is the man who trained Clint in archery and weaponry! He also turns out to be a bit of a villain who goes by Swordsman, and I doubt we’ll see him be anything less than a villain in this series!
Lucky The Pizza Dog
Everyone’s favourite Marvel pet has made his debut! Lucky is also a Marvel Comic character, and he turned up in Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye run. The only difference is that Lucky is Clint’s in the comics, and he was the abused dog of the Tracksuit Mafia (where he was named Arrow) before Clint got him. TV show Lucky seems to be having a better time of it, with him seemingly being a stray before Kate takes him in.
There is in fact an auction in the first Matt Fraction Hawkeye volume – only instead of selling off Avengers gear, the auction is selling a ‘tape’ of Hawkeye killing someone, and it’s set off Madripoor, not New York – and Clint and Kate go in to get it back!
The Names On The Apartment Buzzer
The names on Kate’s aunt’s building may seem random, but they are actually references to various Marvel comic artists and writers! The names mentioned include: Seth Meyers and Sam Moskowitz.
The Week Before Christmas
While there are no Hawkeye runs set entirely around Christmas, there is an issue of the Matt Fraction run which is set in the week leading up to the big day. That week bares no resemblance to what’s going on in the Hawkeye tv show, but I’m counting it as an Easter Egg anyway.
In episode 2, we briefly see Kate talking to a Detective Caudle about the fire in her flat, and the character turns out to also be a reference to, again, Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye! Detective Caudle is an officer in L.A., where Kate spends a lot of her time with her detective agency. The two generally don’t get along, especially when Kate gets herself into various scrapes.
The LARPer who takes Clint’s Ronin suit is another reference. Grills is a character who lives in Clint’s building in the comics, and is nicknamed Grills because he is usually at the BBQ, cooking food, during parties and gatherings between the tenants.
The Closing Credits
If you’ve read the Matt Fraction run, then the closing credits of Hawkeye will look familiar, and that’s because they were based on the artwork of the series, drawn by David Aja! (And, as a side note, Disney needs to pay David Aja, because they are referencing his artwork, without paying him royalties, so if you can add your name to the people calling for Disney to pay up, then that would be fantastic)
Echo, aka Maya Lopez, is less of an Easter Egg, but more of an adaption of a comic character, but I’m putting her here anyway, so everything is in one place. If you want to know more about her character, and who her Uncle could be, then check out my character profile.
The Bloody Hand Print
Echo’s father leaving a bloody hand print on her face as he dies is also another comic reference – in the comics, when Maya’s father is killed on Kingpin’s orders, he leaves a bloody hand print on her face. This then becomes part of Echo’s ‘costume’ where she paints a hand on her face to remind her of that day.
The Dodge Challenger
When escaping Echo and the Tracksuit Mafia, Kate suggests getting away in a 1970’s Dodge Challenger, to which Clint turns down, as he doesn’t want to destroy the car. In, again, Matt Fraction’s run, Clint actually buys the car, which gets wrecked in a chase with the Tracksuits. The car also gets wrecked anyway in the show, which I’m counting as another call back.
The Car Chase
Speaking of cars, the car chase in this episode is another reference to the same run, and the same issue. Clint and Kate do end up being chased down by the Tracksuits in the cars, and do end up firing arrows at them to get them off their backs. The only difference is that in the comic, Kate is driving and Clint is shooting, everything else, even down to arguing about labelling the arrows, is directly from the comic.
The arrows used in the chase are also a reference, because where would Hawkeye be without his infamous trick arrows? The comics reference the sucker arrow and the putty arrow directly, and the others are also lifted, with slight changes, from the comic run too.
Clint’s Classic Costume
Kate suggests that Clint needs a costume upgrade, and the idea she draws is based entirely on Clint’s original Hawkeye costume, including the helmet with the ridiculous wings.
Kazi is a villain known as Clown, who is an assassin who is hired to kill Clint in the comics.
And that’s all the Easter Eggs in the first 3 episodes of Hawkeye? Which one is your favourite, or have you noticed anything I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!