‘Hawkeye’ Press Conference Addresses Kate’s Relationship with Her Mother

Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye debuts with its first two episodes November 24 on Disney+. Ahead of the premiere, The Nerds of Color had the chance to attend a press conference with Jeremy Renner, Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, Tony Dalton, Rhys Thomas, Trinh Tran, and Kevin Feige to discuss the new series!

I was able to ask Rhys Thomas (Director and EP) about why the television format worked better for the story rather than a film as well ask Vera Farmiga and Hailee Steinfeld about what they hope their characters’ relationship on the show teachers mothers and daughters watching together.

“I mean, it’s time, getting to spend time with these characters and letting them grow. Again, we’re introducing this character, and it’s about these guys coming together and learning from one another. Also, it’s a world that you get to live in for a little longer. I don’t know. I mean, again, to me, it’s just more time. It’s always, I think, you fall in love with these characters when you make these things and you fall in love with all the possibilities of the ways you can annoy Clint and smash them together. So yeah, getting to really have the runway to do that is, you know, you’re always gonna take it,” Thomas expressed.

(L-R): Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) in Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Mary Cybulski. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

“Oh, our mommies, we learn about who we are based on our relationship with our mommies; who we want to be and who we don’t want to be. Yeah, I think that’s at the center of this. I think my character, Eleanor, does see herself as a kind of superhero,” Farmiga shared. “She is in the business of help, in keeping people secure, and having a daughter who has a tendency, who is very powerful, and has a lot of prowess, but also a lot of recklessness, all mothers try to help their daughters channel that power into something more effective, you know? Certainly, that’s the big lesson for us. I mean, that’s how it starts off, but bridling beautiful energy is a mother’s task.”

“Perfectly said,” Steinfeld said in agreement, unable to top that.