Released with great fanfare, a built-in audience and virtually critic-proof, “Hawkeye” arrives as a six-episode thriller on Disney+. For those keeping score, it’s the fifth iteration from the Marvel Cinematic Universe related to the big-screen blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame.”
Jeremy Renner reprises his role as Clint Barton, who is also the titular hero/archer. He has a weary dad vibe about him, a sign he would rather give this all up and leave the ultraviolence to younger straight shooters such as Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld).
As much as “Hawkeye” owes to the Marvel canon, Renner’s exhausted jokey aplomb is pure Bruce Willis-as-John McClane. And just to underscore the “Die Hard” influences, it takes place against a Christmas backdrop with plenty of forced frivolity and carol singing to provide “irony.” It’s the most wonderful time of the year, after all.
“Hawkeye” streams two installments tonight and will complete its six-episode assignment Dec. 22.
• On a similar theme, “Hanna” streams its second season on Amazon Prime. Esme Creed-Miles stars as a genetically altered super soldier raised in Polish exile by a CIA operative. How cozy.