Marvel’s Hawkeye Actor Teases New Character’s Swordsman Skills
By: Christy Mathew
Tony Dalton, who will play a new character in Marvel’s Hawkeye series, recently teased his character’s sword talents. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame; Hawkeye follows Jeremy Renner as the title character as he seeks to retire and spend time with his family following the “Blip.”
Things don’t go as planned, as Clint Barton is forced to team up with young archer Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) to battle with foes from his time as Ronin after the Snap. Clint and Kate will also face the battle against Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh); who is shown at the end of Black Widow pursuing Clint for his role in the death of Natasha Romanoff.
Two of the original six Avengers are dead after the events of Endgame; Steve is effectively retired, Thor is focused on rebuilding Asgard, Clint is attempting to properly retire, and only Bruce Banner survives. The MCU’s fourth phase (and technically Spider-Man: Far From Home’s third phase) has been mostly about legacy.
Members of the Young Avengers comics team, including Eli Bradley, Cassie Lang, Kid Loki, Tommy and Billy Maximoff, and Kate Bishop; are being groomed to take the place of the Avengers. Clint and Bruce both have their own shows, but they appear to be more concerned with establishing other characters (Kate/Yelena and She-Hulk, respectively).
Clint’s arrival in Hawkeye will add numerous crucial elements to his character from the comics; including his deafness, his one-eyed dog Lucky, and his mentor; Jacques Duquesne, played by Tony Dalton before Kate takes over the mantle.
In an exclusive chat with Screen Rant about the next show, Dalton previewed Duquesne’s (Jack) swordsmanship ability. Jack is described by Dalton as a quirky character with obvious knife abilities. His hilarity isn’t a sign of incompetence; and Dalton said he made it a point to convey Jack’s enigmatic motivations in his portrayal.
Jack hasn’t been seen in any promotional material yet; but given that the plot revolves around Clint’s time as a sword-wielding Ronin; he’ll almost certainly play a role in that period of Clint’s life. The following is the complete quote from Dalton: