Hawkeye is finally stepping into the limelight with his very own Disney Plus miniseries, which will see the MCU’s premier archer cross paths with his protégé and eventual successor.
Jeremy Renner is back in the role of Clint Barton, founding member of the Avengers and family man, while Hailee Steinfeld makes her Marvel debut in the fan favourite role of Kate Bishop.
It’s understood that a key focus for Hawkeye will be setting up this exciting character, who has the potential to reappear in many more projects given her rich comic book backstory.
On the printed page, Bishop starts her crime-fighting career by claiming the moniker of Hawkeye and creating the Young Avengers, while more recent stories have seen her branch out on her own.
Steinfeld isn’t the only new face joining the MCU here, with fans delighted to see Vera Farmiga added to the franchise’s vast roster, as well as newcomer Alaqua Cox as vigilante Echo (soon to be getting her own spin-off).
Check out our complete guide to the Hawkeye cast below, ahead of the show’s double-bill premiere this week.
Jeremy Renner plays Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Who is Clint Barton/Hawkeye? Clint Barton is a former SHIELD agent and founding member of the Avengers, having fought alongside them at the Battle of New York (after a brief period spent mind-controlled by Loki). He sided with Captain America during the Civil War, which landed him in prison for a short time, but he was soon released under a plea deal that allowed him to return to his family home in the countryside. There he resides with wife Laura, and children Lila, Cooper and Nathaniel, all of whom were snapped out of existence by Thanos during the events of Avengers: Infinity War.
The devastating loss sent Barton on a dark path, taking on the identity of Ronin and targeting criminal gangs who survived the snap for brutal elimination. It’s not clear how many lives he took during that time, but he’s said to have caused chaos throughout the underworld, which is why a copycat vigilante quickly gets the attention of the press. Barton investigates the matter while on a festive trip to New York City, having had his family brought back to him following the Avengers’ mighty victory in 2019’s Endgame.
What else has Jeremy Renner been in? Outside of his Marvel work, Renner is known for being a two-time Oscar nominee for his performances in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker and Ben Affleck’s The Town. He has also received praise for turns in American Hustle, Arrival and Wind River, while his blockbuster work includes The Bourne Legacy, the Mission: Impossible franchise, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Hailee Steinfeld plays Kate Bishop / Hawkeye
Who is Kate Bishop / Hawkeye? Kate Bishop is a young woman from a wealthy family, who has become an admirer of Clint Barton’s superheroics during his time in the public eye. She sets out to be another bow-and-arrow wielding hero, first adopting his retired Ronin persona and later fighting alongside him against a yet-to-be-revealed criminal plot. In the comic books, Bishop sets up the Young Avengers and inherits the Hawkeye moniker after Clint retires.
What else has Hailee Steinfeld been in? Steinfeld burst onto the scene in 2010 with a breakout performance in Western drama True Grit, which earned her an Academy Award nomination at just 13 years old. Her performance in Pitch Perfect 2 brought more recognition as well as a recording contract, which has ultimately led to lead roles in Transformers spin-off Bumblebee and Apple TV+ comedy Dickinson. Steinfeld has also proven herself as a voice actor through playing Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and Vi in League of Legends streaming series Arcane.
Vera Farmiga plays Eleanor Bishop
Who is Eleanor Bishop? Eleanor is Kate’s wealthy mother.
What else has Vera Farmiga been in? Farmiga will be well known to fans of horror, having starred in The Conjuring trilogy and its spin-off Annabelle Comes Home as paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren, while she also played Norma Bates in the acclaimed Psycho prequel Bates Motel. She earned an Academy Award nomination for her performance in comedy drama Up In The Air and an Emmy nod for her work on Ava DuVernay’s hard-hitting When They See Us.
Alaqua Cox plays Maya Lopez / Echo
Who is Maya Lopez / Echo? Echo is a superhero from the pages of Marvel Comics with the ability to mimic the movements of anyone she encounters (in a similar vein to Black Widow villain Taskmaster). She is also the second deaf character to be featured in the MCU, following the recent debut of Makkari in Marvel’s Eternals. Although Maya is Native American by birth, she is later adopted by Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin in the comic books, but there has been no indication that Vincent D’Onofrio will be back as the formidable crime boss here (we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed though).
What else has Alaqua Cox been in? This is the screen debut for Cox, but expect to see a lot more of her over the next few years as Marvel Studios has already ordered a spin-off series all about Echo, in which she will reprise her role.
Zahn McClarnon plays William Lopez
Who is William Lopez? William is Maya’s biological father.
What else has Zahn McClarnon been in? McClarnon broke out in the cast of Western drama Longmire, before earning critical acclaim for his portrayal of assassin Hanzee Dent in the second season of Fargo. Since then, he has appeared in Pierce Brosnan drama The Son, comedy series Reservation Dogs as well as horror films Doctor Sleep and The Forever Purge.
Fra Fee plays Kazi
Who is Kazi? Kazi is a mercenary who is associated with Maya Lopez. Fans have theorised this character could be an adaptation of Kazimierz Kazimierczak, a chilling assassin who appeared in the Hawkeye comics on which this series is based.
What else has Fra Fee been in? Fee had a small role in 2012’s film adaptation of Les Miserables, having previously featured in a West End production of the stage show. Other screen projects include Holliday Grainger indie flick Animals and Camila Cabello’s recent Cinderella movie, which was released directly to Amazon Prime Video.
Tony Dalton plays Jack Duquesne / Swordsman
Who is Jack Duquesne? Duquesne is a mentor figure from Clint Barton’s youth, who is also known by the alias Swordsman.
What else has Tony Dalton been in? Dalton began his career by starring in several Mexican films and television shows, but has recently gained international recognition with roles in Sense8 and Better Call Saul.
Florence Pugh plays Yelena Belova / Black Widow
Who is Yelena Belova? Yelena is the adoptive sister of Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, who was trained to be a lethal operative in the same barbaric Russian military programme. She is currently in the employ of the mysterious Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who has dispatched her to take down Clint Barton, falsely telling her that he is responsible for her sister’s death.
What else has Florence Pugh been in? Since building a name for herself on British television with roles in Marcella, King Lear and The Little Drummer Girl, Pugh has gone on to become a major movie star. Her big screen roles include Lady Macbeth, Fighting With My Family, Midsommar and Little Women.
Linda Cardellini plays Laura Barton
Who is Laura Barton? Laura is Clint’s wife, who was briefly erased from existence after Thanos got his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet, but fortunately has been restored thanks to an intervention by the Avengers.
What else has Linda Cardellini been in? Cardellini currently stars opposite Christina Applegate in Netflix’s comedy drama Dead to Me. Her previous television projects include Freaks and Geeks, medical drama ER and Mad Men. On the big screen, she played Velma in the two live-action Scooby-Doo movies and Cassie Cartwright in Brokeback Mountain.
Ava Russo plays Lila Barton
Who is Lila Barton? Lila is Clint’s daughter. She is briefly seen getting some archery training from her father at the start of Avengers: Endgame, but it’s unclear if she’s kept up the hobby since returning from being snapped.
What else has Ava Russo been in? Avengers: Endgame is Ava’s only other screen credit. She is the daughter of the film’s co-director Joe Russo.
Hawkeye premieres on Disney Plus on Wednesday 24th November. Check out more of our Fantasy coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.
Woman passenger from UK tests Covid positive at Hyderabad airport
Hyderabad: A 35-year-old international passenger who reached the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here on Wednesday has tested positive for Covid-19 after undergoing an RT-PCR test at the airport itself. The woman passenger had traveled from the United Kingdom, which has been categorised as an ‘At Risk Country’.
The passenger has been admitted to the Telangana Institute of Medical Sciences (TIMS) and samples were collected and sent for genetic sequencing. Officials said she did not have any symptoms and that her health condition was being monitored closely.
According to officials, the woman hails from Rangareddy district and was on a visit to UK from Hyderabad. Though her close relatives tested negative, their health condition is also being monitored.
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Revealed: how Sidney Powell could be disbarred for lying in court for Trump | US elections 2020
Sidney Powell, the former lawyer for Donald Trump who filed lawsuits across America for the former president, hoping to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, has on several occasions represented to federal courts that people were co-counsel or plaintiffs in her cases without seeking their permission to do so, the Guardian has learned.
Some of these individuals say that they only found out that Powell had named them once the cases were already filed.
During this same period of time, Powell also named several other lawyers – with their permission in those instances – as co-counsel in her election-related cases, despite the fact that they played virtually no role whatsoever in bringing or litigating those cases.
Both Powell’s naming of other people as plaintiffs or co-counsel without their consent and representing that other attorneys were central to her cases when, in fact, their roles were nominal or nonexistent, constitute serious potential violations of the American Bar Association model rules for professional conduct, top legal ethicists told the Guardian.
Powell’s misrepresentations to the courts in those particular instances often aided fundraising for her nonprofit, Defending the Republic. Powell had told prospective donors that the attorneys were integral members of an “elite strike force” who had played outsized roles in her cases – when in fact they were barely involved if at all.
Powell did not respond to multiple requests for comment via phone, email, and over social media.
The State Bar of Texas is already investigating Powell for making other allegedly false and misleading statements to federal courts by propagating increasingly implausible conspiracy theories to federal courts that Joe Biden’s election as president of the United States was illegitimate.
The Texas bar held its first closed-door hearing regarding the allegations about Powell on 4 November. Investigations by state bar associations are ordinarily conducted behind closed doors and thus largely opaque to the public.
A federal grand jury has also been separately investigating Powell, Defending the Republic, as well as a political action committee that goes by the same name, for fundraising fraud, according to records reviewed by the Guardian.
Among those who have alleged that Powell falsely named them as co-counsel is attorney Linn Wood, who brought and litigated with Powell many of her lawsuits attempting to overturn the results of the election with her, including in the hotly contested state of Michigan.
The Michigan case was a futile attempt by Powell to erase Joe Biden’s victory in that state and name Trump as the winner. On 25 August, federal district court Judge Linda Parker, of Michigan, sanctioned Powell and nine other attorneys who worked with her for having engaged in “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process” in bringing the case in the first place. Powell’s claims of election fraud, Parker asserted, had no basis in law and were solely based on “speculation, conjecture, and unwarranted suspicion”.
Parker further concluded that the conduct of Powell, Wood, and the eight other attorneys who they worked with, warranted a “referral for investigation and possible suspension or disbarment to the appropriate disciplinary authority for each state … in which each attorney is admitted”.
Wood told the court in the Michigan case that Powell had wrongly named him as one of her co-counsel in the Michigan case. During a hearing in the case to determine whether to sanction Wood, his defense largely rested on his claim that he had not been involved in the case at all. Powell, Wood told the court, had put his name on the lawsuit without her even telling him.
Wood said: “I do not specifically recall being asked about the Michigan complaint … In this case obviously my name was included. My experience or my skills apparently were never needed, so I didn’t have any involvement with it.”
Wood’s attorney, Paul Stablein, was also categorical in asserting that his client had nothing to do with the case, telling the Guardian in an interview: “He didn’t draft the complaint. He didn’t sign it. He did not authorize anyone to put his name on it.”
Powell has denied she would have ever named Wood as a co-counsel without Wood’s permission.
But other people have since come forward to say that Powell has said that they were named as plaintiffs or lawyers in her election-related cases without their permission.
In a Wisconsin voting case, a former Republican candidate for Congress, Derrick Van Orden, said he only learned after the fact that he had been named as a plaintiff in one of Powell’s cases.
“I learned through social media today that my name was included in a lawsuit without my permission,” Van Orden said in a statement he posted on Twitter, “To be clear, I am not involved in the lawsuit seeking to overturn the election in Wisconsin.”
Jason Shepherd, the Republican chairman of Georgia’s Cobb county, was similarly listed as a plaintiff in a Georgia election case without his approval.
In a 26 November 2020 statement, Shepherd said he had been talking to an associate of Powell’s prior to the case’s filing about the “Cobb GOP being a plaintiff” but said he first “needed more information to at least make sure the executive officers were in agreeing to us being a party in the suit”. The Cobb County Republican party later agreed to remain plaintiffs in the case instead of withdrawing.
Leslie Levin, a professor at the University of Connecticut Law School, said in an interview: “Misrepresentations to the court are very serious because lawyers are officers of the court. Bringing a lawsuit in someone’s name when they haven’t consented to being a party is a very serious misrepresentation and one for which a lawyer should expect to face serious discipline.”
Nora Freeman Engstrom, a law professor at Stanford University, says that Powell’s actions appear to violate Rule 3.3 of the ABA’s model rules of professional misconduct which hold that “a lawyer shall not knowingly … make a false statement of fact of law to a tribunal”.
Since election day last year, federal and state courts have dismissed more than 60 lawsuits alleging electoral fraud and irregularities by Powell, and other Trump allies.
Shortly after the election, Trump named Powell as a senior member of an “elite strike force” who would prove that Joe Biden only won the 2020 presidential race because the election was stolen from him. But Trump refused to pay her for her services. To remedy this, Powell set up a new nonprofit called Defending the Republic; its stated purpose is to “protect the integrity of elections in the United States”.
As a nonprofit, the group is allowed to raise unlimited amounts of “dark money” and donors are legally protected from the ordinary requirements to disclose their identities to the public. Powell warned supporters that for her to succeed, “millions of dollars must be raised”.
Echoing Trump’s rhetoric, Powell told prospective donors that Defending the Republic had a vast team of experienced litigators.
Among the attorneys who Powell said made up this “taskforce” were Emily Newman, who had served Trump as the White House liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services and as a senior official with the Department of Homeland Security. Newman had been a founding board member of Defending the Republic.
But facing sanctions in the Michigan case, some of the attorneys attempted to distance themselves from having played much of a meaningful role in her litigation.
Newman’s attorney told Parker, the judge, that Newman had “not played a role in the drafting of the complaint … My client was a contract lawyer working from home who spent maybe five hours on this matter. She really wasn’t involved … Her role was de minimis.”
To have standing to file her Michigan case, Powell was initially unable to find a local attorney to be co-counsel on her case but eventually attorney Gregory Rohl agreed to help out.
But when Rohl was sanctioned by Parker and referred to the Michigan attorney disciplinary board for further investigation, his defense was that he, too, was barely involved in the case. He claimed that he only received a copy of “the already prepared” 830-page initial complaint at the last minute, reviewed it for “well over an hour”, while then “making no additions, decisions or corrections” to the original.
As with Newman, Parker, found that Rohl violated ethics rules by making little, if any, effort to verify the facts of the claims in Powell’s filings.
In sanctioning Rohl, the judge wrote that “the court finds it exceedingly difficult to believe that Rohl read an 830-page complaint in just ‘well over an hour’ on the day he filed it. So, Rohl’s argument in and of itself reveals sanctionable conduct.”
Govt to introduce important Bill, Covid situation likely to be discussed
The government on Thursday will table ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill 2021’ in the Lok Sabha. A discussion on Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and its various related aspects is also likely to take place in the lower House.
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will move the ‘The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill’ in the Lok Sabha to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.
Under rule 193, a discussion on Covid-19 pandemic and various aspects related to it will likely take place. According to sources, the members may also raise their concern and ask for the government’s preparedness for the new Omicron variant. Under Rule 193, members can seek details about the new Covid variant. “Short duration discussion is likely to be held in the Lok Sabha on the Covid and its various aspects, including new Omicron variant,” sources said.
Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Prahlad Singh Patel, General V.K. Singh, Krishan Pal, Bhanu Pratap Verma, Rameshwar Teli and Kaushal Kishore will lay papers on the table. Reports and action reports of different standing committees will also be laid in the day.
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Amendment) Bill 2021 (ART) by voice vote as the amendments moved by the DMK MP N.K. Prem Chandran, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy and Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut were negated. The ART Bill seeks to regulate fertility clinics. All such clinics will have to be registered under the National Registry of Banks and Clinics of India.
The opposition is likely to continue to raise its voices on price rise, unemployment and extended jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in some states. The opposition parties are also demanding a law guaranteeing the minimum support price (MSP).
(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
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