Details you missed, Easter eggs, secret references

The bell tower in which Kate Bishop enters in episode 1 is called Stane Tower

Stane Tower sign.

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The sign on the wall in front of the tower reads: “The oldest university steeple in the United States. Its cornerstone was placed on October 20, 1725. Rededicated on July 1, 2006 in honor of Obadiah Stane.”

Obadiah Stane was the main villain of the first movie “Iron Man”, a jealous employee of Tony Stark.

The Stane Tower could be a reference to Stane trying to compete with Stark, who had his own tower called Stark Tower.

“Thanos Was Right” Graffiti in Episode 1 Washroom Nods to Conspiracy Theories

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Hawkeye has many “Avengers Endgame” callbacks at the start of “Hawkeye”.

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After 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” there were fan memes that supported Thanos’ decision to erase half of his entire life.

“Thanos Was Right” could also be a reference to the Flag Smashers, the group of super-soldiers from “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” who wanted the world to be back to how it was before the Avengers brought everyone back.

In Episode 4, Hawkeye drinks from a purple mug that says “Thanos was right.”

“Hawkeye” changes Kate Bishop’s story.

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Vera Farmiga as mother of Kate Bishop, Eleanor Bishop and Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne.

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There were clues early in the series for Eleanor’s betrayal. In the comics, Kate’s mother Eleanor Bishop apparently died when Kate was a child, and her father was the one with a connection to criminal underground. The comedic version of Eleanor is also revealed to be alive later in the story and working with Kate’s nemesis.

“Hawkeye” chief writer Jonathan Igla told Insider in an interview that it was decided to change the plots of Kate’s parents to make the series stand out.

“We had not seen [mother-daughter relationships] so much in Marvel movies and Marvel shows, ”Igla said.

The lot number of the Avengers Compound watch refers to Kang.

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Watch Avengers in “Hawkeye” and cover of “Avengers (1963) # 268”.

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In episode one, it is revealed that the tracksuit mafia is trying to steal a watch from the Avenger Compound. The lot number on this watch is 268, which refers to “Avengers (1963) # 268” where the Avengers fight Kang.

At this point, the team was made up of characters who hadn’t been properly introduced to the MCU, such as Namor, Black Knight, and Hercules. Black Knight first appeared in “Eternals” played by Kit Harrington while Namor and Hercules are said to have appeared in upcoming Marvel films “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Thor: Love and Thunder”.

The Episode 1 newsreader has appeared in several Marvel live-action series and movies.

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Pat Kiernan in “Hawkeye”.

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NY1 Morning News Anchor Pat Kiernan is the biggest sign the Multiverse exists as he has appeared in several movies and TV shows as An Anchor.

In Marvel Studios projects, he has appeared in “The Avengers”, “Iron Man 3”, “Doctor Strange” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home”. He has also appeared in “Daredevil”, “The Punisher”, “The Defenders” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Kate Bishop’s aunt, Moira Brandon, is an honorary avenger in the comics.

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Moira Brandon and Moira Brandon’s apartment number.

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In episode two, Kate Bishop explains that the apartment they are hiding in belongs to her aunt, Moira Brandon.

This is an Easter egg for the comic book character. Brandon was a movie star who sold his estate to the West Coast Avengers, run by Hawkeye and his wife Mockingbird. In “Avengers: West Coast # 100”, when the two leaders first visited the estate, it was attacked by a villain and Brandon had to save them. Hawkeye then made her an honorary avenger.

Kate Bishop continues the trend of naming Hawkeye as the famous bad archer.

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Katniss Everdeen and an Ant-Man cosplayer in “Hawkeye”.

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In episode 2, Kate Bishop confuses Hawkeye with Katniss Everdeen, the archer of “The Hunger Games” played by Jennifer Lawrence.

It could be a callback to “The Avengers” where Iron Man calls Hawkeye “Legolas,” the elf archer from “Lord of the Rings,” before taking Hawkeye to move on to another point of view.

Maya Lopez’s leather jacket has a small reference to her comic counterpart’s later costume.

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Echo costume compared to the comics.

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In the episode 3 flashback, we see Maya’s father with a triangular sun tattoo around his neck similar to her Phoenix Force costume in the comics. Later in the episode, the same symbol is found on the shoulder of Maya’s leather jacket and a tattoo on Kazi’s hand.

While Maya doesn’t have the iconic white handprint on her face like she does in the comics, her father puts a bloody handprint on her cheek when he dies in episode three, as in The comics.

There are a lot of red images surrounding Maya, highlighting her anger.

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Echo in episodes 2 and 3 of “Hawkeye”.

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Much of Maya’s origins in the comics and in “Hawkeye” are her journey to get revenge on whoever killed her father. In the show, this is emphasized by the use of red lighting.

When we are first introduced to her in episode two of “Hawkeye,” she is in a red room, and that red lighting also appears in the scene where her father dies in episode three.

Kate designs Hawkeye’s classic comic costume.

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Hawkeye’s original costume from the comics (left) and Kate’s costume design from the series.

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In episode three, when Kate tries to help Hawkeye’s “branding” problem and make him a costume, she creates one that looks a lot like her original costume in the comics. In a behind-the-scenes clip from Episode Two’s Larp scene, an extra also wears a costume that looks exactly like Hawkeye’s original costume, but that scene has been cut.

Kate (Steinfeld) also wears comic book clothes in “Hawkeye,” including a Soviet space dog Laika shirt in Episode 4 that looks like the one from the comics.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” is on TV during Hawkeye and Kate’s conversation about Black Widow in episode four.

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“It’s a wonderful life.”

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The scene shown from the classic Christmas movie is when George Bailey (James Stewart) returns to his family, underscoring Hawkeye’s desire to come home with the family. The films have other parallels to “Hawkeye,” such as Hawkeye giving up his personal dreams to help his community.

At the start of Episode 5, you can hear quotes from “Black Widow”.

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“Black Widow.”

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The opening scene for episode five of “Hawkeye” takes place in 2018 with Yelena (Florence Pugh) hunting down the last of the brainwashed spies of “Black Widow”. Before seeing a character, we hear the voices of Yelena (Florence Pugh) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) rehearse lines from the movie “Black Widow”.

We also hear the special whistle that Yelena and Black Widow used against each other.

In episode 5, Kate Bishop ironically has a Hawkeye magazine article on her wall titled “Hero Worship”.

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Hawkeye magazine article on billboard.

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In Kate Bishop’s bedroom in episode five, we see a scattered billboard that includes a magazine article with a photo of Hawkeye. The title says “Hero Worship,” which perfectly captures how Kate sees Hawkeye right now, a hero she revere rather than a partner or friend.

Alicia R. Rucker