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‘Hawkeye’: Laura Barton’s revelation and keeping Christmas alive on the farm

Finally, after a very bad week in New York, Clint Barton returns home in time for Christmas, as he promised the children. There he is welcomed by his wife Laura and his children Cooper, Lila and Nathaniel, who are delighted to see him again for the holidays. Clint also brought along two “strays”, introducing his family to Kate Bishop and Lucky the Pizza Dog. But those aren’t all the intros for this episode, as someone else is also revealed: Agent 19.

Throughout Marvel Studios Hawk Eye, Clint tried to recover a lost watch. During the black market auction that kicks off the events of the series, the watch, found at the Avengers Compound, is lost in the chaos and Clint spends the rest of the season trying to find it. He later reunites with Maya Lopez, before eventually being picked up. However, the watch isn’t actually Clint’s; but Laura’s. Returning it to her, he jokes that she needs to take better care of her things before returning it to reveal, on the back, a SHIELD insignia and the inscription AGENT 19 underneath.

“That’s what’s exciting about the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Rhys Thomas, the director of the final episode, told Marvel.com. “It’s Marvel, and the comics are so deep. It’s a universe. What I love is that these ideas could be introduced as we were sort of setting up the show.

Laura Barton, played by Linda Cardellini, has been part of the MCU since Marvel Studios Avengers: Age of Ultron, where she was introduced as Clint’s off-grid wife. Living in the middle of nowhere on a remote farm, she raises the Barton children while Clint is away saving the world. But, it turns out her history with Clint runs deeper than viewers initially think.

“We saw her over those years as his wife, and there was obviously a desire [to expand her backstory]“, continues Thomas. “We should know more about her. There’s more to her than staying home with the kids. It was a fun little thing to tease over the course of the season and again a nice little payoff that hopefully promises more than one character planted at the end.

While we may not see Laura in action, she’s certainly been busy at home keeping up the Christmas spirit while Clint has been away. “One of the things we’re trying to do is really [the Bartons] in a very pure Americana, like an American goth version of Clint and his life,” Maya Shimoguchi, the show’s art director, told Marvel.com. “[The house] is a very nice piece of American Americana.

Filmed on a farm outside of Atlanta, Georgia, the Barton home serves as Clint’s anchor and North Star as he attempts to return home. And given the time of year, he must have been covered from head to toe by Christmas.

“There was so much Christmas in the show in general, so we were trying to really focus on a kind of homemade Christmas as opposed to a commercialized Christmas, which was highlighted in other parts of the episodes,” continues Shimoguchi. “Going and filming inside this farmhouse was really fun because instead of being like a really designed interior, we were using what’s actually in this really amazing property. Set designer Missy Parker did lots and lots of Christmas layers. But as we got closer to Christmas, it became denser with Christmas. Her sensitivity and pleasure that comes with it all, you can see in every corner. It’s here.”

All episodes of Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye are now streaming on Disney+.

Starring Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, Hawkeye also features Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as by Maya Lopez. Directed by Rhys Thomas and leading the duo Bert and Bertie, Hawkeye is now streaming exclusively on Disney+.

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