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‘Hawkeye’: Inside ‘Rogers the Musical’ and Why Telling Clint Barton’s Story is Important (Exclusive)

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'Hawkeye': Inside 'Rogers the Musical' and Why Telling Clint Barton's Story is Important (Exclusive)

After long anticipation, Hawk Eye eventually debuted the first two episodes of its six-part, limited edition edition on Disney +. In the Christmas Marvel series that takes place after the Blip, Jeremy Renner takes up his role again as the aging Clint Barton trying to make up for lost time with his family in a post-Avengers world. And before a chance encounter with Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) thwarts those plans, Barton brings his kids to a Broadway performance of Rogers the musical in New York City.

At the start of the premiere, Barton and his family can be seen costumed actors reenact the famous battle of the Avengers against the Chitauri (first seen in the 2012 finale). avenger Movie). But this moment is more than an elaborate Easter egg. Speaking to ET, the cast and crew explained how the production came together on screen – and why it’s important to Barton’s story.

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The musical itself, revealed director Rhys Thomas, was created early in the development of the series. “It was just an innocent suggestion in one of ours [meetings] that I was quick to try to back down, ”he said. The original idea for the musical was to find out “why he was coming to New York,” shared Kevin Feige, explaining that Barton was originally in New York City for a “dad weekend before Christmas” with his children.

When he first heard about the idea, Renner remembered saying, “Dude, I love this. I love this already.”

When they decided on the musical, it went from “backstage of the story,” said Executive Producer Trinh Tran, to something that “just kept getting bigger” in the writer’s room. And if they did a Broadway show, she said they “should be part of Avengers history”.

Here a chance meeting between Feige and Marc Shaiman turned out to be a happy coincidence. After the two bonded over their mutual love for film scores, Feige asked the composer behind Broadway hits how Hairspray and longtime associate Scott Wittman Rogers the musical.

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And luckily for Shaiman: “His husband is a huge Marvel fan,” said Fiege with Shaiman Marvel.com tell“I went with him as a good husband to see all the films, then we would usually sit in the parking lot of the cinema and I would say, ‘What did I just see? How does it all work and who is who? ‘ And gradually I started to put all the pieces together. ”

The end result is the musical number “Save the City” which is performed on stage by a number of theater actors, including Adam Pascal and Ty Taylor as “Lead New Yorkers”, Aaron Nedrick (“Musical Iron Man”), Avery Gillham (” Musical Hawkeye “), Harris Turner (” Musical Hulk “), Jason Scott MacDonald (” Musical Thor “), Meghan Manning (” Musical Black Widow “), Nico DeJesus (” Musical Ant-Man “), Tom Feeney (” Musical Captain America ”) and Jordan Chin (“ Musical Loki ”).

“There was a full production,” said Renner. And the performance itself was filmed in front of hundreds of people at a local theater in Atlanta, Georgia, where the majority of the series was filmed when it was not in New York City, over two days.

“The whole act was a fully staged act like it was from a real show,” said Pascal, who played the role of Roger Davis in Jonathan Larson’s Broadway production of Rent and sang a demo version of “Save the City” before it was recorded by the cast.

He added that the choreography, costumes and sets were all created on the same scale as a Broadway production. “It reminded me when I was a kid, especially on Halloween, of dressing up as a superhero. [Everyone was] run around and jump around. It was really a lot of fun and we all had a lot of fun. ”

Although they had no interactions with Renner on the scene, he was in the audience for the performance. And later “he came to us, introduced himself to all of us and said hello,” revealed Pascal.

Despite the tongue-in-cheek nature of the song and the fact that Ant-Man was featured in the musical even though the character wasn’t involved in the original fight, the number was played with all seriousness. “We just had to really play it,” said Pascal.

“It was hysterical … there is something to be seen,” said Renner when he was in the audience during the filming.

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While the actor himself enjoyed the production, Barton clearly doesn’t. As a result, all of the Avengers have been invited, but Barton is the only one who shows up at the end. And not only is he stuck in a situation he can’t get out of and has an uncomfortable encounter with a fan in the bathroom, but the former superhero is also forced to relive memories he would have preferred to bury.

During the performance, Barton becomes noticeably uncomfortable seeing Black Widow on stage. And considering he’s still not over the loss of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), it’s no surprise that he wants to leave.

“It deals with a number of problems that arise from Endgame“, Said Tran and explained how the musical helps to set up Hawk Eye as a whole. “He lost his best friend Natasha. He just got his family back after spending five years without them and taking on the Ronin personality. So there are a lot of mixed feelings he has to deal with at the beginning of the series. ”

She added, “We really wanted to take the time to really explore this at the beginning. How he deals with it and how it develops in the further course of the series. ”

And while the musical itself is unlikely to be revisited as the series delves deeper into the underworld and Barton and Bishop team up to deal with the aftermath of Rōnin’s reappearance on the news, Pascal confirmed that “Save the City” was shot on its entirety. It remains to be seen whether the fans will get to see this.


Hawk Eye is now being streamed. New episodes premier every Wednesday on Disney +.

–Additional reporting from Denny Directo

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