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‘Hawkeye’: Vera Farmiga and Tony Dalton Share Comic Book Inspiration, Play Good versus Evil (Exclusive)

'Hawkeye': Vera Farmiga and Tony Dalton Share Comic Book Inspiration, Play Good versus Evil (Exclusive)

Marvels Hawk Eye The series premiered on Disney + on Wednesday and took fans on a new adventure for both Jeremy Renner’s eponymous Avenger, Clint Barton, and up-and-coming Hawkeye himself, Kate Bishop, played by MCU newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.

The series shows Clint reluctantly taking Kate under his wing after the two find themselves in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy – right on time for Christmas! Along with members of the New York criminal underground, the series also introduces a new line of Marvel characters that comic book fans are excited to see on screen, including Kate’s mother, Eleanor Bishop, played by Vera Farmiga.

“It’s a story about family connection and a sense of closeness or separation,” Farmiga told ET’s Denny Directo about the series. As for the show’s take on the Christmas season, she cryptically added, “The holidays make everything cozier, more emotional … and more and more complicated.”

Complicated is right. When Kate returns home for Christmas, she gets an unexpected surprise to learn that her mother is engaged to Jack Duquense, played by Tony Dalton.

“He’s kind of a family friend,” Dalton said of his character during the Hawk Eye Press conference ahead of the show’s release. “You don’t know where he’s from.”

Hawkeye Vera Farmiga Tony Dalton
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While Hawk Eye Viewers can feel in the dark about Jack’s intentions, Marvel fans know that there is a lot of comic book canon for the show regarding his character. Jacques Duquesne, better known as Swordsman, is a longtime Marvel comic book character who was first introduced in 1965.

Obviously, the character is a master swordsman, perhaps best known for taking a young Clint Barton under his wing and teaching him bladed weapons, while another Carnival performer, Trick Shot, taught him how to shoot a bow and arrow. So while the character begins as part of Kate’s story, fans will certainly wonder if and how this version of Jack Duquense also knows the original Hawkeye.

Dalton told ET that he wasn’t given any specific comics as a point of reference at the start of the series, but he did some research into his character’s canon.

“There’s part of it that you get an idea of ​​what the character is and then part of it, how it’s made [in Hawkeye] is, it’s kind of a completely different story or character than in the comics, “he shared.” But it’s good to get an idea of ​​why this character was created in the first place. “

As for sword fighting, Hawk EyeIn the second episode of Jack, Jack takes a fencing sword to face Kate, but are we going to see real swordsman action?

“I use a small butter knife, but I’m not allowed to say that,” joked Dalton about his fancy dinner party scenes with Farmiga, secretly avoiding the question. “One of those butter knives could die one day … Or not, maybe we’ll just cut some butter.”

However, the actor admitted that he had “brushed up” his fencing skills before the series began.

“You want to look like you know what you’re doing, you know?” he said ET. “It was great, I loved it. I love fencing, it’s a lot of fun.

Farmiga teased him about being a “sword freak,” which led to a possible new nickname for the character. “It’s more like the sword nerd, not the swordsman,” laughed Dalton.

Throughout the Marvel canon, Jacques Duquesne vacillates between hero and villain. He took Clint in and trained him, but later fought him, leaving him for dead because of greed and gambling debt. He has worked for Batroc, Red Skull and Eggman, but also fought alongside Mantis and Power Man. He joined the Avengers as a double agent for the Mandarin but changed his mind and later sacrificed his life for the team.

So does Dalton find it more interesting to play a good guy or a bad guy?

“I like a little bit of both,” he said shyly.

“I like a lot of both,” said Farmiga. This is an interesting observation considering who Eleanor became in some of the Kate Bishop comics, in which she is eerily involved with Kate’s archenemy Madame Masque.

While you Hawk Eye In the press, the actress pointed out that she also has archery and kumdo training, noting to ET, “Mama Hawkeye is very capable too.” But she acted shyly of possible twists and turns for her character during the show’s press conference. “Is it getting a little dark?” she teased. “We’ll see. We’ll see.”

For now, the two simply shared their excitement for being part of the Hawkeye story and joining the wider universe of the MCU.

“Yeah, it’s a universe, but it’s a really small planet when you work on it, you know? It’s our little planet, ”remarked Farmiga. “How it fits in with the larger universe is great to have that support in terms of a fan base already built in.”

Hawkeyes The first two episodes are now streamed on Disney +.


Reference from etonline