“I think the holiday predated me,” director Rhys Thomas told a news conference when asked about the Yuletide setting. “But yeah, I mean, I’ll take the die hard feel… I think the story of a character like Clint just trying to live his life and struggling to find him is a figure of speech that we all love and enjoy. And putting it at Christmas time, that clash of family time with business time, is a classic combo.
Thomas admits to “handing it over to” Marvel Studios chief creative officer Kevin Feige for the first idea, with Feige saying, “This is nice because it’s a Christmas story that takes place over the holidays, and it’s also based on early discussions. over a limited period of time – about setting a series in not quite real time, but essentially a period of six days. Six episodes, six days.”
Feige adds that the question “Will Clint come home for Christmas?” turned out to be a taste bud of sorts for the Marvel team after the bigger goals of stories like Endgame, Loki and Eternals. “(This) was fun and a breath of fresh air after world-ending deployment and celestial eruptions of planets and multiverse shenanigans. This, like Hawkeye himself, is a grounded, family-based show.”
Even though it’s eight years apart Iron Man 3 and hawk eye, this isn’t the last MCU joint we’ll see take place during the most festive time of the year, either. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special scheduled to be released in a year, before Christmas 2022, and Feige notes that movies and special TV sets during the holiday season are part of a long tradition of classic dishes such as Batman returns and the annual doctor who specials.
“I’ve always loved movies or shows or specials that happen during the holidays,” Feige says. “I think there can be an increased amount of emotion and an increased amount of conflict and tension in this glorious season. Frankly, we’ve always been looking for opportunities…The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special has literally been four years in the making.”
With all kinds of multiverse expected to erupt in the MCU in movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, this could be the last relatively quiet Christmas a Marvel hero has for a while… so I hope Hawkeye gets home in time to enjoy his.