Is Hawkeye OK to Watch with Kids? - Parent's Guide to the Disney+ Series

Hawkeye - Image from Disney+

Disney+ has continued to expand the Marvel universe with the addition of the Hawkeye series in a year that already brought us WandaVision, Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and Loki.  With Marvel content more accessible than ever on the streaming giant that is Disney+, it may leave some parents wondering when they can begin watching these series with their children.  Earlier in the year, I broke down WandaVision in both a review and parent's guide.  Now that we're four episodes into Hawkeye, let's take a look at the series and if it's OK to watch with kids.

Is Hawkeye OK to Watch with Kids? 

Hawkeye continues the story of Clint Barton following Avengers: Endgame.  He's still dealing with the loss of Natasha and looking to move forward with his family.  While in New York City, he is taken aback when a "familiar" character appears on the news.  Intrigued and concerned, Barton sets out to meet this person and comes face-to-face with Kate Bishop.  To say she is a Hawkeye fangirl is a bit of an understatement.  The two then find themselves thrust into the middle of a criminal conspiracy (shocker. . .right?) and begin working together.

Hawkeye - Image from Disney+

Not surprisingly, Hawkeye is heavy in hand-to-hand combat.  Barton has always been a tactical mastermind when it comes to his precision with a bow and arrow as well as his ability to fight.  There are some explosions, weapons, and hostile situations.  Language is not much of a concern in the show.  

Like with all Marvel content, there are some funny moments which make this tempting to watch with the kids.  The catchy opening scenes when Barton is watching Rogers: The Musical with his family is highly entertaining and there are some great quips in the relationship between Barton and Bishop.  

Hawkeye - Image from Disney+

I feel like the Marvel content itself is pretty accessible in the movie.  You certainly don't have to be a Marvel expert to jump into the story and enjoy it as a standalone series.  Of course, with that said, Marvel super fans will find more messaging and deeper meaning to the storylines presented.

Overall, I watched the first two episodes with my 9 year old son and OK about what we watched.  He has seen a few of the Marvel films, but kind of lost interest in wanting to watch anymore.  I feel like Barton is a bit of a darker / deeper character than some of the other Avengers and his character as well as the story was just over the head of my son in a way that some others aren't.  If you have a young Marvel fan who has been watching movies and other series with you, they should be fine, but this isn't a show to introduce your kids to Marvel or for casual viewing with young kids.  

About Hawkeye (From Disney+)

Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye” stars Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, who teams up with another well-known archer from the Marvel comics, Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. The cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. “Hawkeye” is helmed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie. “Hawkeye” debuts on Disney+ on Nov. 24, 2021.

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