Renner and Steinfeld spread some holiday cheer and bow and arrows before the New Year.

I was only given a 2-episode sneak preview of Disney+ and Marvel Studios’ new series “Hawkeye,” but I already know I want to see more. I’ve always been fascinated by Jeremy Renner’s portrayal of the archer Clint Barton A.K.A. Hawkeye, and I liked Hailee Steinfeld before she was cool, so it was really exciting for me to see them together, and they really save the show.

It’s also given a Christmas theme, like “Gremlins” or “Shazam,” so Yule be expecting some songs and lights all around. The story takes place during the holidays, and Barton is prepared to spend Christmas vacation with his family. However, he has to come late because someone is wearing the same Ronin suit he wore in “Avengers: Endgame.” And that somebody happens to be Kate Bishop (Steinfeld).

She’s the daughter of Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga), the head of a security company, who always tells her “I’m supposed to protect you,” every time Kate says: “I’m going to protect you.” And ever since she lost her father during the 2012 attacks, and never since Hawkeye saved her skin, she has been willing to fight, and has been a big fan of his.

She then finds herself in hot water, when her mother is engaged to Jack (Tony Dalton), whom she doesn’t like. She also follows him and his uncle to an auction, which is selling the Ronin suit, and ends up taking it when thieves break in. She fights back, rescues a street dog, and becomes the target of the bad guys. That’s when she finally meets her idol.

That’s all I can provide for you, because I don’t want to spoil the next episode, and I have yet to see the remaining ones. However, I’m also told Florence Pugh is reprising her role as the new Black Widow Yelena Belova, who was mislead into thinking Hawkeye was responsible for Natasha’s death in “Avengers: Endgame,” when in actually, he was the one who wanted to take the fall. Well just have to wait and see what goes down next.

In the meantime, the show, so far, has enough holiday cheer and action to keep Marvel fans engaged, at the level of “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Solider” and “Loki.” Steinfeld has the style and levity to make the main heroine an ideal protege for Hawkeye, and Renner connects with her quite well, and he’s still able to do things on his own.

Parts aren’t understandable, but kudos to Rhys Thomas and Bert & Bertie for giving “Hawkeye” a fun look, which doesn’t humiliate itself. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Anything, but “Home Sweet Home Alone.”

Rating: 3.5 out of 4.

First 2 Episodes Premieres on Disney+ Tomorrow

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