Oscar Nominee Hailee Steinfeld might be on her way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Variety is reporting that the actress has been offered a lead role in Marvel Studios’s upcoming limited series for Disney+, Hawkeye. Steinfeld would be playing Kate Bishop, a young woman who is trained by the current superhero Hawkeye to take over for him. As Marvel Studios is producing this, and a number of other series for Disney+, Hawkeye will tie into the ongoing continuity of the mainstream Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The series is set to see the return of Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, the titular archery-based superhero who has appeared in a number of Marvel Cinematic Universe films including Thor, Captain America: Civil War and three of the four Avengers films. In the comics, the character of Kate Bishop was introduced in Young Avengers #1 in 2005. She has also had a memorable co-starring turn in the 2012 Hawkeye series, alongside Barton, before headlining her own book in 2017, which ran 16 issues.
It is possible that Marvel has plans for the character beyond the run of the Disney+ series. Marvel has already announced that another Disney+ series, WandaVision, is going in some way lead into the Dr. Strange sequel Dr. Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness (2021). Since Renner was first introduced in a small capacity in Thor before taking on bigger import in subsequent movies, it would not be hard to see Marvel moving Steinfeld and the Kate Bishop character up to the big screen in some capacity as well.
Hawkeye is just one of a number of series that Marvel Studios will be placing on the Disney+ streaming service over the next couple of years. In addition to the aforementioned WandaVision, fans can look forward to Loki, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, She-Hulk, Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel.