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After a year-long hiatus without any new Marvel offerings post-Avengers: Endgame, fans of the MCU have been treated to a veritable smorgasbord of new entries, starting all the way back with WandaVision at the start of the year on Disney+, quickly followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki.
And even though Marvel then took a quick break to introduce some of its major big-screen offerings — Black Widow, Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and of course, the Eternals — it's now back with its latest TV show: Hawkeye, aka The Adventures of Pizza Dog.
But with so much making its way to fans in rapid succession it's easy to lose track of the general MCU's timeline as it stands. Luckily, Hawkeye director Rhys Thomas has offered fans an answer in terms of his own series. According to a recent tweet, Thomas states the six-episode series is set in December 2024, only one year after the events of Endgame, which means it's been one year since half the world's population was returned to Earth following their five-year-disappearance.
"It's 2024," Thomas clarified in response to a fan question. "For a period of time, we were going to set it two years out - which would make it 2025 - hence me messing with your minds about the timeline. But it's one year out."
Given the fact that the MCU has always been quite meticulously planned, it's interesting to see Thomas get that kind of chronological leeway to tell his story, as it confirms that Hawkeye could possibly be set the latest in the most recent timeline of movies and shows. So far the series focuses on the titular archer, better known by his civilian name Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), as his protege, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) who's now been introduced on the show, also holds that moniker in the comics.
So this means that WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier both took place shortly after Endgame as Wanda Maximoff (the Scarlett Witch), Sam Wilson (Captain America), and Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier) all dealt with the immediate fallout of the events that took place, both in terms of their personal lives, and the larger world.
And while it's not clear how close the events of Shang-Chi and Eternals are to each other and how they might have impacted the rest of the larger universe, it is important to note that Dr. Strange's right-hand man Wong is now in contact with Shang-Chi, which could see him get involved in the upcoming events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which sees Peter call on the mystical hero to help fix some of his problems. (There could also be a possible appearance from a certain symbiote and his host, though not much has been reported beyond the short scene at the end of Venom: Let There Be Carnage.)
Of course, all of this is probably leading to the Multiverse of Madness, which will be the focus of the next Doctor Strange movie, though Loki might have already alluded to it, and Spider-Man seems to be the beginning of that chaos first set-up on Loki.
Interestingly, Hawkeye doesn't seem to be grappling with any of these issues yet, as its two episodes (so far) have remained quite slice of life in comparison, as it focuses on its two main characters, Clint and Kate, and their slowly developing partnership as they try and figure out who murdered a rich billionaire and framed Clint's organized crime-slaying alter ego, the Ronin, for this most recent crime. (In this way, the show is probably closest to the Matt Fraction and David Aja run of comics upon which it is based, especially as it draws on Aja's visuals and colorist Matt Hollingsworth's work for the visual design of its opening and end credits.)
New episodes of Hawkeye fly onto Disney+ on Wednesdays. No news on whether Marvel will also be releasing a full version of Rogers: The Musical on Disney+ (fingers crossed).