Hawkeye | The Origins Of Rodgers: The Musical In First Episode


Harris Turner as Musical Hulk, Jason Scott Macdonald as Musical Thor, Aaron Nedrick as Musical Iron Man, Tom Feeney as Musical Captain America, Avery Gillham as Musical Hawkeye, Meghan Manning as Musical Black Widow, and Nico Dejesus as Musical Ant-Man in a scene still from Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

By now most of us have savored and started trying to dissect Marve Studios’ latest series, Hawkeye. With the first three episodes on Disney+, we have begun our theories of who the mystery players are, Mephisto anyone? As well as compiling some of our favorite moments. One of my favorite moments (and hopefully others as well), is found in the premiere episode as Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton and his kids find themselves in New York at a Musical titled, Rodgers: The Musical.

This musical featured in Hawkeye served as a way for Barton to relive his career as an Avenger. Here he looked back at some key moments like the loss of one of his dearest friends. While a terrible reminder for Barton, it was quite fun for us the audience. Which had everyone thinking, where did this idea come from? And will we see more of it in the future?

To answer this question we turn to producer/MCU boss Kevin Feige and director Rhys Thomas. They addressed the musical in Hawkeye during a recent press conference that LRM Online was a part of. Feige credits Thomas for bringing the idea of the musical in the early stages of the show as a reason why Barton was in New York.

“I had met the amazing composer Mark Shaiman at an event. So, when Rhys said that it gave us context for the opening episode, context for why Clint is in New York, context for Clint seeing himself in the way the world sees Hawkeye.  And gave us an opportunity to have an amazing song by Mark Shaiman.” Said Feige.

A scene still from Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.


Thomas praises the show-within-a-show saying that “‘Rogers the Musical’ is a gift to Broadway. It’s possibly the greatest musical ever written. Unfortunately, in our show, we only get a portion of it due to our episode length, but rest assured, it’s probably the finest piece of musical theater you’ll ever imagine.”

Unfortunately, it seems like for the time being there was only one musical number prepared for the first episode of Hawkeye. But with Disney as the owners of Marvel Studios, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was already an Avengers musical in the works. What did you think of Rogers: The Musical? Let us know in the comments below!

Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye can be seen exclusively on Disney+ with new episodes weekly.

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