A new study shows that Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye — due to debut on Disney+ November 24 — is currently the most anticipated project in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The study was based on an analysis of Twitter that measured positive commentary on the social media platform over the last six months.
With the recent Hawkeye trailer drop filled with New York City Christmas cheer, fan interest in the Disney+ original series starring Jeremy Renner is at an all time high.
The upcoming Disney+ series Hawkeye will see Academy Award-nominated actor Jeremy Renner returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Clint Barton — the Avenger and all-world marksman he brought to life in the Avengers film series. Following the lead of other acclaimed MCU series like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki, Hawkeye will key in on a fan-favorite character who did not get the same share of screen time as “one of the big ones.”
Marvel Studios has found success exploring the stories lesser-known Avengers and fan interest in the ever-expanding MCU Multiverse has arguably never been more enthusiastic. The highly-rated, well-reviewed Disney+ series have inarguably played a critical role in the genesis of that enthusiasm.
With so many high-profile projects currently in the pipeline, it may surprise some Marvel fans to learn that none is more highly anticipated than Hawkeye. The research provided by SlotsOnlineCanada revealed that Twitter posts mentioning Hawkeye were far more likely to be positive than Tweets about other Marvel Studios projects.
Often considered to be somewhat of a marginal Avenger — perhaps due to lack of heavyweight super powers in the face of Cosmic-level foes like Thanos or Loki — the Hawkeye series is tracking to be more anticipated than even the Multiversal madness of Spider-Man: No Way Home — a film that boasts a trailer that shattered the record for most views in 24 hours.
What are the most anticipated Marvel movies or series?
According to the analysis of Marvel fan Tweets, the top five most highly-anticipated Marvel projects are:
- Hawkeye (November 24, 2021)
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)
- Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6, 2022)
- Eternals (November 5, 2021)
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8, 2022)
According to the study, The Marvels and She-Hulk currently have the lowest percentage of positive Tweets from fans. Of course both projects are relatively early in the their production process and few details have been publicized. Hawkeye beats out other hyped MCU projects like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and Secret Invasion starring Samuel L. Jackson.
SlotsOnlineCanada explained their methods of measuring fan support for Marvel projects, saying,
The research…found that Tweets mentioning the ‘Hawkeye series’ boasted the highest positivity sentiment than any other upcoming project. The Twitter sentiment analysis looked at all Tweets over the last six months that mentioned any upcoming Marvel TV show or film, and involved signing a positivity score to each.
While it does appear that assigning a “positivity score” brings at least some bias into the equation, it is nevertheless remarkable to see the high levels of fan interest in historically less-popular characters as they promise to get the “Disney+ bump” — or the in-depth storytelling fans have come to expect from Marvel’s streaming series.
Hawkeye — set against the backdrop of New York City at Christmas — stars Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) settling up with his past as Ronin, opposite an aspiring hero and admirer of the Hawkeye mantle, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). Alaqua Cox will co-star as vigilante Echo and Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, introduced in Black Widow (2021), is confirmed to appear as well. The ensemble also includes Vera Farmiga, Fra Free, and Tony Dalton.
Is Hawkeye your most anticipated Marvel project? Let us know in the comments!