The mysterious auction that appears in the early episodes of Hawkeye could end up being a recent development in modern X titles.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the first two episodes of Hawkeye, now airing on Disney +
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded its reach every year, giving way to new changes being experienced in the world. Some of the best little touches are how corners of society have changed and evolved to accommodate the growing number of heroes and villains around the world – including a shady group making their debut in Hawk Eye.
In Hawk EyeIn the first episode of, an underground auction of superhero memorabilia ends up featuring Kate Bishop in Ronin’s costume and weapons. But the idea of an underground superhero auction – recently also played out in the comics – is a perfect addition to further flesh out the MCU.
In Episode 1, “Never Meet Your Heroes,” Kate Bishop is caught off guard by the revelation that her mother has become engaged since they last met. Eleanor Bishop is now in love with Jack Duquesne. A wealthy man who has apparently caught his mother’s attention, Jack first appears as a mere mischievous flirt who tries to gain Kate’s approval. But there are clues that he is hiding secrets from his future wife, including a connection to a seemingly shady organization. During a charity event that Kate is forced to attend by her mother, she ends up running away and discovers a secret auction taking place in the basement of the building. The event is attended by a handful of wealthy personalities, including Jack.
The auction quickly turns out to be off the books and caters to items from the superhero community. The most relevant item on sale is the Ronin suit and sword, which once belonged to Clint Barton and which he used during his Global Purge of Criminals in the five years the world was still facing the loss of half of the world’s population due to Thanos’ machinations. Jack expresses an interest in the costume, but a robbery through the Draculas tracksuit ends up being a massive distraction, during which Kate is able to sneak into the room and retrieve the Ronin costume, donning it herself so that she can fight criminals and escape.
The idea of a superhuman auction is something that various stories have played with in the past – most recently with the Legacy House. Debut in Wolverine # 8 from Benjamin Percy and Viktor Bogdanovic, The Legacy House is an international group that sells unique relics and powerful weapons from the superhero and villain community to the highest bidder – including even the washed-out Maverick brain as a personal agent. When a new auction is revealed to be taking place in Madripoor, Krakoa is alerted to the group’s existence and Wolverine, disguised as a Patch, sneaks into the event to save Maverick. In the process, he makes himself an enemy of the Legacy House, setting up future conflicts against them.
While this is a recent addition to the Marvel Universe, it would be exciting to see the MCU adapt the idea and combine it with the auction taking place at Hawk Eye. The concept of an underground super-gear auction sets up a lot of potential storytelling rhythms and could further connect Madripoor – shown to the MCU in Falcon and the Winter Soldier – to the rest of the universe. It’s also just a fiendishly smart idea, taking the villainous elements of the MCU’s Vulture arms dealer and expanding it into a bigger band. Hopefully, this isn’t the last time MCU fans see the mysterious auction and the group that runs it, as it could become a useful item for various heroes and villains to meet over time.
To see Kate Bishop acquire the Ronin costume from the shady auction, the first two episodes of Hawkeye are now airing on Disney +.
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