The following contains spoilers for Hawkeye on Disney Plus.

Hawkeye isn’t just giving fans a better look at Clint Barton in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s also providing the audience with their introduction with the younger comic book Hawkeye in Kate Bishop. After he saves her life during the Chitauri invasion of New York in 2012, Kate sets herself on a path to be as strong and capable as an Avenger. She’s grown up learning archery, martial arts, fencing, and excelled in all areas. The question though after the first two hours of the show is whether or not she spent the five years of the Snap growing up, or did she return to her life in the Blip?

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There’s a bit of conflicting evidence in the first episodes of Hawkeye as Kate is presented as a college student, but doesn’t entirely seem aware of everything that’s been going on the last few years either. There’s also a handful of conversations between Kate and other characters that put her actual age into question.

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How Old Is Kate Bishop

Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop wielding a bow in Hawkeye

Clint Barton, showing the full extent of both his dad and superhero fatigue, repeatedly makes remarks about just how young Kate is and tries to get her to stay out of the line of fire. When Kate talks about being five years old, Clint sarcastically quips, “so, last year?” When he questions whether she’s 18 or not though, she responds, with a bit of hesitation, that she’s 22.

If Hawkeye is set within the year after the Blip like the rest of the MCU projects released in 2021, that means it’s right after the world spent five years with half of the universe missing. If Kate had disappeared in the Snap at 17, she’d technically turn 18 in the year after she returned in the Blip, but she’d really be 22. The ages in question seem chosen to purposely put doubts in the mind of the audience.

When Jack overhears Kate and her mother talking about molotov cocktails, he pretends like he doesn’t know what that is, wondering if Kate is even old enough to have a cocktail. That only reinforces the idea that Kate is under the age of 21 since that’s the legal drinking age in the United States, calling her “22” into question.

Kate’s Lack Of Knowledge About Ronin

Clint and Kate wait for the subway in Hawkeye

Kate also doesn’t seem fully aware of who the Ronin is or what the vigilante did. She doesn’t know anything about the Tracksuit Mafia despite them seeming to be very active in her hometown. To be fair, the possibility exists that Kate hasn’t been home much over the last four years as she’s been away getting her university education. The live action role players Clint encounters also don’t seem to know the full significance of the Ronin suit despite recognizing Clint either.

Ronin, however, made the news all over the world as Clint Barton wore the costume to eliminate organized crime members everywhere. As the news broadcast in Hawkeye's Episode 2 points out, he started by disposing of organized crime members in New York after the Snap. When Black Widow found him during the events of Avengers: Endgame, however, he had already been in Mexico and was busy in Japan. The newscaster also makes mention that Ronin hasn’t been seen in New York in years, making it clear that New York was an early stop for the vigilante after the Snap, but that he hasn’t been active in the city since the Blip. The suit is distinctive enough that newscasters are able to identify it through grainy video footage though.

Kate, who has been obsessed with protecting herself and her mother since she witnessed the Chitauri invasion and her father’s death, seems like she would have kept an eye on a vigilante who was busy protecting the world after Thanos cut it in half. Even if she didn’t work out Ronin’s identity, as it seems no one else has either, wouldn’t she have at least some knowledge of the suit and the sword before seeing it on a black market auction for her wealthy neighbors?

Kate And Eleanor Bishop’s Relationship

Eleanor and Jack smile at a dinner party in Hawkeye

It seems increasingly likely that Kate Bishop was a victim of the Snap despite the audience taking her university student status and “22” at face value. If Kate returned during the Blip, she would be at just the right age to begin college, picking up where she left off like so many others who were Snapped away. While some might argue that if she was Snapped as a teenager that she and her mother might be wanting to stay close, that might not be the case.

As the audience sees when Kate is ten years old, she and Eleanor aren’t particularly chummy. Kate is much closer to her father, and only goes to have lunch with her mother on the day of the Chitauri invasion at her father’s request. She wants to protect her mother out of a sense of duty after losing her father, but the two aren’t exactly warm and affectionate with one another.

If Kate was gone for five years, Eleanor would have grieved, but continued to live her life. That could explain the increased bit of distance in the premiere of the series. Eleanor is still providing for Kate, paying for the replacement bell tower at her school and giving her a job at the security company, but Kate doesn’t seem to know what’s going on in her mom’s life. Jack is one of the “changes” Eleanor tries to warn Kate about, but Kate finds out from someone else that her mother is engaged.

Either Jack has become a part of Eleanor’s life incredibly fast, as Kate noting the sudden large number of swords in her mother’s home could indicate, or Eleanor has been easing Kate into the large number of changes that occurred in the five years that Kate was gone. Eleanor seems to hold Kate at arm’s length while she waits for her daughter to adjust, making the latter a likely option.

The audience will hopefully get a definitive answer of whether or not Kate Bishop was one of the Blipped members of the MCU as the rest of the Hawkeye season unfolds.

Hawkeye is currently streaming on Disney Plus with new episodes available on Wednesdays.

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