Let’s be honest: There are quite a lot of galactic apocalypses lurking around the edges of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) right now. From celestials to He Who Remains, the universe could end in a lot of different ways if the right heroes don’t do everything in their power to keep it from doing so. According to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, the architect of the MCU, it’s nice to have some smaller-scale stakes for a change. That doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of mind-blowing action in the upcoming “Hawkeye,” but it does mean that, as far as anyone is aware, no planets are going to explode.
Already, comparisons have been drawn between “Hawkeye” and other action-heavy properties such as “Die Hard” which take place at Christmastime. Feige points to other Christmas-y entries in the MCU, agreeing with many fans that “Iron Man 3,” the events of which take place around the holiday season, is also a Christmas movie. More than that, he thinks the stakes of making it home for the holidays are smaller and more intimate, a breath of fresh air after battles for the fate of the universe itself.