Video interview with Michael Crow (Hawkeye costume designer)


Michael Raven is no stranger to superhero costumes. He served as assistant costume designer on a handful of Marvel films, including ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018) and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019), and was the costume designer on ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’. , for which he had to make a new Captain America costume for Sam (Anthony Macky). And he took the same design approach when he joined “Hawkeye.” “We try to stay as true to the comics as possible because I think that’s kind of what everybody wants. We want to see what’s on the page come to life as faithfully as possible,” Crow told Gold Derby (look above). “In terms of my own creative input, it comes down to styling it for the actor and the proportions in particular. That’s the challenge of bringing superhero costumes to life.

When it came to interpreting the iconic purple suits worn by Clint (Jeremy Renner) and Kate (Hailee Steinfeldlisten)) in the comics, Crow was inspired by sportswear. The two wear the outfits in the final battle against the Tracksuit Mafia on the Rockefeller Center ice rink – the moment, much to Kate’s delight, they finally become partners – and Crow wanted to focus on functionality and utility. as they fight, kick, punch and slide. on the (fake) ice with their bows and arrows.

“Getting into Jeremy’s suit wasn’t exactly easy. Looks like a T-shirt, looks like you’re pulling it over your head except we can’t. So we had to hide the zippers in places and he had to kind of crawl in and get zipped up,” he explains. “It was important to me when we were developing Jeremy’s costume specifically because in the comics it’s a T-shirt with a print on it and at first we talked about doing it just for that. But I brought up the fact that we’ll need high harnesses and he’ll need something to hold the quiver in. so there’s a lot we need to hide under a T-shirt that they can fix in post if it’s that’s how they want to go. But I said it would be nice if we did something maybe a little neoprene, maybe it’s something a little more tech than a T-shirt that would allow us to hide some of the equipment we need for filming.

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Outside of our heroes, Crow had a wide range of looks to create for the holiday-themed series. There were costumes for actors playing the Avengers in the show “Rogers: The Musical,” for which he drew inspiration from other Broadway productions; the “pretty ridiculous” LARPer costumes they “cobbled together” from rentals for the second episode; and red tracksuits for the Tracksuit Mafia. After toying with the idea of ​​using a real sports company, Crow and his team ultimately decided to make bespoke suits that “people don’t necessarily have a relationship with in real life.”

“Trying to make each of them feel individual and not repetitive was the hardest part because they’re all basically wearing the same thing,” he says. “And some of the actors were very surprised when they showed up. I had contacted them because I needed their sizes… so they were expecting these crazy custom costumes – superhero show, right? And they show up and say, “Oh, it’s tracksuits and t-shirts.”

On the other hand, Crow couldn’t get ahead of the costume during Vincent D’Onofrio, who reprized his role as the Kingpin of Netflix’s “Daredevil,” making his foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The guest appearance was obviously top secret and Crow was one of the first, if not the first, to talk about the plan to bring in the crime lord. “I got a call and [executive producer Trinh Tran] whispered, ‘That’s what we do. Nobody knows. You can’t tell anyone,” Crow shares. “So even for a month after that, I couldn’t talk to the sales people, like nothing had happened. Vincent was unsigned. It was very secret. »

Crow brought another well-known look from the comics to life for Kingpin: his Hawaiian shirt and white suit. The idea came from D’Onofrio and the head of Marvel Kevin Feige as a way to “knock Kingpin down a few notches based on what happened during the Blip” and differentiate his “Hawkeye” look from his “refined” “Daredevil” look while incorporating key details, like his cufflinks. “Also, during the whole shoot, I wasn’t – and I don’t know if I still am – very clear that it’s in the same universe as that one. It’s a multiverse so it’s Maybe it’s a different version of this character. I don’t know!” Raven exclaims. “It was not made clear to me while we were going.”

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