The finale of the “Hawkeye” premiere sees Kate sneak into an auction for a bunch of shady corporate figures who spend vast amounts of money on outlandish objects like a Triceratops skull. Clint Barton’s Ronin outfit and retractable sword are also up for grabs after they were “recovered” from the ruins of the Avengers compound following “Endgame.” But the Tracksuit Mafia show up looking for a particular mcguffin-like watch, and Kate dons the Ronin outfit in the middle of the chaos.
However, “Gossip Girl” fans might recognize the location that this all takes place in: The Lotte New York Palace Hotel.
The Palace has been used as a location in a number of iconic shows, including “Mr. Robot,” “Daredevil,” “Succession,” and “Power” to name a few. But it’s a particularly major location in “Gossip Girl” — as Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) has a suite in the building and often moves between the Palace and the Van Der Woodsen penthouse whenever he argues with Bart Bass (Robert John Burke) or the rest of the family. That said, once Chuck buys the Empire hotel, he permanently moves out of the Palace.
It’s unsurprising that Marvel Studios picked the New York Palace Hotel as a location for the “Hawkeye” premiere thanks to its grand courtyard and lavish interiors. Since the story is set in New York at Christmas, it wouldn’t be surprising if there are more iconic locales in the next five episodes.