Meet Jolt, who plays Lucky the Pizza Dog!
The newest four legged character to the MCU is a real hero both in front and behind the camera.
While Lucky is a male dog in Marvel canon, the canine actor chosen to play him was actually a female golden retriever named Jolt. A recent behind-the-scenes video from Marvel offers more insight into Jolt and her time on the project. Working with animals on set is notoriously difficult for film and TV productions, but that apparently wasn’t the case with Jolt when she played Lucky. “Lucky was 100% the real dog at all times,” says Hawkeye’s VFX Supervisor Greg Steele. “We didn’t have a CG stand-in at all for anything she had to do. She was able to pull everything off exactly as we had hoped.” However, while Jolt did all of her own acting, Pizza Dog’s signature missing eye was done entirely through CGI, with the team stacking layers of visual effects to make the two-eyed Jolt into the one-eyed Lucky. Jolt’s video profile concludes by confirming that she does, in fact, love pizza.
The show, which folded both Kate Bishop and Kingpin into the MCU, sees the stalwart dog following Kate and Clint Barton as they face off against Echo and the Tracksuit Mafia and the nefarious forces backing them. Pizza Dog, whose actual name is Lucky, made his debut in the pages of the 2013 comic Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction and David Aja.
Hawkeye is now streaming on Disney Plus.