The Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the founding Avengers and is one of the best of them. Hawkeye is played by Jeremy Renner, a S.H.I.E.L.D agent and world-class spy, a near-perfect marksman, and a loving family man.
I know many of you would argue that Clint Barton of Marvel Comics is far superior to Clint Barton of Marvel Studios. I would agree (on occasions), but today we will discuss how The Hawkeye of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is indispensable to the Avengers in the movies.
Times Hawkeye Proved He Is Indispensable in Avengers
While many will say that The Hawkeye is not a very integral part of the Avengers, he has proved time and time again that the Avengers might be the mighty super beings that avenge this world but out of a simple human being, they too can fall apart.
Jeremy Renner plays the Hawkeye in the Avengers movies. Master assassin, a world-class spy, a brilliant marksman by day, and a loving husband and doting father by night. Jeremy Renner plays the role of perfection.
The Hawkeye is shown never to have a proper family and has a partial hearing in the comics. While in the movies, Hawkeye has a family and is not partially deaf.
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One more difference is the relationship between Natasha and Clint Barton. Their friendship is very accurately portrayed, but in the comics, they even dabble in a romantic relationship, which is never a possibility in the movies because Clint is already married with two children.
Many instances in the Marvel Universe are taken from the Marvel Comics, like his marksmanship and Ronin’s role in Endgame. All these show the indispensability of Hawkeye in the Avengers.
Without further ado, let’s see the 5 times The Hawkeye proved indispensable to the Avengers.
1. Hawkeye Shielding a Sokovian Kid During the Battle of Sokovia in the Age of Ultron
Remember when all the Avengers were busy fighting the fight of their lives in Sokovia against Ultron, who was hell-bent on destroying humanity?
Well, The Hawkeye, had shielded a kid left behind while evacuating to save the kid from a rain of bullets. Quicksilver came in between and died instead, but Hawkeye, a father himself knowing well that this act of heroism would leave his kids fatherless, was ready to sacrifice his life or a stranger’s child.
He did not even think twice before jumping in front of bullets to save someone. He proved that he is as important as Captain America in a fight.
He does not have a super serum or a suit of armor, and he is not a god. He is just plain old human, and those bullets would have killed him, but that did not stop him. That level of bravery rivals even Capitan America.
Hawkeye showed that bravery does not require anything other than determination, and in doing so, he parallels every Avenger and brings an added advantage to the team.
He proves that the Avengers need him to be their eyes on the ground from the skies above.
1.1. Bonus: Hawkeye Taking the Risk in Avengers: Endgame
If we are talking about Hawkeye’s bravery, then we should give a special mention to this moment in Avengers: Endgame.
When Ant-Man comes out of the quantum tunnel and brings forward the idea of a ‘Time-heist.’ Black Widow goes on to recruit Hawkeye again. He had gone and taken the role of a dark samurai.
When the prospect of bringing his family comes in front of him, he is the first one to volunteer to try potential time-travel that might leave him stuck in a whole different era. He still did it, he had nothing to lose, and he wanted his family back.
Despite attempts in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Endgame to explain why he was so important to the narrative and the rest of Avengers, his overall lack of involvement in core storylines did not assist him.
Hawkeye, a Disney+ series, addresses some of these concerns directly through Kate Bishop, who frequently discusses Clint Barton’s branding challenge, as he is the least famous Avenger.
Because of Clint’s bravery, the first attempt went successfully, and the time heist was possible.
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2. Hawkeye Convincing Scarlet Witch to Fight from Their Side, Battle of Sokovia
Again, this is one of the movies of the Marvel Universe that shines the light on The Hawkeye as no other movie had ever before.
So, the Battle of Sokovia was in full swing. Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, and Iron Man were all fighting. Even Quicksilver joined in the fight, but Scarlet Witch was afraid all this violence had left her shaken.
Her emotions were at an all-time high; she blamed herself. But at that moment, The Hawkeye, with nothing but his bow and arrow, gave her a pep talk. She rides to the occasion.
Hawkeye used his excellent parenting skills and showed Wanda that even when nothing makes sense and the city is flying, a guy with nothing but a bow and arrows can achieve greatness and fight to save thousands because “It’s his job!”
The Hawkeye did not just inspire Wanda that day. He encouraged all the Marvel fans, the kids that watch these movies, that even when you are human and have no superpowers, you can still be a superhero if only you choose to fight.
The end of this masterpiece will forever be Hawkeye’s most significant pep talk. This proves that Hawkeye can do something that none of the other Avengers could ever manage, teach the kids a lesson.
3. Thor and Natasha are Alive Because the Hawkeye Let Them Be Alive
Can you imagine the Avengers with our beloved point break or without the deadly beauty, Black Widow? Well, know that The Hawkeye is the reason they are alive.
Marvel Studios Hawkeye appears in the first Thor movie when he is sent by S.H.I.E.L.D to protect Mjolnir from Thor. Thor came in a knocked out all the other shield agents but The Hawkeye.
Hawkeye was told to kill Thor, but instead, he knocks him out. It was kindness on his part, and that kindness payoff as Thor becomes a vital part of the Avengers.
In the first Avengers movie, we were told by Natasha Romanoff that Clint Barton, aka The Hawkeye, had been sent to kill her off after getting on the S.H.I.E.L.D’s wrong side.
And again, he chooses to let Natasha Romanoff live and even brought her in and suggested that she join S.H.I.E.L.D instead.
Black Widow is one of the founding Avengers and the first female to fight alongside the men.
This friendship between Hawkeye and Black Widow or Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff is portrayed in the Marvel Comics too.
In saving Thor and Black Widow’s lives against his orders, The Hawkeye proved that he is also brave and quick, he is also knowledgeable, and the Avengers would never have formed if not for him.
3.1. Bonus: Hawkeye Fighting Against Black Panther During the Civil War
Captain America: Civil War was one of the most ambitious and most remarkable Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies. It’s all that you can hope for with a new superhero recruit on both sides.
We see Clint Barton coming out of his self-implied retirement and side with Captain America.
He fights with his best friend Natasha Romanoff, and boy was that cool. But the fight that takes the cake is The Hawkeye vs. Black Panther.
Black Panther is a great warrior trained since he was a child, with a suit made out of Vibranium equipped with unimaginable technology. And yet he gets a great opponent in Hawkeye, who matches his level of fighting.
Perhaps that is why T’Chaka remembers Clint’s name in Endgame because he earned his respect.
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4. Where Do the Avengers Go When Things Fall Apart?
And yet again, Age of Ultron has shined a light on The Hawkeye and his family.
In the Age of Ultron, when the Avengers are beaten and broken. After Scarlet Witch has messed with their minds and left them defenseless against their demons, where do they all go?
Clint, possibly the only one not affected much by Wanda’s mental onslaught, took all of the shaken Avengers to his “Safe House.”
2 Raising Three Children Whatever you think of Hawkeye, his alter ego Clint Barton has raised three wonderful children, which is a bigger accomplishment than anything any of the other Avengers have accomplished.
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers would both become parents after relinquishing their superhero identities (well, Stark briefly returned to his to save the universe and ended up getting killed).
Hawkeye managed to juggle family life and becoming an Avenger without ruining his children, which is quite a feat.
For the first time, we get to see Clint Barton’s life. His family is growing more and his loving home. We see how he takes responsibility for all of the Avengers and takes the responsibility to get those kids back in line.
If Clint had not taken the Avengers to his farmhouse, they would not have had the time or peace to recover from their ordeals.
This went to show that even earth’s mightiest heroes need to take time and shake off their demons. And when all falls apart, they can rely on The Hawkeye to help them fight their monsters and get back up on their feet.
Hawkeye keeps a level head and a calm demeanor. He takes charge and takes it well. He proves that the Avengers need him because when all else fails, Hawkeye takes control.
5. The One Time the Hawkeye Was Not with Them; They All Get Lost in The Chaos
Yes, it was the very first Avengers movie. That iconic scene of all the Avengers fighting each other, you all remember.
Well, let me jog your memory. In the first Avengers movie, Loki is locked away on the ship, and The Hawkeye is mind-controlled by Loki’s ‘Glow Stick of Destiny‘.
All the Avengers are working together for the first time, going hilariously fantastic, as you can imagine.
The Hawkeye manages to fool Maria Hill and blow up the ship’s engine while all the other Avengers are busy battering and accusing each other.
The ship blows, and chaos ensues. That was the only time all the Avengers were left scattered around, and it was all because The Hawkeye, the brilliant man that he is, knew that these people would not be able to work well together at first.
Sure, Natasha smacks him in the head and does a ‘Cognitive Calibration‘ of his mind, but before that moment, the Avengers were all concerned with different things, and they were all in it for themselves. The Hawkeye used this very well.
Avengers without Hawkeye is just a babbling bumbling band of baboons.
5.1. Bonus: Blowing up the Chitauri Left to Right and Center, Battle of New York
The first time we ever see the Avengers fight together as The Avengers is at the Battle of New York. All the Avengers band together and fight off the ‘Chitauri’ army of extraterrestrial Races.
The Hawkeye or ‘Legolas’ as Tony Stark calls him, fights these lone warriors with his bow and arrow, with no restraint.
He even shoots a whole space pod out of the sky without even looking at it. And send Loki flying off to the Stark tower by just his arrow that blows up in Loki’s face.
He then makes a jump off the building as if he was jumping off his bed, a piece of cake.
This Battle proved that The Hawkeye is a vital part of the Avengers taking out threats before reaching the other Avengers.
As we can all see, The Hawkeye proved indispensable in the Avengers movies time and time again. Be it when they all are in chaos or when no one knows how to deal with a couple of weird and quick kids. Hawkeye is the most reliable.
Clint also shows that you can be a superhero and a super dad. He never let his work come in between his family life and even took retirement to give his family time. A Family man and a master assassin/spy.
He might not have a super serum or a metal Armor. He might be able to lift Mjolnir or even turn into a giant green raging monster. He has a bow and a couple of arrows and his top-notch brain, but he is also one of earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Additionally, the first two episodes of the six-episode, Christmas-themed Disney+ series bring Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) into the MCU as a Hawkeye fangirl. Yes, the thought of a 22-year-old woman idolizing the Avenger with the most dad energy is obviously stupid, but silly also bridges the gap to emotion as the series starts.
1. What Are Hawkeye’s Abilities?
Clint has no extraordinary powers like Hawkeye or Ronin.
Barton has taught himself to be a skilled archer, specializing in the near-perfect usage of conventional bows, longbows, compound bows, and crossbows.
He can fire several arrows at a single target in a matter of seconds, strike multiple targets with a few fast strokes, and directly hit small targets from enormous distances. Barton has even been known to strike an apple right in the center.
He practices at least two hours every day to keep his talents sharp. Barton has exceptional peripheral vision. His vision is sharper than that of most people. His excellent vision allows him to pinpoint his targets without even looking.
Clint’s body works at the highest level of athletic performance, with great strength, durability, speed, and stamina. Clint’s physical prowess is at its height. He displayed his strength by easily pulling his 250-pound bow.
Clint has a high level of pain and stress resistance. He functioned for 42 hours without sleep while practicing his archery abilities.
Although Barton’s reflexes are not superhuman, they are functionally superior to 98% of all regular humans. Clint was able to control his body well enough to avoid many arrows from Trickshot as well as several gunfires.
Barton is known as the world’s greatest skillful and accurate archer.
2. What Is the Backstory of Hawkeye?
Clint Barton was born in the town of Waverly, Iowa. He lost both of his parents in a vehicle accident when he was young. Clint and his brother Barney escaped from an orphanage after six years to join the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders.
Clint quickly drew the attention of the Swordsman, who hired him as his assistant. Clint was taught to be a skilled archer by the Swordsman and Trick Shot. Clint subsequently discovered the Swordsman stealing from the carnival.
Clint was battered and left for dead before he could hand up to his mentor to the authorities, allowing the Swordsman to flee town.
Clint’s connection with his brother Barney & Trick Shot quickly soured.
Clint honed his archery talents to become a carnival mainstay, a master archer known as “Hawkeye,” also known as “The World’s Greatest Marksman.”
He was motivated to become a costumed hero after seeing Iron Man in action. Hawkeye was accused of thievery and thought to be a criminal following a misunderstanding on his first expedition.
On the run, Hawkeye encountered the Black Widow, a Soviet Union spy with whom he fell in love. Hawkeye, blindly following the Black Widow, supported her attempts to steal Tony Stark’s technology. The Black Widow was gravely damaged during one of their bouts with Iron Man. To save her life, Hawkeye rescued her and fled the conflict.
3. Why is Hawkeye Underrated?
I have no idea, but I believe it has a lot to do with Hawkeye being a regular person who is highly excellent at what he does.
If you take out characters with substantial enhancements like mutants, aliens (including Thor and Groot), high-tech superheroes like Iron Man, and Gamma-irradiated humans like the Hulk, Hawkeye begins to seem really, very fantastic.
In fact, Hawkeye’s normality is what makes him so wonderful. “The city is flying, we’re facing an army of robots, and I have a bow and arrow,” Jeremy Renner says in Avengers: Age of Ultron. “Nothing makes sense.”
He knows he isn’t the strongest, quickest, or mightiest, yet he swallows his pride and does his best and tries nonetheless.
If that isn’t the definition of a hero—fighting no matter how terrible the odds—I don’t know what is.
When you’re a deity, an extraterrestrial, or an incredibly strong artificial entity, it’s simple to give your all. Not if you put your jeans on one leg at a time like the rest of us.
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-edited by Steffy Michael|24/6/22