Hawkeye has always been viewed as the Lame Avenger. In fact, after playing him in The Avengers, Jeremy Renner tried to get the producers to kill off his character so he wouldn’t have to play him anymore. Marvel Studios didn’t oblige him but instead elected to give Clint Barton more depth in Age of Ultron by revealing that the Avenger had a family.
Suddenly, he didn’t seem as boring anymore but that wasn’t the start of an epic story for the character. Instead he continued to plod along as a side character with barely any character development whatsoever. And even though Endgame unleashed a new side of him when he became a killing machine under the new alias Ronin after the loss of his family, his story was still sidelined to make way for the more “important” characters.
Unlike Loki, who has been a fan-favorite since his debut in Thor, Hawkeye has never truly gained the full respect of the Marvel fandom. In fact, for a long time, Hawkeye was the Disney+ series fans were least excited to see…even under Ms. Marvel. But I have a feeling that’s about to change.
(And it’s not because Yelena Belova’s going to play a role in it!)
Clint Barton has always seemed like an interesting character to me. Yeah, he seems like a simple man, but he’s an assassin just like Black Widow and in those years after Infinity War, he’s done some dark things too.The Disney+ series have been such great character studies of these Marvel heroes (and our favorite Marvel bad guy, Loki) that it’s kind of obvious we’re going to finally understand Hawkeye on a level we never have before. And because of that, it’s very possible that he could finally become a crucial member of The Avengers during this next phase of the MCU, which would be fantastic because I’ve been a Hawkeye fan since The Avengers.
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