Clint Barton is Finally Getting His Moment; How Marvel is Doing Right by the Original Hawkeye
One of the longest-tenured actors in the entirety of the MCU, Jeremy Renner is approaching a decade-long run with Marvel studios; and Clint Barton is finally getting his moment.
With the two-episode debut of Marvel’s newest series, Hawkeye has premiered as one of the Studio’s most interesting series projects to date.
With the series being heralded as one of Marvel’s most grounded stories- akin to the Netflix collaborations on many superheroes- Hawkeye presents a unique perspective toward one of the original six Avengers.
A character so often defined by his incredible talent for his craft, as opposed to any superpowered enhancement, Barton is right at home at the center of a story told at the very ground level of heroism.
When we all first met Barton, he was leaping off rooftops, and shooting no-look arrows at unsuspecting alien foes, while being a critical piece of the original team that protected New York City from the Chatauri invasion.
But there was always the unspoken reality of the character; he wasn’t a billionaire genius, he didn’t have a super-soldier serum, he wasn’t a god, or a gamma radiated giant, and he wasn’t trained in the ways of assassination from birth.
Yet, despite this outside force that created an exceptional individual, and despite his humanity, that threatened his safety in ways most of the other members of the team didn’t have to face; he was vital to the Avengers.
But maybe that is also part of the problem; Barton was just another member of the team.
We saw his immense capability as a marksman, and we saw his more paternal qualities during Avengers: Age of Ultron with his interactions with Wanda and Pietro MAximoff; but he was always a contributor to a greater goal.
That’s different now; Clint Barton is Finally getting his moment.
Hawkeye has allowed the long-running Avenger to be the star, for Marvel Studios to use his character as a vehicle to explore what it means to be a hero, what it means to regret your past sins, and the power of heroism to inspire and protect.
It is these qualities that have come to define Barton in this series, and with the character acting as a mentor for Kate Bishop to carry the mantle well, Clint has embraced his role as one of the pinnacle Avengers who will leave an indelible mark on who they Avengers become long after he’s gone.
Marvels newest Disney+ series is finally telling the untold story of the very malleable, capable, and comedic character of Clint Barton; and boy has he earned this curtain call on his MCU story.