‘Avengers: Endgame’: A Hero’s Redemption Part 2

Clint Barton. The butt of so many Avengers jokes.

Being one of the original six Avengers, lots of fans found him to be the most uninteresting addition to the superhero team for his lackluster storyline. The writers tried to spruce up his involvement in the MCU by revealing that he had a family in Age of Ultron but he still sat on the bottom of the totem pole.

Hawkeye may get a lot of flack for being the most…regular Avenger but I love him. And his storyline in Avengers: Endgame was truly the icing on the cake. So, with no further delay, here is the story of his redemption. Enjoy!

A Waking Nightmare

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As had been established in the MCU up to the point of Endgame Hawkeye’s greatest priority was his family. Forcibly retired from hero work, he lived with his family on their farm in peace. That is until Thanos’s evil plan destroyed everything for Barton.

Can you imagine the horror he must’ve felt having his family just…disappear without a trace like as if they had never existed? His children, his wife! all gone in the blink of an eye. Because Avengers: Endgame is already a LONG movie as it is the writers couldn’t delve deep into the trauma he experienced after the Infinity Snap but we do know this. He got angry. Really, really angry.

A New Alias, a New Mission

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In mourning, Clint Barton realized something that he couldn’t shake and only made him angrier. Thanos had wiped out half of all life and yet there was still criminal scum taking advantage of the post-apocalyptic event and ending more lives. He took it upon himself to cure the world of criminals.

He forged, without care, down a dark path, changing his alias from Hawkeye to Ronin and went on a worldwide murdering spree. Even though he believed what he was doing was righteous, as did Thanos, he was still killing people without mercy. People who had families and loved ones like he once had.

His spiral of hatred was only begetting more sorrow but thankfully Natasha, his closest friend, was able to steer him back into the light as he had once steered her away from darkness.

The Return of a Hero

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Despite the little significance this scene has to the movie, it is very important to Hawkeye’s storyline in Endgame. Remember, Clint Barton had become the exact opposite of a hero but when the opportunity to fix things arose it took him no time to become an Avenger again.

His willingness to potentially get lost in the quantum realm forever or face whatever nasty side effects one can encounter while shrinking to such a tiny size is yet another testament to how heroic Hawkeye really is.

A Foiled Sacrifice

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Hawkeye and Black Widow claimed responsibility in retrieving the Soul Stone. Neither one of them, however, could foresee the tragic outcome of their decision. When faced with imminent death it came down to who would sacrifice themselves to reclaim the lives of trillions.

Clint Barton, haunted by his murdering rampage in the past five years, was ready to give his life to bring his family back but his dear friend, Natasha, wasn’t having it. In their final duel, he almost thought he had won but once again, Natasha defeated him, leaving him no choice but to watch as another person he loved died before his very eyes.

Despite the obvious fact that he wouldn’t be the one to give a soul for the Soul Stone the fact that he was willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good is his redeeming moment as a hero. But it’s not the first time he has charged headfirst in the face of death to save someone.

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Toward the end of the Battle of Sokovia in Age of Ultron Clint Barton goes to save a child as the transports prepare to depart. Ultron, piloting the Quinjet, goes on one last killing rampage as he fires at everything in sight. Hawkeye, standing in the line of fire, is on the verge of being killed but instead of running, hence risking the lives of both himself and the boy in his arms, he turns, prepared to take the brunt of the attack, which would undoubtedly mean his demise, in order to save the boy’s life. Quicksilver, in saving Hawkeye, would end up being the one to die but still, Hawkeye was willing to sacrifice himself to protect that child.

A True Hero

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Endgame only reiterated how much of a hero Hawkeye actually is and for all of you who think Hawkeye’s the “Lame Avenger” I hope this post may have somewhat helped change your mind. 🙂

Tomorrow this series will focus on Captain America. Yay.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a marvelous day.

4 thoughts on “‘Avengers: Endgame’: A Hero’s Redemption Part 2”

  1. Yeah, you made a liar out of me. I went and rewatched both of these the last couple nights or so.

    I liked them a lot better this time than I did in theatres. Not sure what it is, I guess once I accepted Thanos for the villain Sue that he is, he got a little more interesting. Maybe it was watching Josh Brolin reading Trump tweets in Thanos’ voice on Colbert’s show. (Andy Serkis doing it as Gollum, right down to going “method“ in the frog squat right there in the guest chair, was better… but Brolin was still awesome.) But I guess I took more respect for the character this time around.

    That said… Hawkeye had his best movie since the original Thor here. I would maintain that he has some really good moments there as a special agent trying to keep Thor away from Mjolnir in edgewise. The deadpan, “You want me to stop him, or would you rather send more guys for him to beat up?” is maybe his most memorable line ever. At least to me.

    That said, Hawkeye as Ronin in this movie frankly strikes me as what Batman SHOULD be if you truly wanted him to be realistic. That was actually a really interesting story that immediately made sense — his whole family died, but these scumbags lived… and they didn’t deserve to, so he was going to fix that. Like a more cosmic origin of the Punisher, really. (I need to watch that series before Netflix purges it.)

    And I’ll admit it. The duel on Vormir made me cry a bit. Maybe it’s just a weird spot in my life right now, but it did.

    So… yeah. Ronin would be a movie I’d watch in its own right. I don’t think we’ll get it, but I’d watch it. Or maybe there just wouldn’t be enough to it to make it better without overdoing what we saw.

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    1. Yes, Ronin is pretty great, outfit and all! If you wanted more Ronin then don’t worry, we’ll get some more of that fantastic backstory in the Hawkeye Disney+ series. (Kevin Feige confirmed it.)

      Yes, Endgame is a real tear-jerker. On a really good day I get teary at the beginning when Tony is about to die, I get emotional when Chris and Tony reunite, I’m on the verge of tears when Tony and his father Howard reunite and he gives him a hug, Black Widow and Hawkeye’s duel will get to my emotions, the Portals part will absolutely have me crying/smiling with joy, Tony’s final moments/his final words as a hologram/the funeral will leave me an EMOTIONAL WRECK, and Cap returning as an old man, giving Sam the shield, and living happily ever after with Peggy will leave me once again emotionally destroyed. And don’t get me started on those beautiful end-credits. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

      All in all, even though I enjoy Infinity War more, Endgame definitely has its moments. Moments that unfortunately The Rise of Skywalker could not concoct.

      “There are more of us, Poe. There are more of us” and then a crapload of ships appear in the sky just to disappear shortly after is hands down the corniest moment in Star Wars history and has nowhere near the impact the Portals scene has.

      Plus, why did it take THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT to get all of these people to come? Ugh, it’s the corniest, most lackluster climactic battle Star Wars has ever concocted.

      Not to mention, the way Rey kills Palpatine is cool in theory but really just looks stupid…and it’s over too fast!

      I do have a confession though…I did cry a lot the other night I watched it. Leia’s death, Chewbacca’s grief, Kylo Ren’s turn to the Light, Ben Solo’s death (those were angry tears because I hate they killed him off so unceremoniously and didn’t have the DECENCY to have him return as a Force ghost at the end of the movie alongside his aunt and uncle on Tatooine), and Finn, Rey, and Poe hugging gets to my emotions every time, whether I like the movie that much or not. It’s so sweet!

      Okay, back to Endgame. 😅 Yeah, I have to agree. Ronin does seem more realistic than Batman. Such a great story!

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      1. I had an easier time with the rewatch of these than I did with Star Wars. Yeah, Stark’s farewell and his educational and hidden-emotional meeting with his father were both big. I thought that, in a way, the meeting with his father prepared him for what he eventually had to do, because he felt a sense of challenge that he wanted to care more than his dad did about other people.

        I also notice Strange’s references to Stark concerning the one way they’ll win a little more, now that I know how it ends. In some respects, I was mad the first time around as to why Strange thought giving the Time Stone away was better than just using it to make sure they got the gauntlet off Thanos right there. I guess we’re supposed to figure that he didn’t see a way that they’d succeed then and there, but ultimately we now know he knew that the only way Thanos loses is in a timeline where Stark both figures out a way to reassemble the Stones and then ultimately kills Thanos at the sacrifice of his own life, and he gives the Time Stone away to prevent Thanos from killing him. Similarly, his refusal to tell Stark how it’ll end (so that Stark won’t hesitate by knowing he’ll die), and even holding up the single finger when Stark’s looking at him, silently saying, “now’s your cue, dude… this is the one way,” have a bit more meaning. These things maybe get lost when I wasn’t specifically looking for them, but they’re there, and it’s a little more interesting now for it.

        Star Wars… maybe I’ll have to try RoS again, but I think that seeing it again only just kinda made me forgive it a little more. There’s a few modestly emotional scenes in there, but I definitely don’t put nearly as high a stock in Kylo as you do. To me, he’s an almost comical Vader wannabe with a bit of inside, meta humor that even he’s aware of the shadow Vader casts. Vader is, IMO, the best character in sci fi, and there isn’t a close second. The only moments that got better for me after I know how it ends are Rey’s moments of flirtation with the dark side in the first two movies. The duel with Kylo where she goes almost manic in her rage and the teaching scene where she slips into the dark with Luke watching both stand out a bit more when we know she’s Palpatine’s granddaughter.

        That said? Yeah. Rise of Skywalker is still a train wreck compared to the other Star Wars movies. Maybe I’ll be able to negotiate a truce with it where I like it more eventually, like I did with the prequels over time. I’m not there yet, although I’m less rant-crazy about it than Hobbit. 😓

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      2. I’d say Mad Max, The Terminator, Ripley, and Sarah Connor are pretty great sci-fi characters too. 😁

        Can we really call Star Wars science-fiction though? I feel like it’s transcended that genre, fitting inside a whole other genre of its own. I mean, I know technically it’s sci-fi but I don’t think George Lucas ever considered it to be science-fiction. I think he referred to Star Wars as a “space opera” which feels a lot more on point.

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