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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.