Clint Barton’s personality seems to have taken a 180 degree turn in Hawkeye from Avengers: Endgame but it still mixes humor and seriousness.
In Hawk Eye, Clint Barton behaves very differently from what he did in Avengers: Endgame, but there’s a reason Marvel seems to keep changing personalities. Located after the events of End of Game, Hawk Eye brings Clint (Jeremy Renner) to New York on vacation with his kids. Usually trouble follows the Avenger, but he also meets Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), who aptly considers herself the world’s greatest sniper. Hawk Eye puts Barton in a mentoring role for Kate and the MCU’s two top archers teaming up will reveal nuances of Clint’s personality.
While Avengers personalities like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) have remained relatively cohesive, Clint Barton’s personality has undergone significant change. After his cameo debut in Thor, Clint was mentally controlled by Loki (Tom Hiddleston) during most of the The Avengers, but he was quick with a quip during the film’s decisive battle against the Chitauri. Barton also showed humor in Avengers: Age of Ultron but the serious Clint was back in Team Cap. In Captain America: Civil War, Barton was understandably upset when he was arrested and sent to The Raft. When Thanos (Josh Brolin) Snap shattered Barton’s entire family, Clint became Ronin, his darkest character, and he spent years taking down international criminals in bloody revenge acts. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Clint was mourning the death of Natasha and Tony and wasn’t sure what his future held for him.
Given where Avengers: Endgame left Clint Barton, it’s understandable if the 180 degree turn his personality is taking Hawk Eye seems a little shocking. But it also makes sense that Barton has learned to lighten up again since. End of Game. After all, Clint got his family back at the end of End of Game, thanks to the Avengers who managed to reverse Thanos’ Snap. This is the greatest relief for Clint and he would understandably be a very involved father now that his wife Laura (Linda Cardinelli) and children are alive again. This easily explains Hawk EyeThe opening premise of Clint taking his kids to a Broadway show in New York City for Christmas and his more relaxed demeanor. After all, Clint helped defeat Thanos and save the universe, and nothing could be worse than an ordeal like this. Now that he has a second chance with his children, Clint naturally plans to make every second he spends with them count and be memorable.
But it’s also important to remember that Clint is human and that no human is ever wise in all situations, not even in a Marvel movie. When the Avengers weren’t in dire straits, Clint’s sense of humor had always been on full display. Her ability to keep a cool head and find humor in difficult situations will help her on her adventure with Kate. As a father of teenagers, Clint Barton is also one of the only Avengers who are used to being surrounded by young people. It was Clint who wanted to help Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) find her inner avenger in Age of Ultron, and he was obviously training his daughter Lila (Ava Russo) to become an archer at the start of Avengers: Endgame. Clint taking Kate Bishop under his wing makes sense as Barton’s father instincts will kick in, no matter what trouble young Hawkeye causes them both.
Unlike Thor (Chris Hemsworth), whose haughty personality completely changed and went comedic in Thor: Ragnarok Thanks to Taiki Waititi fostering the natural spirit of Chris Hemsworth, Clint Barton has always been a mixture of seriousness and ironic comedy. Joss whedon Avengers the films played Clint’s gallows humor as he was considered one of the “the weakest“of the most powerful heroes on Earth while those of Joe and Anthony Russo Avengers: Endgame makes Barton more tortured and deadly than ever. Rather than changing the archer more, Hawk Eye Looks like he’ll be harnessing every aspect of Clint Barton’s complex personality, which makes him such a versatile and adaptable hero.
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Hawk Eye premieres November 24 on Disney +.
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