EDITORIAL: Why Hawkeye's Role In THE AVENGERS Works
Though I haven't seen any hate for the character, I still wish to improve people's opinion about Clint Barton/Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner) and his role in Marvel's The Avengers. Check it out!
I love Hawkeye. He is one of my favorite fictional characters in general. I enjoyed him even more in The Avengers. But there's several comments I've read about the character that I'd like to clear up. To summarize in two statements.
"His role isn't that important/it's underplayed/etc..."
Though I agree we could of seen more of the character, what we did get showed us several things. Story wise Joss Whedon has stated in writing the script they couldn't find anything concrete for the character to do. Yet most don't fully appreciate that Loki's mind control of Hawkeye was a smart move. First it showed what a threat Hawkeye is. Not just from his knowledge of the Shield Agency (which Loki utilizes) but as a fighter. The general audience will doesn't know who Hawkeye is and doesn't understand how skilled he is. He causes the entire Shield Agency so much trouble practically by himself, almost taking down the Helicarrier. Turning Hawkeye into an enemy allowed the movie to showcase why he is one of Shields top agents and why he is one of the Avengers. Which brings me to my next point...
"He just has a bow and arrow..."
Some people really don't understand that with the level of technology we have today most of Hawkeye's "trick" arrows are very practical. And the fact that he's a sniper. Every team needs a sniper. Captain America intrusts Hawkeye to basically call the shots when Cap gives the team their individual jobs. Hawkeye was the center piece, watching everyone's backs, telling everyone what they needed to do where they needed to go, and taking out Chitauri from the middle point. He has the distance and eyesight the other characters don't have. Why using a bow is better then a gun? Well that's a whole other argument.
Sidenote: To the people who are miserable enough to nit pick any "mistakes" Jeremy Renner makes in his archery form... shut up... it's a movie. Plus he's using a prop with no weight to it, rarely any real arrows, not expected to be a professional, and a lefty (which is somewhat rare in the archery world). If it's so easy to have proper form then I guess you professional archers don't do that much work huh? So I'll say again, shush and watch the movie.
With all of that said I'm really happy to hear his role will be much bigger in the sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I'm hoping he can play a supporting role in Captain America 3 or Thor 3 as well, or at least another cameo.
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