Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) is probably the least appreciated member of the original six Avengers. With the upcoming Black Widow film, Hawkeye will be the only one of the original six characters to not have a solo film, though there are rumors of a Disney+ series in the works. But while he might not be a fan-favorite like Iron Man or Captain America, and though he might be the butt of a few jokes, Hawkeye does have his moments in the MCU.
Jeremy Renner has helped to bring some life to the character and show him as a capable badass hero. Avengers: Endgame looks to have put an end to his superhero career with Clint seemingly retiring, but he had some great quotes in the line of duty.
Updated on September 22, 2021 by Colin McCormick: Hawkeye has been a supporting hero in the MCU since he was introduced back in Phase 1. But with the first trailer for his own solo show now released, it is time for the skilled archer to step into the spotlight along with his possible replacement, Kate Bishop. And what better way for fans to prepare for his next (and likely last) MCU adventure than by looking at some more of the great Hawkeye quotes throughout his movie appearances?
15 “‘Whosoever, Be He Worthy, Shall Haveth The Power'”, Whatever Man! It’s A Trick!” (Avengers: Age Of Ultron)
One of the standout scenes in Avengers: Age of Ultron was not one of the Avengers’ big action scenes, but rather a laidback moment where the heroes were hanging out. Following a party, the team kicks back and Hawkeye starts questioning what the secret behind Thor’s magical hammer really is.
It’s funny that Hawkeye, the least superpowered of the heroes, is the one who doesn’t buy the whole “worthy” thing with Mjolnir. It also begins the hilarious scene as the Avengers take turns trying to lift the hammer with no luck.
14 “You Don’t Think They Need Me?” (Avengers: Age Of Ultron)
Part of the reason Hawkeye was never as popular as some of the other heroes is that he didn’t seem to belong on the Avengers. In a team filled with gods and super soldiers, a guy with a bow and arrow just didn’t feel vital.
In Age of Ultron, Hawkeye’s wife, Laura, questions his future with the team. He seems to be self-conscious about his place among the superheroes and assumes she doesn’t think the team needs him. However, she clarifies that she thinks he’s the one that keeps them grounded.
13 “I Knew I Should Have Stretched.” (Captain America: Civil War)
Though the controversial Joss Whedon introduced the idea of Hawkeye being the grounded member of the team, he also wrote him to be quite cocky at times, which only highlighted how unimpressive he was compared to the other heroes.
But when Hawkeye returns in Captain America: Civil War, some of that arrogance is gone when he has to face off with Vision. He laments that he should have stretched. which reminds fans that this is just a regular guy who is often in over his head. It would have been great to see the movies embrace that aspect of Hawkeye more.
12 “We Haven’t Met Yet. I’m Clint.” (Captain America: Civil War)
With the massive scope of the MCU and the fact that it continues to grow, it’s always fun to see heroes meeting for the first time. There have been so many memorable first encounters, and while the meeting between Hawkeye and Black Panther isn’t epic by any means, it is hilariously blunt.
It happens in the middle of the airport battle in Civil War. The two heroes face off and Hawkeye decides it would be polite to introduce himself, prompting Black Panther to reply, “I don’t care.” It’s a funny moment that then pays off in Avengers: Endgame.
11 “Don’t Give Me Hope.” (Avengers: Endgame)
Hawkeye’s transformation into Ronin in Avengers: Endgame was an interesting new direction to take the character, which seems to be tied directly to the upcoming Hawkeye show. It was also a surprisingly dark journey for an MCU hero.
When Natasha is finally able to track down her old friend, Clint has been tragically changed by the loss of his family. When she suggests there is a way to undo what Thanos did, he doesn’t even want to hear it, unable to even consider having such hope.
10 “You And I Remember Budapest Very Differently.” (The Avengers)
So much of Hawkeye’s character is revealed through his relationship with Natasha (aka Black Widow). In the first Avengers film, it is revealed that Hawkeye was supposed to take Natasha out but chose instead to give her a chance to join S.H.I.E.L.D. They have a longer history than the rest of the team and that helps solidify their bond.
Though they seem to be the least equipped heroes to take on an invading alien army, they still put themselves right in the middle of the Battle of New York. When Natasha remarks that it’s similar to their past (unseen) mission in Budapest, Clint seems to think there are some glaring differences.
9 “You Want Me To Slow Him Down, Sir? Or Are You Sending In More Guys For Him To Beat Up?” (Thor)
Unlike the other Avengers, Hawkeye didn’t get much of an introduction to the MCU before appearing in The Avengers. In fact, his only appearance was a quick cameo in Thor. But despite his brief appearance, it did help to establish what Hawkeye would be like in the MCU.
As Thor breaks into the small S.H.I.E.L.D compound and takes out several guards, Hawkeye is sent to take him out. Reporting to Coulson, he has a chance to show that he is cocky, has a dry wit, and seems to have a bit of contempt for authority.
8 “Nobody Would Know. Nobody. Yeah. The Last I Saw Him, Ultron Was Sitting On Him.” (Avengers: Age Of Ultron)
Hawkeye finally got a more significant role in Age of Ultron after being sidelined for most of the first Avengers. One great addition for the character in the film was his antagonistic relationship with the speedster Quicksilver. Quicksilver is a constant thorn in Hawkeye’s side, even after they apparently become allies.
The hard feelings continue as they battle Ultron’s forces. Talking to himself, Hawkeye fantasizes about offing Quicksilver in a bit of great dark humor. Of course, the joke gets a little sadder after Quicksilver is killed by Ultron while saving Hawkeye.
7 “I’ve Done The Whole Mind Control Thing. Not A Fan.” (Avengers: Age Of Ultron)
The first Avengers saw Hawkeye put under mind control by Loki in the first scene, making him a slave for two-thirds of the film. Renner publicly spoke about his frustration with this direction for the character. In his mind, he had signed up for a role that he wasn’t able to play.
In Age of Ultron, the majority of the team is sidelined by Scarlet Witch’s mind control powers. When she tries it on Hawkeye, he shuts that down immediately. It’s a nice bit of meta-commentary as the character refuses to go through that again.
6 “If I Put An Arrow Through Loki’s Eye Socket I’d Sleep Better, I Suppose.” (The Avengers)
Needless to say, the whole mind control thing really messed with Hawkeye’s mind. He struggled to push the mischievous god out of his brain and then had to grapple with all the terrible things he’d done. The whole thing put him in a pretty foul mood.
After getting a quick pep talk from Natasha, Clint decides the best way to cope with the situation is with a little revenge. It’s a funny line but might also hint at the violent and dark path Hawkeye goes down later on.
5 “…But If You Step Out That Door, You Are An Avenger.” (Avengers: Age Of Ultron)
Though he is not the most valuable member of the Avengers, Hawkeye might be the one with the most heart. It takes a lot to face the kinds of things they do without superpowers or super suits. Yet he never hesitates to run into danger with the rest of them.
This courage shows clearly in Age of Ultron when he is giving Wanda a pep talk as they fight Ultron’s forces. While she is scared and unable to keep fighting, he lets her know that hiding is alright but if she makes the choice to keep fighting, she’s part of the team.
4 “We’ve Come A Long Way Since Budapest.” (Avengers: Endgame)
Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of the entire MCU up to this point, so it features a lot of callbacks to some of the series’ best moments. One nice subtle callback is Hawkeye bringing up the Budapest mission again as he and Natasha fly through space.
Not only is the moment a fun nod to fans who have been paying attention throughout the MCU, but it’s also a great interaction between these two characters. It helps reinforce everything Hawkeye and Black Widow have gone through together and given where this leads them, it’s also a bit heartbreaking.
3 “I Wish There Was A Way That I Could Let Her Know.” (Avengers: Endgame)
The death of Natasha was a shocking moment in Avengers: Endgame. Once they arrived on Vormir, it’s clear one of them would be leaving that planet. They tease fans a few times leading us to think it might be Hawkeye who makes the sacrifice, but in the end, Natasha is the one to save the day.
Once it’s all over and Thanos is defeated, Hawkeye is left with the new bittersweet reality. He has his family back, but his closest friend is gone. The moment of wishing he could share the victory with her is a sad and moving place to leave audiences.
2 “You Survived. Half The Planet Didn’t. They Got Thanos. You Get Me.” (Avengers: Endgame)
A lot was made about the fact that Hawkeye was not included in Infinity War. His absence was explained by the fact that, like Ant-Man, he was under house arrest following the events of Civil War. As it turns out, not including him in that film was well worth it for his reveal in Endgame.
After the powerful opening scene where he loses his family, Hawkeye becomes Ronin, a deadly vigilante. He is introduced in a dark scene where he mercilessly takes out a group of Yakuza. His reasoning for his brutal methods is both understandable and horrifying.
1 “The City Is Flying, We’re Fighting An Army Of Robots, And I Have A Bow And Arrow. None Of This Makes Sense.” (Avengers: Endgame)
Someone had to point it out. It’s only a surprise that it took Whedon two films to admit that Hawkeye’s weapon of choice is ridiculous. The director always has a lot of fun playing around with these larger-than-life characters and this is one of the best examples.
As Ultron and his army attack Sokovia, Hawkeye himself is the one to acknowledge the absurdity of the situation. It’s a moment that makes the character a lot more relatable — although it’s unclear why he still refuses to upgrade his weaponry going forward.
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