Hawkeye Reveals Clint Barton's True 'Superpower'

Actor Jeremy Renner believes that even though Clint Barton doesn't have any extra-human abilities in Hawkeye, he has a superpower possessed by many real-world parents.

While speaking at a press conference attended by CBR, Renner was asked about Clint's role as a father in Hawkeye. As the only founding Avenger with a family, Renner feels that the hero's connections to his loved ones help guide his actions. "There's a wonderful pragmatic-ness to it. I think it really is the anchor and base to where all of his emotional steadfastness and actionability and relatability are for him and what his superpowers are," Barton said. "You don't want to get in the way of any Papa Bear or Mama Bear and their family, 'cause you're gonna go down."

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After appearing in both Thor and Avengers, Hawkeye's expanded role in Avengers: Age of Ultron revealed that he had a family tucked away in rural Missouri. Clint never told his fellow Avengers that he had a wife and three kids waiting at home, as both a means to stay involved in his family's lives and a practical way to protect them from the chaos of his heroic duties. Renner thinks that it is Clint's ability to prioritize his family that helps make Hawkeye so compelling and relatable. "I've always thought, look, there's him being a father," the actor continued. "I think any parent that's a very involved and amazing parent is a superhero in their own right. It is a tremendous honor and a gift and the most difficult thing I think any human can go through."

Despite his noble intentions, a quiet day with his loved ones turned into a horrific nightmare when Clint's family was turned to dust in the tense opening to Avengers: Endgame, as the events of Thanos' Blip expanded to a global scale. In the wake of this tragedy, Clint took on the mantle of Ronin, a masked vigilante who targeted criminals with a previously unseen ferocity. And though his family eventually returned five years later when the Hulk snapped reality back into place, the trauma of Clint's actions as Ronin will continue to haunt him throughout Hawkeye.

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In Hawkeye, Clint finds himself stuck in New York City when a ghost from his past reappears in a new form. As he tries to unravel the mystery behind his enemy's actions in time for Christmas, Hawkeye is joined by a young archer named Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Renner calls the relationship between Clint and Kate "beautifully intimate," as the elder Hawkeye takes on the upstart as a protégé, again showing the hero's natural paternal instincts.

Hawkeye will debut with a two-episode season premiere on Nov. 24, exclusively on Disney+.

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