Marvel Finally Acknowledges Hawkeye's Coolest MCU Moment Properly

Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Hawkeye episodes 1 and 2!

Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) may not have been the flashiest character in The Avengers, but Marvel is finally giving the hero the attention he deserves by revisiting his best MCU moment in Hawkeye. The skilled archer is the focus of the fourth live-action MCU series on Disney+, sharing the spotlight alongside Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). The newcomer will presumably take over the Hawkeye mantle in the near future, but her path to becoming a superhero may have never happened if it wasn't for Clint's coolest Avengers sequence.

Renner officially made his debut as Hawkeye through a cameo in 2011's Thor. The following year, Clint emerged as one of the core six team members in The Avengers, protecting Earth from a Chitauri invasion during the Battle of New York. Despite not possessing superpowers like some of the other Avengers, Hawkeye's skills and training as a SHIELD agent made him a viable team member. Not only was he crucial in the conflicts at focus in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, but he also played a major role in taking down Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.

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Even with his continued heroic actions, Clint Barton's Hawkeye is often one of the most underrated figures in the MCU, but the Disney+ series is looking to change that. At the start of Hawkeye episode 1, "Never Meet Your Heroes," a young Kate from 2012 is seen living with her family in their New York City apartment. Soon after, the city comes under attack, leading Kate to investigate the cause. From her crumbling apartment, she witnesses Hawkeye battling otherworldly threats on the top of a building before doing a backward jump. The sequence showing the archer willingly jumping off of an exploding building while still shooting arrows was thrilling, but other moments in The Avengers quickly pushed the scene aside. Thankfully, Hawkeye's flashback is giving justice to the Clint moment.

By returning to the iconic Clint scene in Hawkeye, it gives viewers another opportunity to appreciate the moment. In addition, it allows the sequence to be seen from a new vantage point. Rather than cut to the moment in the middle of a constant action from other Avengers, there's more time to slow it down, showing that seconds before, Hawkeye's arrow stopped the Chitauri from targeting Kate's building. The original scene was the convincing factor, confirming Clint deserved a spot among the likes of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and Black Widow after showcasing the pure "wow" moment. Granted, many fans and the MCU tend to forget how cool Hawkeye could be on the front lines.

The 2012 flashback in Hawkeye also adds more weight to Clint's building scene. While it was an exciting fight sequence in The Avengers, Hawkeye reveals that this was the moment that made Kate idolize Clint as a hero. After losing her dad, Kate vowed to follow in Clint's footsteps by taking up archery. Clint's decision to jump off of a building helped propel Kate's origin story while proving the Avengers can create heroes, not just villains. According to a scene depicted in later episodes of Hawkeye, Kate will seemingly get to replicate the backward jump alongside her hero, meaning the MCU isn't done acknowledging the fun moment.

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New episodes of Hawkeye air Wednesdays on Disney+.

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