Hawkeye may have delivered one of the biggest and most shocking plot twists in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
That says a lot for such an impressively written and directed blockbuster hit with such a dynamic ensemble cast of superheroes, seemingly unstoppable villains and special agents.
However, one of the biggest jaw-dropping moments of the Joss Whedon-directed film dealt specifically with one of the most criticized and mocked heroes of the group – Hawkeye.
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At one point in the movie, it is apparently clear that Ultron has the upper hand. Using the mental manipulation powers of Scarlet Witch, Ultron was essentially able to force the Avengers into a necessary time-out.
— The Movie Brat (@TheMovieBrats) April 29, 2015
Fortunately, Hawkeye maintained a clear head and knew exactly what his fellow superheroes needed – an emergency getaway trip to a “safe house.” That is at least what the master archer said when discussing their destination since he was the one piloting the plane. What fans and film critics didn’t know, however, was that the “safe house” was actually Hawkeye’s family home. That’s right – Hawkeye (aka Clint Barton) has a family.
— Rochi Shion (@Marvel_Freshman) May 1, 2015
In addition to his pregnant wife, Hawkeye greeted his two grade school-aged kids as he walked into the house. The family emerged on-screen shortly after Hawkeye shouted, “Honey, I’m home.”
At first, viewers may have thought that he was using some sort of code phrase or safe word to alert the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. who may have been hiding in the walls, basement or some other great hiding spot on the property.
That is more than likely what Tony Stark thought, especially since he kept trying to decipher the “code phrases” that Hawkeye used when introducing his family – such as “wife and kids.” However, Hawkeye actually had a family – something that was not even referenced in the first movie – was a bit of shock. With the exception of Black Widow, none of the other Avengers had any clue that Hawkeye even had a family.
According to the responses and reactions to Hawkeye’s family on Twitter, a lot of people were not very happy about this particular plot twist.
But maybe Renner doesn’t. Giving Hawkeye a perfect adorbs family makes him less sexually available. A dynamic we usually see w/ lady chars. — Eyelasers Forever (@elizaeffect) May 5, 2015
Also am I the only one who was weirded out by Ultron giving Hawkeye a family and literally taking all family from Black Widow? — Victoria Aveyard (@VictoriaAveyard) May 1, 2015
When I saw Agent Hawkeye’s family I felt betrayed Man, u don’t even truly know ur favourite superhero! :'( :'( Hawkeye got wife & 2 kids — Anyadu The Vision (@The_Africanist) April 29, 2015
Some people were upset by the news of Hawkeye already being married off primarily because of the intense chemistry that resonated between him and Black Widow in the first movie.
Should have had Black Widow trying to start a romance with Hawkeye and then finding out he has a family. It hurts. But she realizes being an — Richard C. Meyer (@Meyer78759) May 2, 2015
However, it was apparently clear from the start of Avengers: Age of Ultron, that Black Widow had her eyes on set on a completely different superhero this time around.
Confused by the talk of Banner/Romanov romance in A:AoU. What about the arrow necklace in Winter Soldier??? Now Hawkeye has a family? What? — Matt (@castlemischief) April 29, 2015
Even though it seemed to disturb quite a few people, bringing Hawkeye’s family into the picture warmed the hearts of other fans and viewers.
Some even decided to creatively come up with their own ideas about what will happen next to Hawkeye’s family – whether it’s on the big-screen or the small-screen.
In the comic books, Clint Barton (Hawkeye) was once married to Mockingbird – a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that he met when he started working for Cross Technological Enterprises again as the security head.
— Javier Califano (@javocalifano) April 29, 2015
However, Joss Whedon basically nipped that back-story in this movie by saying that Hawkeye’s family was kept off the books when he first signed up with S.H.I.E.L.D.
Perhaps directors Joe and Anthony Russo, the chosen directing team for the next two Avengers movies will find a way to turn actress Linda Cardellini into Mockingbird. On the other hand, they might just forget that the whole “Hawkeye has a family” thing ever came up in the first place.
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