Clint Barton (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

fictional character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Clint Barton
Marvel Cinematic Universe character
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.jpg
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye in The Avengers (2012)
First appearanceThor (2011)
Based on
Adapted by
Portrayed byJeremy Renner
In-universe information
Full nameClinton Francis Barton
FamilyEdith Barton (mother)
SpouseLaura Barton
  • Cooper Barton
  • Lila Barton
  • Nathaniel Barton

Clinton Francis Barton is a fictional character portrayed by Jeremy Renner in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) media franchise—based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name—commonly by his alias, Hawkeye. Barton is depicted as an expert marksman, archer and hand-to-hand combatant, with his preferred weapon being a recurve bow. Initially an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Barton is recruited by Steve Rogers and becomes a founding member of the Avengers. After Barton's family is decimated by Thanos, he becomes a vigilante and violently dismantles organized crime organizations as Ronin until he and his allies reverse the Blip five years later.[4]

Barton's first appearance was a brief cameo in Thor (2011), but he became a central figure of the MCU, appearing in five films as of 2021 and will take a lead role in the upcoming miniseries Hawkeye (2021).[5]

Alternate variants of Barton from within the MCU Multiverse also appear in the animated series What If...? (2021), with Renner reprising the role.[6]

Character origin

Barton, with the alter ego of Hawkeye, was first introduced in Marvel comic books as a reluctant villain, in Tales of Suspense #57 (September 1964). After two more appearances as a villain in Tales of Suspense #60 and #64 (December 1964 and April 1965), Hawkeye joined the ranks of the Avengers in Avengers #16 (May 1965). He then became a perennial member of the team.

In the mid-2000s, Kevin Feige realized that Marvel still owned the rights to the core members of the Avengers, which included Barton. Feige, a self-professed "fanboy", envisioned creating a shared universe just as creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had done with their comic books in the early 1960s.[7] After initially offering the role of Barton to Jensen Ackles, who had auditioned for the part of Captain America, Marvel hired Jeremy Renner to portray the character on screen.[8]

In April 2019, a limited series focused on Barton's character was reported to be in development, with the plot involving Barton passing the mantle of Hawkeye to Kate Bishop.[9] The series was officially announced at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, with the plot taking place following the events of Avengers: Endgame. Hawkeye is set to premiere in late 2021,[10] with Jonathan Igla serving as the series' showrunner.[11] In September 2019, Hailee Steinfeld was announced to be portraying Kate Bishop.[12]


Jeremy Renner on the Hawkeye panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019.

A master archer working as an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D.[13][14] Renner said it was a very physical role and that he trained physically and practiced archery as much as possible in preparation.[15] About the role, Renner said, "When I saw Iron Man, I thought that was a really kick-ass approach to superheroes. Then they told me about this Hawkeye character, and I liked how he wasn't really a superhero; he's just a guy with a high skill set. I could connect to that".[16] Regarding Hawkeye's sniper mentality, Renner said, "It's a lonely game. He's an outcast. His only connection is to Scarlett's character, Natasha. It's like a left hand/right hand thing. They coexist, and you need them both, especially when it comes to a physical mission".[16] Renner said Hawkeye is not insecure about his humanity. "Quite the opposite, he's the only one who can really take down the Hulk with his [tranquilizer-tipped] arrows. He knows his limitations. But when it comes down to it, there has to be a sense of confidence in any superhero".[17] Renner earned $2–3 million for his role in The Avengers.[18]

Whedon said that Hawkeye interacts more with the other characters in Age of Ultron, as opposed to the first Avengers film where the character had been "possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly".[19] As the character did not appear in any other of Marvel's Phase Two films, Whedon stated Age of Ultron sheds light on to what the character was doing since the end of The Avengers.[20] Renner described the character as "kind of a loner" and "a team player only 'cause he sort of has to be. He's not really a company man. Captain America can be that guy. In [Age of Ultron] you'll understand why [Hawkeye] thinks the way he thinks".[21]

In March 2015, Renner was revealed to be reprising his role as Barton in Captain America: Civil War.[22] On Barton's reasons for joining Rogers' side, Renner said, "Cap was the first guy who called. Let's just get the job done so I can get home to the family",[23] along with feeling an obligation to side with Scarlet Witch, since her brother, Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver, sacrificed himself to save Barton in Avengers: Age of Ultron.[24] On how he and Barton fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Renner said, "I'm happy to be the ensemble. I'm not scratching or clawing to do a solo movie by any means ... I think [Barton's] a utility guy that can bounce around into other people's universes a little bit".[25]

Stephen McFeely described Barton's dark turn in Avengers: Endgame as "a good example of people who had much stronger stories after the Snap".[26] The film's cold open, which features the disintegration of Barton's family, was initially supposed to be in Infinity War following Thanos' snap, however it was moved to Endgame instead, with Markus explaining that it was "going to blunt the brutality of what [Thanos] did."[26] Joe Russo felt it was "a very tragic scene to open the movie with. It's one of the few scenes in the movie that actually makes me tear up when I watch it, because I think about my own family... And then you think about what would happen to you, as a father. You'd become very self-destructive".[27]

Renner makes an uncredited voice-only cameo appearance as Barton in Black Widow (2021).[28]

Fictional character biography

Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Barton, working as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, is sent to kill Natasha Romanoff, but instead recruits her to join S.H.I.E.L.D., with the pair becoming close friends and serving on various missions together, including one in Budapest in which Romanoff attempts to kill General Dreykov.[a] At some point, Nick Fury assists Barton in setting up a safehouse for his family on a farm in Missouri.[b]

In 2011, Barton is sent on a mission in New Mexico, where he arms himself with a compound bow, preparing to stop Thor from retrieving Mjolnir but chooses not to engage after watching Thor fail to lift the hammer.

Battle of New York

In 2012, Barton is working at a remote S.H.I.E.L.D. research facility with Nick Fury when Loki arrives and uses his scepter to put Barton under mind control and steal the Tesseract. They travel to Stuttgart, where Barton steals iridium needed to stabilize the Tesseract's power while Loki causes a distraction. Loki allows himself to be captured and taken to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, which Barton attacks with other mind controlled agents. Aboard the Helicarrier, Barton fights Romanoff, who knocks him out, breaking Loki's control. Romanoff helps him recover. After Steve Rogers recruits him, Barton becomes a founding member of the Avengers with Rogers, Romanoff, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and Thor. He participates in the Battle of New York against the alien army of the Chitauri and witnesses Loki's defeat. Afterwards, he and Romanoff drive off together.

Ultron and the Sokovia Accords

In 2015, Barton and the Avengers attack a Hydra facility in Sokovia in an effort to retrieve Loki's scepter. However, Barton is seriously injured by Pietro Maximoff and a Hydra weapon, but is healed by Dr. Helen Cho at the Avengers Tower. Barton attends the Avengers' celebratory party, where he is introduced to James Rhodes and Sam Wilson, and tries and fails to lift Mjolnir. Barton witnesses Ultron's first attack and his escape. In Johannesburg, Barton and the Avengers track Ultron and try to stop him, but all, except Barton, are enthralled by Wanda Maximoff's mind warping technique. Barton takes the defeated Avengers to his safe house where it is revealed that he has a pregnant wife named Laura and children named Cooper and Lila. There, Fury arrives and motivates the team to assemble and stop Ultron. Barton, Romanoff, and Rogers travel to Seoul to stop Ultron from uploading his network into a vibranium body powered by the Mind Stone. They succeed, and Barton transports the sentient body back to the Avengers Tower. He also tracks a captured Romanoff's signal in Sokovia. After Vision is awakened by Stark, Banner, and Thor; the Avengers return to Sokovia to stop Ultron. There, Barton reunites with Romanoff, participates in the battle against Ultron, convinces Wanda to become an Avenger, and is saved by Pietro who sacrifices his life to shield Barton and a Sokovian child from gunfire. After the battle, Barton goes into retirement and returns home, where he and Laura name their newborn son Nathaniel Pietro Barton, in honor of Romanoff and Pietro.

In 2016, Barton returns from retirement to help Rogers in his opposition to United Nations control of the Avengers via the Sokovia Accords. He goes to the Avengers Compound to retrieve Maximoff, but is confronted by Vision, until Maximoff incapacitates him. Barton and Maximoff recruit Scott Lang and travel to the Leipzig/Halle airport in Germany to join Rogers, Wilson, and Bucky Barnes. However, they are intercepted by Stark’s team consisting of Rhodes, Romanoff, Peter Parker, T'Challa, and Vision. After Rogers and Barnes escape, Barton is among those captured and imprisoned in the Raft. When Stark visits the facility, Barton openly berates him. Later, Rogers breaks him, Lang, Wilson, and Maximoff out, and he and Lang negotiate deals with the U.S. government in accordance with the accords to receive a term of house arrest instead.

In 2018, Barton, still on house arrest, enjoys a picnic with his family, but is caught off-guard when Laura, Lila, Cooper, and Nathaniel suddenly disintegrate. In his grief following the Blip, Barton soon becomes a vigilante and begins to hunt down and eliminate organized crime around the world.

Ronin and Time Heist

In 2023, Rhodes reveals to Romanoff that Barton massacred a group of Mexican drug cartel members and Rhodes expresses concern regarding Barton's violent vigilante activities. In Tokyo, Barton, armed with a katana, kills Yakuza before being approached by Romanoff, who informs him that the Avengers discovered quantum time travel and may be able to reverse the Blip. Barton is reunited with the Avengers and meets Rocket and Nebula. He volunteers to be the first to test the time machine and is transported via the Quantum Realm to his house in an alternate timeline briefly hearing Lila's voice before he is brought back to 2023. After the Avengers formulate a plan, Barton and Romanoff travel via the quantum realm to an alternate 2014 timeline.

They travel into space to an alternate version of the planet Vormir to retrieve the Soul Stone, but its keeper, the Red Skull, reveals that it can only be acquired by a person sacrificing someone they love. Romanoff and Barton each volunteer to be the sacrifice for this purpose leading to a confrontation between the two. However, Romanoff ends up sacrificing herself, allowing Barton to claim the Soul Stone. Upon returning to 2023, Barton and the original Avengers mourn Romanoff and Barton becomes angry when Thor suggests they can bring her back with the Infinity Stones. After Banner uses Stark's Gauntlet to reverse the Blip, Barton receives a phone call from a restored Laura. Before he can answer, an alternate version of Thanos attacks the Avengers Compound. Deep below ground in the rubble, Barton finds the Stark Gauntlet and flees from the Outriders sent to capture it. He then participates in the final battle against Thanos and his army until Stark sacrifices himself to defeat them. Following the victory, Barton flies to his house in a Quinjet and reunites with a restored Laura, Lila, Cooper, and Nathaniel. Later, Barton and his family attend Stark's funeral. Afterwards, Barton and Maximoff reunite and console each other over losing both Romanoff and Vision.


Later, Yelena Belova visits a shrine for Romanoff, where Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine shows her a picture of Barton, who she claims is responsible for Romanoff's death, and identifies him as Belova's next target.

Alternate variants

Several alternate variants of Barton appear in the animated series What If...?, with Renner reprising his role.

Meeting Captain Carter

In an alternate 2012, Barton and Fury encounter Captain Carter coming through a portal via the Tesseract.

Death of the Avengers

In an alternate 2011, Barton is framed for killing Thor in New Mexico by Hank Pym, who forces him to accidentally shoot Thor. Pym then kills Barton in his holding cell.

Zombie outbreak

In an alternate 2018, Barton goes with the Avengers to San Francisco to deal with a quantum virus that zombifies people, but is infected. He and Wilson ambush the survivors at Grand Central Station and infect Happy Hogan.

Later, he and the other zombies are transported by another universe’s Doctor Strange to an uninhabited planet on another universe to combat another universe’s Ultron, but are killed after Ultron uses the Infinity Stones to obliterate the planet.

Ultron's conquest

In an alternate 2015, Barton (who now has a robotic right arm) and Romanoff remain the only survivors on Earth following Ultron’s offensive. They travel to Moscow in order to find an analog code that may be able to shut Ultron's AI down. Afterward, they head to an abandoned Hydra facility in Siberia, where they locate the final copy of Arnim Zola's mind, which they hope to upload onto Ultron's hive mind and eliminate him, but it doesn't end up working due to Ultron leaving their universe. Barton sacrifices himself to protect Romanoff and Zola from the rest of the Ultron drones pursuing them.


Screen Rant described Renner's portrayal of Barton as one of the casting decisions that helped the MCU, stating that "Renner channels the right amount of cynicism and earnestness to simultaneously shut down fan criticisms, recognize the ridiculousness of the premise, and somehow make it relatable".[29]

The character has been the subject of various jokes including internet memes[30] and a 2012 Saturday Night Live skit (in which Renner portrayed the character),[31] highlighting the perceived absurdity of a regular human archer amongst aliens, super soldiers, and gods. During Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Barton himself acknowledged this when he stated, "The city is flying and we're fighting an army of robots. And I have a bow and arrow. Nothing makes sense".[32] Renner indicated that he appreciates that Barton's character is more relatable, stating, "When I get off work, all I wanna do is be with my family. And having zero superpowers -- I love that this guy has will and mental fortitude that anyone can have".[33] Barton has been described as going from "the butt of all jokes" to a fan favorite and underdog.[34] In 2019, a Reddit user created a viral post showcasing that the Avengers are 7-0 in battles including Barton, and 0-4 against or without him.[35]


Year Film Award Category Result Ref(s)
2013 The Avengers People's Choice Awards Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (with Scarlett Johansson) Nominated [36]
MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (with cast) Won [37]
2016 Captain America: Civil War Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (with cast) Nominated [38]
2017 Kids' Choice Awards #Squad (with cast) Nominated [39]
2019 Avengers: Endgame Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [40]

See also


  1. ^ As depicted in Black Widow (2021).
  2. ^ As stated by Barton during the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).


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