|Watch out for the Dentabone Arrow|
Clint Barton and his brother Barney, orphaned at a young age, ran away from the orphanage to join the circus. One of the show's star performers, the Swordsman, took Hawkeye on as an apprentice, and along with another performer named Trickshot, trained him in archery. Upon discovering that the Swordsman was embezzling money from the circus, Clint confronted him and was badly beaten, allowing the Swordsman time to escape.
|Perhaps not the usual|
approach to a job interview.
Long story short, Hawkeye is given a chance to join the Avengers by Iron Man and the team's butler, Edwin Jarvis, and he takes it. Starting out as a real pain in the stars-and-stripes to Captain America, Hawkeye would grow and mature into an excellent team leader, of the West Coast Avengers, the Great Lakes Avengers, and the villains-turned-heroes the Thunderbolts.
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Hawkeye does not have any superpowers, other than one or two stints utilizing Pym Particles to become Goliath. In fact, for quite a time he actually had a disability, a hearing loss suffered by one of his own sonic arrowheads while overcoming a mind control trap set by the villain Crossfire. Hawkeye would need to wear hearing aids until he was "reborn" following the events of Onslaught.
Hawkeye is cocky, brash, and has a temper. He doesn't like taking orders without having his say. But he is also arguably the hardest working Avenger there is. He can't rely on a super soldier serum to stay in shape, he doesn't have enhanced durability or superspeed to help him out in a jam. What he has is a work ethic, constantly maintaining and improving his archery skills and physical fitness.
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Being an Avenger is extremely important to Hawkeye; upon discovering he might have to give up his roster spot on the team for new recruits Justice and Firestar, he was outraged. However, he had promised the young New Warriors a spot on the team, and therefore was willing to give up his place on the team. Fortunately for all the young heroes were made reserve members instead, allowing Hawkeye to stay with the team.
|Hawkeye in the animated |
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
The character has certainly had his share of ups and downs, but through it all he continues to fight the good fight. Hawkeye was picked by Iron Man as a potential successor to Steve Rogers as Captain America after his "death", and honestly, with the exception of Bucky, nobody else would have been worthy of slinging Cap's shield.
If you missed it, Hawkeye had a cameo role in the Thor movie, and will be a member of the team in the Avengers movie coming out next summer. I cannot wait!
|Yeah, I ranted about changing superhero costumes in film |
yesterday, but even I didn't expect the purple.