The MCU Failed Clint Barton And Here’s Why

Amanda Bussman
5 min readMay 13, 2021
Photo by Ricardo Arce on Unsplash

Each Avenger has come with their own skillset. We’ve got Thor who’s the mythical lord of thunder. Captain America who’s a super soldier medically enhanced. Iron Man with more money than he knows what to do with and a brain that seemingly knows all. The Hulk was given his powers by science. Black Widow, the image of female seduction and espionage. Finally, forgotten by most, there is Hawkeye. Hawkeye is just the family man with a bow and arrow.

Clint Barton could have been so much more.

What many people don’t realize is that Hawkeye has been a member of the Avengers since 1964. The purple loving hero was originally created by Stan Lee and Don Heck. His history is one that is arguably almost as fascinating as those gods and enhanced metahumans we love to read about.

But who is Hawkeye and why did the MCU decide to belittle him down from the potential he had?

An Early Life Of Turmoil

One of the things that makes a superhero so relatable is that they go through a relatable struggle.

While we have yet to see the history that the MCU’s Hawkeye faced, the Clint in the comics has quite a beginning.

Clinton Francis Barton was orphaned at a young age.



Amanda Bussman

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