Now, of all the "shocking reveals" that the #MarvelCinematicUniverse has brought us over the years, it's difficult to recall a more unusual one than that of Clint "#Hawkeye" Barton's secret family, unveiled back in 2015's #AvengersAgeofUltron. After all, in a universe filled with power-mad purple Titans, cosmic collectible merchants and magic-wielding surgeons, the idea that #TheAvengers' least powerful member has a secret family is ultimately pretty...ordinary.
That, though, is arguably the greatest appeal of both the reveal itself, and Hawkeye's family's general existence: By being so "normal," they arguably lend a centering humanity to all the outlandish things that are happening all around them. And, as it turns out, that may well have been very much intentional. Y'see...
We Finally Know Why Joss Whedon Gave Hawkeye A Family In Avengers: Age Of Ultron
...and it seems that Avengers: Age of Ultron's director had something very specific in mind when he did so. As Whedon recently revealed on his Tumblr:
"I loved the idea that one Avenger had a secret, and that it was that he was a normal guy who is genuinely connected to the world in a way no other avenger is. We cut a lot of the misdirection that would have made the reveal more fun, but emotionally and thematically it still works great for me."
Which is, of course, both an entirely plausible sounding answer, and the sort of response that's unlikely to change anyone who hates the reveal's mind. Fortunately, though, a whole lot of fans seem A-OK with the idea of the #MCU's Hawkeye having a family — despite his comic book counterpart being near-permanently single — hopefully making this one of those #JossWhedon-related topics where we don't all wind up get mad at one another.
Now, all I have to do is get through to the end of this article without mentioning the ongoing debate over whether or not he horribly mistreats his female characters, and we'll be...Oh, damn it.
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In the meantime, what do you think? Are you happy for Hawkeye to have a family in the MCU, or are you still mad about it? Let us know below!