The Hawkeye series, currently being broadcast on Disney +, delves deeper into the character played by Jeremy Renner and evokes his progressive hearing loss. How did Clint Barton become hard of hearing? Be careful, spoilers.
Be careful, spoilers. It is advisable to have seen Hawkeye Episode 2 before continuing to read this article.
A member of the original Avengers in the MCU, Clint Barton is not the most powerful superhero against Thor, Iron Man or Captain America. But the archer has always been an unwavering support for his fellow travelers, and in particular Black Widow, bringing a certain humanity and a more down to earth and realistic side to the adventures of the Avengers.
Even so, Hawkeye remains very fallible and has endured great routs without super serum and other divine powers. His many fights have left many scars. In Marvel Studios’ new Disney + series focused on the archer, he is seen to have become hard of hearing and is wearing a hearing aid in his left ear.
So how did the character played by Jeremy Renner gradually lose his hearing? Episode 2 of the Hawkeye series answers this very clearly with a small express flashback edit of his numerous bodily injuries during the fights in the Infinity Saga and the accumulation of detonations that Hawkeye had to face, which has him caused noise-induced hearing loss.
This characteristic of the character refers to the comics where Hawkeye is deaf as a result of child abuse in the Matt Fraction and David Aja comics, on which the series is based. If he learns to sign, he is ashamed to reveal this part of himself that reminds him of the worst moments of his life. Later, Hawkeye completely loses hearing due to an attack by the Clown.
According to the comics, the reason for Clint’s deafness varies but one thing is certain: the show wants to highlight deafness and represent it to its audiences. Not only through the character of Hawkeye, who uses sign language with her children, but also through the character of Echo (Alaqua Cox), who is a deaf superheroine.