‘Hawkeye’ episode 5 asks if Clint Barton is really one of the good guys

This summary includes savers for Hawk Eye episode 5, “Ronin.” Before: Episode 4.

Since her first scenes in Hawk Eye, Kate Bishop has gone beyond her depth. The show works because she brings an innocent, optimistic perspective to an otherwise dark and gritty story, and the final episode raises the question of whether that optimism can survive the reality check. economic or not.

This week, Clint spent more time with Kate and Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), who starred in a cold opening movie in 2018. After the events of Black Widow, we see her trying to brainwash another former Black Widow practitioner. Later, Yelena went blind, sending her life into turmoil. Five years after her return, her older sister Natasha died, and Yelena lost her purpose in life.

we known that Yelena ended up working for Contessa Valentina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), accepting a mission to kill Clint. But this episode dropped some hints about why. Yelena blamed Clint for Natasha’s death, an opinion perhaps formed by miscommunication from Valentina. In the end, Natasha died on an alien planet with no other witnesses. In a delightfully imbalanced conversation with Kate, Yelena highlights Clint’s violent past, trying to push her away. Technically she was right, but Yelena herself found this argument hard to swallow. This girl is Not motivated by ethics; She’s out for revenge.

The same goes for Maya, and the episode ends with a much foreshadowed revelation: Clint isn’t entirely responsible for Maya’s father’s death. The whole thing was established by Kingpin (DaredevilVincent D’Onofrio), Maya’s current boss.

Clint understood this, tired of realizing that Maya’s judgment was clouded by grief. Instead of just handing over the information, he confronts her while dressed as a Ronin, proving that he can kill her if he wants to. Only then did he tell Maya about the Kingpin, leaving her to confirm the truth for herself. Something similar is likely to happen for Yelena next week, as the show dissects the domino effect of the killing blows of the Ronin era of blip.

Clint’s moral role here is very subjective. As Ronin, he made a classic action movie, killing the “bad guys” while grieving the loss of his (temporary) wife and children. In John Wick-style narrative, we accept this as a legitimate motivation. But Hawk Eye shows the outward impact of those actions — and the moral complexity of a man like Clint, a good guy in everyday life who tries to protect the innocent and protect his family. me. He does not duplicate; he is very tidy.

In a more realistic story, Clint could be a soldier who draws a strict line between occupational violence and a more peaceful/moral home life. A man kills strangers (possibly civilians) abroad but enjoys a quiet suburban life at home. But the MCU would never directly criticize the US military that way. Instead, Clint is an Avenger, a concept Yelena questions in this episode.

Kate, who still idolizes Clint, defends her reputation for Yelena. In her experience, he was a hero, both in her memories of the Battle of New York as a child, and on a personal level now that they worked together. Yelena considers this to be a naive delusion. As an agent of the Black Widow, she had firsthand experience of what Clint’s career was like. And when she asked what “Avenger” really meant, she was right. Kate defends Clint’s Avenger status in the same way that some patriots automatically support the military. But “Avenger” is just a title invented by SHIELD. It depicts a different group of people who have saved the world several times but have a different life outside of the group. Thor is an alien. Spider-Man is a high school student. At some point in the MCU rules, Tony Stark can easily qualify as a supervillain. They all had different effects on the world, and in Clint’s case that impact was decidedly mixed.

*First published: December 16, 2021, 12:03 p.m. CST

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer for the Daily Dot, about wacky culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi and superhero films, she has also appeared as a film and television critic on the BBC. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor

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