What words come to mind when you think of Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Mediocre? Yup. Since his inclusion in Thor, Jeremey Renner’s Hawkeye has been a wet blanket. It could be Renner’s acting, or it could be that the writers never seem to know what to do with him.
The character isn’t precisely milquetoast in the comics, but he isn’t as memorable as other superhero archers. That shows through in the Disney+ series, where the hero takes a backseat to Kate Bishop. Even their action figures are bland and uninteresting. The early look at the two showed off on Hasbro Pulse’s Facebook page made me think they were joking.
Look at them. These two look like they could easily be a part of those generic action figure sets you find in off-brand aisles at Target and Walmart. Sometimes the Hasbro artists get the faces spot on. Then again, some of the Eternals figures looked hilariously bad. Is it possible that Disney is pushing the company to pump out figure after figure, and the quality is suffering from it?
Typically, Marvel Legends figures go for around $19-$23 these days. Would you pay that much for either of these? I would if it were classic purple Hawkeye. Sure, he wasn’t as flashy as Green Arrow, but I’d take anything over what the MCU has done to him.
Hell, I’d rather have the parody character Fallen Archer from The Venture Bros. At least that guy was memorable. Hawkeye could be cool if he had any sort of character. I cannot remember any lines of dialog from him aside from that first shadowy appearance in Thor. Oh, wait, I do remember the Endgame sacrifice that made me think, “Even if they both die, would that affect the final battles’ outcome?”
What do you think of the inevitable Hawkeye action figures? What do you think of the Disney+ show so far? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
[Source: Hasbro Pulse Facebook]
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