Sure, he’s not really supposed to have superpowers…but does Hawkeye ever really miss? For every arrow strung, you can pretty much count on a bullseye when Clint Barton’s the guy drawing the bow, and that sounds pretty superheroic to us.
One Marvel fan decided to come to Barton’s defense with a supercut clip that compiles all those times Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) nocked an arrow and hit the target in key battle scenes from both the original Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. And if efficiency ratings were a thing in the superhero universe, the most human of all the Avengers (we’re giving Tony Stark’s big brain and bigger toy box an edge here, as well as Black Widow’s mind-bendingly traumatic formative years) — well, Hawkeye might just sit at the very top of the MCU leaderboard.
As you can see, YouTuber Matt Solazzo tallies up 21 confirmed strikes in The Avengers’ Battle of New York, as well as Ultron’s Battle of Sokovia. It’s an impressive enough stat to make the clip go viral.
With all the Hawkeye fan buzz over the weekend, it only made sense for Renner himself to show up on Instagram Monday with a cool, rougher and tougher-looking shot that teases his appearance in the next Avengers movie, following a conspicuous absence from this year's Avengers: Infinity War.
The question of how many times Hawkeye’s ever missed a shot fuels an ongoing debate in the world of comic book fan boards, but in the MCU proper, Clint brings the skills. Let’s face it — anybody who can string three arrows at once and make every one of them count, or shoot 18 holes-in-one in a pickup game of golf, isn’t playing with an average hand.
Not that he needs a shot (get it?) at redemption, but Hawkeye gets another chance to prove himself all over again when Avengers 4 releases to theaters next May. In the meantime, sit back and count up the perfect strikes in his most recent turnout in Captain America: Civil War, as well as the whole MCU back catalog — starting with Hawkeye’s very first appearance (“Better call it, Coulson — I’m starting to root for this guy”) all the way back in 2011 with Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.