The Marvel Cinematic Universe has no shortages when it comes to superpowers. Ranging from something as simple as heightened senses to something absolutely absurd and out of this world like an omnipotent witch that bends the laws of the freaking multiverse to her will with just her fingertips. Thus, it’s downright bizarre to see any superhero with no powers, trying to traverse this gigantic minefield of very volatile supernatural abilities, and it’s almost downright impossible to see them thrive in it.
But that is exactly the kind of thing that makes a hero truly a superhero, which is, not entirely relying on something scientific or supernatural all the time.
The Avengers are a team of superheroes that has the power to destroy any foe that stands between them and the safety of the universe, and one of them despite having no superpowers, protects it without fail. Although, he is aware of the fact that in a bunch of superpowered entities, he’s just a normal guy.
Jeremy Renner Gets Honest On Playing Hawkeye In The MCU
In an interview with GQ, Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye in the MCU, was talking about the most iconic roles that he had done over the years, ranging from a serial killer to a government official to an outstandingly trained killing machine. When it comes to being a seasoned veteran, Renner is right up there with the greatest of all times, but when it came to this one specific role of playing the genius marksman from SHIELD, Renner couldn’t help but compare his character to the rest of his team and superheroes in the MCU.
In the conversation, Jeremy Renner talked about how in between all of these superpowered forces of nature, he and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow were the only individuals that were the closest to being the normal ones. He said:
“It created such a wonderful grounding rod for people that fly around, or the guy with the hammer can do this da da da… and laser beams, you know, all this sort of stuff. There’s just a beautiful grounding rod. There’s a guy with no superpowers. He’s got a stick and a string. He’s got a family, right!”
Jeremy Renner, despite being brutally honest about his role as a normal archer guy in between a team of superpowers didn’t resent it one bit. In fact, he loved his role because it was so grounded in reality that it felt like second nature for him. Getting to play a role that hits this close to home was something that he cherished, along with his co-stars and the friends that he made. All of this combined together was an unforgettable experience that Jeremy Renner had during his term as Hawkeye, one of the OG Avengers in the MCU.
Are Superpowers Necessary For A Superhero?
It’s in the name, but at the same time, it’s not that easy of an answer. We think that being a superhero directly correlates to an individual who commands some kind of power that normal humans cannot. But at the same time, a superhero is also an individual that can protect people from harm no matter the situation, which is something that doesn’t always require a superpower all the time. There are individuals even in the MCU like Ned Leeds from Spider-Man, who’s Peter’s “Guy In The Chair” that helps him out of literal life and death situations!
There may be a distinction between having superpowers or not having them, but there will always be people who will keep blurring those lines with their actions.
Hawkeye is streaming exclusively on Disney+.