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Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, in every form (pet parents, you count too). All good fathers are superheroes to their families, and being a good father should be a priority over being a powerful superhero. That certainly sounds like the case for Jeremy Renner.
Jeremy Renner's Marvel hero Hawkeye has been the butt of some jokes over the years, and the actor even sang about being "super too" on The Tonight Show.
Hawkeye was absent in Avengers: Infinity War, but had a big return in Avengers: Endgame. He got to launch the hugely popular movie with a heartbreaking scene that still makes one of the directors tear up. It's Clint Barton with his family, right before they are victims of The Decimation. That obviously devastated the sole survivor, Clint, who took on the role of angry vigilante Ronin to work through his rage. Clint ultimately reunited with his wife and kids, marking a huge win for the entire audience.
Jeremy Renner, 48, was just at Celebrity Fan Fest in San Antonio over Father's Day weekend, and he was asked how he most relates to Hawkeye. Here's his answer:
When I get off work, all I wanna do is be with my family. And having zero superpowers -- I love that this guy has will and mental fortitude that anyone can have.
True. Hawkeye is relatable that way. Jeremy Renner also talked about being a single father to his 6-year-old daughter Ava, and how staying close to her is a major consideration when he chooses new roles:
I’d rather be a guy working at Starbucks and be close to her than be in a huge movie with major movie stars and be away from her.
During his Celebrity Fan Fest chat (via David Lynch), Jeremy Renner also had this to say when a fan asked why he loves Marvel:
It’s a wonderful representation of humanity in a lot of ways.
One of those ways is using a character like Hawkeye to show you can be a superhero without superpowers, you just need hard work and training -- and it helps to be loyal and have a big heart.
Avengers: Endgame was a celebration of fatherhood, from Clint Barton to Tony Stark, plus co-director Joe Russo, who had his own daughter play Clint's daughter. Robert Downey Jr. even added his famous "I love you 3000" line because it's something he and his kids say to each other.