"Avengers" Promises Archery
Skills That Hit the Mark "Avengers" Promises Archery Skills That Hit the Mark

You might think Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are fast and furious, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Just wait till Hawkeye jumps across the big screen with his midair archery skills. “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” hits theaters May 1, and is on target to be an archery- and action-packed 2015 hit.

The last time we saw Hawkeye was 2012 when he teamed with the Avengers against Thor’s adopted brother and nemesis Loki to recover and destroy the tesseract, a powerful and dangerous energy source. But not before Loki possessed The Hawk with his scepter.

Black Widow to the rescue!

During hand-to-hand combat, Black Widow delivers a powerful punch to snap Hawkeye out of the trance and back to his normal superhero state.

Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, later goes scouting for extraterrestrials, hits his mark without aiming, and even dives headfirst off a building and shoots an arrow back up into the sky.

Hawkeye Shoots Without Looking

So what’s next for the Avengers and, more specifically, Hawkeye?

For one, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” promises even cooler gear. Tony Stark, alias Iron Man, remodels Stark Tower into official Avengers headquarters. “He’s the boss,” Stark says while pointing to Captain America, played by Chris Evans. “I just pay for everything, design everything, and make everyone look cooler.”

Well, thanks for that, Iron Man! Hawkeye’s custom-modified Hoyt Buffalo recurve bow from “The Avengers” was massively cool (who wouldn’t want a bow that unfolds with a flick of the wrist), but we’re eager to see the Game Master II in action.

Hawkeye Hoyt

What, exactly, are Hawkeye and the Avengers up against? Ultron.

Ultron is a dormant peacekeeping program, a “suit of armor around the world,” Iron Man says. But plans go awry, setting “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” up for an epic, global adventure. With the battle against Ultron come newcomers Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch. Doctor Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and Commander Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders, aid the Avengers. But will they be enough?

One thing’s certain: Hawkeye brings more to the team than archery. According to Marvel Comics, Hawkeye is a natural athlete and formidable unarmed combatant, thanks to his longtime training with Captain America. Is there a hidden story there? Hmm. Marvel also notes that Hawkeye is an acrobat and aerialist, which explains why he’s always jumping off buildings and somersaulting through the air.

Hawkeye Building

Most important, Hawkeye is intelligent. “You have to be a smart fighter hen you don’t have super powers,” Renner said of his character in an interview with IGN. “That’s what makes (Hawkeye) super, in (his own) way. He has to use his mind as much as his physical ability, his ability to never miss.”

If the success of “The Avengers” is any indication, “Age of Ultron” will be far from a miss. The film will likely join the ranks of box-office hits like “Avatar” and “Harry Potter.”

See Hawkeye and the gang in action May 1. Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. are sure to deliver a powerful punch. But hopefully not from Thor’s hammer.

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