We are now half way Hawk Eye and each of the three volumes has emotional when Clint lost his hearing. The first episode saw him turn off his hearing aids in Rogers: The Musical and the second episode showed a clip of what caused the damage. But the newly released third episode “Echoes” takes things a step further by putting deafness at the center.
The episode opens by showing us Maya Lopez/Echo’s Alaqua Cox’s childhood. Maya was born deaf and we see her struggling in a deaf school. As she grew older, she realized that being deaf allowed her to focus on her eyesight, with an attention to subtle body movements that made her a potentially lethal fighter.
Maya immediately discovers Clint’s hearing aid when they meet, despite being frustrated with his limited ASL knowledge, and tells him it may be more of a crutch than he realizes. . During their ensuing fight, she crushed it under her boot, leaving Clint completely deaf for the rest of the episode. This makes him more vulnerable than usual, especially since he relies on Kate to communicate with his young son.
All of this went very well online:
The show’s content also matches that of Hawkeye in the comics, who has had to deal with hearing loss since the 1980s. Matt Fraction and David Aja’s breakout 2012 run saw Clint become more completely deaf and learned to live with it. Given the extent to which the Disney Plus show inspired that story, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Renner’s Clint end the show in a similar spot.
All of this, of course, fits very well with Stan Lee’s philosophy of ‘disabled people’ that has helped make Marvel Comics such a globally popular movie. Daredevil is perhaps the best example, with his blindness allowing his other developed senses to detect things that the seer would never have discovered.
Here’s to hoping this positive showing will continue for the remaining three episodes.
Hawk Eye Airs every Wednesday on Disney Plus.
https://wegotthiscovered.com/tv/the-deaf-community-praises-hawkeyes-depiction-of-hearing-impairment/ Deaf community praises Hawkeye’s work on hearing loss