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- "No one tells Hawkeye what to do!"
- ―Captain America to Hawkeye[[Breakout, Part 1|[src]]]
Working for S.H.I.E.L.D.After the Hulkbusters' failed attempt to capture the Hulk in Las Vegas, Hawkeye and Black Widow were dispatched by S.H.I.E.L.D. in hopes of success. Hawkeye's assorted arrows and Black Widow's shots seemed harmless against the Hulk. When Thunderbolt Ross fired an unauthorized missile at the Hulk, without regard for the two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents getting caught in the explosion, the Hulk took the damage of the missile and got thrown against a butte. As it toppled over, it fell towards a S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft. Hawkeye tried to warn the pilot, Bobbi Morse, but she had gotten hit. Before the aircraft crashed into the ground, Hulk managed to catch it. Despite his heroic act, Black Widow took the opportunity to neutalize him and he reverted back into Bruce Banner.
Curious as to the reason that the Hulk saved the S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft, Hawkeye visited the The Cube to talk to Bruce Banner. Hawkeye expressed his confusion towards the Hulk's actions, saying that the Hulk had a way out, but he chooses to save the ship. Banner urged Hawkeye to see that The Cube isn't so much of a prison, as they have no interest in helping him, and that S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Hulkbusters wanted the Hulk so that they can make more like him.
On his way out of The Cube, Hawkeye noticed Black Widow enter and then leave a room and wondered what she could be doing. In the S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft, he logged into S.H.I.E.L.D. computer systems with username “Hawkeye” and password “Trick Shot”. He attempted to investigate Black Widow’s field reports, but found out that it was moved to a remote computer, for which he needed a password. After several guesses, one being “Clint”, he guessed “Red Room” and gained access. Hawkeye found her latest report and deduced that Black Widow has organized a meeting between herself and HYDRA.
Hawkeye followed Black Widow to the rendezvous point on his Sky Cycle. He surprised both parties when he shot an arrow at the canister that was being exchanged. He aimed an explosive arrow at Black Widow and demanded that Black Widow tell him why she was betraying him. She responded with asking why he betrayed S.H.I.E.L.D. to HYDRA. Hawkeye was confused and demanded an explanation. She set him up to look like the traitor to SHIELD and he got fired upon. Hawkeye was forced to fight back in order to protect himself until Black Widow shot him in the back, which caused him to pass out. He was then transported to The Vault.
During the breakout at The Vault, Hawkeye escaped with the other prisoners. However, instead of making a break for it, he stayed to help contain the escapees. While he tried to stop Whiplash, Iron Man arrived, mistook Hawkeye for a villain, and fired at him. Hawkeye was able to avoid getting hit. When Iron Man was cornered by a group of villains and was getting frozen to death by Blizzard, Hawkeye fired explosive arrows at the Crimson Dynamo, which allowed Iron Man to get free. Iron Man watched as Hawkeye ran away from the scene.
Hawkeye was being pursued by Captain America, Black Panther, Wasp, and Iron Man over the city rooftops. When he ducked out of sight and Wasp came after him, he was easily able to point a sharp-tipped arrow at her. Despite this, the group managed to get Hawkeye cornered in an alley. An unintended distraction from S.H.I.E.L.D. allowed him the opportunity to slip away.
Tracking the Black Widow’s whereabouts, Hawkeye spied on her from a distance with his monocular as she entered a HYDRA hideout. To gain entry, he shot a gas arrow, which caused the guard to pass out. An electric shock from the arrow was directed at the control panel by the door, giving Hawkeye entry. He shot an explosive at a piece of HYDRA machinery and began shooting HYDRA goons.Black Widow soon showed up to stop Hawkeye. She managed to get him on the ground with her wrist-blasters pointed at him. Hawkeye dared her to fire at him, swung his bow at her, and the battle ensued again. He shot off her wrist-blasters and shot a net around her. Black Widow remarked that he couldn’t take her to S.H.I.E.L.D. because he was still a traitor. Hawkeye, unfazed, said that he’s taking her to the Avengers.
Hawkeye traveled towards the Avengers on his Sky Cycle with Black Widow tied up in the back. Then he saw the gamma dome expanding toward them and wondered what it was. Black Widow urged him to turn around and he did. In his hurry, he crashed the Sky Cycle into the ground. No one was injured and the vehicle wasn’t broken. Both Black Widow and Hawkeye darted toward their weapons and pointed them at each other. They’re interrupted by a hologram that projected from the Sky Cycle. While she was distracted, Hawkeye shot her unconscious. He watched the hologram of Leader telling him of the gamma crisis.
Hawkeye has Black Widow tied up and she informed him that the Avengers were in that dome and could no longer help him. He tells her that he’s going to find the Hulk. Black Widow told him about the Hulkbuster operation that was in progress in Northern Canada. Hawkeye leaves her there, tied up, after calling her a traitor.
Upon arrival, Hawkeye shot at the Hulkbusters from his Sky Cycle. With a few careful shots, Hawkeye was able to shut down the operation, earning the Hulk’s ear. When he asked for the Hulk’s help, he said to ask the Avengers. Hawkeye replied that that’s who he’s trying to save, along with the whole world. Hawkeye then demanded that he speak to Banner or he’ll take the Hulk down. This made the Hulk laugh and revert back into Banner.
Banner took Hawkeye to a shack where he keeps his research, where Banner analyzed the information gathered by the Sky Cycle about the energy dome. Banner also injected Hawkeye with a vaccine for the gamma energy to make him immune. He informed him that the Leader will be at the epicenter of the gamma dome and that they have to destroy the gamma energy generator.
When the Hulk and Hawkeye arrived, Leader tried to convince Hulk to see it his way. Hulk refused, so Leader ordered Abomination to attack him. Hawkeye took a shot at Leader, only to have it snatched away by a gamma-mutated Black Panther. Hawkeye shot mutated Wasp and Captain America with arrows that cured them. Leader got into a robot suit and started to shoot blasts at Hawkeye, which he easily dodged. Hawkeye was able to retreat to the roof, where the Hulk and Abomination were going hand-to-hand. He helped out the Hulk by causing Abomination to power down with the curing arrow. Leader was then swiftly taken out by Thor. The Hulk destroyed the gamma generator and threw it into space.
Hawkeye was proved to be innocent by the footage from his Sky Cycle, confirming Black Widow to be the traitor. Clay Quartermain announced that Hawkeye could now be reinstated at S.H.I.E.L.D. Hawkeye decided against that because they locked him up in the first place and he wanted to go after Black Widow on his own. Iron Man then approached him with the invitation to join the Avengers. Hawkeye turned it down, bringing up how easily the Leader took them out. Thor asked Hulk to come back and he replies that he’ll stay if ‘Cupid’ stays. Hawkeye got annoyed by that and immediately challenged Hulk, but then joined the Avengers.
Masters of Evil
At the Wakandan Embassy, Hawkeye talked to T’Challa about his doubts about the Avengers. He found issues with all of the members except for Captain America. Hawkeye tried the Heart-Shaped Herb that T’Challa was grinding, but found it to be disgusting and potentially poisonous; he quickly rinsed out his mouth in a fountain. T’Challa grinned to himself at that.
When the Masters of Evil captured all the Avengers, but not Hawkeye and Black Panther either because they were forgotten or underestimated, the two heroes agreed that it was up to them to save their teammates. The Masters of Evil planned to capture Ant-Man later. Hawkeye and Black Panther, however, slyly gained entry into the Avenger’s Mansion and snuck past different members of the Masters of Evil. Hawkeye managed to reach the meeting room, where the captured Avengers were being held and he began shooting at Baron Zemo, Enchantress, and Abomination, which were all avoided. As Abomination squeezed him, Hawkeye begged him to brush his teeth. Baron Zemo pointed his sword at both Black Panther and Hawkeye and told them that they should’ve walked away from the Avengers while they still could. After Black Panther said that he’s an Avenger and he’ll meet his end with pride, Hawkeye said that he’ll meet his end while kicking and screaming. Black Panther and Hawkeye revealed that they were buying time for Ant-Man to arrive. While Ant-Man attacked, Hawkeye took out Enchantress, which allowed the team to escape. Iron Man ordered the team to take the Masters of Evil out of the Avenger’s Mansion. While fighting the Executioner, Hawkeye lost his bow, but continued to stab him with arrows. However, the Masters of Evil were able to escape thanks to the Enchantress.
After the action, Hawkeye brought up that he’s not sure if he wants to be part of a team that he has to rescue every week. When Black Panther mentioned the idea of Hawkeye being the team leader, Hawkeye got really excited.
Though Hawkeye was apart of the Avengers, he continuously disobeyed them and S.H.I.E.L.D. in his quest for revenge against the Black Widow. After an argument with Iron Man and Nick Fury, Hawkeye took off with Captain America, Black Panther, and Mockingbird (brought along for her good-looks) on a personal mission to Hydra island to find Natasha, There, he and Mockingbird let themselves get captured to get into the base. While imprisoned there, the Black Widow tried to speak to Clint, but he told her she was "dead to him," and that he wouldn't stop until he'd made her pay for what she did to him. After she left, Hawkeye (though he didn't explain how, exactly) broke Mockingbird and himself out of the jail.
A grand battle with Hydra ensued, but Captain America and Black Panther arrived to help. With Mockingbird after Viper, Hawkeye tried to take down Black Widow. As his superior in hand to hand combat, the Widow defeated Hawkeye, but hesitated to kill him. Instead, she suggested to her Superior, Baron Strucker, that they leave before the island collapses. Strucker wanted to feed off of Hawkeye's energy, however, and began to suck the life out of him with his claw. The Black Widow stunned Strucker, saving Hawkeye's life. She then carried her superior away, while Hawkeye was picked up by Captain America and the Panther.
Back at the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, Hawkeye was given a stern lecture and warning by Nick Fury. Hawkeye finally agreed to let Fury handle the Black Widow, but wanted to talk to Mockingbird. Fury angrily refused his request and dismissed him. Hawkeye thanked the Panther and Captain America for their help, but wondered why Natasha saved his life.
Hawkeye has blond hair and blue eyes and a strong body. He wears a V-shaped purple mask, a purple vest with a scaled armour-like appearance, a purple band around his sleeveless right bicep, darker purple fingerless gloves to allow to full dexterity, dark purple pants and purple boots. He carries a purple quiver around his back filled with arrows, which also has his collapsible bow attached when not in use.
Hawkeye is cocky and very confident in himself, evident when he admitted to Chemistro that he had punched several supervillains in their faces. Hawkeye has a jokey nature as well, evident mostly while in battle.
His constant jokes are not seen as a distraction to others and often either ignored or smiled upon by his comrades. He is very sarcastic, even in the midst of battle when Abomination strangled him which Hawkeye sarcastically begged the latter to brush his teeth.
During a citywide battle against Kang, Hawkeye sarcastically told Captain America that he was out of arrows, but could still throw rocks at the giant robots destroying the city. It is highly speculated and proven that he was being sarcastic during this short conversation, as it is highly known that rocks would most likely do very little damage to the robots, if any at all.
He also has a tendency to correct others, often at the most suspenseful of times. He was convicted of being a Skrull by Ms. Marvel, who later fought by his side during the Skrull's invasion on the planet. While fighting them off with her, he reminded her of when she accused him and that this event proved him to not be one at all. He seems to have been satisfied when she told him that she would apologize if they won the battle and survived.
Despite being enemies in their first meeting, Hawkeye went to Hulk for help dealing with Gamma World. Hawkeye saw the Hulk’s potential as a force of good from the get go. He has respect for Banner’s work in gamma radiation, as shown in the Gamma World crisis, and called him a genius. They bonded to the point that Hulk agreed to join the Avengers as long as Hawkeye did. After this they were shown to be friendly. When Hawkeye was accused of being a Skrull, Hulk chose to believe Hawkeye.
Hawkeye thinks Captain America is the only capable Avenger and didn't complain about him when he first joined the team. He affectionately calls him "Old Man." When Hawkeye is trying to make an impossible shot Captain America is the only one who believes he can make it.
At one point, Hawkeye does not seem to get on pretty well with Ms. Marvel. During the moment Iron Man told his teammates about the Skrull Invasion, she intentionally managed to attack Clint when she was supposing he was an alien impostor. Also during Ultron's final stand, after destroying Ms. Marvel's robotic doppelganger, Hawkeye said it was "nothing personal", before she gave him a displeased look.
Hawkeye and Black Widow were once close partners in S.H.I.E.L.D. He even thought her password might be Clint and was quite disappointed when it wasn't. After he found out she wasn't a traitor, he asked her to be an Avenger. She refused because she did not want to be a triple agent. She kissed him and said goodbye.
Powers & Abilities
Hawkeye doesn’t possess any powers, but has proven to be an impressive archer and combatant. Hawkeye is shown to be able to run at an above average speed and able to maintain his stamina during long combative situations. He has proven to be at an almost inhuman level of human agility, able to move, dodge, and react to dangers quickly.
One time, he caught an arrow being shot at him, then immediately threw it back to accurately hit a target the size of an insect. Hawkeye has above average strength while being proficient in basic acrobatics. An impressive marksman, he is able to hit assorted targets with assorted projectiles with ease and accuracy. He’s always seen using a bow and with an assortment of trick arrows. When his bow breaks or he runs out of arrows, Hawkeye won’t shy away from hand-to-hand combat.
Bow: Hawkeye uses it to shoot his trick arrows at foes and can also use it for melee combat.
Trick Arrows: Hawkeye has a set of special arrows that has unique tricks against targets.
Monocular: Hawkeye uses this special eyepiece to watch targets from a great distance.
Sky Cycle: Hawkeye has a Sky Cycle for transport and combat.
- The relationship between Hawkeye and Black Widow are quite known from the comics.
- It is unknown whether Hawkeye's full name is just Clint Barton (which was his ID name in S.H.I.E.L.D. data records) in this universe. His full name in the mainstream continuity however is Clinton Francis Barton.
- In The Casket of Ancient Winters, he suggested to Jan that the Avengers should move to the West Coast. This is a reference to an Avengers group he later leads in the comics: The West Coast Avengers.
- Hawkeye's on the S.H.I.E.L.D. computer network is "Trickshot". In the comics, Trickshot was one of his mentors, the other being Swordsman.
- In Hulk vs. The World, when Hawkeye is trying to guess Black Widow's password, he guesses "Clint" and seems fairly disappointed when it doesn't work. He then tries "Red Room", which works.
Notes and references
|Iron Man • Thor • Hulk • Ant-Man • Wasp|
New Members Season 1
|Captain America • Black Panther • Hawkeye|
New Members Season 2
|Captain America (Skrull) • Ms. Marvel • Vision • Red Hulk • Spider-Man|