Following the Marvel NOW! relaunch, Hawkeye currently appears in Avengers, Secret Avengers and his own Hawkeye book.
Clint Barton was born into an abusive family. He and his older brother Barney were the target of an abuse from their alcoholic father (Harold) and their mother (Edith) who didn't care. Tragedy, or perhaps poetic justice, struck when both parents died in a car accident caused by Harold's excessive drinking.
Soon after the accident, Clint and Barney were put into an orphanage. The two escaped soon after, dreaming of a better life. While on the run, the two fell in the company of a traveling circus. Needing food and shelter, Clint and Barney decided to do odd jobs for the performers.
Two performers, Swordsman and Trickshot, saw potential in Clint and took him under their wing. Trickshot taught Clint archery while Swordsman taught Clint acrobatics and knife throwing. The duo became heroes to Clint as he began to surpass his masters. Though Swordsman and Trickshot weren't the greatest father figures, they were the best the circus had to offer, or so he thought. While doing an odd job for a performer, Clint overheard that a great sum of money had been stolen from the ringmaster the night before. Clint thought little of this until he saw Swordsman with an very large amount of money and wondered if his hero could have been the thief from the night before. He questioned his mentor and got the answer he was dreading; Swordsman had indeed stolen the money. Swordsman was quick to offer Clint a cut of the stolen cash if he kept his mouth shut, but he refused and was soon chased, beaten and left for dead by Swordsman. Unable to handle the pain he felt, Clint bolted again. Clint was soon contacted by Barney. Disappointed that Clint left the circus and angry that he was alone, Barney lashed out at his brother. Feeling guilty for leaving his brother, Clint reluctantly agreed to return to his old life.
Clint felt unappreciated and alone at the circus. His act, "The Amazing Hawkeye" got little attendance. Much to his dismay, his performance was ignored when Iron Man stopped a run away ride. After seeing Iron Man in action, Clint was inspired to use his archery skills to fight crime.
Hawkeye was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck. He first appeared in Tales Of Suspense #57 as a hesitant villain until he eventually changed sides and joined the Avengers.
Over the years Hawkeye has remained a mainstay to the Avengers and has proved to be a favorite among fans and creators alike. Starting out as a b-list Iron Man villain, Hawkeye became cemented in Avengers lore when the hotheaded bowman was selected to join the team as a replacement for Iron Man. Over the years, Hawkeye has been through several major developments from adopting the Goliath identity, eloping with Mockingbird, leading his own team of Avengers and dying at the hands of one of his friends. Whether he is acting as Hawkeye, Goliath or Ronin, one thing remains the same: Clint Barton is ready to answer the call of "Avengers Assemble!".
Major Story Arcs
Brief Life of Crime
Hawkeye's first outing was a major failure; after taking down two jewel thieves, the police arriving on the scene thought him to be the thief. Clint evaded capture, feeling defeated, misunderstood and hurt. He soon ran into the Black Widow, a soviet super-spy, and the two became inseparable. Clint didn't know what he was involved in, but the Widow had convinced him that he needed to defeat Iron Man in order to show his true power to the world.
He soon wised up to the Black Widow's game and decided he wasn't going to be her distraction for Iron Man any longer, and that he would try his hand at the hero game once more.
The Butler and the Avengers
Clint begins fighting crime in slum-like conditions. One night, Clint saves Edward Jarvis and his mother from a gang of thugs, who were robbing them at gun point. Jarvis convinces Clint to allow him to buy his hero a meal, and after they get to know each other, tells Clint that he would make a fine addition to Earths Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers. Jarvis and Clint set-up a show for the original Avengers. Clint ties Jarvis up and the Avengers arrive. Clint then shows his skill by shooting the ropes off of Jarvis. After a discussion, the team accepts Clint as a new member. Just like he and Jarvis planned.
Shield Slinging Leader
Feeling good about being a Avenger, but he is constantly bickering with the other members. Who are Captain America, Quicksilver, and the lovely Scarlet Witch. Clint who thinks he would be a better leader than the old warhorse Captain America, continuously challenge Cap's orders. Eventually Clint would gain respect for Cap and the two would become close friends through the years. After Clint left the Black Widow she began to question her loyalty to her communist bosses. They would kidnap and brainwash her. They gave one order and that was to destroy the Avengers. So the Widow hires the Swordsman and Power Man to do just that. They are quickly stopped by Hank Pym in his Goliath persona. All three managed to escape. Captain America decides to split the team up to search for the Black Widow and her allies. After locating them, Clint ask Cap's permission to take the trio on by himself. It is granted, and Clint takes them on defeating the Swordsman and then going up against Power Man. Yet Power Man gains the upper hand and has Clint in a bear-hug, but Power Man is shot from behind by no other than the Black Widow. She explains to Clint about her brainwashing and Clint says he will take care of the Avengers and Shield.
Marksman No More
Clint started to feel like the weakest link in the team, not to mention that him and the Widow were always off on separate missions. He with the Avengers and her with Shield. Then one day Hank Pym gathered the team and told them that is giving-up on the Goliath persona and switching to Yellowjacket permanently. Clint began to think of the possibilities, when a distress signal came in and he finds out that the Widow was in trouble with a over grown monster robot.
This robot was part of a scheme by Egghead, Mad Thinker, and the Puppet Master. Knowing the only way to save the woman that he loves was to take Pym's growth serum and to become Goliath himself. Clint saves the day and the girl. Hank Pym approves Clint on being the new Goliath.
Jarvis escorts Barney Barton a well known rackets-man to the Avengers conference center where they are discussing the threat of Eggheads Space Station Death Ray. Barney announces that he has dire information about the Space Stations location. The Avengers and Barney Barton storm the Station only to be bombarded with Eggbots. Egghead uses the Puppet Master's radioactive dolls of the Avengers, that were made in their last alliance together. Barney was the only one that wasn't affected and hurls his body against the Death Ray. Barney saved the day, but at great cost to himself. Barney Barton gave his life to save the Avengers and the world from the evil genius Egghead with his twisted plans of greed. Poor Barney died in Clint's arms. At this point Clint reveals his real name and brief origin to his other team-mates. Egghead disgusted over what happened with his Death Ray, blames Hank Pym ( Who he thinks is still Goliath) for his failures through the years. So he hires the Swordsman to bring Pym to him, and the Swordsman does just that. Only that Goliath is now Clint Barton. After a brief scuffle with Egghead and the Swordsman, Clint breaks it up. Both criminals are brought to justice. Sometime later, the Black Widow dumps Clint so she can spend more time as a Shield agent.
Clint receives a distress signal from the Wasp. Clint embarks and flies a quinjet to a remote island in the Arctic Circle. Except that this island is hot and looks like the amazon. While there Clint fights a Kree-Sentry, and becomes hypnotized by Ronan, the Accuser.The rest of the Avengers arrive along with Captain Mar-Vell. Clint is forced to attack his friends. Ronan has plans to bring Earth and its inhabitants back to the prehistoric age. Captain Mar-Vell and the rest of the Avengers put a stop to him. Upon their return, the Alien Activities Commission demands the Avengers to hand over Captain Mar-Vell to them. The Avengers refuse and tell Mar-Vell to go into hiding. The Commission accuses the Avengers of treason. The main core Avengers show-up and disband the team. They end-up being Skrulls in disguise. Finding out that rest of his team-mates and Captain Mar-Vell have been captured by the Skrulls, Clint and Rick Jones are trying to talk there way-out of a sticky situation with the remaining Skrulls. Just in the nick of time Thor, Captain America, Vision and Iron Man show-up to rescue them. After a brief set-back with the Inhumans, Clint and rest of the Avengers head for space. The Avengers attack a Skrull Mothership and find-out about a plan to raze the entire planet Earth. Captain America sends Clint on a life and death mission to do whatever it takes to stop the Skrull ship from completing its mission. Clint manages to catch-up to the Skrull ship and board it. Clint who has no more growth serum uses nothing, but wit and guts to stop the Skrulls from completing their mission. This required going back to being an archer. Clint managed to destroy the ship and to get on a escape shuttle, but crashes down to Earth.
Not You, But Him
While back in the fold, Clint gets a new costume, but stays as an archer. Clint also starts to have some feelings for the Scarlet Witch. These feelings are not returned due to her feeling for the Vision. Frustrated about the Scarlet Witch and being an Avenger, Clint puts-on his old costume and leaves the team. Only to be approached by a extremely tall gentleman named Imus Champion. This gentleman ask Clint to train him to become an expert with the bow and arrow and he will get paid very well for his time. Clint agrees, but discoverers the Champion's evil plan to bomb the San Francisco Fault-Line. The Avengers show-up to help Clint put a stop to Champion. Clint then goes on leave again.
He goes to the Black Widows apartment in an attempt to rekindle their relationship, but finds her with now partner Daredevil. Which leads to Hawkeye and Daredevil come to blows. The Avengers show-up again to plead with Clint about rejoining their ranks, but he refuses.
Hawkeye then drifts for a time, until Kang the Conqueror traps him in the past. Kang wanted to lure the rest of the Avengers to set a trap in Limbo. Clint is in the year 1873, and has befriended other heroes of that time against Kang. Such new friends as the Two-Gun Kid and Kid Colt. When Thor, Moondragon, and Immortus arrive to help in taking down Kang. The Two-Gun Kid request to come back to the future with the Avengers. Hawkeye and Two-Gun embark on a wide scale of adventures in the modern west. While traveling with horses, Clint and the Two-Gun Kid fall into a underground headquarters of Purple Man. Before our heroes can act, Purple Man makes Clint fight his new friend. After a knock-out punch by Two-Gun Clint comes to his senses and both men put a quick stop to Purple Man's mind controlling by using a explosive arrow.
While in the desert, Clint and the Two-Gun Kid help the Ghost Rider defeat the villain Manticore. Then the Champions appear and Clint and Two-Gun aids them against Warlord Kaa and his men. However suddenly, the Two-Gun Kid disappears and vanishes from Clint's side. Clint contacts and returns to the Avengers to assist them when he learns that other members of the team also begin to mysteriously disappear like Two-Gun Kid did. The only remaining Avengers are Thor, Iron Man, Wasp, and Clint. They discover it was the work of one the Elders of the Universe named, the Collector. It seems that the Collector having been collecting the Avengers to help aid him against a coming threat. After the others are all captured, Clint single-handily defeats the Collector where not even the Thunder God could not. This would lead into the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy facing off against Korvac. At the conclusion the Two-Gun Kid decides to use the Collector's time machine and return to his own time period.
Falcon, What Falcon
Both teams are back at the Avengers Mansion when government liaison Henry Gyrich limits their roster and decides not on Clint, but the Falcon as a member. Gyrich wanted a more " politically acceptable" body. Clint couldn't find work in his civilian identity, however he successfully applies for work at Cross Technological Enterprises as head of security. While employed he has a run-in with the Shi'ar villain Deathbird. Which ends with a most memorable kiss. Clint then helps the Avengers face-off against Red Ronin, Marcus/ Scarlet Centurion, and Ultron.
Once An Avenger
Moondragon calls out to all possible recruits for her alone to make the decision on who will be a Avenger for replacing some departing members. Well everyone except Moondragon took this personally. Clint departs soon after, but after couple months Captain America and Iron Man ask him to rejoin their ranks. He gladly accepts and pulls double duty as an Avenger and his job at Cross Technologies.
Clint as a member had several run-ins with new member the She-Hulk. The two constantly bicker with each other. As an Avenger Clint receives a letter from the daughter of the circus that once employed him as a performer. Clint investigates and joins forces with the new Ant-Man to stop the Taskmaster for using the circus as a front for his criminal training school. It is also at this time that Clint finally avenges the death of his brother.
The villain Egghead reemerges, and having been exposed for framing Henry Pym who has fallen from grace. Pym who ends-up defeating Egghead's Masters of Evil by himself , Egghead then attempts to shoot Pym as the final act of revenge while his back was turned, but Clint jams the barrel of the weapon with an arrow. The weapon is an energy pistol and explodes, killing Egghead instantly.
Another Spy, Babe
Clint then meets former S.H.I.E.L.D agent Barbara "Bobbi" Morse, codenamed Mockingbird formerly known as Huntress, who is investigating the company Cross Technological Enterprises, which Clint is still employed for. She talks him into helping her investigate the company., They find-out that it is owned by the villain Crossfire. Crossfire who plans to use an aggression-inducing sonic wave against all of New York's superheroes to battle each other in hopes to get rid of all of them.
Clint and Mockingbird infiltrates Cross Technological Enterprises to defeat Crossfire, before his plans are furnished. During this Clint has a throw down with Crossfire, he then puts one of his sonic arrows into his mouth to counter the effects of Crossfire's sonic weapon, this results him into suffering major hearing loss and is forced to wear hearing aids. Hawkeye and Mockingbird fall in love with each other and elope immediately after from only knowing each other for six weeks.
At the direction of then-Avengers chairman Vision, Hawkeye and Mockingbird help establish an off branch team called the West Coast Avengers. Clint then encounters and battles his old mentor, Trickshot, who Clint later learned that he had just wanted Clint to kill him in battle, because he was dying of cancer, but he refuses to do so.
During "an adventure through time saga", this adventure brings major changes for Clint and fellow wacko team-mates. Hawkeye forges the weapons that the modern hero Moon Knight will eventually use, and his wife Mockingbird is forced to love the Old Western hero the Phantom Rider who uses a love potion and eventually rapes her. After, the Two-Gun Kid and Rawhide Kid helps her clear her mind, she allows the Phantom Rider to fall to his death. When Hawkeye discovers this act (through machinations of the ghost of Phantom Rider), he breaks off their marriage.
Clint later encounters Trickshot once more, as Crossfire puts a bounty on his arm, so some villains arrive to claim that bounty. With help from Trickshot and his then separated wife Mockingbird defeats Crossfire. During this time Clint has a couple of run-ins with government forced Avenger US. Agent and quits the Avengers West Coast and reconciles with Mockingbird. While reading the paper about some new minor heroes, he and Mockingbird would meet and train these heroes to form the Great Lakes Avengers.
Ultron returns and kidnaps Mockingbird and copies her brain patterns to create a "wife" for himself called Alkhema (also known as "War Toy"). Clint once again drink Pym's growth serum and helps the West Coast Avengers save Mockingbird. Both are members again of the West Coast branch. The Kree and Shiar have a war about territory and Clint is one of the Avengers selected to go out in space to stop the conflict.
In a major battle with Santish and Mephisto, Mockingbird is killed while saving Clint's life. Embittered by Mockingbird's death, He leaves the team (they disbanded almost immediately afterward) and drifts awhile. Clint then encounters and is forced to stop the villain Viper and his old mentor Trick Shot.
Clint then returns to the Avengers just in time for the Crossing saga and to the battle with the entity known as Onslaught. The Avengers and Clint are apparently killed. However Franklin Richards, transported them all to a pocket dimension where the heroes led altered lives. .
Return to Earth and back with the Avengers
After several months, the heroes would learned the truth and are returned to the mainstream universe. Clint's hearing was fully restored as, when Franklin Richards re-created the heroes in the new universe, he based them on how he remembered each of them. Hawkeye then rejoined the Avengers, and after several adventures resigned to take another leadership role of the first generation of the Thunderbolts, whom had seemingly broken away from the influence of Baron Helmut Zemo.
Leading the Thunderbolts
After Hawkeye left the Avengers, he infiltrated the team of criminals-turned-heroes named the Thunderbolts. Hawkeye wanted to know if the rumors of their change of heart was really true. If so, he wanted to help the Thunderbolts in their quest for redemption. At first reluctant, the team evenutally accepted him and he once more accepted a leadership role for the first generation of the Thunderbolts, whom had broken from the influence of Baron Helmut Zemo.Hawkeye trains the team in the fashion of former team-mate and good friend Captain America. He shapes the team into a major fighting force. There are two significant events for Hawkeye during this period. Clint and the Thunderbolts enter Hell and battle the demon Mephisto to try and save the soul of his deceased wife, Mockingbird. Clint instead, rescues Patsy Walker, but fails to see Mockingbird. Clint gets some closure from this, and he begins a romantic relationship with his Thunderbolt teammate, Moonstone. Clint eventually leaves the Thunderbolts in order for the team to get a full amnesty for their crimes. In order to do this however, Clint would be prosecuted for helping and aiding fugitives from the law. Clint accepts his plight, in hopes of showing his Thunderbolt teammates that he truly believes in them. He leaves the Thunderbolts leadership to Captain America. After the charges are dropped for Clint, he eventually joins the Avengers again.
Back with the Avengers and Death
While back being a Avenger, Clint has a brief romantic relationship with fellow team member the Wasp. In which Hank Pym who is a close friend to Clint and has an off-and-on again relationship with the Wasp discovers the two having this affair and then ran off. Clint along with the other Avengers then had to deal with the chaos brought by the breakdown of the Scarlet Witch. The chaos being, the supposed death of Scott Lang/Ant Man, Vision crashing into the Avengers mansion to warn of Ultron and then She Hulk hulking out on the team and almost killing Captain America. despite the efforts of Clint to try and calm her down. After the Kree squadron show-up over and tried to invade earth. Clint fights the invasion with the other Avengers, but is eventually hit in the back with a blast from a gun which makes him severely injured. But even after that, in his dying breath, using his boldness sacrifices himself to destroy a Kree spaceship and save his teammates by blasting into the ship with Kree warrior's jet pack.
House of "M"
When the Scarlet Witch inadvertently alters reality, Hawkeye is resurrected with no memory of previous events that happened. During this time, Clint joins a Human Resistance group operated by Luke Cage and he is one again married to Mockingbird. When a young mutant named Layla Miller gives Clint and several heroes the ability to remember, he is horrified at the Scarlet Witch for her actions. Clint then hunted her down despite everyone's warnings and shoots Wanda in the back with an arrow, asking her why she had killed him and carried out all her other tragic deeds. In retaliation one of her recreated children wipes Clint from existence. When the Scarlet Witch's altered reality is eventually undone, Clintis still presumed dead, and the recently formed New Avengers find his bow and arrows on the site of the old Avengers Mansion, pinning up an article about his death. Clint is later plucked from time by the Time Variance Authority to serve as a juror in a case involving former Avengers teammate She-Hulk. She-Hulk tries unsuccessfully to warn Clint about as his future.
Unknown to the New Avengers, Hawkeye was resurrected once all reality was restored, and seeks out Dr. Strange. Strange offers Clint shelter while he comes to terms with his new life. On the advice of Dr. Strange, Clint travels to Wundagore Mountain and finds the Scarlet Witch living a normal life with no memory of her past and apparently without her mutant abilities. The two become intimate, and he then leaves Wanda to live her normal life.
Once Clint discovers that Captain America has been apparently been killed after the Civil War, he confronts Tony Stark, who then offers him Captain America's shield and costume. As Iron Man, Stark accompanies Barton who is now dressed as Captain America and the both go on patrol. The two meet the new Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, defeating the supervillain Firebrand. Barton confronts Bishop about her assumption of the Hawkeye mantle. Unaware of his true identity, Bishop tells Clint and that she adopted Hawkeye's name to honor him, and that if Hawkeye were alive, she would adopt another name. She also affirms that the "real" Captain America gave her the name Hawkeye and his old bow as a tribute to his dead friends death with honor. Bishop's words convinces Clint to return the shield and costume to Stark, and condemns Stark for his role in the Civil War. Clint returns to speak with Dr. Strange to discover the New Avengers. Going on a mission he puts on a new costume and to protect himself from recognition and adopts the identity of Ronin. As Ronin, The team goes to Japan to rescue the heroine Echo. Echo, who is the original Ronin, gives Clint her blessing to adopt her old identity. The pair later begin a brief a relationship.
After an alien Skrull ship crashes in the Savage Land, Clint battles and kills a Skrull impersonating Mockingbird and himself. He is later reunited with the real Mockingbird during a final battle with the Skrulls. And though the two fought about their past at first, they eventually started their relationship once more
While Clint and his wife join up with the New Avengers to search for Luke Cage's daughter, Norman Osborn forms the Dark Avengers with villains assuming the identities of fugitive heroes; Bullseye assumes the identity of Hawkeye. Clint is very much infuriated that those who would exploit their good names take advantage of the invasion. He doesn't even want to wait for the Dark Avengers to show their true colors and wants to fight them immediately. After a failed attempt to lure the Dark Avengers into a battle turns instead into a fight with the Hood's crime syndicate, Clint goes on television, unmasked, and publicly denounces the Dark Avengers, stating that Osborn has formed an alliance with the Hood, and urging people to fight against his new regime. When Norman Osborn declares war on the X-Men that reside in Utopia; Clint remarks to the other New Avengers that he is going to kill Norman. With no one backing him Clint assaults Avenger Tower on his own; only to fail and get arrested by Osborn. Eventually Clint is freed by his fellow team-mates, but not before being tortured by Osborn.
Soon Norman Osborn finally breaks down and attacks Asgard. Captain America along with the rest of the Avengers goes to assist Thor and the Asgardians as Sentry destroys the city. After the Sentry's death at the hands of Thor, Captain Rogers is given permission to form a new team of Avengers and he chooses Clint who joins but is now going by Hawkeye again. In an attempt to get their relationship back together and find out where they stand, Hawkeye and Mockingbird have also started dating. Mockingbird has re-organised her W.C.A. (World Counter-terrorism Agency), and Clint is currently helping the W.C.A. track down Crossfire with Mockingbird. After Catching Crossfire, Bobbi and Clint's relationship broke off. Clint was not happy with the way Bobbi was acting towards criminals. Later Clint goes to the jail where Crossfire was held and watched him not saying a word. Crossfire then proceeded to tease Clint saying they were two sides of the same coin. After leaving his arch-enemy to sit in prison he leaves only to be confronted by Steve Rogers where he reassures Clint on why he is a hero and why he is who he is. After the heart to heart talk from his mentor and best friend Steve received intel that some one is hunting down spies all over the world and Mockingbird was one of the targets.
After the events of WidowMaker, Clint tries to get back to normal with the Avengers. When they find Absorbing Man , Grey Gargoyle , Tiger Shark robbing a armored car Hawkeye takes a shot and misses. Later Clint sits down with Steve Rogers , Donald Blake and Tony Stark who tell him that he developed a tumor in the visual part of his brain from the battle in Japan. Tony then makes Clint a new cowl and glasses to help with his sight and to improve his auditory receptors.
After having a coffee he sees on the screen Trickshot his old mentor beaten to almost death falling at the entrance to the Avengers Tower. Then Trickshot tells Hawkeye in his dying breath that he was forced to train a new Trickshot by a Benefactor of the new apprentice. Angry Hawkeye test out this new gear out in the field with some thugs. There Steve Rogers confronts him an tells him to head back Avengers Tower as his condition is getting worse and that his gear was never field tested. Clint gets into a scuffle with Steve and after Hawkeye uses some of the moves that Steve taught him on Steve he high tales it out of there looking for more thugs. At that time Hawkeye meets up with the new Trickshot who turns out to be is thought to be dead brother Barney Barton . Barney leads Hawkeye to and old fair ground resembling the fair grounds that they were raised in as kids. There Hawkeye finds out that his brothers benefactor is Baron Zemo and that everything after Siege was a revenge plot by Baron Zemo to get back at Hawkeye for ruining his plan to unite the world with Moonstone's moonstones and ruining Karla's mind and love to Baron Zemo. At this point Hawkeye has gone completely blind and has to defend himself against Zemo and his Brother. He then remembers his training and begins to use his hearing to defeat both Zemo and his brother. Zemo escapes but Barney stays and still gives Hawkeye a good beating. Just then Steve, Iron Man and Thor bust in and save they day.
Later on Clint comes out of surgery and with some old Pym particles that were still in his system they shrunk his tumor. Blood was given from his brother. After Clint thanks Barney but Barney tells him that it doesn't change things between them, That he would reach no end to get Hawkeye back for what he did to him.
During this time the Avengers were spread thin with Sin and her forces attacking and the rest of the Serpents "Worthy's". Hawkeye joins Ms. Marvel and Spider Woman in South America where they tangle with the Hulk. Hawkeye saves Spider Woman, she thanks him and they share a moment together. After dealing with Hulk, Tony Stark appears and gives Hawkeye and some others powerful weapons to help defeat the "Worthy". After a massive battle the Avengers come out victorious.
Captain America asks Hawkeye to join him on a covert mission in Bagalia where Cap wants to test Hawkeye's abilities to lead. There Cap slaps him the face with a few comments about how he see's Steve as a father that he looks up to. Hawkeye is not having any of that, leaves Captain America to finish the mission himself. After Captain America get captured by Whiplash, Vengence and Princess Python. Hawkeye saves Captain America and finds out that it was all a test to lead the Secret Avengers. Hawkeye is subsequently given command of the team, with Beast, Captain Britain, Black Widow, Valkyrie, Ant-Man and Venom as members.
In Hawkeye's first mission as team leader for the Secret Avengers, they seek to rescue a boy who was kidnapped by robots. The Secret Avengers ended up discovering a secret city of these robots called the Core. The team ended up getting split and Hawkeye and Beast ended up getting capture, only to be freed with the aid of Ant-Man, who they thought was killed. After saving the child and regrouping, the Secret Avengers teleport out of the Core, but Jim Hammond's body gets destroyed as he is stabbed during their escape from the Core. Hawkeye tells the members of his team not to let any word of what happened in their first mission get out to anyone.
Clint leaves the team after one of their missions goes south, but he game back to the team to help Black Widow and Spider Woman to help rescue Nick Fury Jr. and Phil Coulson.
Avengers vs. X-Men
Hawkeye is part of the Avengers team that Captain America brings with him to Utopia to take on the X-Men.
As part of the Marvel Now relaunch, we take in Clint's world when he's not with the Avengers. After recovering from an injury during a mission, Clint arrives to his apartment to find out that his landlord, Ivan, is tripling the rent and evicting those who cannot pay their rent. Clint goes and meets Ivan at his hideout and offers to pay the rent for everyone in the building. Ivan refuses and has his men attack Clint. The fight spills onto the street. One of the goon's dog stops him from shooting Clint, and the dog gets thrown into traffic. Clint is able to save the dog and decided to keep him, naming the dog Lucky. Clint buys the building from Ivan becoming the new landlord.
Kate Bishop has become Clint's protegee and the two head off to follow up on a lead about a Circus and the recent crimes that have been linked to the cities the circus has arrived at. Clint Finds that the circus's ringleader Maynard Tiboldt uses some form of hypnosis to entrance members of the audience while the circus crew steal from them. Hawkeye also finds that the Swordsman has trained another protegee of his own. Clint and Kate go to investigate but are both discovered. Clint is captured and is ordered to be executed. Kate rescues Clint by posing as a member of the circus. The Swordsman's protegee arrives, but Clint is able to paralyze him with the last arrow they had. Members of New York's criminal organizations see Clint racing from the scene in a boat and assume that Clint was the one who robbed them, making him their number one target.
Maria Hill recently found out that there will be an auction of video tape footage of Hawkeye assassinating Du Ke Feng. Maria Hill and Captain America inform Clint that the fate of the country is at stake. Clint tells Kate to get as far as away from him as she can. Clint heads off to Madripoor to take part in the auction for the rights to own the tape. Clint is beat up and captured by Madame Masque's men. Madame Masque acquires Hawkeye's S.H.I.E.L.D Amex Black card, which has unlimited funds, which she uses to buy the tape. It is then revealed that Madame Masque is really Kate Bishop in disguise. Kate had captured and tied up the real Madame Masque. Clint jumps through a window of a tall building to escape ninjas. Maria Hill arrives to save him from falling to his death. Kate is discovered as a fake and is captured by Masque and her henchmen. Clint is able to free Kate and both fight their way out of the building with the tape. Clint wakes up in a hospital from a bullet wound he receive from Madame Masque. Maria Hill reveals that the tape was a fake to hide the identities of the Navy seals who had really killed Du Ke Feng. The tape was made in order to reveal who the mole in S.H.I.E.L.D was. Clint tells Kate that he took on the mission to help keep the identities of the men a secret and to protect their families.
Powers and Abilities
Though he has no superpowers, Hawkeye is still a force to be reckoned with. He is a peak-athlete, possessing exceptional strength, speed, stamina and agility. He is a world class archer and marksman. Hawkeye is also a talented acrobat, performing acrobatic maneuvers that an Olympic gold medalist would envy. He has been trained in hand-to-hand combat by Captain America, making him an accomplished combatant. Hawkeye is also shown to be a fine leader and strategist. As Ronin, Hawkeye also shows that he can use the sword and other melee weapons very effectively, along with being accurate with some types of guns. His most famous ability, Hawkeye is able to hurl or fire projectiles with extreme speed and accuracy. He is also able to fire or throw objects against walls or other obstacles, resulting in complicated rebounding situations. Hawkeye is also known for his utilization of several "trick arrows" containing explosives, electrical discharges, nets, etc. As Goliath, Clint used Hank Pym's " Pym Particles" to increase his height and strength. Hawkeye is one of few people able to handle Captain America's shield.
Trick arrows used by Hawkeye include:
- Acid Arrows
Adamantium Arrows (often combined with Electrical arrowheads)
Boomerang Arrowhead (allows an arrow to return to shooter)
Cable Arrow (allowing him to swing through the air)
- Electromagnetic pulse arrow
Blast (Explosive) Arrow
- Freeze arrow
- Glue arrow (explodes in a mass of glue)
- Matter disruptor arrow
Magnetic Arrowhead (adheres to metal surfaces; can be added to other arrows)
Putty Arrow (adheres to rough surfaces, and can stop exposed machinery)
Pym Particles Arrow (increases or decreases the size of target or contains many miniaturized arrows that grow back to normal size after being shot)
Rocket Arrowhead (boosts range, can be added to other arrows)
- Rust arrows
Hyper Sonic Arrow
Suction Cup Arrowhead (adheres to smooth surfaces; can be added to other arrows)
- Taser arrows (which he's shown to have used in gas and electrical forms)
Tear Gas Arrow
Vibranium Arrow (must have supplemental Magnetic, Putty, or Suction Cup arrowhead to stick to target; deadens kinetic and vibratory energies)
Earth-295: Age of Apocalypse
In this reality Clint Barton is Tony Stark´s personal pilot and member of human resistance. As part of Human High Council, he goes with Stark to Wakanda and picks up Dr. Donald Blake to carry him to London. When they arrive they stop the terrorist group known as the Marauders. He kills two of them, Owl and Osborn, using a high tech airship´s gun-cannons. After that his location is unknown.
Clint Barton of the Ultimate universe was first partnered with Black Widow before becoming a member of the Ultimates. After joining the team, Clint's family was killed by agents of the Liberators (a team of super-beings created in foreign countries to take down America). After the battle with the Liberators, Hawkeye tracked down and killed Black Widow, when he found out that she was a Liberator spy and behind the death of his wife Laura and their children. Still with the Ultimates, Clint chose to retain his SHIELD codename of Hawkeye and changed his attire from inconspicuous black to purple tactical body-armor and a face-mask with a bullseye on the forehead. During this period, he also switched to primarily using firearms instead of his trademark bow and arrow. He recently revealed that unlike his base line counterpart, his aiming skills are due to him having enhanced eyesight given to him by the super soldier program. He eventually abandoned his purple costume and mask and returned to his black outfit, as well as his old arrows.
In the House of M reality Hawkeye was a member of Luke Cage's Human Resistance Movement. Layla Miller makes him remember his past from the Earth before it was changed by Scarlet Witch's reality altering powers--he is disturbed to find out that his friend Wanda actually killed him. In the final battle he confronts Scarlet Witch and violently demands she snap out of her insanity. Obviously, this had no affect. Enraged, Hawkeye shoots her in the back, at which point Scarlet Witch disintegrates him. His body comes back together near Wundagore Mountain months after House of M had ended.
Hawkeye of the Marvel Zombies reality was as most other heroes turned into a zombie.
In this reality, also called Battleworld, Hawkeye and She-Hulk had a son called Mustang.
Hawkeye of Earth-398 was known as Longbow and was a member of the Queen's Vengeance.
Hawkeye of Earth-22000 was leader of the Thunderbolts that used Ringmaster to forcibly rehabilitate supervillains.
Hawkeye is retired, having lost most of his eyesight, he had his mask modified so that he could see better, and now he helps to train other heroes, occasionally fighting alongside them when called for, and he owns a Karate teaching Class called "Hawkeye's Dojo".
On another Earth, the Red Skull assassinated Hitler and won World War II for the Axis powers. He eventually turned his power over to a young Victor Von Doom who used the power of the cosmic cube to enslave and keep any resistance under control in the world. In this world, Clint Barton never reformed, his actions drew the attention of Dr. Doom and he was turned into one of his chief assassins. He eventually sought out a student, Brandon Cross. With his help and the Swordsman, Brandon became the skilled assassin known as the Swordsmaster when the the Swordsman was killed. During a raid on Captain America's under ground movement against Doom. Both Deadeye and Swordsmaster were defeated by their "good" counter parts. They have since been trying to work their way up the power vacuum left form Dr. Doom's death on their world.
The Marvel Super Heroes (1966)
Hawkeye appeared in the Iron Man segments of the show, in adaptations of his early appearances. He was voiced by Chris Wiggins in some segments and Paul Soles in others.
He was a regular recurring character in the first season, and an occasional guest character in the second season. He was voiced by John Reilly (no relation to actor John C. Reilly). He was also the replacement for U.S. Agent in the show's version of Force Works.
He made a cameo as Goliath in the episode "To Battle The Living Planet" as part of a group of Avengers.
He was a main member of the team (whose roster resembled the West Coast Avengers), where he was voiced by Tony Daniels (who voiced Gambit in the final season of the X-Men cartoon).
He appeared as an occasional guest character, where he was voiced by Adrian Pasdar.
He is a main character in this show, and starts out as a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent framed by his partner, the Black Widow. He is voiced by Chris Cox.
He appears in the second season episode "The Hawk and the Spider" (2011), where he is voiced by Andrew Francis. He resembles the Ultimate version in terms of looks, and here he and Black Widow are freelance thieves. He reappears in the two part series finale "The Makluan Invasion", where he joins Iron Man's team of heroes in fighting off an invasion of Earth.
Hawkeye appears in a self-titled episode, where he is assigned as Spider-Man's bodyguard after the hero draws the ire of the Beetle. The two work together to take down the armored foe. He was voiced by Troy Baker.
Hawkeye appears as a main character, with Troy Baker reprising his role from Ultimate Spider-Man. In the show, he is once again stated to be a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, like his Ultimate counterpart. He wears a costume that is a cross between his Ultimate outfit and the current black suit he wears in the Earth-616 continuity.
His son Francis is a main character in the animated film. He is voiced by Adrian Petriw (who later voiced Tony Stark in Iron Man: Armored Adventures).
Hawkeye appears in a brief cameo in Thor, portrayed by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Renner. He is seen as a S.H.I.E.L.D. sniper under the command of Phil Coulson, and almost takes out Thor before being ordered to stand down and observe.
The Avengers (2012)
Jeremy Renner reprises his role, now as a main character, in The Avengers. He spends most of the film brainwashed and under the control of Loki, but is later freed by Black Widow and assists the team during the final battle against the Chitauri.
Hawkeye appears in the Japanese anime film as a major character. He wears an outfit based off his design from The Ultimates and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is voiced by Troy Baker.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Originally, Hawkeye was supposed to appear in a small role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where he would've been tasked by S.H.I.E.L.D. (which unbeknownst to him, had been taken over by HYDRA) with capturing the fugitive Captain America. The sequence would've ended with Hawkeye allowing himself to be knocked unconscious by Cap, showing that he believed Cap's side of the story. This planned appearance was cut when Jeremy Renner was unable to commit due to scheduling issues.
The Avengers Age of Ultron (2015)
Hawkeye returns in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), with Jeremy Renner reprising his role. He also has a new costume and a much larger role.
In the film, he is shown to now be a full-time Avenger after S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fall during The Winter Soldier. Midway through the movie, it is revealed that Clint has a wife, Laura, and two children named Cooper and Lila, with a third on the way. His family has been carefully hidden off books as part of an agreement with Fury, which allows the Avengers to rest at the Barton home after a disastrous mission in Africa.
During the final battle in Sokovia, Hawkeye plays a key role in evacuating civilians, and develops a rivalry with Quicksilver. He also manages to coax Scarlet Witch into getting back into the fight after she is badly shaken. During the evacuation, Hawkeye sacrifices himself to save a young child from a barrage of gunfire, but is saved when Quicksilver shields them both at the cost of his own life. After Ultron's defeat, Clint takes a leave of absence from the Avengers to help raise his new son, whom he names Nathaniel Pietro Barton in honor of Quicksilver's heroic sacrifice.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Hawkeye will appear in Captain America: Civil War, with Renner once again reprising his role.
Spider-Man: The Video Game (1991)
He is a playable character in this arcade game by SEGA, along with Black Cat and Namor.
Captain America and the Avengers (1991)
He is a playable character in this arcade game by Data East, along with Captain America, Iron Man, and the Vision.
Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety (1995)
He appears as a supporting character.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006)
He appears as a playable character in the PSP version of the game, and as a downloadable character for the Xbox 360 version as part of the "Heroes and Villains" downloadable content pack. He is voiced by Nolan North, and his alternate costumes include his Ultimate look, Heroes Reborn, and Ronin.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (2011)
Chris Cox reprises his role in this game. Hawkeye's available color palettes include his classic colors, his space suit (as seen in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes), his Ultimate look from the Ultimate Comics: Hawkeye miniseries, Heroes Reborn, his colors from Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems, and his original first appearance colors. He is a long range type of character using his arrows for distance.
Marvel Super Hero Squad Online (2011)
Hawkeye appears as a playable character in the game. An alternate Avengers movie version is available with a membership.
Disney Infinity (2014)
Hawkeye is a playable character in the Marvel Super Heroes expansion set. Troy Baker reprises his role from Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble.
Marvel Heroes (2013)
Hawkeye is a playable character. It is possible to choose his Ronin outfit, as well as his design from the movies as alternate costumes.