So everyone loves Hawkeye, right? I mean, the Jeremy Renner Hawkeye from Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He’s a pretty chill dude. But is he actually Hawkeye? Join me as I investigate this super important issue.
So: Hawkeye. Clint Barton. The Avenging Archer. That Dude With The Arrows (Who Isn’t Dressed in Green).
In the movies, he is a spy who worked alongside Black Widow in S.H.I.E.L.D. And, unbeknownst to his fellow Avengers, he was actually married (to Linda Cardellini!) and had two children with a third on the way.
It many ways, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is actually based on the Ultimate universe Hawkeye: works for S.H.I.E.L.D. in black ops, a costume that’s mostly black with some color, super competent at his job, and has a wife and children.
(Mind you, those wife and children were brutally murdered by Ultimate Black Widow, who was a traitor. The Ultimate universe is, um, hardcore.)
In Age of Ultron, Hawkeye turns out to be the heart of the team: he’s the one who is most grounded, the one who inspires Wanda to become an Avenger. All this is from the 616 version, who inspires others (even if his own life is falling apart).
Now, then, we know the MCU Hawkeye is a mixture of 616 and Ultimate, with most of it coming from the Ultimate Hawkeye. But...is there another Hawkeye in the MCU? Let’s take a look at the characters of 616 Hawkeye again:
- Lovable loser.
- Incredibly sarcastic, always making jokes.
- Always messes up love life.
- Ex-wife is Mockingbird.
Huh. You know who that sounds like?
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: Lance Hunter from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is our other Hawkeye! Only without the bow and arrow, of course. But still! Think about, it totally makes sense.
So in conclusion: