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"Okay, look, the city is flying, we're fighting an army of robots, and I have a bow and arrow. None of this makes sense. But I'm going back out there because it's my job."
―Hawkeye to Scarlet Witch[src]

Clinton Francis "Clint" Barton, also known as Hawkeye, is a skilled marksman, a former special agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and one of the founding members of the Avengers. Known for his use of the bow and arrow as his primary weapon, Barton had become one of the best agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., responsible for the recruitment of Black Widow, whom he developed a strong friendship with. Assigned by Nick Fury into watching over the Tesseract, he was brainwashed by Loki and used as a pawn for all his evil schemes. However, following their Attack on the Helicarrier, he was freed from Loki's mental control by Black Widow and joined the Avengers to fight against Loki's Chitauri army in the Battle of New York, ending Loki's Invasion before Hawkeye had returned to his work as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.

Hawkeye continued to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. until its collapse following the HYDRA Uprising, he and the Avengers worked to bring down the remnants of HYDRA, eventually capturing Wolfgang von Strucker and ending the organization's threat to the world. However, Hawkeye was pulled back into the fight as Tony Stark had inadvertently used HYDRA as well as some Chitauri technology to create Ultron. As Ultron tried to destroy the world, he allied himself with Pietro and Wanda Maximoff and Barton focused much of his efforts in convincing them to change sides while keeping all the Avengers safe by bringing them into his family home. During the final Battle of Sokovia, Hawkeye's life was saved by Quicksilver's sacrifice, resulting in Barton retiring from the Avengers to return to his family.

Despite living happily within retirement for a brief time, Barton was recruited by Captain America to help him during his fight against the newly produced Sokovia Accords, which forced Rogers to protect his friend Bucky Barnes from being arrested for a crime he did not commit. Feeling that he owed a debt to Rogers and Maximoff, Hawkeye had joined in the Clash of the Avengers, fighting against Iron Man who was in support of the Accords. Despite putting up a good fight, Hawkeye and most of their team were eventually defeated and imprisoned at the Raft under the orders of Thaddeus Ross, only to be freed by Rogers. Barton returned back to retirement and, after striking his deal with Ross, was then placed under house arrest.

In the wake of the Snap, Barton then went onto a grief-fuelled rampage against criminals for five years as a vigilante named Rōnin. Having been found by Black Widow, Barton was then convinced to return to the Avengers to attempt to reverse the Snap. Hawkeye joined the team in enacting the Time Heist in order to obtain the Infinity Stones, during which he witnessed Romanoff sacrifice her life so Hawkeye could reclaim the Soul Stone. However, as the Avengers had succeeded in their goal, they were ambushed by Thanos, with Hawkeye being ordered to ensure Thanos could not get the Nano Gauntlet. Eventually, Thanos and his entire army were defeated as Tony Stark had sacrificed his life, allowing Barton to then return home with his beloved family, while he still mourned Romanoff's death.

Biography

Early Life

Marrying Laura

"Fury helped me set this up when I joined. He kept it off S.H.I.E.L.D.’s files."
―Clint Barton[src]

Clint Barton was born in Iowa to Edith Barton.[1] Barton never finished high school but developed a talent for marksmanship, mainly with a bow and arrow. Later in his life, Barton had met Laura, whom he eventually married and started a family with. Barton was hand-picked by Nick Fury for his skills, becoming one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most skilled agents. Barton had only told Fury of his relationship with Laura, so Fury excluded her and their children from Barton's S.H.I.E.L.D. files in order to protect them, as well as setting up a farmhouse in Missouri.[2] During one of his missions for S.H.I.E.L.D., Barton had been targeted for assassination by Marcus Scarlotti, who came closer than anyone else to killing Barton, although he had still failed.[3]

Meeting Black Widow

"I got on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s radar in a bad way. Agent Barton was sent to kill me. He made a different call."
Black Widow to Loki[src]
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Clint Barton's personal S.H.I.E.L.D. records

During his time with S.H.I.E.L.D., an assassin codenamed Black Widow, started to appear on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s radar as a threat to global security. Barton was assigned to Russia where he would carry out the assassination. But once Barton tracked down Black Widow and confronted her, instead of killing her, he saw her potential as a good person and recruited her into S.H.I.E.L.D. Barton would discover her true name, Natasha Romanoff, and the two would work closely.

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Hawkeye and Black Widow during a mission

Romanoff was then seen as Barton's counterpart and the relationship between the two had developed into a lasting partnership, as well as becoming best friends while they still continued working together as S.H.I.E.L.D.'s top agents. Together, the unit would arrange their own tactical missions in Budapest, Abidjan and many other locations. The pair became so close that Romanoff became the only other person Barton told about his own family. She became a close family friend to them and adopted an aunt-like relationship with Clint and Laura's children, Cooper and Lila. Also, Romanoff told Barton about her past with the Red Room and as an assassin.[1]

New Mexico Mission

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Hawkeye running outside to stop the intruder

"You'd better call it, Coulson, 'cause I'm starting to root for this guy."
―Hawkeye to Phil Coulson[src]

Barton was instructed by Nick Fury to go down into New Mexico and investigate an 0-8-4 that had been discovered. Along the way, Barton found a gas station which was almost robbed until a suited man had intervened. Barton then arrived onto the site where he was put under the leadership of Phil Coulson.[4] Soon after his deployment at the site, an intruder had managed to successfully break into the compound and had fought his way towards their 0-8-4 that they were currently investigating.

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Hawkeye preparing to shoot down at Thor

Barton was ordered to be their eyes up high and to use a gun, but Barton instead collected his compound bow. Barton then claimed a vantage point suspended from a crane and watched from above as the intruder continued. Hawkeye then requested if he should fire, but Coulson wanted to see what the intruder would do, as Hawkeye then commented that he started rooting for him. Finally, the intruder got to the 0-8-4 and attempted to steal it, as Hawkeye watched on.

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Hawkeye being ordered to stand down

When the intruder failed to steal the 0-8-4 and screamed in complete frustration, Coulson had him arrested and ordered Hawkeye to stand down.[5] Hawkeye then noticed a woman fleeing, as he decided to let the intruder go, so they could track him. Hawkeye was later called in as the Destroyer attacked Puente Antiguo, witnessing Thor regain his powers and defeat it. With the Destroyer defeated, Barton helped to transport it to Headquarters and discussed his next missions.[4]

Chitauri Invasion

Destruction of P.E.G.A.S.U.S.

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Barton overlooking the S.H.I.E.L.D. Facility

"If there was any tampering, sir, it wasn't at this end."
"At this end?"
"Yeah, the cube is a doorway to the other end of space, right? Doors open from both sides."
―Hawkeye and Nick Fury[src]

Having been recruited by Nick Fury to break into the Helicarrier and access the Avengers Initiative database in order to test its security, Hawkeye did as instructed and discussed the candidates with Fury, questioning the accountability of this team which included Iron Man and Captain America among others.[6] Hawkeye was later called by Fury and stationed at the Main Facility of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. in order to guard the Tesseract. Before arriving on site, Barton did background checks on all the scientists working there, including Erik Selvig. Despite deducing that Selvig's back history was clean as he had no contacts who would be leaking information about their activities, Barton was ordered to stay at the facility to watch over the experiments on the Tesseract.

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Barton briefs Nick Fury about the Tesseract

As Barton and Fury drove to the facility, Barton questioned Fury on not choosing Natasha Romanoff who was on a deep cover mission in Asia at the time, plus Fury knew not to isolate her in a bunker full of men. Fury then made it clear to Barton that not only is he guarding S.H.I.E.L.D.'S most important object in possession, but he needed to keep an eye on Selvig as he has been said to of been acting bizarre lately. Fury introduced Barton to Selvig and then left to catch a plane to the Arctic. As Fury left, Selvig asked Barton about his presence during the Battle of Puente Antiguo as he remembered him, not knowing that Loki was manipulating him.

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Barton and Nick Fury witness Loki's arrival

Sometime later, the Tesseract began acting strangely so Fury and Maria Hill were called in to inspect the situations. Fury first spoke to Selvig and demanded a report about the Tesseract's energy levels before he spoke to Barton about his views on the situation, asking for a briefing on the team, Barton expressed his belief that Selvig and his team were not a threat to them. When Fury asked him if he believed that the Tesseract had been tampered with, Barton responded by saying that if there was tampering, it was not this end of the Tesseract, as he viewed the Tesseract as a doorway from space which could be opened from the other end, something Selvig and the other scientist weren't able to figure out

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Barton being put under mind control by Loki

The Tesseract suddenly opened a portal that brought Loki to Earth, who immediately attacked the base, killing several agents. Barton was just able to save Nick Fury's life from a blast of energy from Loki's Scepter. Loki then used his Scepter to alter and control the minds of Hawkeye, Erik Selvig, and a handful of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Under Loki's influence, Barton believed that he willingly worked for Loki and recommended that they evacuate the facility as the Tesseract was about to overload. Loki ordered Barton to shoot Fury before they departed.

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Barton escapes alongside Erik Selvig and Loki

Barton helped Loki steal the Tesseract and escape from the base towards S.H.I.E.L.D. Jeeps. However, Fury managed to survive due to wearing a Bulletproof Vest and warned Maria Hill of his betrayal, leading to a brief shoot out. They managed to get into a jeep and were chased by Hill until she became trapped under rubble when the facility imploded. Nick Fury managed to catch up with them and shot at them from a Helicopter, Loki shot the helicopter from the sky and Barton drove them away to safety.[1]

Controlled by Loki

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Barton locates his next target for their mission

"You admire Fury."
"He's got a clear line of sight."
"Is that why you failed to kill him?"
"It might be. I was disoriented. And I'm not at my best with a gun."
"I want to know everything you can tell me about this team of his."
Loki and Hawkeye[src]

Barton then acted as Loki's the commander at his safe house, which Barton personally selected due to protective defenses. Barton commanded various other mind-controlled mercenaries and workers and helping collect the materials that Erik Selvig needed to utilize the Tesseract. Selvig asked Barton were he found all of the workers, to which he informed Selvig that S.H.I.E.L.D. a lot of enemies. Barton located a material that Selvig needed to complete his work. Loki came to be updated on their work, while Selvig complimented the Tesseract's incredible power, Barton noted that it had shown him their next target, which he would require a distraction and an eyeball.

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Barton informing Loki about the Avengers

When Selvig mocked the choice of hide-out, Barton explained that it was the most secure base that they could acquire. Barton told Loki that Nick Fury would be putting a team together to stop their plans, although Barton insisted that the team was more likely a danger to themselves. Loki demanded to know everything about them, vowing to test them so he could rule the Earth. Loki questioned why Barton had failed to kill Fury, asking if it was because he admired him, but Barton argued he was disorientated and not at his best with a gun. Barton would go on to inform Loki all about the members of Fury's team, including the dangerousness of the Hulk, Black Widow's past, and the power of Stark Tower.

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Barton successfully steals the Iridium for Loki

Barton traveled to StuttgartGermany with Loki where he used his infiltration skills and knowledge of S.H.I.E.L.D. to help to steal a store of Iridium needed to stabilize the Tesseract. While Loki attacked Heinrich Schafer and used a device to violently scan his eyeball, Barton silently shot several guards with his arrows before getting inside and using a hologram of Schafer's eyeball to gain access to the facility and successfully steal the iridium before escaping. Barton would then proceed to collect any other raw materials that would be needed for the portal with ease, while Loki allowed himself to be captured.[1]

Attack on the Helicarrier

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Hawkeye prepares to attack the Helicarrier

"It's Barton, he took out our systems. He's headed for the detention level. Does anyone copy?"
Nick Fury[src]

Loki allowed himself to be captured by the Avengers, and Barton led a small group of mercenaries in an attack on the Helicarrier, using a stolen Quinjet to covertly approach the Helicarrier. Barton destroyed an engine with an accurately placed explosive arrow and boarded the Helicarrier with a team of mercenaries with their task to destroy the Avengers by unleashing the Hulk and freeing Loki so they could complete their plan to use the Tesseract to bring about the war on Earth.

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Hawkeye attacks the Control Room

Using the chaos onboard the Helicarrier to his advantage, Barton made his way to the control room and while mercenaries distracted the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents with grenades and gunfire, Barton fired a Hacker arrow at the controls where he further crippled the ship's systems, turning off the remaining engines and causing the Helicarrier to fall from the sky. Before he could cause more damage with explosive arrows, he was shot at by Nick Fury and Maria Hill, forcing him to retreat and continue his way through the Helicarrier to find Loki.

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Hawkeye furiously fights against Black Widow

As he continued to make his way through the Helicarrier, Barton was confronted by Black Widow; who snuck up behind him in an attempt to disarm him. The two old friends had a prolonged fight using Barton's bow and arrows, knives, and when the fight got dirtier – with teeth. Barton used all his top-level training to kill his former friend, including firing several arrows at her, although she was able to dodge them, as well as attempting to drive a knife Widow into her neck while pulling her hair back.

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Hawkeye is defeated by Black Widow

In the end, Barton was no match for Romanoff's speed and quick-thinking and eventually, she got the upper hand, disarming him and slammed Barton's head onto a steel pipe. The blow weakened Loki's grip on Barton's mind and he recognized Romanoff, calling her by her first name before she knocked him out with a final strong punch to the head, breaking his connection to Loki and restoring his mind. He was then taken away by a S.H.I.E.L.D. team to be rehabilitated and cared for to ensure he was safe to continue working for S.H.I.E.L.D.[1]

Regaining Control

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Natasha Romanoff helps Barton's recovery

"Clint, You’re gonna be alright."
"You know that? Is that what you know? I got... I gotta go in though. I have to flush him out."
"We don’t have that long, it’s gonna take time."
"Have you ever had someone take your brain and play? Pull you out, stuff something else in. You know what it's like to be unmade?"
Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton[src]

While Barton was arrested and tied down until Loki's control was gone and he was no longer a threat, and he fought as hard as he could to recover. Natasha Romanoff looked after Barton in the recovery room, listening as he described the experience, which he compared to being unmade. Romanoff also refused to tell Barton how many S.H.I.E.L.D. agents he had killed, telling him that Loki and Loki alone was responsible for the killings and he must not blame himself.

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Barton joining the Avengers to stop Loki

Satisfied that he was freed of his mind control, Barton resolved to help the Avengers fight back against Loki and stop his schemes of world domination. When Steve Rogers arrived to ask Romanoff if she could pilot a Quinjet, Barton told him he could. After Romanoff gave him the nod of approval, Rogers allowed Barton to join them on the mission, but first ensured that he had a uniform ready to go, Barton assured him they did and together they agreed to disobey the World Security Council and confront Loki head on as they had discovered he was hiding at Stark Tower.[1]

Battle of New York

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Hawkeye flies into the Battle of New York

"You think you can hold them off?"
"Captain, it would be my genuine pleasure."
Captain America and Hawkeye[src]

With their new determination to bring down Loki, the Avengers took control of a S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjet. Hawkeye flew Black Widow and Captain America to New York City just as the Tesseract portal opened. As Iron Man engaged the hordes of Chitauri that came pouring out of the portal, Hawkeye and Black Widow assisted by using the Quinjet's Gatling gun to shoot them out of the sky as they flew past. They found Loki battling Thor on top of Stark Tower when they attempted to assist, Loki shot down the Quinjet and the team crashed on the ground.

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Hawkeye begins battling the Chitauri army

Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Captain America made their way to Stark Tower on foot and witnessed the Chitauri coming in from the portal and they all stayed on the ground to fight. Alongside Black Widow, Hawkeye fought the oncoming horde of Chitauri until the rest of the Avengers arrived. Hawkeye fired several trick arrows at the Chitauri while the civilians all clear out. While Hawkeye and Black Widow fight the Chitauri, she reminded him that the situation of being similar to their mission in Budapest, which Hawkeye told her that he remembered Budapest differently.[1]

Avengers Assembled

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Hawkeye fighting alongside Black Widow

"I have unfinished business with Loki."
"Yeah, well, get in line."
Thor and Hawkeye[src]

While Hawkeye and Black Widow took on the Chitauri, Captain America joined them and was soon followed by Thor. While Hawkeye was reloading his quiver with used arrow rods from before, Thor told the Avengers that the power protecting the Tesseract is impenetrable so the team decided to fight the Chitauri in the meantime. When Thor discussed his desire to battle Loki, Hawkeye made it clear that he wished to kill him for revenge for the trauma he had suffered through, by telling him to get in line although Captain America told him to save that anger for later.

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Hawkeye reloading some of his arrows

As Captain America told them the plan, they are interrupted by Bruce Banner who arrived on a motorbike. As a Leviathan flew towards the Avengers, Banner transformed into the Hulk and destroyed the Leviathan. Hawkeye took cover behind a car to protect himself from the destruction. The Avengers all stood together in a circle as they overlooked the city overrun with Chitauri soldiers. As Captain America went through their plan, he ordered Hawkeye to take up a position on a building's rooftop, calling out enemy movements. Hawkeye asked for a lift from Iron Man who told him to clench up while jokingly calling him Legolas.[1]

Eyes On Everything

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Hawkeye with Thor on the battlefield

"Stark, you got a lot of strays sniffing your tail."
"Just trying to keep them off the streets."
"Well, they can't bank worth a damn, find a tight corner."
"I will, roger that."
―Hawkeye and Iron Man[src]

On the rooftop, Hawkeye was able to shoot many enemies out of the sky and used his skills in combat to kill any Chitauri who made it onto the roof, while advising the Avengers the best strategical maneuvers to defeat them. Hawkeye assisted Iron Man in fighting the Chitauri and to use his maneuvering skills to force them to accidentally crash into the side of buildings. Hawkeye also informed Iron Man that Thor was taking a squadron on sixth to which he joked that he was disappointed that he was not also invited.

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Hawkeye destroying another Chitauri Chariot

As the battle continued, Hawkeye fought off all Chitauri that climbed the building and flying on the chariots, managing to casually shoot one out of the sky without looking. Hawkeye dodged a blast and then fired an arrow at a soldier flying on a chariot at a far distance that crashed into a Leviathan. While Captain America fought a hostile, Hawkeye informed him that a lot of civilians were being cornered in a bank ready to be executed to which Captain America told him that he was on it and went to rescue the civilians single-handedly from the alien attackers.[1]

Last Stand

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Hawkeye taking aim at the Chitauri army

"Hawkeye!"
"Nat, what are you doing?"
"A little help?"
"I got him."
Black Widow and Hawkeye[src]

When Hawkeye witnessed Black Widow being chased by Loki on a Chitauri Chariot, she called him for assistance. Delighted to get his shot at revenge against his own enslaver, Hawkeye loaded an explosive arrow out of his quiver and, taking his time to aim the perfect shot and fired it at Loki. However, Loki managed to catch the arrow and looked at it which made him smile smugly at the Avengers attempt to stop him.

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Hawkeye shoots Loki out of the sky

The smile disappeared when the arrow exploded in Loki's face and caused him to fall from the sky and crash land on Stark Tower, where he was promptly attacked by the Hulk who beat the god into submission. As the battle became more intense, The Avengers found themselves starting to become overpowered by Loki's forces. As Hawkeye continued to fight the Chitauri, he found that he has almost exhausted his supply of arrows. Eventually, Hawkeye ran out of arrows and began to fight the Chitauri with his bow. He then saw an incoming horde of Chitauri crafts heading in his direction.

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Hawkeye jumps from the top of a skyscraper

He took his last arrow that was in a dead Chitauri, put it in his quiver and turned it into a grapple, and jumped off the building just as it was destroyed by the Chitauri. Hawkeye shot the arrow onto the building and swung into a window to get away. Eventually, with the combined effort of Black Widow, Erik Selvig, and Iron Man, the portal was closed and the Chitauri army was killed. After the battle, the Avengers went to Stark Tower to capture Loki. As Loki turned around, he saw the Avengers stand before him with Hawkeye taking aim at him.[1]

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Hawkeye and Black Widow share a drink

Iron Man then told them to stop with the posing and to get Loki up, as HYDRA agents who were infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived to help take in Loki, the Tesseract and the Scepter. Hawkeye went to the bar and poured him and Black Widow a drink as they told Jasper Sitwell to be careful with the Sceptre, Hawkeye stating that it could erase their minds, and not in the fun way, calling back to his recent experience influenced by Loki.

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The Avengers have lunch together

The two then relaxed as the STRIKE team escorted Loki and the cosmic items along with Thor and Iron Man.[7] Later, the team decided to get some lunch together, so they took a breather at the Shawarma Palace, under Stark's recommendation.[8] They were interrupted by War Machine, who arrived too late to help in the battle.[9]

Invasion Aftermath

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Barton and Natasha Romanoff mock Loki

"I don't think you understand what you've started letting the Avengers loose on this world. They're dangerous."
"They surely are, and the whole world knows it."
Hawley and Nick Fury[src]

The next day the team, along with Selvig, gathered together at Central Park to send Loki back to Asgard with Thor and the Tesseract, where he would be punished for his crimes. While Loki was in chains, Romanoff whispered something in Barton's ear about Loki's punishment, which caused Barton to grin.

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Barton and the Avengers go seperate ways

The team then went their separate ways, Barton leaving with Romanoff[1] to go back home to his family.[2] Along with Romanoff, Barton continued working for S.H.I.E.L.D., with Steve Rogers joining and working with Romanoff. In 2014, S.H.I.E.L.D. collapsed, causing Barton to no longer be working for them and did not join the new S.H.I.E.L.D. that was created from the aftermath.[10]

War on HYDRA

Attack on the HYDRA Base

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Hawkeye during a battle against HYDRA

"I think we lost the element of surprise."
―Hawkeye to Avengers[src]

With the rising threat of HYDRA, the Avengers were assembled once more, with the financial backing of Tony Stark they went out to target the cell of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who they learned was now in possession of Loki's Scepter.[2] Despite having briefly felt insecure about his place in the team, a mission in Sudan where Hawkeye had defeated Jensen had raised his confidence back up.[11] The team then reassembled for an assault against Baron Strucker's main HYDRA Base in Sokovia.

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Hawkeye shoots arrows at an HYDRA bunker

As the team charged inside Baron Strucker's base, Hawkeye rode in the back of a Jeep being driven by Black Widow, firing his arrows as they went while Iron Man and Thor flew alongside then and Captain America commanded the mission while riding his own weaponized motorcycle. When the jeep was crashed, Hawkeye continued to fight, keeping himself at a safe distance, using explosive arrows to destroy many HYDRA bunkers and tanks which Strucker sent after them.

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Hawkeye realizes something is going wrong

As Hawkeye destroyed a HYDRA bunker with an explosive arrow and assisted Black Widow in her fight against Strucker's soldiers, he also stated that they had lost the element of surprise for the mission. As he silently sneaked through the battlefield, Hawkeye took up position behind a tree and attempted to destroy another HYDRA bunker with an explosive arrow, but the arrow was strangely intercepted by a fast moving opponent, much to Hawkeye's surprise and confusion.

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Hawkeye being ambushed by Quicksilver

Hawkeye attempted to reload and fire again at the bunker, but before he could release the arrow, his attacker then returned and in the blink of an eye had managed to throw Hawkeye through the air as he then landed awkwardly in all the snow. As Hawkeye had recovered from the ambush, his attacker revealed himself to be Pietro Maximoff, who taunted Hawkeye for failing to see the attack coming before dashing off into the distance, while holding Hawkeye's arrow in his hand.

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Hawkeye is shot and wounded by a cannon

Annoyed as he had watched his attacker vanish into the distance to attack all of the other Avengers, Hawkeye had then launched up and aimed his bow, but before he could fire, he failed to notice the bunker which he had failed to destroy, was currently taking aim and he was shot in the side by a HYDRA Cannon, falling onto the ground, gravely wounded. Black Widow had witnessed this assault and ran to his aid, while Captain America updated the team of Maximoff's arrival.

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Hawkeye gets medical aid from Black Widow

Black Widow then patched up the wound while the Hulk destroyed the bunker before he could continue shooting at them. With Hawkeye in dire need of medical attention, Thor came to his aid and was able to get him back to the Quinjet to recover while the rest of their team continued with the mission and were able to capture both Baron von Strucker as well as the Scepter, although both of the Maximoff twins were still able to make their escape during all the ongoing chaos.[2]

Treated by Doctor Cho

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Barton's injury is treated by Doctor Helen Cho

"Oh, he’s flatlining. Call it. Time?"
"No, no. I’m going to live forever. I’m gonna be made of plastic."
Tony Stark and Clint Barton[src]

With his wound now threatening his life, Barton was returned straight back to Avengers Tower where Natasha Romanoff stayed by his side while all of his injured skin was repaired by Doctor Helen Cho using a device called the Cradle, which replaced his damaged skin with plastic. Joining them, Bruce Banner asked how Barton was doing, to which Tony Stark had jokingly stated that he was 'still Barton' and that he was thirsty.

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Barton commenting on his newly repaired skin

Stark brought Barton a drink and he joked that he was already dying, to which Barton had insisted that he was going to live forever and be made out of plastic, as he continued to make his full recovery. When Cho asked if he had a girlfriend who would notice the difference with his new skin, Barton claimed her that he did not have a girlfriend, not mentioning his wife before they discussed the upcoming celebration that Stark would be hosting in the Avengers Tower in a few days.[2]

The Avengers Celebration

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Barton speaking with Helen Cho at the party

"Whosoever be he worthy shall haveth the power! Whatever, man, it's a trick."
"Well, please be my guest."
―Clint Barton and Thor[src]

Having fully recovered from his life-endangering injuries, Barton had then attended the party at Avengers Tower to celebrate their victory over HYDRA. Enjoying the company of his fellow Avengers as well as some of their other allies including James Rhodes and Sam Wilson, Barton also spent time speaking to his life-saving doctor Helen Cho during the party.

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Barton challenges Thor's claims about Mjølnir

Before long, almost all of the other guests had departed, which had left only the other Avengers, Rhodes, Cho and Maria Hill to continue enjoying the celebrations about their victory over HYDRA as well as Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. As they sat around and drank, Barton had voiced disbelief that Mjølnir could only be lifted by Thor, since he believed this to be nothing more than a trick and not an enchantment from Asgard created by Odin, which Thor insisted was the truth.

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Barton trying and failing to pick up Mjølnir

Thor then challenged Barton to lift his hammer, where everyone joked at him about lifting it, including Tony Stark who made a reference to Barton's injuries from their previous mission. Barton acknowledged Thor of his first encounter of him, seeing him fail to lift the hammer. Barton then attempted to lift the hammer but had failed, laughing at the ridiculousness of the challenge. As the others continued mocking him, Barton had then challenged Stark to lift up the hammer.

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Barton and Tony Stark claim Mjølnir is rigged

Before long, all the others had attempted to pick up the hammer with no success: Bruce Banner had mocked his sudden transformation to the Hulk, getting a little reaction from the others, while unbeknownst that Steve Rogers had moved it slightly during his own attempt, and Natasha Romanoff simply refused to take part in the challenge. Once everyone else failed, Barton and Stark claimed the game was rigged, which had simply left Thor to proclaim that they were unworthy.[2]

Ultron Offensive

Attack on Avengers Tower

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Barton and the Avengers encountering Ultron

"Cap!"
"That was dramatic."
―Hawkeye and Ultron[src]

The party was interrupted when a piercing screech rang through the room and a broken down and seemingly malfunctioning Iron Legion robot calling itself Ultron appeared. Barton then watched as Ultron claimed that he had been created by Tony Stark to bring about peace, but he also believed that the only way to achieve peace was the extinction of the Avengers, viewing them as destructive and a danger to the world.

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Barton avoiding Ultron's attack on the team

When Natasha Romanoff questioned what Ultron's mission was, he told her that it was peace in their time and sent out a small army of Iron Legioners to then attack the Avengers, quickly subduing Steve Rogers by charging directly towards him at full speed. Barton found himself unarmed and was initially forced to hide during the sentries' assault, using his speed and agility to duck and dive out of the way of the blasts, leaping over and under the tables towards safety

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Barton throwing Captain America his Shield

With Barton unable to get his weapons, he was forced to stay on the defense as Ultron had continued to try and kill him, with none of the Avengers able to do anything as one of the Ultron Sentries managed to steal the Scepter during all of the ongoing chaos. Eventually, more of the Sentries were destroyed by the team's efforts until Barton had found Captain America's Shield and managed to throw it to Rogers to help him to defeat the last sentry, ending their brief battle.

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Barton witnesses Thor destroy Ultron's body

With all of his Sentries finally destroyed, Ultron commented on how dramatic the whole battle had been as Barton watched on alongside the other Avengers. Barton watched on in horror as Ultron claimed that the Avengers had only meant to save the world but not allow it to change, claiming that the extinction of the Avengers would save the world. Barton had then witnessed Thor throw Mjølnir in order to then finally destroy the original robotic body of Ultron apart.[2]

Avengers Argument

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Barton during the Avengers' argument

"He also said he killed somebody."
"But there wasn’t anyone else in the building."
―Clint Barton and Maria Hill[src]

With the team confused and rattled after Ultron's attack, Barton had joined the rest of the Avengers to discuss what they had witnessed as they noted how Ultron had stolen the Avengers secret files, which then led James Rhodes to fear he could get ahold of the nuclear codes. As they discussed Ultron's motivations, Barton had noted how Ultron claimed to have killed somebody although there was nobody else in the building.

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Barton witnesses Thor confronting Tony Stark

Although Barton stayed mostly silent during the ensuing argument on how this could have happened, he had witnessed the rest of team's tempers being tested when Tony Stark tried to defend his actions in creating Ultron in the first place, which caused Thor to attack him by grabbing his throat while discussing how they would find both Ultron and the stolen Scepter. The team eventually calmed back down and had then resolved to discover what Ultron's next step would be.[2]

Looking for Ultron

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Barton giving an update to Laura Barton

"Gotta go."
"Who's that?"
"Girlfriend."
―Clint Barton and Steve Rogers[src]

Barton then used a few of his old contacts to find Ultron, but he had not heard from them so he called his wife to tell her he was alright. While on the phone, Steve Rogers then came over and told him they may have found key information regarding Ultron's location which caused Barton to hang up the call. When Rogers questioned who Barton was speaking to, Barton simply claimed it to be his girlfriend, which he had previously stated to Helen Cho he did not have.

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Barton looks at files on Wolfgang von Strucker

As Barton then joined the team, the Avengers discovered that Ultron had just managed to track down and brutally murder Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in his prison cell, as well as stealing all of the Avengers files of Strucker before deleting them to keep them from tracking his movements. Barton was then also informed that Ultron had recruited the aid of Pietro and Wanda Maximoff in his quest as the team began finding ways of researching Strucker without any computer files.

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Barton learns about Ulysses Klaue connection

They decided to go through all of their hard copy files that they have on him and any known associates which could help them find Ultron. As they looked through boxes of files, Tony Stark alerted them to one of Strucker's associates, Ulysses Klaue, that he knew back when he sold weapons several years earlier. They had soon discovered that he was connected with Wakanda, the source of Vibranium, which made them believe that this was where Ultron would be going to next.[2]

Battle at the Salvage Yard

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Hawkeye sneaking onto Ulysses Klaue's ship

"I've done the whole mind control thing, not a fan."
―Hawkeye to Scarlet Witch[src]

Hawkeye then joined the team when they had located Ultron and the Maximoff twins on a ship off the coast of South Africa as Ultron was getting a supply of Vibranium from arms dealer Ulysses Klaue, taking Klaue hostage and cutting off his arm to take his Vibranium from him. While the other Avengers had confronted Ultron and the Maximoff twins directly, Hawkeye and Black Widow had stayed further back to provide cover, sneaking through the ship without being detected by Klaue's soldiers.

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Hawkeye shooting at Ulysses Klaue's soldiers

Since peaceful negotiations quickly failed, Ultron and the Maximoffs attacked the Avengers, with Ultron and Iron Man battling through the skies, whilst at the same time Klaue sent his soldiers to attack both groups in revenge for losing his vibranium and his arm. Hawkeye had positioned himself onto a high vantage point, his specialty, where he could eliminate any enemies with great ease, firing multiple arrows at Klaue's soldiers before they could get close to his teammates.

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Hawkeye takes out Ulysses Klaue's soldiers

Hawkeye and Black Widow focused their efforts on battling Klaue's soldiers, Hawkeye taking down many soldiers as the other Avengers fought the Ultron Sentries. As the battle continued to fall towards the Avengers' favor as Hawkeye used his Pluse Arrow to knock out the last of Klaue's soldiers, the Scarlet Witch had then stepped onto the field and managed to entrance most of the Avengers with her power, causing them all to become distracted by some terrible visions.

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Hawkeye manages to stun Scarlet Witch

Just as Hawkeye overlooked the battlefield to ensure that there were no other soldiers loyal to Klaue out there, Scarlet Witch attempted to entrance him as well. However, as soon as Scarlet Witch got close to him, Hawkeye had incapacitated her with a Mind-Warping Arrow, not allowing himself to be put under mind control again, following all his experiences with Loki and the Scepter, as Hawkeye then prepared to take Scarlet Witch into the Avengers' custody to be questioned.

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Hawkeye being thrown aside by Quicksilver

However, just before Hawkeye had been able to capture the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver charged in and threw Hawkeye through a window before he whisked her away to safety before she could be captured, with Hawkeye mockingly telling Quicksilver to run from him. Hawkeye then tried to call the Avengers, but he did not receive a response as they were all under the effects of the hypnosis. He went to check on them, as he saw Black Widow defeated and barely conscious.

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Hawkeye checks on Black Widow's condition

Having retreated outside, the Maximoff twins continued their mission and attacked Bruce Banner, which had caused him to transform in a rage-filled Hulk who charged to Johannesburg. To defend the people, Iron Man flew in to confront Hulk, along the way Iron Man had asked if Black Widow would be able to perform her lullaby to calm him back down, before Hawkeye informed him that she was currently too weak and traumatized to join the fight, along with the rest of the team.[2]

Returning Home

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Hawkeye flies the Avengers towards his home

"Honey? I'm home. Hi. Company. Sorry, didn't call ahead."
'Hey."
"Gentlemen, this is Laura."
"I know all your names."
―Clint Barton and Laura Barton[src]

The Avengers then all gathered into their Quinjet, defeated by Ultron and the Maximoff twins. As Barton piloted the jet, Maria Hill had informed them that they had become unpopular due to the massive battle between Hulk and Iron Man in his "Hulkbuster" armor in the middle of South Africa; at the same time many of the members were still suffering from the effects of Wanda Maximoff's mental visions.

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Barton bringing the Avengers into his home

Hill stated that there was no information about Bruce Banner's arrest order yet but recommended that they stay low for the time being due to the effects of this most recent battle. Knowing they needed time to get away and recover before their next fight, Barton then decided to take the team back to his homestead, realizing that no one would be able to find them there. Barton had then informed Tony Stark that he would be taking the team to a safe house for their recovery.

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Barton introduces the Avengers to his wife

Once the Avengers arrived at his home, Barton led them in his house, while the team was unsure of where they were. When they entered the house, they found a woman inside who was soon revealed to be Barton's wife. Barton immediately hugged his wife and children while the rest of the Avengers where left confused as they were not aware of Barton having a family, which made Stark believe that they were all actually just S.H.I.E.L.D. agents working undercover with Barton.

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Barton being reunited with all his children

Barton then introduced the team to his family. Seeing how surprised they were at the revelation, Barton explained how Nick Fury had set up this hideaway for him when he joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and requested that the team keep his secret. While Natasha Romanoff spoke with Laura about when their new baby was due to be born, Thor decided to leave the farm to find Erik Selvig and investigate his vision in detail while Barton and the others had recovered during their stay.[2]

Place on the Avengers

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Barton and Laura discussing the Avengers

"You don't think they need me?"
"I think they do, which is a lot scarier. They're a mess."
"Yeah. I guess they're my mess."
―Clint Barton and Laura Barton[src]

As Barton then got changed, Laura felt Barton's chest where his skin had just already repaired with the Cradle. Laura then informed Barton that some of the Avengers will have to sleep together which Barton knew would not go well, which lead to Laura asking about how long Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner had been seeing each other. However, Barton was unaware of this, which Laura found cute and jokingly called him "Hawkeye" for not seeing their relationship.

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Barton talks about his place on the Avengers

Laura expressed her concern about whether Barton should continue being a member of the Avengers, which he initially believed meant that she believed they did not actually need him, but she instead had revealed that she felt they needed him too much, since all the others' teamwork leaves a lot to be desired and she did not believe that they would support him and all the work that he did. As Laura touched her husband's chest, she noted that she could feel the difference.

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Barton doing some woodwork with his son

Having settled in, Barton and the Avengers then spent some time at his Homestead trying to get their minds straight following their defeat at the hands of the Maximoff Twins in South Africa. Barton had then joined his two children outside and did some more woodworking with his son for a brand new crib for his unborn son, while also managing to convince Tony Stark and Steve Rogers to assist him by chopping some wood together while they had discussed their next battle.

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Barton listening to Nick Fury's speech

As their team got back together, Nick Fury arrived after having been called there by Maria Hill. That night Barton rejoined the rest of the Avengers as they gathered in his kitchen and spoke with Fury about regaining the motivation to fight back against Ultron. Fury had also explained that Ultron had been unable to access nuclear codes due to someone blocking all his attacks. Barton had then teased Stark by beating him at darts, hitting the bullseye with multiple darts.

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Barton discusses Ultron's next possible action

As Natasha Romanoff noted she had hoped Fury had more to offer, Fury gave them a speech to inspire them to get up and fight against Ultron, telling them to stand and fight as a team once again. While they discussed what Ultron's next move against them could possibly be, Bruce Banner worked out that Ultron would create another body made of synthetic tissue using his stolen Vibranium, which would be mixed with the Cradle, and would do this with Helen Cho's help.[2]

One Last Project

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Barton promising his wife it's his final mission

"I'm gonna finish re-flooring that sunroom as soon as I get back."
"Yeah, then you'll find another part of the house to tear apart."
"No. It's the last project. I promise."
―Clint Barton and Laura Barton[src]

The team then made a plan to deal with the situation, Hawkeye going with Captain America and Black Widow to Seoul in order to confront Ultron directly before he could escape, while Tony Stark would go to NEXUS Internet Hub in order to learn more about why Ultron had been unable to access the nuclear codes. While the team prepared to leave they collected their uniforms and their equipment ready for their battle against Ultron, Barton went to his wife to say goodbye.

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Barton sharing a farewell kiss with his wife

Barton promised his clearly nervous wife that this would be his final mission with the Avengers and vowed that he would return and finish redecorating the house, although Laura had still teased that he would inevitably find another project that he would start on after that. They kissed each other goodbye and Barton left with the Avengers, taking control of the Quinjet and then flew their team to Seoul to search for Ultron, as well as the Maximoff twins, and finally end the war.[2]

Battle of Seoul

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Hawkeye overlooking Seoul to locate Ultron

"You're not a match for him, Cap."
"Thanks, Barton."
―Hawkeye and Captain America[src]

Their team arrived in Seoul where Captain America departed from the Quinjet to do recon and had eventually found Helen Cho lying injured in the remains of her Laboratory. They discovered Bruce Banner was right about his theories of Ultron attempting to build himself a body using the Cradle. Flying overhead, Hawkeye and Black Widow searched for Ultron, Black Widow had suggested that he could be at a private jet taking off.

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Hawkeye manages to find Ultron on the road

Before long, however, Hawkeye spotted a truck from the lab driving away, as he scanned the inside and confirmed that Ultron was inside along with the Cradle and several Ultron Sentries. Hawkeye informed Captain America of this and then told him that he could eliminate the driver, but Captain America stopped him, warning him of the danger of the stone. With little time remaining, Captain America then went to stop the truck himself, drawing out Ultron away from the cradle.

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Hawkeye sees Captain America fighting Ultron

Captain America attempted to distract Ultron by engaging him in one on one combat as the truck drove through the roads of Seoul, hoping that this would ensure that he could not complete his plan of building his newest body inside the Cradle. Seeing that Captain America was facing Ultron alone, Hawkeye made it clear that he was considerably outmatched by the robot during their fight, something which Captain America was clearly frustrated to hear from his own teammate.

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Hawkeye sending Black Widow into the fight

While Captain America had continued fighting against Ultron on the roads, Hawkeye made his way through the city, eventually catching up to Captain America and prepared to drop Black Widow out of the Quinjet on a Motorcycle to aid Captain America and also obtain the cradle. As Hawkeye dropped Black Widow, telling her to give Ultron hell, he navigated her towards the truck's current position but had no shot at it from the Quinjet, while giving Black Widow directions.

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Hawkeye is ordered to take his shot at Ultron

Having managed to catch back up with the truck, Black Widow then returned Captain America's Shield and asked Hawkeye to draw away the Ultron Sentries who were currently guarding the truck so that she could then attempt to get inside. Hawkeye made his way in front of the truck and began firing at Ultron, knowing that the Sentries would come after him in defense. Hawkeye then began to fly straight up, in the hope of leading these Ultron Sentries away from the others.

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Hawkeye dodges Ultron's incoming attacks

As a result of this assault, however, Hawkeye had then found himself under attack by the Sentries, who were attempting to blast through the cockpit. However, Hawkeye was able to maneuver away from the Sentries, while spinning the Quinjet around to throw them off. When Captain America removed Ultron from the truck and threw him onto a moving train, the Sentries went to return to the truck to protect it as Hawkeye had advised Black Widow make her next move soon.

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Hawkeye manages to steal the Cradle away

When the Sentries had returned to the truck, they attempted to fly it away. Hawkeye went to take out the truck since the explosion would be out of range of any civilians, but Black Widow alerted him that she was inside, much to Hawkeye's shock and frustration. Black Widow then informed Hawkeye to be ready to receive the cradle by lining up with the truck. With time running out, Hawkeye then advised Captain America that it was time to go while Black Widow freed the Cradle.

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Hawkeye asks for Black Widow's location

As Black Widow then jumped from the truck with the cradle, she was then grabbed by Ultron at the last second, but still able to deliver it to Hawkeye. Hawkeye then called out to her, worried for her safety and asked Captain America if he knew of her status. However, he ordered Hawkeye to take the cradle to Stark, much to Hawkeye's dismay as he pleaded to rescue her. Hawkeye reluctantly left Seoul and headed to Avengers Tower, frustrated over leaving his best friend behind.[2]

Birth of the Vision

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Barton discusses finding Natasha Romanoff

"I looked in your head and saw annihilation."
"Look again."
"Yeah. Her seal of approval means jack to me."
Wanda Maximoff, Vision and Clint Barton[src]

Bringing the Cradle back to Avengers Tower from Seoul, Barton first caught back up with Tony Stark and Bruce Banner who were getting prepared to study it. Barton attempted to physically open the Cradle but was not able to. Banner asked if there was any word on Natasha Romanoff, but Stark confirmed that they had not heard anything. Stark suggested that Romanoff might be using old school spy techniques to send out a message for Barton to search for.

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Barton attempts to locate Natasha Romanoff

Taking Stark's advice, Barton then immediately began searching for Romanoff by working out where Ultron may have taken her, listening out for any morse code messages being sent out through the airways which would not be heard by any of their high tech machinery. Before long, Barton managed to find a signal she was sending over the radio waves which revealed her location to be in Sokovia, which confirmed that Romanoff was still alive, much to Barton's considerable relief.

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Barton manages to outwit Pietro Maximoff

Having confirmed Romanoff was being held in the Facility which had been previously owned by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, he went to inform the rest of their team. However, Barton soon discovered that during the Battle of Seoul aftermath, Steve Rogers had also recruited both Pietro and Wanda Maximoff as they had betrayed Ultron. Barton was present as Stark and Banner were confronted when they tried to upload J.A.R.V.I.S. into the same body Ultron had been creating.

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Barton standing smugly over Pietro Maximoff

The realization of Stark's latest plan resulted in a massive argument breaking out, which Barton had stayed out of, although he remained close by. When Pietro had then attempted to sabotage the machine by ripping out its wires, Barton was able to defeat him by firing his gun at the glass below his feet, causing it to shatter as Pietro fell and landed onto the floor by Barton's feet, as Barton mockingly repeated what Maximoff had taunted him during their other encounter.

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Barton witnesses the creation of the Vision

As tensions still rising between the Avengers, Stark and Rogers had finally begun to fight, with Rogers then using his shield to do more damage to the machinery, until they were interrupted by the sudden arrival of Thor who proceeded to use lightning to activate machine. The being within jumped out and briefly attacked Thor until he looked out over New York City. Having calmed down, the being apologized and called itself the Vision, much to Barton's complete shock.

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Barton watches Vision giving Mjølnir to Thor

As they spoke to Vision, Wanda noted how she had seen annihilation inside his head, to which Barton made it clear that he did not trust anything that either of the Maximoff twins had to say on any subject. Barton then informed the team of Romanoff's current location back in Novi Grad while Vision claimed that he intended to assist them in fighting Ultron. As proof of his honor, Vision simply handed Thor back his weapon while Barton and the rest of the team were shocked.

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Hawkeye collecting his weapons for battle

As the team prepared for their mission, Barton collected his uniform and weaponry ready for the oncoming battle. Barton took a moment to look at the photograph of his family to remind himself of what he was fighting for. Barton then took control of the Quinjet and flew the Avengers into Sokovia while Rogers gave them a speech about what they had to expect from Ultron and vowing that they would protect all of the innocent people of Sokovia before confronting Ultron.[2]

Battle of Sokovia

Fighting Ultron's Army

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Hawkeye watches the evacuation of Sokovia

"Ultron knows we're coming. Odds are we'll be riding into heavy fire. And that's what we signed up for. But the people of Sokovia, they didn't. So our priority is getting them out. All they want is to live their lives in peace. And that's not gonna happen today. But we can do our best to protect them. And we can get the job done."
Captain America to Avengers[src]

The team soon located Ultron in Novi Grad where he had planned to continue his evil schemes. Once the Avengers had arrived; Captain America made it clear that the first priority was to evacuate all of the civilians to ensure their safety.[2] The Avengers landed and as they exited the Quinjet, Captain America had then noticed some graffiti written on a wall which Hawkeye had commented as not bad.[12] Hawkeye sat in the clock tower and overlooked the whole evacuation, watching as Scarlet Witch continued to use her mind control power to convince the people to leave while Hawkeye had ensured that the Ultron Sentries did not attack the people.

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Hawkeye battles against Ultron's army

Eventually, Ultron made his move and sent out his armies of Ultron Sentries to attack the Avengers, targeting their fire at the civilians so the Avengers would have to prioritize protecting them over stopping Ultron directly. As the battle broke out, Hawkeye had stayed close to Scarlet Witch and begun shooting the Sentries out of the sky with his arrows while Scarlet Witch also created an energy shield to keep the civilians safe from Ultron: However, they were soon overpowered.

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Hawkeye witnesses Sokovia being raised up

However, despite the best efforts of Vision to incapacitate Ultron, the A.I. was able to activate his machine in the center of Sokovia which caused a massive Earthquake. As Hawkeye tried to understand what was happening, he watched on in horror as the ground around them shattered and Novi Grad began rising up into the sky, as Ultron had created his device with all the Vibranium which he stole from Ulysses Klaue to turn all of Novi Grad into his own destructive meteorite.

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Hawkeye shoots another Sentry out of the sky

When one of the Sentries gave a speech about Ultron's plan to wipe out all of humanity with his meteorite, Hawkeye shot it out of the sky, only for another Sentry to continue the speech regardless. Following the orders of Captain America, Hawkeye and all the rest of the team engaged the robots in the major battle, while focusing on protecting the civilians. As Scarlet Witch had created more forcefields to defend the people from the blasts, Hawkeye engaged them all in battle.[2]

Helping Scarlet Witch

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Hawkeye battles the multiple Ultron Sentries

"Doesn't matter what you did, or what you were. If you go out there, you fight, and you fight to kill. Stay in here, you're good. I'll send your brother to come find you. But if you step out that door, you are an Avenger."
―Hawkeye to Scarlet Witch[src]

With the battle still raging across Novi Grad, which had continued to rise higher and higher into the sky, Hawkeye stayed close by Scarlet Witch as even more Ultron Sentries had still continued attacking them. While Hawkeye used his training from S.H.I.E.L.D. to avoid the Sentries' attacks and destroy as many as he could, he noticed that Scarlet Witch was struggling to cope with such an onslaught.

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Hawkeye motivates Scarlet Witch into fighting

As they had swiftly become completely overwhelmed by the endless attacks from the Ultron Sentries, Hawkeye saved Scarlet Witch and hid her in a building as she had her panic attack, believing everything that was happening was her fault, as she had sided with Ultron and helped him obtain the Vibranium from Ulysses Klaue. As he saw this, Hawkeye tried to reassure her that nobody cared about that anymore and simply questioned if she was ready to continue their fight.

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Hawkeye makes Scarlet Witch a true Avenger

Wanting her to make her choice, Hawkeye then noted that the entire city was flying and he was battling an army of robots with nothing but a Bow and Arrow. Hawkeye finally managed to calm her down as he told her that he would continue to fight and it was her choice to stay or run, promising to go get her brother to help her if needs be, but he assured her that if she continued fighting, she would be an Avenger, before getting up and readying himself for the continued battle.

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Hawkeye attempting to fight off Ultron's army

Hawkeye then loaded his bow and charged out of the door, leaving Scarlet Witch to consider what he had said to her. With Ultron Sentries still baring down on him, Hawkeye fired off arrows as swiftly as he could, destroying multiple robots across the city. However, the ongoing fight against Ultron's massive army of robots had taken its toll as Hawkeye had dived for cover, complaining about the amount of pain he was in before another onslaught of Sentries arrived.

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Hawkeye witnesses the Scarlet Witch's return

Just as he became overpowered by the great number of Sentrie that had completely surrounded, Hawkeye's words proved effective as Scarlet Witch stepped out of the door and rejoined him, destroying the robots with ease and confidence while Hawkeye looked on. With Scarlet Witch having finally gained his faith, Hawkeye called Captain America over the radio to tell him they had just cleared the area and learned that he was currently being overwhelmed at the bridge.

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Hawkeye humors shooting at Quicksilver

Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch began to make their way to the bridge to assist the rest of the Avengers, but before they could get back there, Quicksilver took his sister into his arms and ran to the center of the city, mocking Hawkeye by calling him an old man and telling him to keep up. Irritated, Hawkeye had then aimed his bow at him as he jokingly considered shooting him, thinking no one would know since he could blame his death on Ultron, before jogging after them.[2]

Reinforcements

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Hawkeye being reunited with Black Widow

"The air is getting thin, if we go up much higher people will start dropping."
"There are people in the city still hiding."
―Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch[src]

Hawkeye eventually made his way to the middle of Novi Grad, where he reunited with Black Widow who had managed to escape from her imprisonment. As Hawkeye took off his jacket, he gave Black Widow her weapons to fight. Hawkeye had then informed them that if the city got any higher the people would start collapsing. Captain America ordered Scarlet Witch to help get all the people hiding in the city out and Hawkeye told him that he would watch her back.[12]

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Hawkeye helping the evacuation of Novi Grad

While the first wave of Ultron Sentries was pushed back, the team's attention turned to how they would get the people to safety without destroying the city. Suddenly, Nick Fury and Maria Hill arrived on a Helicarrier and sent in Lifeboats to bring all the citizens to safety. Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch took charge of the operation to load the people onto the Lifeboats while Iron Man and War Machine were both then ordered to protect them from more Ultron Sentries.[2]

Protecting the Key

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Hawkeye and the Avengers face Ultron's army

"What about the core?"
"I'll protect it. It’s my job."
―Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch[src]

Hawkeye rejoined Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver at the center of Novi Grad as they regrouped with the other members of the Avengers. As everybody had arrived, Iron Man explained to the team that they had to protect the device's key from Ultron, since activating the key would cause the city to drop out of the sky, all while Ultron had gathered his entire army just outside the church, which completely surrounded the Avengers.

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Hawkeye battles the army of Ultron Sentries

As Hawkeye watched on, Ultron mocked the Avengers by claiming that having them all gathered in one place to face him was exactly what he had wanted. When Thor had furiously taunted him about the size of his army, Ultron responded by unleashing his entire army of the Ultron Sentries upon the Avengers and Hawkeye joined his team in putting all his energy in fighting against the seemingly unstoppable army of evil robots, firing his arrows as fast as he possibly could.

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Hawkeye overpowering Ultron's entire army

Despite doing his best to keep these Sentries at bay by shooting his many trick arrows at them, Hawkeye was forced to resort to hand to hand combat as he threw his bow aside and began using his arrows as his melee weapons to overpower the robot army. Before long, the combined might of the Avengers pushed the army of Ultron Sentries back and with combined efforts of the Vision, Iron Man, Thor as well as the Hulk had destroyed Ultron's armor and sent him fleeing.

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Hawkeye discusses protecting Ultron's core

With Novi Grad rising ever so higher, Captain America then ordered the team to fall back before the city could be destroyed in the sky to keep it from falling down to the surface of the Earth and wiping out all of humanity as Ultron planned. Hawkeye questioned what would be done to protect the key, which Scarlet Witch vowed to protect it, noting that it was her job to do so, repeating the words Hawkeye had said to her earlier. Hawkeye nodded and then made his escape.[2]

Enemy Turned Savior

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Hawkeye and Black Widow driving to safety

"No, no. I’m fine. Oh, it’s been a long day."
―Hawkeye[src]

With little time to spare, Hawkeye and Black Widow stole a car and drove to the Lifeboats ready to be taken to safety. As they drove along, Hawkeye explained his plans to rework his home by fixing up the dining room to make more room inside for his children to play. As they parked, they overheard Hulk's roar and Black Widow went to calm him down and bring him to safety.

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Hawkeye searches for a lost child

While Black Widow was speaking with the Hulk, Hawkeye had finally made it onboard one of the boats and attempted to leave Novi Grad behind. However, as Hawkeye briefly paused in order to check that nobody was left behind in the city, he then heard the cries of a young woman whose brother was still missing somewhere in the city, as Hawkeye knew that he had to help and ran back to the remains of the city to find him and bring him to safety before it was too late.

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Hawkeye protecting a young boy from Ultron

Before long, Hawkeye had managed to find the young boy trapped underneath the rubble and had managed to free him as he lifted the child up in order to bring him back to the Lifeboat. However, just as Hawkeye picked up the child, the Avengers found themselves under fire by Ultron who had stolen the Quinjet. Ultron then aimed directly at Hawkeye and the young boy in his arms, mercilessly firing a hail of bullets at them.

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Hawkeye's life being saved by Quicksilver

Seeing no way out, Hawkeye tried to use his body to shield the boy from harm, but, as a dash of wind went by, they found that none of the bullets had struck them. Hawkeye looked up to see that they had all hit Quicksilver, who had run into the line of fire to save Hawkeye and was fatally wounded. Quicksilver told Hawkeye with a smile that he did not see that coming before falling down. Captain America ran over to their aid but Hawkeye confirmed that Quicksilver was dead.

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Hawkeye is finally able to get out of Sokovia

Hawkeye had ensured that the boy was reunited with his sister and Captain America then carried Quicksilver's body on the Lifeboat. Hawkeye refused medical attention as he claimed to be fine, as he then laid down beside his savior, exhausted by the battle. Moments later, Ultron activated the key and the city began to descend, only to be destroyed by Iron Man and Thor, saving billions of lives. Shortly afterwards, the final Ultron Sentry had been destroyed by the Vision, finally ending the war.[2]

Retirement

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Barton returns home to his wife and children

"Clint?"
"Says he's retired."
Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff[src]

Having promised his wife during the Ultron Offensive, Barton retired from the Avengers and returned home to his family. Soon after, Laura Barton had given birth to their son, Nathaniel Pietro Barton, who had been named after Natasha Romanoff and Pietro Maximoff. Later, the Bartons sent a video for Romanoff to show off their newborn while she was working at the New Avengers Facility.[2]

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Barton shares a loving hug with Laura Barton

During his retirement, Barton played golf with his spare time, always hitting a hole-in-one due to his incredible marksmanship. Barton also would plan a waterskiing trip for his kids to go on around mid-2016. Nearly a year later, Barton had been informed by Romanoff about the new Sokovia Accords, a registration document created for enhanced individuals. When asked about signing, Barton told Romanoff that he was retired, allowing him to not need to sign these Accords.[13]

Avengers Civil War

Rescue of Wanda Maximoff

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Hawkeye breaks into the Avengers Facility

"Guess I should've knocked."
"Oh, my God, what are you doing here?"
"Disappointing my kids."
―Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch[src]

During his retirement, Barton was called by Steve Rogers, who had become a fugitive due to defying the Sokovia Accords, and asked Barton to help rescue Wanda Maximoff from the New Avengers Facility where Tony Stark had told the Vision to supervise her. Upon arriving at the facility, Hawkeye set off an explosion which distracted Vision while he got in. However, Maximoff had sensed a presence behind her, causing her to launch a knife towards the intruder.

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Hawkeye preparing to entrap the Vision

Fortunately, Maximoff saw it was Hawkeye and stopped the blade inches from his head, as Hawkeye pushed the knife away and joked that he should have knocked. Maximoff then asked what Hawkeye was doing here, to which he claimed to be disappointing his kids. Hawkeye shot his Trap Arrows on both sides of the room and told Maximoff they had to go as Captain America currently needed their help, taking Maximoff's hand as they then attempted to leave.

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Vision stops Hawkeye and Wanda Maximoff

Before they could get out, however, Vision returned to the room as he told Hawkeye that he should not be in there to which Hawkeye joked that he had retired for five minutes and it all went to shit. While Vision started to approach Hawkeye and Maximoff, as he told Hawkeye to consider the consequences of his actions before he was stunned due to Hawkeye's electrical arrows. With Vision incapacitated, Hawkeye started to leave, knowing that it would not hold him for long.

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Hawkeye tries to motivate Wanda Maximoff

However, as he went towards the exit while they still could, Hawkeye had then noticed Maximoff's hesitancy to leave as she stayed in the same spot, with Hawkeye becoming frustrated as he turned back to attempt to convince her to leave. Maximoff, however, then explained how she felt guilty following the fight against Crossbones earlier that week and felt that she should stay in their facility, to which Hawkeye mockingly told her to go back to school if she wanted to mope.

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Hawkeye desperately trying to fight Vision

Telling Maximoff that if she wanted to make amends for her previous mistake while fighting Crossbones then she needed to get off her ass as Hawkeye attempted to get her to leave. However, before he could, Vision used the Mind Stone to escape the electrical bondage. He approached Hawkeye, who fired an arrow, but that phased through Vision. Vision then knocked Hawkeye away, with the now frustrated Hawkeye responding by noting that he should have stretched first.

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Hawkeye readying himself for their next fight

Seeking to use any weapon he could, Hawkeye had then equipped himself with his collapsible baton and prepared to fight the android. All of Hawkeye's attacks were countered by Vision's ability to phase around objects. Hawkeye attempted to punch Vision several times in the head, but his attack was useless due to Vision's Vibranium skin. Hawkeye soon became overpowered by Vision, who broke his baton and captured him in a headlock which he could not escape from.

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Hawkeye being almost subdued by the Vision

Vision then calmly stated to Hawkeye that he could not really defeat him, to which Hawkeye had agreed and noted that Maximoff could. Maximoff told Vision to let Hawkeye go and that she was choosing to leave, while Vision told Maximoff that he could not let her. Maximoff proceeded to use her powers to control the Mind Stone in Vision's forehead and forced him to phase, which released Hawkeye and then caused Vision to fall to his knees by increasing his density.

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Hawkeye and Wanda Maximoff escape

While Hawkeye recovered from their fight, he watched as Maximoff then pushed Vision several stories through the ground. Having taken a moment to look at the crater left by their battle where Vision could no longer be found, Hawkeye and Maximoff left the New Avengers Facility. The pair then had to make one final stop on their way to help build up Captain America's team by recruiting Scott Lang, who had been recommended to join their Avengers team by Sam Wilson.[13]

Recruiting Scott Lang

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Barton introduces Scott Lang to Steve Rogers

"Cap."
"You know, I wouldn't have called if I had any other choice."
"Hey, man, you're doing me a favor. Besides, I owe a debt."
―Clint Barton and Steve Rogers[src]

Arriving there first, Barton and Wanda Maximoff waited for the arrival of Steve Rogers in Berlin as they arranged to meet in a quiet parking complex where nobody would see them. When Rogers arrived, he told Barton that he would not have called him if there were any other choices, but Barton insisted that he was doing him a favor, noting that he owed Maximoff a debt following the death of Quicksilver. When Rogers thanked Maximoff for rejoining them, she quoted back what Barton had said to her back at their New Avengers Facility about how she needed to get off her ass and make amends for her past mistakes, which Barton had simply smiled about.

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Barton informing the team of their helicopter

When Rogers then asked about Scott Lang, who was asleep in their van, Barton woke him up and introduced him to Rogers, much to the amazement of Lang. They all then discussed the Winter Soldiers who were under the control of Helmut Zemo. As they prepared to leave, they then heard the airport was being evacuated by Tony Stark. The group then suited up and made their way into the airport where they would depart to Siberia before Iron Man could stop any of them.[13]

Clash of the Avengers

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Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch standing by

"Hey, Clint.”
”Hey, man."
"Clearly retirement doesn't suit you."
Iron Man and Hawkeye[src]

As their plan went into effect, Captain America and his team headed to the Flughafen Leipzig-Halle where they had a helicopter waiting to take them to Siberia. However, almost immediately Captain America got surrounded by Iron Man's team, as Spider-Man stole his shield and webbed his hands. Hawkeye, who had taken a position inside the airport with Scarlet Witch, waited for his perfect opportunity and then shot one of his arrows, which cut straight through the webs on Captain America's hands and the Avengers began fighting.

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Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch avoid explosions

While many other members of the team were being located and then confronted, Hawkeye attempted to get Scarlet Witch out the danger zone. However, while the pair of them were running towards a newer safe spot, Iron Man quickly located and went after the pair of them and fired several missiles near them, causing some large explosions which blocked their path, forcing them to stop. Hawkeye protected Scarlet Witch from the flames as Iron Man confronted them.

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Hawkeye being confronted by Iron Man

Having caught them, Hawkeye watched while Iron Man told Scarlet Witch she may have hurt the Vision's feelings when she had escaped from their New Avengers Facility, which she denied while Iron Man insisted he locked her there to protect her. Iron Man then joked about Hawkeye coming out of retirement while Hawkeye stated that he had played eighteen holes of golf and had managed to get eighteen holes in one, noting that he simply had not been able to miss once.

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Hawkeye fires his multiple arrows at Iron Man

With Iron Man briefly distracted by their conversation, Hawkeye had then fired a few arrows at him, only for Iron Man to dodge and easily destroyed them all. Unimpressed by the shots, Iron Man commented that this seemed to be the first time that Hawkeye had missed, only for Hawkeye to note that he had made Iron Man look behind him as he revealed that he was just distracting him so Scarlet Witch could drop a bunch of cars on top of him from the car park, which allowed them both to then get away while Iron Man was still trapped.[13]

Fighting Former Comrades

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Hawkeye alongside Captain America's team

"We're still friends, right?"
"Depends on how hard you hit me."
Black Widow and Hawkeye[src]

While the conflict continued, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch managed to make their way back to Captain America and his team, so they could get to the Quinjet that would take them to Siberia. As their team ran together, Hawkeye spotted the Quinjet up ahead, but they were then stopped by Vision who shot a laser beam from the Mind Stone in front of them. Vision warned them to surrender as the rest of Iron Man's team regrouped. However, Captain America then told his group to fight regardless.

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Hawkeye manages to pin down Black Widow

The battle between the Avengers began with the two teams charging at each other, Hawkeye firing several trick arrows at his former allies as one of his arrows managed to incapacitate Vision as Hawkeye had aimed his other arrows at Iron Man and Spider-Man. Hawkeye and Black Widow then started to fight. He had managed to throw Black Widow to the ground, she questioned if they were still friends, which he had jokingly claimed that it depended on how hard she hit him.

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Hawkeye being assisted by the Scarlet Witch

As their clash still continued, Black Widow had then finally managed to get the upper hand due to Hawkeye holding back all his punches. Taking advantage of Hawkeye's unwillingness to really hurt her, Black Widow threw him off her and attempted to kick him in the head, only for Scarlet Witch to save Hawkeye and then knock her out with her telekinetic powers, telling off Hawkeye for holding back. As the battle raged on, Hawkeye continued to fight against Iron Man's team.

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Hawkeye about to fire Ant-Man on an arrow

As Falcon was being attacked by Iron Man while they flew over the airport, Hawkeye teamed up with Ant-Man to assist their ally, firing one of his arrows with Ant-Man riding on it so he was able to crawl inside and disable Iron Man's armor from the inside. As planned, the arrow broke apart into several, smaller arrows, but was destroyed by Iron Man's repulsor blast, while Ant-Man had managed to then jump off the arrow, land on top of Iron Man and crawl inside his suit.

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Hawkeye continues firing arrows at Iron Man

While Ant-Man was still disabling the suit from the inside, Hawkeye had continued to fire more of his arrows in order to distract Iron Man while Ant-Man continued doing his work. Right as he prepared to fire back at Hawkeye, Iron Man's armor started to malfunction due to everything that Ant-Man had been doing, as Hawkeye made his way to his next fight as J.A.R.V.I.S. had been able to locate Ant-Man and had then managed to harmlessly eject him out from the armor.[13]

Winning a Losing Battle

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Hawkeye telling Captain America their plan

"As much as I hate to admit it, if we are going to win this fight, some of us might have to lose it."
―Hawkeye to Captain America[src]

As team Iron Man pressed in, Falcon had finally realized they could not win the battle and get everyone to Siberia. While he was dodging an attack by War Machine, Hawkeye commented that some of them would have to stay behind and fight in order for Captain America and Winter Soldier to get to the Quinjet. As the team made their way to the getaway vehicle, they discussed how to best distract Iron Man during the escape.

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Hawkeye fighting against the Black Panther

In an attempt to cause a distraction so some of their team could get away, Ant-Man transformed into Giant-Man, causing chaos around the airport which allowed Captain America and the Winter Soldier to get away unseen. While Giant-Man fought against Iron Man and War Machine, Hawkeye then faced-off against Black Panther in order to distract their enemies from noticing the escaping pair, with Hawkeye firing arrows at Black Panther who managed to simply avoid them.

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Hawkeye introduces himself to Black Panther

Hawkeye shot another two arrows at closing in Black Panther; but he managed to catch these arrows in mid-air before they exploded in his face, with his Panther Habit absorbing the explosions. Knowing that archery was not the best for face-to-face conflict, Hawkeye put away his bow and transformed it into a bo staff, before introducing himself to T'Challa, who claimed to not care. Beginning their fight, Hawkeye still hoping to distract Black Panther with their prolonged fight.

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Hawkeye being outmatched by Black Panther

Hawkeye managed to hold his own briefly but was defeated as Black Panther struck him in the face, broke his staff, and was knocked out, allowing Black Panther then chase down Captain America and Winter Soldier. Due to all of the efforts of Hawkeye and Giant-Man, Captain America and the Winter Soldier had boarded the Quinjet and escape, despite the efforts of Vision and Black Panther. However, despite the team's success, all Captain America's allies were then arrested.[13]

Imprisoned in the Raft

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Barton greets Tony Stark while inside the Raft

"The Futurist, Gentlemen! The Futurist is here! He sees all! He knows what's best for you whether you like it or not."
"Give me a break, Barton. I had no idea they'd put you here."
―Clint Barton and Tony Stark[src]

Following the Clash of the Avengers, Barton and all the other heroes who supported Captain America were captured and taken to the Raft where they were imprisoned for their role in destroying the airport and defying the Sokovia Accords. When Tony Stark visited, Barton taunted him, saying that the Futurist had just arrived. When Stark noted the Raft was built for criminals, Barton claimed they are all now because of Stark and his decisions to try and bring them down.

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Barton begins to mock Tony Stark's ideals

Barton then noted how he, Sam Wilson and Wanda Maximoff had all become criminals now; however, Stark refused to take Barton's bait, however, casually telling Barton he did not make these laws that the former Avengers readily broke, his calm attitude at his former friends being imprisoned enraging Barton. Stark then told Barton he should have thought of his family before he chose to join Captain America before he walked off furthering angering Barton for his dismissal.

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Barton calling out Tony Stark for his actions

As Stark went to Sam Wilson's cell while Barton slammed on the cell and warned them to watch their back, as Stark was likely to break it, emphasizing his anger at his former teammate and making his clear reference to James Rhodes who had been seriously injured during their clash. The Avenger leader, however, did not turn to look back at Barton for the remainder of his visit while he spoke with Wilson, also choosing to ignore Scott Lang as Lang then tried to insult him.[13]

Escape from the Raft

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Barton continues his imprisonment in the Raft

"This has been fun, but believe me when I say that I am officially retired now."
"Understood, Clint. Go back home and take care of that brood of yours."
―Clint Barton and Captain America[src]

Unwilling to let his friends to be imprisoned, Steve Rogers returned and infiltrated the Raft to free Barton and the others.[13] While they celebrated their freedom, Barton decided to officially retire from the Avengers in order to care for his family. Barton and Scott Lang had then made deals with the FBI to be placed under house arrest and agree to follow the Sokovia Accords as Thaddeus Ross demanded, with Barton returning to his Homestead until his house arrest was complete so he could live a peaceful life.[14]

Rōnin

Losing Everything

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Barton teaching his daughter archery

"Lila, let's go. Lila? Honey? Hey, babe? Babe? Babe? Boys! Boys! Laura!"
―Clint Barton[src]

In 2018, Barton, who was still under house arrest, was having a picnic with his family outside of his homestead. While Laura was preparing lunch and his sons were playing catch, Barton was teaching his daughter archery. Barton guided her in how to shoot an arrow, something he had perfected, as his wife called out for what condiment they wanted on their hot dogs: mayonnaise or mustard. The two picked mustard, confused on the concept of putting mayonnaise on a hot dog.

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Barton discovers his daughter has vanished

Barton then watched as Lila took her shot, hitting the bullseye, which Barton congratulated her on, calling her "Hawkeye". As Lila went to collect her arrow, Laura called them over for lunch; but when Barton called for his daughter, he discovered that she was gone. Barton called out for her again, wondering where she had gone, but to no prevail. Confused by his daughter's sudden disappearance, Barton turned to where his wife and sons were, only to find that they were gone too.

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Barton sees his whole family disappear

Starting to get very worried, Barton began to unsuccessfully search for his family, unaware that this was all a part of the Snap. Barton could do nothing but desperately, and with great fear, call out for his family. Along with the rest of the population, Barton would eventually learn that the disappearance of half of the population was due to Thanos.[7]

Becoming Rōnin

"The federales found a room full of bodies, looks like a bunch of cartel guys - never even got a chance to get their guns out."
"It's probably a rival gang."
"Except it isn't. It's definitely Barton. What he's done here, what he's been doing for the last few years... I mean the scene that he left... I gotta tell you there's part of me that doesn't even want to find him."
James Rhodes and Natasha Romanoff[src]

Grieving the loss of his family, Barton then became filled with rage, that he decided to take out on a path of vengeance on any criminals who had survived the Snap, believing they shouldn't get to live when so many innocent people didn't. Taking on the name of Rōnin, he donned a new suit, resembling a samurai, wielded a sword as well as receiving a new haircut and a sleeve tattoo, Barton made his way to different countries, using his skill set as an assassin to go around murdering anyone he saw that deserved it. With his family gone, Barton lost apart of himself that made him the person he was, rather, becoming something with no mercy, slaughtering those he encounters on his mission.

Throughout the next five years, the Avengers lead the charge in mending the world after the Snap. Natasha Romanoff would have James Rhodes attempt to track down Barton, who they became aware of his violent actions. Their most recent discovery was a massacre in Mexico, where Barton had ruthlessly murdered all members of Mexican Cartel before they could even get the chance to defend themselves. By Rhodes' report of the scene, he doubted if Barton was still the same person and if he should even be brought in, believing he had gone too far.[7]

Massacre in Tokyo

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Rōnin furiously fighting against Akihiko

"テメェ、なぜこんなことをする? 私たち俺達はテメェに何もしてねえだろう!"[15]
"地球の半分タノスにやられ。 お前は何故。無事なのだ…[16]"
Akihiko and Rōnin[src]

Rōnin then found himself in Tokyo, Japan, where he planned to eliminate all members of the Yakuza faction there. Despite the great numbers and rapid gunfire, Rōnin managed to make his way through all enemies with great ease, going through a building where he headed for Akihiko, a Yakuza operative. The two then found themselves in the streets, where Akihiko questioned Rōnin on his actions, which he informed him that it was the fact they survived and half the population didn't. The two then drew swords and began to fight.

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Rōnin after murdering Akihiko with his sword

Despite the duel being fairly even, Rōnin was able to cut Akihiko's throat, causing him to beg for his life, promising to give Rōnin anything he wanted. However, Rōnin ignored his cries for mercy, stating that the only thing he wanted, which was his family, could not be given by Akihiko. He then finished off Akihiko, cleaned his sword, as he became aware of Romanoff standing behind him, telling her that she shouldn't be there.

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Barton being reunited with Natasha Romanoff

But Romanoff believed that he should not either, but Barton informed her that it was all a part of a job that he believed he had to do. Romanoff addressed how everyone he has murdered was not going to bring his family back, for which she then informed him a plan to bring everyone back. However, despite desperately wanting to be with his family, Barton initially rejected the idea, not wanting to be given hope, only for it to be taken away if it failed.

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Barton is comforted by Natasha Romanoff

Romanoff, clearly seeing her best friend in distraught and what he had become, apologized for not giving hope to him sooner. She then comforted him by holding his hand. The two then entered the Quinjet and flew back to the New Avengers Facility, in order to attempt to undo the actions of the Snap.[7]

Time Heist

Testing Time Travel

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Barton volunteering himself to test Time Travel

"Alright. I'm not ready for this."
"I'm game. I'll do it."
Scott Lang and Clint Barton[src]

With Scott Lang giving the idea to use the Quantum Realm to travel back in time, the Avengers began to work on a way to successfully do so. Barton watched as Lang prepared to test the time traveling, to see if it actually worked. However, after an accidental triggering of one of the last available Pym Particles, Lang stated that he couldn't do it. Barton then volunteered to do the test run and switched with Lang. Nebula then helped Barton into the Advanced Tech Suit as Bruce Banner instructed him on some experiences he may have during the test.

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Barton wears the Advanced Tech Suit

As they prepared, Rhodes and Lang expressed their thoughts on time travel, believing that changing the past changes the future, something Barton supported. However, Banner tried to explain how time travel actually worked, debunking all the examples of time travel seen in movies that Rhodes and Lang listed, stating that them going into the past is their future, and the present would be their past, which couldn't be changed by the new future.

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Barton at his house in the past

Barton then stood on the platform and waited to be transported through time via the Quantum Realm. Banner then counted down to when he activated the machine, causing Barton to be sent through the Quantum Realm. Barton navigated his way through, coming out at his homestead, before the Snap. Barton took a moment to adjust to being back in the past, before approaching his house, where he picked up a baseball mitt. He then overheard his children, causing him to call out to them to try and see them again. However, he was sent back to the present just before he was able to.

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Barton successfully returns from the past

When he returned, he was temporarily discomforted by the travel, but quickly adjusted. Romanoff went to check on him and see if he was fine, which he told her he was. He then informed the Avengers that their plan had worked, and he had successfully traveled through time, as he had brought the mitt back with him. He threw the mitt to Tony Stark and they all began to brainstorm about the Infinity Stones. Through this experience, Barton was back to himself, as he was given the hope that made him who he was.[7]

Locating the Infinity Stones

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Barton and James Rhodes listen to Thor

"These stones are in a lot of different places throughout history."
"Our history. So, not a lot of convenient spots to just drop in."
"Which means we have to pick out targets."
Bruce Banner, Tony Stark and Clint Barton[src]

With the means of travel accounted for, the team then began brainstorming when and where they could retrieve the stones, addressing that they need to be specific where they travel to, as the stones have all crossed paths with most of them. They decided to brief themselves on each stone and the history of where they've been. Thor told them about the Aether, but began to get off topic as he had not come to terms with some of the trauma in his life, including his mother's death.

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Barton listens to Nebula talk about Vormir

Rocket Raccoon then informed them about the Power Stone, which Peter Quill stole from Morag, and Nebula told them about the Soul Stone, and how Thanos also killed her sister there, too. They then refined their plan to retrieve all six stones the best way possible, as there was a time when three stones were on Earth at once. They then split the Avengers into small teams, each responsible for a different stone.

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The Avengers finish the Time Heist brainstorm

They assigned three teams: Stark, Steve Rogers, Banner and Lang going to 2012 to get the Space Stone, Mind Stone and Time Stone, Thor and Rocket to 2013 to get the Reality Stone, and Barton and Romanoff were tasked with retrieving the Soul Stone, which they would do by going to Vormir in 2014 with Rhodes and Nebula, who would go to Morag to get the Power Stone. However, they only had enough Pym Particles to send them back in time, and back to the present, meaning this was their only chance.[7]

Retrieving the Soul Stone

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Hawkeye walking to the Quantum Tunnel

"Wow. Under different circumstances... this would be totally awesome."
―Hawkeye to Black Widow[src]

The Avengers all then suited up in their Advanced Tech Suits and made their way to the platform, where Captain America gave them a speech about everything that had led up to that moment and how this was their only opportunity to change what had happened.

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Hawkeye and Black Widow prepare to leave

Hawkeye was given a shrunken down Benatar to take with him so he and Black Widow could travel to Vormir, which Rocket Raccoon made him promise to return without any damages, which Barton casually agreed to. Bruce Banner then activated the machine and they all were transported to the Quantum Realm, where they each traveled to their designated time.

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Hawkeye and Black Widow on Morag in 2014

Hawkeye, Black Widow, War Machine and Nebula all successfully arrived in 2014 on Morag, where they enlarged the Benatar and waited for Nebula to lower the Benatar's Space Pod. Hawkeye and Black Widow then boarded the Benatar and said goodbye to War Machine, who asked them to watch over each other. They then departed Morag and headed to Vormir, to retrieve the Soul Stone.

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Hawkeye and Black Widow travelling in space

As they traveled to Vormir, which Nebula had set the coordinates for, making their only requirement to not fall out of course, the two best friends enjoyed the sight of space travel. They laughed with each other as Hawkeye mentioned that they had come a long way since being S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, mentioning their mission in Budapest.[7] While the ship was on autopilot, the two had a deep conversation about their relationship.[17]

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Hawkeye and Black Widow locate Red Skull

They soon arrived at the planet, which amazed Hawkeye, saying that what they were doing would be awesome if not for the circumstances. They then made their way through the planet, climbing up the mountain, which they found to be exhausting. When Black Widow called Rocket a "Raccoon", Hawkeye stated that technically he was not a raccoon, but she didn't care. When they made it to the top of the mountain, they were greeted by the Red Skull, who alarmed them, causing them to draw their weapons at him.

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Hawkeye learning the cost for the Soul Stone

The Red Skull informed them that he was a guide for those seeking the Soul Stone, so Black Widow demanded that he show them where it was. However, he informed them that it is never that simple. They learned that the stone was at the bottom of the cliff, and then the Red Skull told them that they had to make a sacrifice of what they love for the Soul Stone.[7]

Losing his Best Friend

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Hawkeye questions if the sacrifice is real

"Tell my family I love them."
"You tell them yourself."
―Hawkeye and Black Widow[src]

Upon learning about the price to pay for the Soul Stone, Hawkeye and Black Widow took a moment to let the severity of the situation sink in. Hawkeye felt as if the Red Skull may be lying, but Black Widow believed that he was not and that a sacrifice is necessary.

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Hawkeye deciding to sacrifice his own life

She considered how Thanos arrived on Vormir and did not leave with Gamora, believing it not to be a coincidence with their current predicament. They then repeated what Captain America had said before their mission "whatever it takes", before accepting that one of them needed to sacrifice themselves for the stone. Hawkeye decided that he would make the sacrifice, holding Black Widow's hand to comfort her in their final moments.

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Hawkeye and Black Widow discuss sacrifice

However, she then reciprocated the same gesture, making him realize that she intended on sacrificing herself. They then argued over which one it should be, neither wanting to willingly let the other die. Black Widow attempted to make her case, saying this is what she had been working towards all these years, and that she did not want Hawkeye to die. However, Hawkeye told her he should do it, as he saw himself as too far gone, which she assured him that he is more than his worst moments.

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Hawkeye and Black Widow share an embrace

However, when he told her that she should not try and give him a chance, she responded to the fact that he did for her when they first met. They then took a moment to embrace each other's friendship, resting their heads on one another, until Hawkeye took her off guard and threw her down so he could sacrifice himself. He told her to tell his family when they were brought back, that he loved them.

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Hawkeye jumps off the cliff to sacrifice himself

However, Black Widow gained the upper hand and threw him down, deciding to make the sacrifice herself. She hit him with her Bite, causing him to get shocked. As she made a run for the cliff, Hawkeye ripped off the taser, drew his bow, and fired an explosive arrow near her, causing her to be thrown away from the cliff. He then made it for the cliff and jumped off, but Black Widow also jumped and grabbed him, shooting a grapple and attaching it to him, so he wouldn't fall, sacrificing herself.

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Hawkeye watches Black Widow's sacrifice

However, Hawkeye was able to grab onto her, but could not pull her up, without both of them falling. He got mad at her for stopping him from sacrificing himself. She asked him to let her go, knowing that there was no other way, but he couldn't bring himself to do it. He desperately tried to get her to not do it, not letting go of her, as he did not want his best friend to die, but she felt the exact same and forced him to let go. Hawkeye cried as he watched Black Widow fall to her death, helpless to do anything else.

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Hawkeye manages to obtain the Soul Stone

With the required sacrifice being made, a light burst out and knocked Hawkeye out and teleporting him to a river. Hawkeye soon awoke, confused on the new area he suddenly appeared in, sitting up in the water. He had obtained the Soul Stone, which appeared in his hand, but at that moment, all that he was thinking about was the death of his best friend. As he sat in the river, Hawkeye cried over her death.

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Barton returns without his best friend

Regardless, Hawkeye had achieved his mission's goal so he activated the Time-Space GPS and was momentarily transported back through the Quantum Realm, back to the present, where all the other Avengers safely returned. There was an initial celebration from the other Avengers, which was interrupted when Hawkeye fell to his knees. The others saw Hawkeye alone and asked about Black Widow's whereabouts, but he was too upset to respond, but they were able to understand what had happened.

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Barton mourning Natasha Romanoff's death

The remaining original Avengers gathered outside and let the news of their friend's death sink in. However, Thor believed that Romanoff could too be brought back along with everyone else. However, Barton made it clear to him that there was no way to undo what had happened. Barton then got upset, stating that it should have been him that made the sacrifice. They then decided not to let their friend's death go without meaning, so they started working on making an Nano Gauntlet capable of wielding all Infinity Stones.[7]

The Blip

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The Avengers discuss the Nano Gauntlet

"Honey."
"Clint?"
―Clint Barton and Laura Barton[src]

With all the Infinity Stones in their possession, Tony Stark, along with Bruce Banner and Rocket Raccoon began creating an Nano Gauntlet that could house all of the Infinity Stones and allow the wearer to wield all them. When they were done, they discussed who should be the one to snap their fingers; Thor desperately believing he should do it, wanting to do something right.

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Barton watches Hulk wield the Infinity Stones

However, they came to the realization that Banner must be the one to do it, due to the levels of Gamma Radiation, and that anyone else would be killed from. As Banner was about to wield the gauntlet, each Avenger suited up and made sure to protect themselves from any blast, Barton stood by Stark, who had generated a shield in front of them. As Banner became overwhelmed by the Stones' power, he was able to snap his fingers, attempting to reverse the Snap and bring everyone back.

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Barton gets a call from his resurrected wife

Afterwards, Banner collapsed to the floor, and the gauntlet fell off. Barton kicked the gauntlet away, telling no one to move it. They then checked on Banner, when suddenly, Barton's phone began to ring. He checked his phone and saw that it was his wife calling, revealing that they were successful. He answered the call and attempted to talk to his wife when suddenly, the Facility was attacked by Thanos, blasting Barton backwards, causing him to fall to the undergrounds of the facility.[7]

Attack on the Avengers Facility

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Hawkeye awakes under the rubble

"Oh, hey... I know you."
"Father, I have the Stones."
"What?"
―Hawkeye and Nebula[src]

Hawkeye found himself under some rubble, having fallen through to the underground of the New Avengers Facility. He took a moment to recover from the impact of the explosion, as he turned on a flashlight on his wrist to see where he was, calling out to the other Avengers. Hawkeye then noticed the Nano Gauntlet on the ground, when he then heard movement behind him.

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Hawkeye takes aim at the Outriders

Hawkeye drew his bow and quickly turned around, firing a flare arrow towards the movement, where he caught a glimpse of the Outriders. He then grabbed the gauntlet, and ran from the creatures, trying to protect the Infinity Stones from falling into the wrong hands. As Hawkeye made his way through the tunnels, he was finding himself about to be overrun by Outriders, so he started planting explosive arrows along the tunnel.

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Hawkeye tries to run from several Outriders

The arrows then went off, causing the Outriders to be caught in the explosion, with Hawkeye just avoiding it. However, when he looked back, he noticed the Outriders were still alive and heading for him. He then fired a grapple arrow from his Wristbow and scaled upwards to safety. However, this did not stop the Outriders, who continued to viciously go after Hawkeye, climbing upwards to get him.

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Hawkeye defeats all the Outriders

He then drew his sword and began to fend off the ruthless creatures, slicing them in half as they leaped at him. He then made it to the level above, eliminating all of them, screaming at the Outriders in his victory. Exhausted by his recent fight, Hawkeye laid down to rest for a moment, when he noticed Nebula approach him. Unaware that this was not the Nebula he had been working with, but the 2014 version of her from the alternate timeline, he handed the gauntlet over to her.

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Hawkeye is held at gunpoint by 2014 Nebula

When Nebula revealed her true nature, Hawkeye attempted to stop her from giving the Gauntlet to Thanos, but he was unsuccessful due to her pulling a gun out on him. Before she could kill him, Nebula was stopped by Gamora and the Nebula from the present. When Nebula pulled her gun away from Hawkeye to aim at the present day Nebula, he moved to safety, as he watched present day Nebula kill the other Nebula. Hawkeye then picked up the gauntlet and continued to protect it as he made his way out of the Facility.[7]

Battle of Earth

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Hawkeye protecting the Nano Gauntlet

"Cap! What do you want me to do with this damn thing?"
"Get those stones as far away as possible!"
"No! We need to get them back where they came from."
―Hawkeye, Captain America and Bruce Banner[src]

When all the heroes who had perished to the Snap returned to help fight against Thanos and his massive army, Hawkeye stood amongst his fellow Avengers as Captain America led the charge. During the battle, Hawkeye continued to protect the Infinity Stones, carrying the Nano Gauntlet around with him as he made his way through the battlefield. Not being able to properly fight while holding onto the gauntlet, Hawkeye managed to avoid numerous attacks from Thanos' army, with assistance from the other heroes.

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Hawkeye fighting during the Battle of Earth

Being in a position of danger with all of the Infinity Stones, Hawkeye asked Captain America about what he should do with the stones. He told him to get the stones away from the battlefield, but the Hulk interjected, telling him that they needed to get the stones back to where they got them. Ant-Man informed them that Luis' Van was on the battlefield and could be used to get the stones back. Hawkeye then made his way to the van, fighting off many hordes of Outriders with his Sword and Wristbow. As he pursued, he was spotted by Ebony Maw who sent more of Thanos' army towards him. As Hawkeye witnessed the massive creatures draw near, he was saved by Black Panther, who used his kinetic pulse to blast the enemies away.

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Hawkeye being assisted by Black Panther

He then acknowledged Hawkeye, calling him by his first name, something he learned during the Clash of the Avengers, and told him to hand over the gauntlet. Hawkeye did so, knowing that he was faster and would be able to get past Thanos' army easier than he would. With the gauntlet out of his possession, Hawkeye was now able to fully join the fight. Hawkeye, along with all the other heroes were able to fight off Thanos' army, but it wasn't until Iron Man wielded all the Infinity Stones, that they were victorious. All of Thanos' army disintegrated, followed by the Mad Titan himself.

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Hawkeye kneels to show respect to Iron Man

However, this came at the cost of Iron Man's life, due to the immense power of the stones.[7] As Iron Man died on the battlefield, everyone gathered around him. Hawkeye saw his friend who he had fought beside many times, and out of respect, knelt before him as he mourned his death. This was then followed by Black Panther, who noticed Hawkeye kneeling, proceeded by everyone else kneeling in front of the fallen hero.[17]

Return to Family Life

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Barton is finally reunited with his family

"You know, I wish there was a way... that I could let her know. That we won. We did it."
"She knows. They both do."
―Clint Barton and Wanda Maximoff[src]

Having been successful in bringing back those who died, as well as defeating Thanos, Barton took a Quinjet and returned to his homestead, where his family was now alive.

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Barton and his wife kiss as they reunite

As he approached his house, his children came out and reunited with their father, holding each other in their arms. After hugging his children, Barton looked over and saw his wife. The two walked over to each other and embraced one another. Now that his family had been brought back, Barton could go back to his normal, happy life.

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The Barton family attend Tony Stark's funeral

Barton and his family all attended the funeral for his friend and fellow Avenger, Tony Stark, along with all of their allies. Barton, along with Stark's family, Happy Hogan, James Rhodes and the remaining original Avengers, gathered inside Stark's home, where they watched a recorded message Stark left before the Time Heist. They all then stood outside as Stark's Arc Reactor was sent adrift in the lake.

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Barton and Wanda Maximoff jointly comfort

Afterwards, Barton reunited with his close friend Wanda Maximoff and consoled in her about his desire to be able to let Natasha Romanoff know that they were successful in bringing everyone back. Maximoff assured Barton that Romanoff knew, as well as Vision. The two then comforted each other over the loss of the people close to them. Afterwards, Barton and his family returned home and continued to live their life together on their homestead.[7]

Personality

"You know what I've done. You know what I've become."
"I don't judge people on their worst mistakes."
"Maybe you should."
"You didn't."
―Hawkeye and Black Widow[src]

Clint Barton is a brave operative with a deadpan focus; dedicated to his job of protecting the innocent. Through his years of being with S.H.I.E.L.D., Barton had made himself one of their best soldiers, tacticians, and marksmen, and had shown great loyalty and dedication to whatever his objective is, and always gets the mission done, as he will fight until the end and then keep fighting. However, despite this commitment, Barton has proven himself to be a maverick, disobeying orders in order to do what he believes is right as well as seeing through whatever he does his own way. When Phil Coulson gave Barton orders to use a gun to take aim at Thor but he chose to grab a bow, his signature weapon, as he knew that he is at his best with it.

However, two people Barton has ultimately shown to follow completely are Nick Fury and Steve Rogers due to their qualities he holds to value. He admires Fury's clear line of sight, something Barton maintains in situations and respects Rogers' ability to always fight for what is right. This is why Barton, even while under the influence of Loki, managed to spare Fury, and chose to help Rogers during the Avengers Civil War. In addition to this, Barton trusts Rogers' leadership of the Avengers and performs as the ideal soldier in battle, following his orders and strategies, as seen when he took the Cradle to Avengers Tower, despite wanting to save Black Widow, and requesting for Rogers' plan during the Battle of Earth when he was protecting the Nano Gauntlet.

Though commonly misjudged and underestimated as one of the most underpowered Avengers, with his ability to blend in with his environment, his stoic professionalism, and ability to see and assess from afar, Barton is often valued by his superiors for his ability to keep an eye on people and assess situations. For this, he was able to figure out that the Tesseract could be activated from another location, as well as know the weaknesses of the Avengers and how to exploit it when under Loki's influence. He was also able to stay alert and level headed during the Battle at the Salvage Yard and not succumb to the effects of the Scarlet Witch, unlike the other Avengers, who were easily subdued due to their more reckless approach.

It is because of this that Barton can even understand when he is outmatched and accept it and use his skills to benefit him. When he went to rescue Wanda Maximoff, he knew that he could not defeat the Vision, despite placing traps to stop him but instead had Wanda defeat him. When he was being chased by a group of Outriders, despite knowing he could not outrun them Barton endured with protecting the Infinity Stones. During the Avengers Civil War, Barton also understood that in order for them to win, some of them had to sacrifice themselves and be arrested, including himself.

For Barton, this is not a tough call, as he is willing to sacrifice himself for what is right. That is why he went back to save a Sokovian boy who was missing, even though Barton himself was safe from the near destructing country because for Barton, he needs to make sure that everyone is safe no matter how the fight is going. So even though there was a massive army of aliens attacking, Barton went to rescue a bus filled with civilians who were trapped, rather than fight them off with Black Widow. And when he and Black Widow were informed that one of them had to sacrifice themselves in order to obtain the Soul Stone, Barton didn't hesitate to allow himself to be the one to do it, especially in order to save his best friend and redeem himself for his actions.

Despite his professionalism and approach to missions, Barton is a humorous and often sarcastic person and is able to not take things too seriously, even in the midst of a battle where he can sometimes be overwhelmed. Whether it be fighting aliens, robots or even fellow Avengers, Barton will constantly make a joke or bring levity to a situation, mainly when he is fighting alongside his best friend and partner, Black Widow, one of the few people who not only understand Barton’s level of banter, but is also able to keep up with it.

This is due to their many years of working together, which developed into a strong friendship, where the two could be completely comfortable with each other. As a result, Barton trusted her with the secret of his family, and she told him about her dark past. And when both were compromised, the other cared for them as they recovered. Because of there closeness, they often stay together in situations as that's how they work best. This allows them to frequently not be serious as seen in the Battle of New York where both of them made jokes about the situation, when the two were casually having a conversation during the chaotic Battle of Sokovia. And when Barton lost his family, he had become more hardened, which Black Widow tried to help him through. However, this was partially restored once he was given hope, and he continued to joke with his friend during the Time Heist, as seen when the two were on Morag, waiting for Nebula and War Machine, jokingly being impatient.

Barton’s humor is occasionally used to compensate for him being overwhelmed in situations that include people like Thor, a literal god. However, despite his ability, or lack thereof, Barton is respected and valued in the Avengers, being seen as equal to them, being able to confidently express doubt about Thor’s hammer, but also open to be made fun of, all in good sense as they are all friends. And when the team planned to retrieve the Infinity Stones and bring everyone back, Barton was seen as essential in order for the whole team to be together. Barton is mainly the one who makes the jokes at a constant, even in moments of pain, seriousness or conflict, such as the Avengers Civil War or when Red Skull revealed the cost for the Soul Stone, not initially believing him. For this, Barton is seen as the jokester of the team.

Because of this, Barton can sometimes be seen as more immature than the other Avengers, as well as being cocky and always feels the need to be competitive with anyone who acts as a challenge. When he was easily bested by the enhanced Quicksilver, Barton then happily participated in a rivalry with him, despite it being childish as he is much older than the adolescent. He also uses his perfect aim to show off, such as hitting a moving target without looking, especially towards those who appear to be more powerful or better than him, mainly Tony Stark. While Stark causally threw darts, Barton decided to hit the bullseye with three darts at the same time, right next to Stark’s head, disarming the usually confident and always in control billionaire.

He is also seen to be very revengeful and does not take kindly towards being betrayed or manipulated. After regaining control from Loki’s influence, Barton was then motivated to fight by the thought of killing his former enslaver. During the battle against Loki, even though focusing on protecting others and stopping the attack, Barton seized the moment to get revenge by exploding an arrow right next to the God of Mischief, defeating him. However, Barton is not as immature when the person who wrongs him is someone he trusts. For Barton, trust is very important, but when Stark, a man who Barton was good friends with and even revealed his secret family to him, had a hand in fighting against and arresting him, Barton became furious and lost his respect for him, even to label him as someone who can never be trusted. However, this would change over the years as they worked together again to reverse the Snap, which resulted in Stark's death.

Uniquely, Barton is quite compassionate for an assassin, as he sees the good in people and who they could be, rather than who they were. For this, Barton is seen as a better man, then a good soldier. When he was ordered to kill Black Widow, he made the call to spare her, recruiting her for S.H.I.E.L.D., and developing a great friendship with her, while others would only see her as a merciless assassin, beyond redemption. From this, Barton developed a strong partnership with Romanoff, caring for her deeply at all times, as seen when he would go to check on her when she was affected by Scarlet Witch and frustrated when Ultron captured her, causing him to not stop searching for her. When the two were faced with the realization that one of them would have to sacrifice themselves for the Soul Stone, Barton could not bring himself to allow her to do so, forcing himself to be the one, to only be stopped by Romanoff, who also didn't want to allow her best friend to die, wanting to give him another chance, as he did for her when they met.

This is also seen with Wanda Maximoff, one of the other people Barton possesses a close bond with. Much like Romanoff, he inspired Maximoff to move past her conflicted history and do good and help fight with the Avengers against Ultron. Since her brother's death, ultimately saving Barton, he has felt some responsibly towards Wanda, him being a father figure towards her, guiding her and making sure she does what is right. That is why he was happy to rescue her from the New Avengers Facility, giving her the opportunity to make amends for her actions. Despite both of them being at either end of the scale in regards to powers: Wanda being incredibly powerful and Barton being a regular man with a skillset, this does not come into play within their relationship, but rather they see past that and focus more on accepting the reality of their situations and doing what needs to be done.

Barton is a very loyal, caring and dedicated person who would do anything for the people he cares about. But the most important people in his life, are his family, who are very supportive in his role as an Avenger. Being a loving husband and father, Barton thinks about his family before a battle, motivating him, and would call them afterward to tell them he is fine. However, because he cares so much about them, he decided to retire to be with them. Although, if he was ever needed, Barton would also go to help his friends if they asked him, especially Wanda. Barton being a compassionate person and a family man goes hand in hand with each other and is what separates him with the other Avengers. It is the experience of being a husband and a father that makes him the man he is.

Due to this, it was the death of his family that caused him to fall into a state of grief and rage that fuelled his path of vengeance, becoming extremely ruthless, murdering those who he saw as deserving of death. Because without his family, the only thing that was important to him, he was reduced to only his skillset used for killing people. Despite seeing his actions as necessary at the time, Barton believed himself to have gone too far for redemption. However, he was able to overcome this, mainly due to honor his best friend who still believed in him, and sacrificed herself to bring everyone back, including Barton's family. Therefore, he took comfort when Wanda told him that she would have known that they would have been successful.

Barton’s place on the Avengers can be misconceived, with him not having any powers, but in fact, he is incredibly vital to the team's unity. As the other members either have extraordinary powers or are beings beyond human, Barton grounds the team and makes sure that they stay focused and helps them to be better. However, despite this, Barton still can seem very overwhelmed by the other members. However, he does not let that stop him. Barton is able to address the absurdity of his situation, such as fighting against an army of robots with a bow and arrow, but he keeps fighting anyway. From this, Barton is able to understand his place amongst the Avengers, usually taking a high vantage point, assessing the situation, and keeps up with the Avengers, showing to be confident in his place.

Abilities

"I see better from a distance."
―Clint Barton to Nick Fury[src]

Clint Barton's main ability is his extraordinary talent in marksmanship, with a particular specialty in archery. Barton's unique skills have made him a core member of the Avengers, and one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best agents prior to the fall of the agency. Nick Fury has referred to Barton as one of the sharpest men he knows during his debriefing of the Tesseract.

"Just can't seem to miss."
―Hawkeye to Iron Man[src]
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Hawkeye perfectly lining up a shot in the wind

  • Master Marksman: Hailed as the World's greatest marksman, Barton is an outstanding all-around marksman, tremendously skilled in wielding both conventional firearms and archery bows with unerring accuracy due to his keen eyesight and impeccable hand-eye coordination. Barton is capable of firing multiple arrows in a few seconds, strike enemies' weak points with extreme accuracy and directly hit small targets in the greatest of distances, even precisely shoot down a Chitauri Chariot without even looking at it. Barton was able to aim and hit many Chitauri troopers and Ultron Sentries in the head. Barton is a left-handed bowman, meaning he holds the bow with his right hand and draws the string with his left.[18] Barton sometimes uses a Wristbow, which he has been shown to wear on either arm. Barton is also able at throwing any projectile with the same unerring accuracy, as seen with Barton scoring a bullseye with three darts simultaneously thrown without effort and perfectly throwing Captain America's shield with similar precision. Barton also used Shurikens when going under a samurai-inspired guise, taking down enemies at long range. During his retirement, he often played golf where he claimed to hit a hole-in-one every single time, proving that he is also able to make perfect shots with projectiles that don't require throwing or shooting.
"A man whose talent appears to be-"
"Killing."
―World Security Council Member and Nick Fury[src]
  • Master Assassin: Barton is one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s greatest assassins, having once been assigned to kill Black Widow, a notorious master assassin, and was assigned to be a special agent in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s investigation of the item that was found in New Mexico, having been able to neutralize Thor in case Phil Coulson had ordered it. Barton was also able to fight off other assassins such as Marcus Scarlotti. While under Loki's mind control, Barton stealthily eliminated the armed security guarding the museum in Stuttgart holding Iridium. Barton also swiftly killed many Chitauri, HYDRA operatives, Ulysses Klaue's mercenaries, and Ultron Sentries. Barton was the first person to come to Bruce Banner's mind when the latter realized the Avengers would require "all hands on deck" in the fight against Thanos and his army. After his family's death, Barton dedicated himself to using his ability to murder any criminals that survived the Snap. Barton was able to eliminate a whole gang of Mexican Cartel gangsters without them even being able to pull out their guns in retaliation, a feat which Romanoff initially believed to be the work of an entire rival gang. He was even able to take down numerous enemies who were all firing at him when he targeted the Yakuza, showing his skill in weapons other than archery, such as throwing stars and swords. Barton's killing instinct frightened James Rhodes to the point where he reconsidered trying to find him. Ultimately, he proved his worth alongside the Avengers one last time by effectively killing several Outriders after Thanos demolished the New Avengers Facility.
  • Expert Acrobat: Barton is highly athletic and agile, capable of complex acrobatic maneuvers. Barton was able to react and successfully evade Loki's attacks by jumping out of the way before it hit him. He could also fire a grappling hook arrow and swing through a window, deftly flip off the roof of a car and over an Ultron Sentry, and fire an arrow while jumping backward. During the airport battle, Barton evaded a blast from War Machine mid-air after jumping and rolling onto storage crates. When the New Avengers Facility was attacked, Barton was able to fight off all of the Outriders while scaling upwards, jumping off the walls and even turning and slicing one in half while in mid-air.
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Hawkeye attempting to subdue Black Widow

  • Master Martial Artist: Barton is an excellent combatant, having been extensively trained in various forms of martial arts as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He could swiftly incapacitate Scarlet Witch in close quarters, successfully avoiding her mind manipulation powers. When brainwashed by Loki, he could fight the extremely skilled Black Widow to a standstill, only losing when the latter resorted to guerrilla tactics to best him in combat. In the Avengers Civil War, he later fought evenly against her again and was able to swiftly knock Black Widow down, but it should be noted that Scarlet Witch swiftly interrupted their duel and called Barton out on pulling his punches. He also managed to temporarily hold his own against the considerably stronger Black Panther during the airport fight. Barton also managed to bring down many Chitauri troops and Ultron Sentries while fighting alongside the other Avengers, using his bow and arrows as melee weapons for close quarters. After the Snap, Barton began using a katana, which he integrated seamlessly into his fighting style, and considerably improving his efficiency in close range combat, and demonstrated prowess enough to kill Outriders with it.
"If you're set on making yourself known, it could be useful."
"Tell me what you need."
"I need a distraction... and an eyeball."
―Clint Barton and Loki[src]
  • Master Tactician: Barton was recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D. leadership abilities, strategic prowess and has been trained in military tactics. Barton was able to command a team of operatives under the unwitting control of Loki to heist a vault in Germany, steal several other raw materials and infiltrate the Helicarrier with esteemed success, often using diversions to accomplish his goals. Victoria Hand has even stated that Barton does not usually require an extraction plan on his S.H.I.E.L.D. missions due to his competence and ability to formulate his own escape plans. During the Battle of New York, Stark asked Barton for tactical input on evading Chitauri Chariots.
"Can you fly one of those jets?"
"I can."
Steve Rogers and Clint Barton[src]
  • Expert Pilot: Barton is an accomplished pilot, able to fly a Quinjet even when a fierce battle was going on and even receiving cargo into the Quinjet while piloting it in mid-air. Barton was also the one usually piloting the Avengers Quinjet before he left the team.
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Hawkeye slicing an Outrider with his sword

  • Sword Mastery: Barton demonstrated a considerable skill with a sword when he went under a samurai-inspired guise. Barton was able to fight on par with Akihiko and easily kill him, as well as a slice in half several Outriders who were going after him at a rapid rate.
  • Multilingualism: Barton can speak English, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Japanese.

Equipment

Weapons

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Hawkeye aiming at a bunker with his bow

  • Recurve Bows: Hawkeye is seen with two separate recurve bows: the first is seen while he is under Loki's mind control and in the direct aftermath at the Battle of New York. It is a heavily customized Hoyt Buffalo in 'blackout' colors and is capable of folding on itself for easier transport and concealment by way of added hinges located by the tiller adjustment bolts. It also has multiple buttons on the bow's grip which are capable of selecting specific arrowheads stored in his mechanical quiver. A laser sight to assist in targeting can also be found on the riser. The second recurve bow Hawkeye uses is the Hoyt Gamemaster II, seen in his hands during the Avengers' attack on the HYDRA Research Base and War against Ultron. Like the Hoyt Buffalo he used before, the customized Gamemaster II has several selector buttons on the grip so Hawkeye can choose the arrowhead he needs. The bow has a capability to transform into a bo staff which can be used for close quarters combat. The bow was destroyed by Black Panther during the Clash of the Avengers.
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Hawkeye equipping his quiver before battle

  • Specialized Quiver: Hawkeye's quiver was supplied with a multitude of different arrowheads in the bottom. By dialing up an armament setting from control on his bow, Hawkeye could cause the quiver to affix these special arrowheads. This effectively increased the capabilities from conventional arrows to explosive arrows, a grapple line, and more.
  • Trick Arrows: Hawkeye has a number of trick arrows, utilized to perform specific tasks.
  • Remington 700PSS: Hawkeye initially reached for his Remington 700PSS sniper rifle when ordered by Phil Coulson to target Thor, although he ultimately chose to use his Mathews Apex 7 compound bow.
  • Compound Bow: When Thor broke the perimeter S.H.I.E.L.D. had set up around Mjølnir, Hawkeye was one of the agents who responded to Phil Coulson's order to neutralize him. Although Coulson requested that a firearm is used for the job, Hawkeye chose the Mathews Apex 7 compound bow instead. Hawkeye aimed at Thor from an aerial position in a crane but ultimately did not fire.
  • Wristbow: Hawkeye used once the Wristbow as his weapon during a security exercise to test the security systems of the Helicarrier, where he was disguised as a mercenary who had to battle Natasha Romanoff.[6] Hawkeye used a newer model of the Wristbow during his time after the Snap that contained several smaller arrows that he could fire with ease if he wasn't using his bow.
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Barton firing his pistol at Loki

  • Heckler & Koch P30: Hawkeye carries a Heckler & Koch P30 as his main sidearm, holstered on his left leg during any of his missions. He used it to fire at Loki when he arrived at the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility, but his rounds had no effect on his Frost Giant durability. He attempted to use it on him again, but was quickly intercepted. After being brainwashed by the God of Mischief, he used it to fire at Nick Fury and at Maria Hill's car while he escaped from the facility with Loki. He still carried it during the Clash of the Avengers, but he kept it holstered not to harm his former allies.
  • Busse 'Hawkeye' Dagger: This dagger was made by knife manufacturer Busse, and was made specifically for Hawkeye (though this design would be standardized, replicated, and sold as an official Busse product). He used this blade while fighting with Black Widow on board the Helicarrier during his raid, on Loki's behalf.
  • Captain America's Shield: When the Avengers was initially attacked by Ultron at the Avengers Tower, Barton assisted in the battle by locating Steve Rogers' shield and throwing it at him, so Rogers could then finally destroy the last remaining Ultron Sentry.
  • Beretta Cheetah: Barton resorted to using one of these guns to confront Pietro Maximoff at Avengers Tower, shooting it to the glass floor below Maximoff and making him fall to the floor below.
  • Arrow Case: Hawkeye uses an arrow cartridge capable of holding nine collapsible arrows. He stores a case on the outside of each leg, which easily come off and quickly expand the nine arrows.
  • Baton: Barton carried a collapsible metal baton hidden under his quiver. He tried to use it to attack Vision, but it shattered in half against the android's Vibranium skin once he had increased his density. Hawkeye equipped himself with a new baton when he returned to the Avengers in 2023.
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Hawkeye slicing an Outrider in half

  • Sword: Going under a different guise after the Snap, Barton started using a different an assortment of weaponry, similar to that of a samurai, including wielding a katana when going around killing criminals who survived. Barton continued to wield the katana when he was reunited with the Avengers, fighting against Thanos and his army.
  • Shuriken: Going under a different guise after the Snap, Barton started using a different an assortment of weaponry, similar to that of a samurai, including shuriken when going around killing criminals who survived. Barton used this weapon to throw at enemies that were not at close range.

Other Equipment

Uniforms

"You got a suit?"
Captain America to Hawkeye[src]
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Uniform: Hawkeye's first uniform, worn when he was working with S.H.I.E.L.D., consisted of a black short-sleeved shirt with two breast pockets and pants with knee guards. It also has a thigh holster on his left leg. When using his bow, he wore a glove on his left hand and an arm guard on his right forearm. Hawkeye wore this while under the control of Loki when he attacked the Helicarrier.
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Hawkeye wears his Tactical Uniform in battle

  • Tactical Uniform: The second uniform was worn during missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. as apart of STRIKE Team: Delta. It is a black sleeveless suit with a maroon arrow pattern and a zip down the front. It also has a S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on the right breast. It has a finger glove on his left hand and an arm guard on his right forearm. He would keep this suit during his time as an Avenger but with no S.H.I.E.L.D. logo.
  • Masked Uniform: When Barton was assigned by Nick Fury to break into the Helicarrier and access the Avengers Initiative database in order to test its security, he sported a fully black uniform with a black mask and green goggles to cover his identity. To maintain maneuverability, the uniform only has a Wristbow attached to his right arm.
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Hawkeye wears a Winter Uniform in the snow

  • Winter Uniform: The third uniform was the same as his tactical one but with a coat over it with the same black and maroon pattern. The coat has a zip that goes from the top to the middle, with a long skirt in the front. This was worn during missions in cold weather due to his Tactical Uniform having no sleeves. Hawkeye used this uniform during the War on HYDRA, due to the location of the bases being in cold environments. Hawkeye later wore the uniform again during the Battle of Sokovia, but took off the jacket when the city was raised into the atmosphere.
  • Stealth Uniform: The fourth uniform was a different design from his previous ones. It is black with a purple tinge. There is a sleeve on his right arm with a glove, while only a finger glove and arm guard on his left arm. It also has a thigh holster on his left leg. Hawkeye used this suit when breaking into the New Avengers Facility, utilizing it's more subtle, darker look to go in unnoticed. He then kept this uniform during the Avengers Civil War.
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Barton wears his Ronin Uniform in Tokyo

  • Ronin Uniform: The fifth uniform resembled that of a samurai, with a primarily black suit with gold outlines throughout it. It features a black mask with a gap over the eyes, a hood, and armor on the arms and legs. There is a belt that contains his smaller, projectile weapons, as well as a back holster for his sword, and a new Wristbow. When Barton reunited with the Avengers, he wore an altered version of the Uniform without the gold armor, mask, and hood.
  • Advanced Tech Suit: This suit was designed in order to time travel through the Quantum Realm safely. It is a white, red and black suit that materialize around the wearer's regular clothes, managing to be summoned when time travel is required again, and disappear when no longer in use. It has size-shifting adaptability down to subatomic levels and a wrist gadget that allows for displacement through time and space.

Vehicles

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Hawkeye flying the Quinjet in New York

  • Quinjet: Hawkeye has used a Quinjet for transportation to travel around the world and take out threats during active missions as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and as a member of the Avengers. When Loki attacked New York, Hawkeye told Captain America that he could pilot a Quinjet and flew him and Black Widow to the battle, where he assisted taking out multiple Chitauri Chariots until it was shot down by Loki. When the Avengers were assaulting HYDRA bases, Hawkeye flew them into battle and later to the Salvage Yard to apprehend Ultron. Hawkeye flew the Quinjet to his farmhouse and later piloted it to assist during the Battle of Seoul, successfully obtaining the Cradle when it became airborne. Hawkeye would then fly all the Avengers to Sokovia to put an end to Ultron's plans. When his family was returned from the Blip, Hawkeye took a Quinjet to fly back to his home to be reunited with them.
  • Jeep: During the Destruction of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., Loki stole the Tesseract and brainwashed Hawkeye and Erik Selvig into serving him. The three of them fled the scene in a Jeep they stole with Loki sitting in the back. During the Attack on the HYDRA Research Base, Barton and Black Widow used a Jeep to fight the HYDRA soldiers and move around faster. When all the Avengers regrouped to attack the HYDRA soldiers, Black Widow crashed the jeep as she and Hawkeye jumped out to continue fighting on foot.
"You promise to bring that back in one piece, right?"
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, okay; I'll do my best."
Rocket Raccoon and Clint Barton[src]
  • Benatar: During the Time Heist, Hawkeye and Black Widow were assigned to go to Vormir, so Hawkeye was given the Benatar, which was shrunken down, to use to get to the planet. Once Nebula separated the Space Pod from the ship on Morag in 2014, Hawkeye and Black Widow entered the ship and headed to Vormir, where Nebula had set in the coordinates, leaving them to just fly the ship to the planet. When the mission was complete, Hawkeye returned the ship to the present day.

Facilities

"What is this place?"
"Safehouse?"
"Let's hope."
Thor, Tony Stark and Clint Barton[src]
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Barton returns back home to see his children

  • Clint Barton's Homestead: When Barton joined S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury ensured his family's existence would be a secret, set up a farm for them to live. After being defeated by Wanda Maximoff, Barton brought the Avengers to his home so they could recover. When Nick Fury arrived and motivated the Avengers, Barton made a promise to his wife that he would retire from the Avengers. Barton kept his promise and proceeded to spend time with his family, including his new born child Nathaniel Barton. After the Avengers Civil War, when Barton escaped from the Raft, instead of being a fugitive, Barton decided to make an agreement with Thaddeus Ross so he would go under house arrest for two years.
"Where am I going?"
"New Mexico."
―Clint Barton and Nick Fury[src]
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Crater Investigation Site: Barton was called in to New Mexico to provide some extra security at an 0-8-4 when taking his first vacation since joining S.H.I.E.L.D.. While there, an intruder attempted to make his way to the 0-8-4, Barton was instructed to take a vantage point above. Barton, wielding his bow, proceeded to obtain a position above, waiting for the order to take the shot. Barton, along with the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team, departed from New Mexico after the 0-8-4 had been removed by the previous intruder.
"Not only are you guarding the most important object in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s possession, but I also want you keeping tabs on Dr. Selvig for me."
Nick Fury to Clint Barton[src]
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Hawkeye and Nick Fury witness Loki's arrival

  • Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility: Barton was called by Nick Fury to guard the Tesseract at their main facility of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.. When the Tesseract began to act up, Fury arrived at the facility, where Barton gave his report, including the theory that the Tesseract could be activated from a secondary location. His theory was proven to be right when Loki arrived and attacked the facility. The facility began to collapse on itself and Barton was enthralled by Loki. Barton, under Loki's control, assisted him in escaping with the Tesseract.
"No wonder you chose this... this tomb to work in!"
"Well, the Radisson doesn't have three layers of lead-lined flooring between S.H.I.E.L.D. and that cube."
Erik Selvig and Clint Barton[src]
  • Loki's Hideout: Under Loki's control, Barton provided him with a facility that wouldn't be able to be uncovered by S.H.I.E.L.D.. As Erik Selvig used the facility to work on a device to stabilize the portal, Barton, who had recruited enemies of S.H.I.E.L.D., proceeded to search for various raw materials to build the device. At the facility, Barton informed Loki of everything he needed to know about the Avengers.
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Barton along with the rest of the Avengers

  • Avengers Tower: After the collapse of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tony Stark decided to fund the Avengers, redesigning Stark Tower as a new headquarter for the team. After being injured during an attack on HYDRA, the team returned to the tower, where Barton was tended to by Helen Cho using the Cradle. Afterward, the Avengers held a party at the tower which fell under attack by a newly created Ultron. The Avengers then proceeded to search for Ultron in the tower, going through their files until they came across Ulysses Klaue.
  • New Avengers Facility: After being brought in by Natasha Romanoff, Barton went to the Avengers Facility, where he and the other Avengers planned on how to go back in time and reverse the effects of the snap. Barton was present at the Facility when it was destroyed by Thanos when he traveled through time to kill the Avengers.

Prisons

"Yeah, well, you knew they'd put us somewhere, Tony."
"Yeah, but not some Supermax floating ocean pokey, you know. This place is for maniacs, it's a place for-"
"Criminals."
―Clint Barton and Tony Stark[src]
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Barton being visited by Tony Stark in the Raft

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Clint Barton

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Trivia

Behind the Scenes

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