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"I see those guys... Those gods..."
"You don't think they need me."
"I think they do, which is a lot scarier. They're a mess."
―Laura Barton and Clint Barton[src]
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Laura Barton, codenamed Agent 19, is a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, the wife of Clint Barton, and the mother of Cooper, Lila, and Nathaniel Barton. She and her children lived in secrecy for their own protection against enemies of her husband. However, during the Ultron Offensive, they were revealed to the Avengers, who were unaware of Clint's family. Barton reminded her husband of how proud she was of his role within the Avengers, but she needed him with her due to being pregnant with their third child. Clint chose to retire from the Avengers and be with his family, as Barton later gave birth to Nathaniel.

After coming out of retirement and getting involved in the Avengers Civil War, Clint was originally arrested, but eventually made a deal to be placed under house arrest in order to return to his family. In 2018, Barton, along with her three children, was killed by Thanos in the Snap. Five years later, they were all resurrected and the Barton family were once again reunited, after which they attended Tony Stark's funeral.

Biography

Early Life

Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

"They've been out of the game a long time, but their identity is still attached to that watch."
Clint Barton to Kate Bishop[src]

Laura met and fell in love with Clint Barton, whom she married.[2] Both Laura and Clint were S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, codenamed Agent 19 and Hawkeye, respectively. However, at some point, Laura decided to retire from S.H.I.E.L.D., and being concerned about the danger she would be put in being a former agent,[1] Nick Fury excluded her from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s files in order to protect her, as well as setting up a farmhouse in Iowa where they could live off-the-grid.[2] All that remained of Laura's former identity was a rolex with the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo and her codename.[1]

Starting a Family

"Clint, we’ve been so careful, really. I... I mean, the kids and I are so far away."
―Laura Barton to Clint Barton[src]

Barton with her two children

Barton and Clint went on to have two children together, Cooper and Lila, who they raised at the farmhouse, keeping them a secret as well. She was later introduced to Clint's partner, Natasha Romanoff, whom he had brought into S.H.I.E.L.D.. The two women formed a close friendship, with Barton welcoming Romanoff into their family and even appointing her an honorary aunt to their children.[2]

Married to an Avenger

In 2012, Clint became an Avenger, something that Barton fully supported. However, she had her concerns from time to time about whether the rest of the team had his best interests in mind, knowing Clint was always having to look after the Avengers and keep them grounded.

By 2015, Barton and Clint had decided to have another child, and she successfully became pregnant. Barton wanted to name their third child after Romanoff, due to their friendship, under the impression that it would be a girl. However, they would soon learn that the gender of the baby was a boy.

One night, Barton received a phone call from Clint checking in on her, but they were soon interrupted by Steve Rogers. When Rogers asked who he was talking to, Clint lied that it was his girlfriend.[2]

Helping Avengers

Unexpected Guests

Barton sees her husband return home

"This is an agent of some kind."
"Gentlemen, this is Laura."
"I know all of your names."
Tony Stark, Clint Barton and Laura Barton[src]

One day, as Barton was setting out art supplies, she saw her husband, along with the Avengers, enter the house, much to her surprise. Barton welcomed her husband back, as he apologized for not calling ahead about their guests.

Barton is introduced to the Avengers

Due to no one on the team except Natasha Romanoff knowing about her, they all stood in shock to learn of Clint's secret. He introduced the Avengers to Barton, who stated that she was aware of all their names. Suddenly, they were joined by their children. Steve Rogers then apologized to Barton for their sudden arrival, which Tony Stark added how they couldn't have called ahead due to not being aware of her existence. Clint informed the others about how Nick Fury helped him keep his family a secret and that he would like to keep it that way.

Barton reunites with Natasha Romanoff

Barton was then greeted by Romanoff who asked about her namesake, to which Barton sheepishly revealed that the baby was going to be called “Nathaniel” instead of “Natasha”, meaning they were having a boy. Romanoff was disappointed by this and spoke to her belly, calling the baby a traitor, much to Barton's amusement. She and Romanoff continued discussing the baby's progress with Clint and her children. Barton then provided Rogers, Stark, Bruce Banner, and Romanoff with a change of clothes.[2]

Concern for her Husband

Barton feels her husband's repaired skin

"You need to be sure that this team is really a team, and that they have your back. Things are changing for us. In a few months' time, you and me are gonna be outnumbered."
―Laura Barton to Clint Barton[src]

Barton and her husband then went to their bedroom, where he got changed and showed her his repaired skin from the Regeneration Cradle, assuring her that there was no difference. Barton informed him that if the Avengers were going to stay there at their house, some would have to sleep together in the same room, which Clint found humorous. However, this lead Barton to bring up the developing relationship between Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner, which Clint was unaware of, causing her to laugh and jokingly call him "Hawkeye" for not seeing it.

Barton has an important talk with her husband

Barton then asked about the recent incident, noticing how shaken up Romanoff was earlier. Clint told her about the Maximoff twins and how they hurt the team, noting that someone had to put them in check. Understanding that Clint meant himself, she then took the opportunity to address her concerns for him. Barton reaffirmed how she is incredibly proud of her husband's role as an Avenger and revealed she thought he was needed, due to how much of a mess they were.

Barton is comforted by her husband

Barton knew that Clint would always support the Avengers and ground them, but wondered if they always had his back. She then reminded Clint that in a few months, their third child would be born, so she needed him with her. Barton asked Clint to be sure of his place on the Avengers, as she didn't want to risk losing him. Clint understood her concerns and agreed to follow her advice. Barton and Clint kissed and as they watched Tony Stark and Steve Rogers outside, Barton felt his stomach, noting that she could feel a difference.

Barton gets Tony Stark to meet with Nick Fury

Barton then walked outside and interrupted Stark and Rogers from their argument, asking Stark if he could repair their tractor. Stark agreed to help and Barton led him to the barn, where Nick Fury surprised him.[2]

Saying Goodbye

Barton giving her husband a kiss goodbye

"I’m gonna finish re-flooring that sunroom as soon as I get back."
"Yeah, and 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]

That night, after they all had dinner, Barton and her husband sat with their children for arts and crafts while the Avengers listened to Nick Fury. Barton then helped her children to bed as Clint joined the others. Later, as the Avengers prepared to leave, Clint said his goodbyes to Barton, telling her that he will finish re-flooring the sunroom once he returned, to which she joked that he would then find another part of the house to destroy. Clint then told Barton that this was his last project.

Barton watches the Avengers leave

However, they were actually referring to Clint being with Avengers, informing her that he would be retiring after they dealt with Ultron. They then kissed each other goodbye, and Barton watched in concern as the Avengers departed in the Quinjet.

Barton hugs her husband after he returns

Barton was making tea when she turned around and was happily surprised to see her husband, relieved that he was now home. Barton then made her way to him and they embraced each other lovingly. Soon after, Barton gave birth to her and Clint's third child, whom they named Nathaniel Pietro Barton after their friend Natasha Romanoff and Pietro Maximoff, the man who sacrificed his life for Clint in battle recently. The Bartons then sent a Skype video of Nathaniel to Romanoff to show off their new child.[2] Shortly after, Clint relocated himself and his family to a new farmhouse.[3]

Avengers Civil War

"You're all grown up, you got a wife and kids. I don't understand, why didn't you think about them before you chose the wrong side?"
Tony Stark to Clint Barton[src]

In mid-2016, Barton and her husband planned on taking their children water-skiing, but the trip was cancelled after he was called in to help Steve Rogers.[4] Barton reunited with her husband upon his return to their house,[5] who had made a deal with the government to be on house arrest, following his violation of the Sokovia Accords, allowing him to stay with his family.[6]

Infinity War

Snap

Barton preparing a picnic for her family

"Hey, guys! Enough practice, soup's on."
"Alright, we're coming, we're hungry."
―Laura Barton and Clint Barton[src]

In 2018, Barton prepared lunch outside her homestead during a family picnic. She watched as her sons, Cooper and Nathaniel, played catch while her husband, Clint, taught their daughter, Lila, archery.

Barton moments before the Snap

Barton called out to Clint and Lila, asking what condiment the two wanted on their hot dogs, mayonnaise or mustard. She then asked Nathaniel, and agreed to give him ketchup instead. After finishing everyone's lunches, Barton called Clint and Lila over to eat. Suddenly, she, along with her children, disintegrated due to the Snap.[3]

Blip

Barton is reunited with her husband

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

Five years later, as a result of the Blip, Barton and her children were restored to life. Barton immediately called her husband, not knowing what had happened or where he was. He answered the call, but it was interrupted. Hours later, Barton reunited with her husband, after he returned home and learned what had transpired. A week later, Barton and her family flew to New York and attended Tony Stark's funeral at Stark's home.[3]

Christmas Plans

Calling up the Family

Barton calling her family

"We miss you."
"I miss you. I can't wait to see you guys tomorrow."
Clint Barton and Laura Barton[src]

In December 2024, Barton stayed home while Clint took Lila, Cooper, and Nathaniel to New York City for a weekend trip. She called them while they were eating dinner and asked them how the musical was. Nathaniel told her that the family had left midway through the performance, with Barton stating that the musical must not have been enjoyable for them. Barton then discussed what fun festivities they would do upon returning home for Christmas.[7]

Updated on the Mafia

Barton talking with her husband

"How's the problematic wardrobe?"
"Yeah, safe. I need to hang on to it for insurance. At least until I clear things up with the old Tracksuit friends."
"Jesus, not those idiots."
―Laura Barton and Clint Barton[src]

The next day, Barton talked with Clint, who told her that he had retrieved his Ronin suit and placed it in a locker, but that he needed to stay for another day to deal with the Tracksuit Mafia. She told them she and the children were making gingerbread houses, with him jokingly saying he would only slow them up if he was there.[8]

Locating the Rolex

Barton helps her husband

"I've been wondering... Fehlt noch etwas auf dem Gelände?"[9]
"You mean the Rolex?"
"Genau.[10]"
―Laura Barton and Clint Barton[src]

After learning that Kazi Kazimierczak worked for a company called Sloan Limited, Clint texted his wife, asking her to research the company for him. Later, over the phone, Barton informed Clint that the company had ties to the Tracksuit Mafia and was run by Jack Duquesne. Clint told Barton that he needed to stay in New York City another day to ensure Kate Bishop's safety. Barton asked Clint if he knew of anything else that went missing from the Avengers Compound besides Ronin's suit and sword, referring to her Rolex watch.

Barton talking to her children

Clint said he thought the watch was destroyed, but the couple decided to look into it to be safe. Barton agreed to check the transmitter signal from the watch to try to locate it, and told her husband to rest and take care of himself before hanging up and telling her children that their father would be gone for yet another day, much to the children's dismay. Barton followed through with checking the transmitter signal from the watch. Later that night, she texted her husband, informing him that the watch was not destroyed and giving him the address that the watch's transmitter was signalling from, 3715 Godrey Road.[11]

Bad News

Barton tells her husband to end his conflict

"Listen, you didn't call looking for permission and you don't need it from me so... I trust your judgement. You do what you have to do."
"Okay."
"And know that I'll always understand more than anybody else ever could."
―Laura Barton and Clint Barton[src]

The next night, Barton received a call from her husband after putting Nathaniel down to sleep. Clint revealed that Maya Lopez had her watch and had done some research into their family, and that someone had hired a Black Widow to kill him. Clint expressed his concerns that eventually, the big guy might get involved if he does not end things that night. Barton told her husband to do what he believes he needs to do, reassuring him that she will always understand him and his actions. The couple said that they loved each other, and Barton told her husband to go finally put an end to the ordeal.[12]

Christmastime Reunion

Barton reunited with her husband for Christmas

"You're never gonna guess what was found in a black market auction in New York City."
"Thank you."
"I want you to take better care of your stuff."
"Well, you're hardly one to talk."
Clint Barton and Laura Barton[src]

On Christmas Day, Barton was home with her children as her husband finally returned home from New York City. She greeted her husband and embraced him in a hug. Barton then met Kate Bishop and Lucky, who had accompanied her husband home as they had been invited to live there.

Barton gets her watch

As Barton watched her children open their presents, Clint returned Barton's watch to her, teasing her by asking her to keep better track of her things.[1]

Personality

"You know I totally support your avenging. I couldn't be prouder."
―Laura Barton to Clint Barton[src]

Laura Barton is a perceptive woman, noticing the potential growing relationship between Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner before her husband Clint Barton did, as well as something being wrong with Romanoff, being able to tell that she was shaken up from something. Despite, knowing of her husband's dark side and his trauma due to acting as the violent vigilante Ronin, Barton supported her husband in his quest to forgive himself, knowing his deep regret upon acting on his violent side, knowing the good within him.

She is very supportive of her husband's job; however, she does worry, knowing that while he may able to support his team, they may not due to be distracted by their own priorities. This causes her to worry for her husband, asking him to know if he is safe on the Avengers, not wanting to lose him ever.

Barton cares for her family and friends, as they are the most important thing to her, and was willing to invite the other Avengers into her home despite not knowing them personally because of their relationship to Clint and Natasha. She is a very calm and happy person, and does a great job at raising her children, living in a peaceful environment with one another, filled with laughter.

Abilities

  • Expert Investigator: Having experience as a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Barton was able to quickly find out that Jack Duquesne was the owner of Sloan Limited through investigation.
  • Bilingualism: Barton is fluent in her native English, as well as German.

Equipment

  • Rolex Watch: Barton owns a watch with a transmitter signal that was issued to her during her time with S.H.I.E.L.D., engraved with her agent code number. The watch was thought to be destroyed during the Battle of Earth, but was recovered and then stolen by the Tracksuit Mafia during a black market auction, before being taken back by Barton's husband and returned to her.

Facilities

  • Clint Barton's Homestead: Home of Barton, her husband Clint, and their three kids, Cooper, Lila, and Nathaniel. She welcomed Clint and the Avengers home during the Ultron Offensive to provide them shelter, and later hosted dinner for them and Nick Fury. Barton sent her husband off to the final battle, and welcomed him back when he returned. Later, she reunited with Clint when he was placed on house arrest for violating the Sokovia Accords. Years later, Barton was preparing food for a family picnic outside the homestead when she and her children suddenly faded from existence, before abruptly returning five years later.

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

In chronological order:

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

References

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