Laura Barton is the wife of Clint Barton, also known as Hawkeye, 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 the funeral for Tony Stark.
Marrying Clint Barton
Laura met and fell in love with Clint Barton, whom she would eventually marry. When Clint joined S.H.I.E.L.D., he was concerned for the danger she would be put in from his enemies, so Nick Fury excluded Barton from Clint's files in order to protect her, as well as setting up a farmhouse in Missouri where they could live off-the-grid. This made Fury the only person to know of Barton's existence.
Barton and Clint would go on to have two children together, Cooper and Lila, who they raised at the farmhouse, keeping them a secret too. Barton was later introduced to Clint's partner, Natasha Romanoff, whom he brought into S.H I.E.L.D.. The two women formed a close friendship, with Barton welcoming Romanoff into their family and appointing her an honorary aunt to Cooper and Lila.
After the Battle of New York, Clint would become 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. A few years later, Barton and Clint would decide 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.
After an encounter with Ultron during a party at the Avengers Tower, Clint, who was reaching out to his contacts, decided to call Barton and check in. However, their call was interrupted by Steve Rogers, who asked who Clint was talking to. Clint lied and said it was his girlfriend, something he denied having earlier, not revealing his secret family.
When the Avengers were defeated by Ultron, Clint Barton decided to fly the team to his "safehouse" where they could lay low and recover. As Barton was setting out art supplies, she saw as her husband, along with the Avengers, entered the house, much to her surprise. Barton welcomed her husband back, as he apologized for not calling ahead about their guests.
Due to no one on the team except Natasha Romanoff knowing of her existence, they all stood in shock to learn of Clint's secret. He then introduced the Avengers to Barton, who stated that she was aware of all their names. Suddenly, they were joined by Cooper and Lila, adding to the Avengers' surprise. Steve Rogers 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 his team about how Nick Fury helped him keep his family a secret, and that he would like to keep it that way.
Romanoff then greeted Barton and 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 watched as Thor exited the house, and then sorted the Avengers with a change of clothes.
Concern for her Husband
Barton and Clint Barton then went to their bedroom, where Clint got changed and showed her his repaired skin from the Cradle, stating that there was no difference, trying to ease her worries. Barton informed him that if the Avengers were going to stay there at their house, many would have to sleep together in the same room, something Clint found humorous. However, this lead her to bring up the relationship between Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner, which Clint was unaware of, causing Barton to laugh and jokingly call him "Hawkeye" for not seeing it.
Barton then asked about the recent incident with Ultron, noticing how shaken up Romanoff was earlier. Clint told her about the Maximoff twins and how they hurt the team, and that someone needed to put them in check. Understanding that Clint meant himself, Barton then took the opportunity to address her concerns for him on the Avengers. She reaffirmed how she is incredibly proud of his role as an Avenger, making Clint believe she was about to say that he wasn't needed on the team. However, Barton revealed she thought he was needed, due to how much of a mess they were.
Barton knew that Clint would always support the Avengers and ground them, but expressed concern if they always had his best interest in mind. She then reminded him that in a few months their third child would be born, outnumbering them, so she needed him with her. Barton asked Clint to be sure of his place on the Avengers, as if they weren't able to function properly, she didn't want to risk losing him. Clint understood her concerns and agreed to follow her advice. They then kissed and as they watched Tony Stark and Steve Rogers outside, Barton felt her husband's stomach, noting that she could feel the difference.
When Maria Hill called Nick Fury to update him on the Avengers, he made his way to the farmhouse and informed the Bartons. Barton was then tasked with getting Stark to privately talk with Fury about his actions. As Stark and Rogers chopped wood outside, Barton interrupted an argument they were having and asked Stark if he could repair their tractor, stating that Clint said it would be fine. Stark agreed to help and she led him to the barn, where Fury surprised him. Stark realized that Barton had tricked him into the meeting and called her a "little minx".
- "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
That night, after they all had dinner, Barton and Clint Barton sat with their children for arts and crafts while the Avengers listened to Nick Fury motivating them to fight against Ultron. She then helped her children to bed as Clint joined the team. Later, as the Avengers prepared to leave, Clint said his goodbyes to Barton, telling her that he will finish re-flooring the sunroom as soon as he gets back, to which she commented that he would then find another part of the house to tear apart. Clint assured Barton this was his last project.
However, they were actually referring to Clint being with Avengers, informing her that he would be retiring after the deal with Ultron. They then kissed each other goodbye, and the Avengers left the house. Barton stood on the porch and watched in concern as the Avengers departed in the Quinjet, heading to Seoul in search for Ultron and whether he had gotten to Helen Cho, who could build him a new body out of Vibranium with the Cradle.
After the Avengers' battle with Ultron, Clint kept his promise and returned home to his family, retiring from the Avengers to be with them full-time. Barton was making tea when she turned around and was happily surprised to see her husband again, relieved that he survived the battle and was now home. She then made her way to Clint 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. While Romanoff was at the New Avengers Facility, the Bartons sent a Skype video of Nathaniel to her to show off their new child.
In mid-2016, Barton and Clint Barton intended on taking their children water-skiing but Clint was called in by Steve Rogers to retrieve Wanda Maximoff from the New Avengers Facility, so their trip was canceled. Following the Clash of the Avengers, Clint was imprisoned in the Raft, though he was later freed by Rogers. Declaring he was officially retired, Clint returned to Barton and their children in the farm, having made a deal with the government to be on house arrest, allowing him to stay with his family.
- "Hey guys! Enough practice, soup's on."
"Alright, we're coming, we're hungry."
- ―Laura Barton and Clint Barton
In 2018, the Bartons were having a picnic outside their home, as Clint Barton was still under house arrest. As Barton was preparing lunch, she watched her sons playing catch and Clint teaching Lila Barton archery. Barton called out to Clint and Lila about what condiment the two wanted on their hot dogs, and then asked her youngest son as she watched him play. After finishing, Barton called Clint and Lila over to eat when suddenly she, along with all of her children, disappeared after Thanos snapped his fingers while in possession of the full Infinity Gauntlet. This left Clint by himself, confused and scared about their sudden disappearance.
- ―Clint Barton and Laura Barton
Five years later, after the Hulk snapped his fingers, he brought all those killed in the Snap back, including Barton and her two sons and daughter. Barton immediately called her husband, not knowing what had happened or where he was. Clint answered the call, but it was interrupted before the could properly speak, due to Thanos attacking the Avengers Facility.
After the Battle of Earth, Clint returned home where he was warmly greeted by his whole family. Barton came out of the house, following her children, and after seeing her husband, they reunited and embraced each other. The whole family later attended Tony Stark's funeral, standing with Clint to support him over the loss of one of his friends.
- "You know I totally support your avenging. I couldn't be prouder."
- ―Laura Barton to Clint Barton
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. 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 cases 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.
- Clint Barton's Homestead: Home of Barton and her husband, Clint, and their three kids: Cooper, Lila, and Nate. She welcomed her husband and the Avengers home during the Ultron Offensive to provide them shelter, and later hosted dinner for them and Nick Fury. She sent her husband off to the final battle, and welcomed him back when he returned. Years later, she reunited with her husband when he was placed on house arrest for violating the Sokovia Accords. She was preparing food while her sons were playing a game of catch and her husband was teaching archery to her daughter, when she suddenly faded from existence.
- Father-in-Law †
- Edith Barton † - Mother-in-Law
- Clint Barton/Hawkeye - Husband
- Cooper Barton - Son
- Lila Barton - Daughter
- Nathaniel Barton - Son
- Nick Fury
- Thanos † - Killer
In chronological order:
- Avengers: Endgame (mentioned; alternate timeline)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Captain America: Civil War (mentioned)
- Avengers: Infinity War Prelude
- Avengers: Endgame
- In the comics, Laura Barton, along with her three children, was murdered by a black ops team that was led by Black Widow.
- Barton's phone number is 573-175-5669.
Behind the Scenes
- Charlotte Mason-Apps was a double for Linda Cardellini in the role of Laura Barton.
- Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely initially contemplated in having Laura Barton's death, as well her children's, featured at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but they ultimately resolved to move it to the beginning of Avengers: Endgame.