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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]

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.

Biography

Early Life

Marrying Clint Barton

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

Laura met and fell in love with Clint Barton, whom she married. 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.

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 also. Barton 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.

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.

In 2015, Barton and Clint 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, but their call was soon interrupted by Steve Rogers, who asked Clint who he was talking to.[1]

Helping Avengers

Unexpected Guests

"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]

Barton sees her husband return home

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.[1]

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.[1]

Saying Goodbye

Barton kisses her husband 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 home

Barton was making tea when she turned around and was happily surprised to see her husband, relieved that he survived the battle and 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.[1]

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.[3] Barton reunited with her husband upon his return to their house,[4] who had made a deal with the government to be on house arrest, allowing him to stay with his family.[5]

Thanos' War

The 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 a picnic lunch outside their house, while her sons, Cooper and Nathaniel, played catch and 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, and then asked Nathaniel. After finishing preparing the hot dogs, Barton called Clint and Lila over. Suddenly, she, along with her children, disintegrated from the Snap.[2]

The Blip

Barton is reunited with her husband

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

Five years later, after 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. Later, Barton was reunited with her husband, after he returned home.

Barton attends Tony Stark's funeral

A few days later, Barton, Clint, and their children attended Tony Stark's funeral at Stark's home.[2]

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. 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.

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

  • In the ultimate 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.[2]

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