Hawkeye (real name Clinton "Clint" Barton) is a member of the Avengers.
Hawkeye joined the Avengers. Leaving the team after it was disbanded by Tony Stark, he took to being a solo superhero. After stopping the Frightful Four on his own, he received the Avengers Protocol and laughed at it, questioning if it was a joke and expecting Iron Man to emerge with hidden cameras. However, Iron Man insisted that it was not and told him that the Avengers needed him. After arriving at the Avengers Mansion with Iron Man, Hulk and Thor, Hawkeye made fun of Iron Man's leadership skills, stating that he might be able to lead them to Los Vegas before being told by Iron Man that their situation was serious and to not joke for the moment.
He then revealed to Hawkeye and the others that Captain America had been killed in the line of duty fighting against Red Skull, whom vaporized him. Hawkeye and the others watched the archived footage of Captain America's death and decided to join Iron Man in defeating the Red Skull after he revealed to them that he could not do his battle against him alone, with Hawkeye telling him as he rejoined that all he did was point and shoot. Hawkeye departed with the other Avengers to the arctic, Red Skull's base of operations. While aboard the Quinjet, Hawkeye was threatened by Hulk to be dropped due his insults towards the latter and thanked him for holding him outside of the jet, as he was able to view their enemies. While fighting the HYDRA agents, Hulk and Thor started to talk over their battle strategies. Hawkeye asked them if they mind and told them that he was fighting there before Hulk told him to fight somewhere else as he grabbed him.
Though Hawkeye told Hulk not to do it, the brute threw him across the battle field and in front of several HYDRA agents, with Hawkeye telling them that he was not with the Avengers. Hawkeye and the other Avengers soon met up with Black Widow, whom had been following them and wanted to make sure her assistance was required. After Black Widow suggested to Iron Man that the Avenger scan for M.O.D.O.K.'s skull to find him, Hawkeye told her that he was impressed before Black Widow told him that of course he was. Haweye and the other Avengers were left behind when Iron Man moved on Red Skull's signal, being pinned down by a multitude of HYDRA agents. Hulk placed Hawkeye and Black Widow in a pod and told them that they could thank him while having his speech being cut off by a hit from one of the HYDRA agents, causing Hawkeye to jokingly remark that he did not get what he was saying.
In the meantime, Iron Man had discovered that Red Skull and Captain America had switched bodies under the villain's instruction after Iron Man was struck across the head by Red Skull in Captain America's body. Hawkeye and the rest of the Avengers met up with Falcon and soon came to aid Iron Man in defeating Captain America. However, the Avengers soon found themselves desperately trying to help him when he was captured by M.O.D.O.K., whom stripped him of his arc-reactor and armor and gave it to Red Skull.
Personality and Traits
Cocky, quick-witted, arrogant, and impulsive, it is quite hard to imagine someone like Hawkeye being part of the Avengers due to his more negative aspects, like his brashness and smart mouth. However in Hulked-Out Heroes, he sacrificed himself to save two people from being crushed by a car. Although he did survive, showing that underneath that arrogant exterior there was a noble man.
Powers and Abilities
Like fellow Avenger Black Widow, Hawkeye has no superpowers, but is a master archer with uncanny reflexes and aim.
- Hawkeye first appeared in Tales of Suspense #57, and spent his first few appearances as an opponent of Iron Man due to a misunderstanding with police officers (the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent aspect is from the Ultimate universe). His backstory was fully explored in The Avengers #19, which reveals he was trained in archery by the Swordsman, however, this later revealed to be a half-truth in Solo Avengers #1 and 2, where his full origin was revealed.