Hawkeye (Clint Barton) Character Profile

Name: Clint Barton

Superhero Name: Hawkeye

Created By: Stan Lee and Don Heck

Hawkeye Volume 3 (2003) cover by Paolo Rivera

Played By: Jeremy Renner

Powers: Master marksman and archer, expert at hand-to-hand combat, trick arrows

Mini Bio: Clint was born in Iowa and spent six years in foster care after a car accident killed his parents. After these six years, Clint and his brother Barney ran away and joined the Carson Carnival Of Travelling Wonders, where he was trained to become a master archer, soon becoming his own star attraction at the carnival. After seeing Iron Man in action, Clint decided to become a costumed hero.

When Clint saved Edwin Jarvis and his mother from a mugger, Jarvis took him to Avengers Mansion and convinced the Avengers to let him join the team. But, it didn’t go as well as expected, as Clint rebelled often against Captain America, due to his problem with authority figures, and he fell in love with Scarlet Witch, which Quicksilver disapproved heavily of. Eventually, he came to respect Captain America as a friend and as a leader, and after a lot of adventures with the team, Clint left after clashing with Vision over their shared affection for Wanda.

During his time away, Clint teamed up with Natasha briefly, also helped the Defenders, and worked for Cross Technological Enterprises, before rejoining the Avengers.

Clint then lost his hearing during a mission inside the Cross facility, when he and Mockingbird were on a mission. He fired a sonic arrow, and it rendered him with 80% hearing loss, meaning he had to wear a hearing aid. At the request of Vision, he and Mockingbird went on to establish the West Coast Avengers – a team based in Los Angeles.

Since then Clint has rejoined the Avengers, been killed, been resurrected, mentored Kate Bishop, and had his hearing restored by Franklin Richards. It was lost again in the Matt Fraction Hawkeye run, when a villain shoved arrows in Clint’s ears, deafening him again.

First Comic Appearance: Takes Of Suspense issue 57 (1964)

Most Common Team Ups: Avengers, Defenders, S.H.I.E.L.D., West Coast Avengers

Comic Recommendations: Hawkeye (2013) by Matt Fraction, Hawkeye Vs Deadpool (2015) by Gerry Duggan, Hawkeye: Freefall (2020) by Matthew Rosenberg


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