12 Dark Fan Theories About Hawkeye That Actually Make Sense

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Vote up the fan theories you can get behind.

Marvel fans are always coming up with new, creative theories about the franchise. When it comes to theories about the original Avengers, Hawkeye's lean towards the darker side. Clint's arc as the Ronin took quite an emotional toll, as we learned in the Disney+ series, Hawkeye.

From Natasha's heartbreaking sacrifice to what actually happened in The Avengers, fans are sharing dark theories about Clint Barton. Take a look below and vote up the fan theories you actually believe.


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    37 VOTES

    Clint Killed Fisk's Wife During His Ronin Days

    Clint Killed Fisk's Wife During His Ronin Days
    Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From a former Redditor:

    Clint killed Vanessa during his Ronin days, which led to Kingpin deciding the deal was off and so went back to his old ways. 

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    58 VOTES

    He Lost His Mind After 'The Avengers'

    From Redditor u/zakiszak:

    Whenever a post-Avengers Marvel movie comes out the immediate question is: “Why didn't the hero call up any of the other Avengers to help out?” The only real explanation needed is because they were busy, but like a good fan it's fun to think up plausible explanations. My theory for Hawkeye's lack of phase 2 appearances is that he is receiving heavy psychiatric care following his mind control by Loki in the first Avengers.

    In Thor: The Dark World, we see that Eric Selvig had severe mental problems after experiencing the same mind control, needing to be committed to a psych ward after running around Stonehenge naked. Now, important to note, he's still a genius astrophysicist, he still has his same skillset, he just has major impulse control problems. For an astrophysicist that means doing naked physics. For an assassin/covert agent, the consequences of this kind of mental break would be a LOT more severe. So why doesn't Hawkeye lend a hand in Winter Soldier? Because he's in a heavily guarded Shield mental ward, where therapists are trying to get him back in shape while making sure he doesn't kill everyone in the room during a manic episode or start babbling out state secrets.

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    43 VOTES

    Hawkeye Was Originally Sent To Infiltrate The Avengers

    From Redditor u/IronedSandwich:

    My theory is that Hawkeye is Nick Fury's right-hand-man and he assigned Hawkeye to the Avengers so he could keep Fury posted on the Earth's Mightiest Heroes, if they try anything SHIELD wouldn't want or slip off the grid.

    Hawkeye is the weak link. He is by far the weakest member of the Avengers, in both physical strength and special abilities. Nick Fury seems to have Mrs Frederick powers in the MCU, because sometimes he'll just... show up. Like in Age of Ultron at Barton's house. Also, of the three SHIELD members of the Avengers (the rest don't go on missions, instead having stories of their own) Hawkeye has been one for the longest: he recruited Black Widow, Cap was only recruited about a week before Avengers.

    At the start of Avengers 1, nobody sees him as a superhero, just a very high-ranking agent (and some do still). My brother tells me he's also very loyal to Nick Fury in the comics and cartoons, something I can't confirm or deny.

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    61 VOTES

    Nebula Was Working Behind The Scenes Before Nat's Death

    Nebula Was Working Behind The Scenes Before Nat's Death
    Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/MrMortsnarg:

    How big of a coincidence it was that Clint and Natasha were the two people to get the Soul Stone? The Soul Stone requires someone to sacrifice the one they love most, in this case Clint reluctantly sacrificing Natasha. I wouldn't call those two going there a coincidence. Nebula was the only remaining Avenger that knew how to get the Soul Stone. In the five year gap, we see that her and Rocket were in regular contact with Natasha, while Natasha was still trying to find Clint. My theory, which admittedly isn't very groundbreaking, is that Nebula suggested that Clint and Natasha fetch the Soul Stone, since she witnessed how close they were. They are two of the perfect candidates to retrieve it.

    Lots of people have brought up that Nebula didn't know how to retrieve the Soul Stone. This is admittedly an assumption on my part that she did. In my defense though, she processes Gamora's death as "He took her to Vormir. He came back with the Soul Stone. She didn't." I read that line as Nebula realizing the sacrifice that had to be made. Tony heard it too. "Whatever it takes."

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    33 VOTES

    Natasha Only Wears Her Arrow Necklace When Clint Is Gone

    Natasha Only Wears Her Arrow Necklace When Clint Is Gone
    Photo: Captain America: The Winter Soldier / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Tumblr user u/lornrocks:

    What if the reason Natasha isn’t wearing the arrow necklace in Age Of Ultron is because she only wears it when Clint is gone? I mean, he’s obviously with her in this movie.

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    Black Widow And Hawkeye Were On Opposing Sides In Budapest

    Black Widow And Hawkeye Were On Opposing Sides In Budapest
    Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/hootanahalf:

    Black Widow and Hawkeye were on opposing sides in Budapest

    In the first Avengers movie, Black Widow aka Natasha Romanov says, "It's like Budapest all over again!" Hawkeye aka Clint Barton replies: “You and I remember Budapest very differently.” In Avengers: Endgame, on Vormir, Natasha says: "I don't judge people on their worst mistakes." Clint replies: "Maybe you should." Natasha quips back: “You didn't.”

    Redditor u/SpideyFan914 added:

    Makes sense. We know that Hawkeye was instrumental in de-programming Widow. I forget which movie it's stated in (I think in The Avengers or maybe Age of Ultron) but he was sent to kill her and chose not to. Given Hungary was part of the USSR, it checks out geographically that this incident could've been tied into Budapest. Certainly not conclusive, but possible.