13 Interesting Things You Might Not Know About Hawkeye

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Although he doesn't have any superpowers (usually), Hawkeye aka Clint Barton has always been a key member of the Avengers, in both the Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Audiences have grown familiar with the character since his introduction to the MCU in 2011, and with the upcoming release of Hawkeye on Disney+, they will have the opportunity to learn even more about the superhero.

Sporting a bow and arrow, Barton has had his work cut out for him, fighting alongside the likes of Iron Man and Thor against some grossly superpowered villains like Loki, Ultron, and Thanos with the same kind of weapon that cavemen used to hunt animals in prehistoric times.

In spite of this, Hawkeye's importance in both universes cannot be underestimated - when his duties as a hero calls, Barton is always at the forefronts of battles with the highest of stakes. From his portrayal as a deaf character to all of the kinds of trick arrows he has, here are some of the most fascinating things about Hawkeye and his history as a character in comics, film, and television that you might not know. 

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    An 'Avengers: Endgame' Scene With Hawkeye Sacrificing Himself On Vormir Instead Of Black Widow Was Filmed

    Black Widow's sacrifice on Vormir in Avengers: Endgame - one of the most emotionally impactful scenes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - could have ended up much different.

    The movie's directors, the Russo Brothers, shot a version of the scene in which Hawkeye makes the sacrifice for the Soul Stone instead of Black Widow. Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote the scene, had some second thoughts about whether they should keep Black Widow's death, but were eventually convinced by women on the crew to keep the scene:

    "We certainly thought long and hard about it. We knew we were killing the first female hero of the Marvel Universe. We stupidly came up with these rules in the first movie-someone's going over that cliff. So, we had to decide. By the way, you had to easily love the person next to you, so we couldn't send Steve Rogers and Hulk. So, it's a puzzle of our own making, but it felt like it was the resolution of her arc, that if she could sacrifice herself for her new family and for half the universe, that was worth it to her [...] A number of women on the crew, when we said, 'Hey, we're thinking maybe Hawkeye goes over,' said, 'Don't you do that! Don't rob her of this!' And then it choked me up because I think we would have a much different conversation if Hawkeye had pushed her aside."

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    Hawkeye Has A Dog Named Lucky

    One supporting character in Hawkeye's history that remains a fan-favorite is Barton's dog, Lucky. Introduced in the 2012 Matt Fraction and David Aja Hawkeye run, Lucky, whose original name Arrow was thought by Barton to be to blasé, would serve as the adorable animal companion during Bishop and Barton's partnership.

    Unlike some other superhero pets, Lucky doesn't have any superpowers, unless you count eating garbage. However, he is shown to be incredibly loyal, such as when he defended Barton from assailants (also Lucky's former owners) after he was fed some pizza by Hawkeye, leading to his title 'Lucky the Pizza Dog.' The trailer for Disney+'s Hawkeye revealed that Lucky would appear in the series, played by Jolt, a golden retriever.

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    Hawkeye Has Used Over 20 Trick Arrows In The MCU

    Hawkeye Has Used Over 20 Trick Arrows In The MCU
    Photo: Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (Vol. 2) #5 / Marvel Comics

    Hawkeye, like many other archers in comic books, is shown to use a variety of different arrows for various purposes.

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe's Hawkeye is no exception, and along with conventional arrows, Barton has used stun arrows, EMP arrows, smoke screen arrows, incendiary arrows, and grappling arrows. Trick arrows allow Barton to be prepared for any situation and adds to his combat versatility when facing different kinds of opponents, from ordinary fighters to superpowered individuals like Vision and Loki. 

    The boomerang arrow, used in the 2012 Hawkeye comic book series as a running joke, has yet to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there's a distinct possibility that this fan-favorite may show up in Disney+'s Hawkeye.

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    Hawkeye Has Led The Thunderbolts

    Hawkeye Has Led The Thunderbolts
    Photo: Hawkeye & The Thunderbolts Vol. 1 / Marvel Comics

    The Thunderbolts - traditionally a superhero team comprised of reformed supervillains - recruited Hawkeye as their leader at one point within the Marvel Comics Universe.

    Learning from his tutelage under Captain America, Barton turned the often-fractured group into a more cohesive team, and as a result they were able to fight threats like the Masters of Evil and the Scourge of the Underworld.

    In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, seems to be recruiting characters that share similar pseudo-criminal backgrounds such as U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell) and Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) for a team of their own. With a confrontation between Belova and Barton brewing in the background, as set up by the post-credits scene in Black Widow (2021), the possibility of Hawkeye joining the team is more than a pipe dream.

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    Hawkeye Is Ambidextrous

    Although Jeremy Renner is left-handed, Hawkeye is shown to be ambidextrous in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Thor (2011), Barton was depicted shooting right-handed, and shot with both his left and right hands in The Avengers (2012). Interestingly, Hawkeye's form when wielding a pistol is also similar to his form while using a bow and arrow.

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    In The Comics, Hawkeye Was Trained In A Circus, Where He Learned His Martial Skills

    In The Comics, Hawkeye Was Trained In A Circus, Where He Learned His Martial Skills
    Photo: Solo Avengers 2 / Marvel Comics

    In the comics, Barton's early life was spent in a traveling circus, where he and his older brother, Barney, would work as roustabouts.

    During this time, he trained under Jack Duquesne, known by his alias Swordsman, and Buck Chisholm, aka Trick Shot. The pair taught Barton how to become a talented specialist with bladed weaponry and archery, respectively.

    Although Duquesne was introduced as a supervillain and enemy of Hawkeye and the Avengers, later potrayals depicted him as both a supervillain and a superhero. Eventually, Barton learned that Duquesne was embezzling money from the circus, but before he could turn him into the authorities, Barton's plans were discovered and he was beaten and abandoned by his mentor. 

    Tony Dalton was confirmed to appear in Disney's Hawkeye as Jacques Duquense.