Fans Are Sharing Obscure Hawkeye Lore That Never Made It To The MCU

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Hawkeye is a polarizing figure among MCU fans. Some find him a drag due to his lack of powers, while others believe that disadvantage makes him one of the coolest Avengers. His comic book self, on the other hand, is unambiguously awesome. Perhaps if the following lore had been used by the MCU, the character Hawkeye would not be so divisive. This is the best Hawkeye lore that never made it to the MCU. 

Perhaps they're saving the best stuff for the Disney+ series. 


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    The Genesis Of Ronin

    The Genesis Of Ronin
    Photo: Avengers: Endgame / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Ronin is the murderous alter ego of Hawkeye. Although he's not called it by name, Hawkeye briefly becomes Ronin in Avengers: Endgame, killing people he views  as "bad." He makes this transition after the sudden Snap-death of his family, which is different from the comics.

    As CBR.com's David Harth explain, comic book Hawkeye assumes the Ronin identity "because he felt like a masterless samurai with Captain America gone. It also allowed him to show that he was more than just a guy with a bow and arrow and was one of the best fighters around."

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    Bad Guy Hawkeye

    When Hawkeye debuts in Marvel's Tales of Suspense series, he is a villain, pitted against Iron Man. But Michael Hollan of CBR.com explained that he wasn't a true adversary: "He was actually being manipulated by Black Widow, who was also a villain at the time."

    Hawkeye's reluctant villainy lasted for only three issues. His next appearance is as a member of the Avengers, the team that eventually brings him to the MCU.

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    Founding The West Coast Avengers

    In 1984's West Coast Avengers #1, Hawkeye founds an LA wing of the Avengers consisting of himself, Mockingbird, Wonder Man, Tigra, and Iron Man (Jim Rhodes, not Tony Stark).

    Although it may sound like a gimmick, West Coast Avengers ran for over 100 issues, and Redditor u/the_curtain considers the original four-issue series to be some of the best Hawkeye lore.  

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    His Romance With Black Widow

    Hawkeye and Black Widow have a close relationship in the MCU, but it's much closer in the comics - emotionally and physically. The two are on-again, off-again lovers. Screen Rant's Kyle Spishock expressed his bewilderment that Black Widow was romantically paired with Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron when she and Hawkeye had all that comic book history:

    It’s pretty strange that director Joss Whedon decided to match Bruce Banner and Black Widow together in Avengers: Age of Ultron, especially considering the other characters that Black Widow has been with in the comics. What’s even weirder, however, is that Hulk and Black Widow never got together in the comics.

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    He's An Orphan

    In the comics, Hawkeye has a backstory similar to that of Batman: He's an orphan, having lost both his parents in a tragic event at a young age.

    He's not an orphan in the MCU, which Redditor u/NoTaCaiLiN doesn't seem to have a problem with because "a lot of the parents in the MCU weren't around while their kid was growing up."

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    His Partnership With Deadpool

    Any superhero plus Deadpool is a successful formula, but Hawkeye, being funny and subversive (in the comics, at least), is a perfect match for the Merc with a Mouth. In the Hawkeye vs. Deadpool comic series, the disabled, darkly comedic duo search for a classified flash drive on Halloween.

    "I'm not a big fan of the [D]eadpool over-saturation into everything," said Redditor u/Solidusword, "but Hawkeye vs. Deadpool was a really fun and good [miniseries]."

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