|Hawkeye||•||Old Man Hawkeye|
Hawkeye (Clinton "Clint" Barton) is a playable character in Marvel's Avengers. Initially added as an ally in Taking AIM, he is accessible from Future Imperfect onwards. Hawkeye serves as the said second post-launch operation's main protagonist.
Clinton Francis Barton was placed into foster care with his brother Barney after their parents were killed in an car accident. Eventually running away, they joined a circus. During his time working for it, Clint began training in acrobatics and archery, eventually becoming an master archer and marksman. During this time, he was also trained by Jacques Duquesne, who would later become a criminal called the "Swordsman". While Barney fell into a life of crime, Clint seemed to remain out of his brother's illicit activities and later death.
After a stint in the military, Clint was hired by the spy organization SHIELD. During his time, he became well known for his archery abilities and use trick arrows, ranging from electrical shock to explosives. While operating with it, Barton received the codename "Hawkeye". He also worked closely with defected-spy Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow. At some point, they began a romantic relationship, though this ended for unknown reasons.
While still working at SHIELD, Hawkeye was deployed by Nick Fury to assist the Avengers in the field on several missions. Impressing the team, he was eventually inducted him into their ranks as a full-time member. During this time, Hawkeye operated with alongside Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and Captain Marvel. Natasha would also join him at an unknown point. When Bruce Banner was asked to dinner by Monica Rappaccini, Clint offered him advice on what to do.
Years before A-Day, Clint met a young archer Kate Bishop during a competition he was judging. Impressed by her sharpshooting skills and learning of her wishes to join the Avengers, he took her on as his protégé, training her to take up his place on the team. Clint also shared the Hawkeye identity with Kate, leading to some confusion when she became a provisionary member of the team. At some point, Clint began protecting an apartment block in Brooklyn from an unspecified faction of organized crime. During the conflict, his hearing was seriously damaged, prompting Stark to create hearing aids for him.
As the Avengers prepared for A-Day, Clint remained in Brooklyn with Kate. In a message to his teammates, he recommended that she joined the team in his place, despite failing to defeat Natasha in hand-to-hand combat.
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Though absent from A-Day during the day, Clint's association to the Avengers led him also receiving indirect blame for the Avengers' actions. Though invited to attend the hearings by Banner, he chose not to appear. During the time, he and Kate adopted a dog they called Lucky. After the Avengers' disbandment, Clint rejoined SHIELD, now led by Maria Hill, and went underground with the organization. Initially investigating AIM, he and Kate began searching for Fury, who had disappeared shortly after A-Day.
During an investigation, Clint discovered evidence that linked Fury's disappearance to time-travel experiments undertaken by Dr. Lyle Getz. Investigating on his own, he was able to recover information about a mysterious Project Omega and hide it in his apartment, leaving it in the care of his neighbor Gil. Clint also sent the information he'd obtained on Fury's disappearance to Kate so she could continue the investigation, should he be killed or captured.
Shortly afterwards, Clint captured by AIM and held prisoner for several years. His incarceration was a secret Rappaccini kept well hidden, with even an undercover Romanoff not discovering about his fate until years later.
At some point after the Avengers reassembled, Barton was contacted by Fury, who told him to accept an offer given by Rappaccini. As it turned out, she wanted him to help the director and a future version of herself protect Earth from an uncoming "apocalypse". Hoping to rescue Fury and discover the truth of his fate, Clint agreed to help them.
As the convoy took him to the the Time Bridge facility, Kate and the Avengers, having travelled from the future to rescue him, attacked it. As he was freed, Clint reunited with Kate, though was shocked and revealed his willing cooperation. As they fled the area, he gave the group details he knew of Fury's fate and AIM's intentions. As they fled the area, Clint tried to convince them to leave him behind so he could contact their ally. After they defeated a Warbot sent after them, Clint was able to convinced his teammates to do so. After bidding them farewell, he returned to the convoy.
Able to get back without Monica becoming suspicious, Clint was taken into the facility. After being introduced to the future version of Rappaccini, he agreed to fulfil his end of the agreement and travelled through the Time Bridge. Before he did so, Clint seemed to notice the past version of Kate observing the exchange.
After an unspecified amount of time in the timeline, Clint learned that Earth would, in the Avengers' timeline, would be attacked by the Kree Empire. In a war with the invading extraterrestrials, the planet would be harmed by the actions of both sides and that the Avengers would die fighting them. Clint also learned that Monica had been working on a new weapon in an effort to fight them off but had run out of time, thus necessitating the time travel. Eventually reunited with Fury, they agreed that humanity had lost the war in this timeline and that they needed to prepare the Avengers in their own.
Having learned all he could to prepare the Avengers, Clint decided to return to the present timeline. However, his escape was discovered by the timeline's Monica and was chased by her Synthoids. Noticing Kate through the Time Bridge, Clint repeatedly tried to tell her to close the gate, though these commands were disobeyed to protect him. After making it through, he threw a spare arrow to Kate, allowing her to destroy the devices in both timelines.
After the mission, Clint returned to the Chimera with Kate. Expressing his pride for her, he recommended she stayed with the Avengers as a member, which she agreed to. When Kate revealed she'd taken residence in his quarters, Clint agreed to "sleep on the couch", provided it wasn't in the Common Room. Some time later, he caught up with the other Avengers. As Thor pushed to learn of the upcoming apocalypse, Clint updated them on Fury's status and revealed the details he had learned in the timeline. As they began to make plans, he began suffering a strange distortion effect and fell into a coma. Moved into Kate's room, Clint remained there for several weeks until he awoke from it.
Clint remained in the coma for several weeks, during which he was visited and looked after by his teammates. During his time comatose, he had lucid dreams of an older version of himself wandering the Wastelands, trying to find the source of a distress signal. After witnessing his counterpart track it to a Roy bot and reopen the Ant Hill's Time Bridge, Clint awoke to find Natasha visiting him. Learning how long he'd been out, he began to recall the dream before being interrupted by Kate.
Deciding to recover the data he hid at his apartment, Clint assembled the Avengers to ask for their help. Hoping to avoid attention, the group approached via the rooftops. Upon arrival at the building, Clint talked to Gil, who revealed that the apartment had been investigated by members of AIM posing as removal men. Realizing that it had been raided, the group were ambushed by a gang of Watchdogs, leading to a confrontation. After dispatching the group, Clint and the Avengers moved to protect the building and its residents from the attacking AIM forces. After the Watchdogs captured Lucky, Clint chased after the vehicle and, after tracking it to a crash site, recovered his dog, Lucky from the wreckage.
After taking Lucky to a vet, Clint recovered the data he'd hidden and, having been unable to decrypt it, presented it to Pym at Substation Zero. During the meeting, Hank revealed that AIM had been tampering with Cosmic Energy and that a Time Bridge had been activated in the distant future. Deciding to go back and rescue Fury, Clint convinced the team to help him. Knowing that the Tachyons were affecting his health, Pym also modified a Quinjet to reduce exposure and bring the team through.
Clint and Kate travelled to the Future Wastelands and began searching for Fury. They later meet Clint's future counterpart, who saved their live from older Taskmaster's ambush, and soon comes to regret about his retirement plan from re-joining the Avengers cause the events of tragic future, where Kate is one of the victims, while Bruce have fallen into a tyrannical Hulk known as Maestro, older Taskmaster's new boss. The Avengers and Old Man Hawkeye went to Maestro's fortress and defeat him, who then reveals how they have fallen from preventing a tragic future. When both iterations of Clint discover that SHIELD and AIM were working together against Kree, but Monica uses unstable Cosmic Cube which froze herself alongside both enemies and allies alike, while the rest of the Earth areas becomes a desert ruin planet. Moved by his older-self's advice, Clint decide to return to the Avengers properly for the upcoming invasion on his timeline.
After the Avengers' venture in the alternate future, both Hawkeye's lead the team at Snowy Tundra to prevent Monica from miusing the cube like she did in the alternate future. Old Man Clint, who was brought to the present by the result of Monica's misuse of reality warping Cosmic Cube, sacrifice himself to pull Monica to the bottomless void alongside, leaving only his sunglasses and the cube, into the hands of present-Clint. Although the mission was a success, Clint and his allies still mourn his older-self's sacrifice, while vowing alongside the rest of Avengers, Resistance and SHIELD that they will find a way to use the cube properly against the Kree, while searching Fury in the present.
While chasing one of AIM's choppers, Hawkeye and his team accidentally trespass Wakanda because AIM, including Klaue Company purposely lured them in, though both Shuri and Black Panther let the team in and immediately accept their assistance against the expanding enemy groups. There, he befriend with N'iix, due to share interest on developing new gears. When Panther learned that Avengers traveled to the alternate future where heroes of Earth had fallen, Hawkeye sadly informs him that Kree Timeline's Panther was among of the victims, in this case, by the hands of Hulk's evil future-self, Maestro.
When Shuri discovered that Monica is alive in a third body through cloning devices, Hawkeye becomes confuse whether the Monica they fought was a mere clone, or a real one inside a cloned body. Despite a good news of the alliance between AIM and Ulysses Klaue fell out, Hawkeye and his team will deal Monica later after they deal with Klaue.
After Klaue's demise when his body became a sound energy being with limited lifespan known as simply "Klaw", then Black Panther announce to officially join Avengers and enthrone Shuri as his successor on the next day, Hawkeye and his team can now focus on find the source of Monica's cloning, while preparing for upcoming Kree invasions.
To differentiate from Kate Bishop, while sharing a swordsmanship, the original Hawkeye never used teleportation tech, and being given different special trick arrow sets. Instead, he uses much more traditional arrow artilleries (such as grapple arrow) and old fashioned acrobats.
Hawkeye's abilities includes:
- Arrows: Hawkeye can fire a variety of trick arrows in combat; hold [L2]/[LT] to aim, press/hold [R2]/[RT] to fire and use the D-Pad left and right to select arrows. However, unlike Kate, Clint quickly runs out of arrows and needs to recover for short period until the arrows are fully used, nor rely on intrinsic energy.
- Razor Arrows: Rapid shot combos, dealing extra damage when and can be fired up to three times. Can be charged up and upgraded with Dead Eye, which will focus aim on a single target.
- Cluster Arrows: Fire three energized arrows within a tight cluster to stagger opponents. Can be upgraded to become a tripwire and push back larger foes.
- Pulsar Arrows: Explosive arrows that attach to surfaces and build up energy before exploding; can be remotely detonated by pressing [L2]/[LT] and /. Can be upgraded to pin enemies to nearby walls, ceilings or floors.
- Archer's Instinct: Hawkeye's intrinsic ability [R2]/[RT]; allows him to use additional trick arrows or avoid light and medium damage attacks.
- Quickdraw Reflexes: Hawkeye will sidestep enemy attacks and parry opponents with a staggering bow shot; press [R2]/[RT] before attack lands (cannot parry high/red level attacks)
- Grapple Arrow: Hawkeye can fire an arrow equipped with a motorized grappling rope to ascend to certain surfaces or swing off objects; press / while airborne to use.
- Wall Run: Hawkeye can run on smooth surfaces to increase the distance of the jump; hold L-stick forward and press / to use, press / at any time to leap off. This ability was originally exclusive to Captain America.
- Door Hacking: Hawkeye can bypass some locked doors using nearby terminals; press / near terminal to unlock.
- Nightstorm Arrows: Assault heroic [R1]/[RB]; Hawkeye launches a trick arrow that rains projectiles down on the targeted area. Can be upgraded to fire lightning or cryogenic projectiles, or create a maelstrom of fire.
- Recovery Arrows: Support heroic [L1]/[LB]; Hawkeye fires an arrow that unleashes nanobots that swarm nearby allies and restore their Willpower. Can be upgraded to negate damage.
- Hunter's Arrow: Ultimate heroic [L1+R1]/[LB+RB]; Hawkeye fires an AI-guided arrow that pierces multiple targets across the vicinity. Can be upgraded to split into two arrows.
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|Boomerang Arrow||Light Intrinsic Attack||Hold R2 and press SQUARE/X to fire an arrow that travels in an arc, hitting any enemies in its path before returning. Attack drains intrinsic energy when performed.|
|Aerodynamic Finesse||Light Intrinsic Attack||Continue holding R2 and press SQUARE/X just after catching the Boomerang Arrow to fire it out again, ricocheting between multiple targets. Attack drains intrinsic energy when performed.|
|Swordsman’s Prodigy||Heavy Intrinsic Attack||Hold R2 and press TRIANGLE/Y to fire a Grapple Arrow at a target, quickly zipping towards the target and attacking them with a powerful sword slash. Attack drains intrinsic energy when performed.|
|Expert Swordsman||Heavy Intrinsic Attack||Press TRIANGLE/Y after performing Swordsman's Prodigy to follow up with another sword strike.|
|Archer's Instinct||Defensive Ability||Hold R2 to concentrate and focus on enemy movements, allowing for automatic, quick dodging of basic enemy attacks. Dodging enemy attacks with Archer's Instinct consumes intrinsic energy, which will replenish over time when not using the ability. Archer's Instinct cannot dodge strong or unblockable attacks.|
|Quickdraw Reflexes||Defensive Ability||Press R2 just before an enemy attack connects to parry, moving out of the way and firing an arrow at the attacker. Mistiming the parry results in exposure to attack. Enemies who have recently been parried have decreased impact resistance, making them easier to interrupt. Parrying does not cost intrinsic energy.|
|Startling Disruption||Light Attack||Press SQUARE/X after parrying an enemy attack to jam a Disruptor Arrow into them which applies the disruption debuff. The debuff increases critical attack chance for all ranged attacks against the target by 25% and lasts for 6 seconds.|
|Rocket Arrow||Heavy Attack||Press TRIANGLE/Y after parrying an enemy attack to fire a rocket-propelled arrow which pins itself to targets and sends them careening off into the air before detonating. Some enemies are immune to the knockback effect.|
|Locked On||Intrinsic Ability Upgrade||Attack enemies to build up the overcharge meter. Filling the meter triggers the Locked On buff which enables locking onto enemies with ranged attacks by pressing L2. Switch targets using R-stick. Lock can be manually disengaged by pressing R-stick. Taking damage before the overcharge meter is full will drain all energy from the meter.|
|Ranger’s Momentum||Intrinsic Ability Upgrade||Increases critical attack chance by 10% and critical attack damage by 20% for melee attacks while overcharged.|
|Reflexive Clarity||Intrinsic Ability Upgrade||Successfully parrying an enemy attack while overcharged instantly refills the intrinsic meter.|
|Extended Focus||Intrinsic Ability Upgrade||Defeating enemies while overcharged increases the duration of the Locked On buff by 2 seconds.|
|Recovery Arrow||Support Heroic||Press L1 to fire an arrow that deploys nanobots over a local area which recover Willpower for any hero within range. Duration: 10 seconds|
|Good to Go||Support Heroic Upgrade||Nanobots remove and prevent all status effects from affecting heroes while they are providing recovery.|
|Extended Recovery||Support Heroic Upgrade||Extends the nanobot dispersal range by 50%.|
|Recovery Arrow Specialization I||Support Heroic Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Recovery Arrow Specialization II||Support Heroic Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Nightstorm Arrow||Assault Heroic||Hold R1 to target a bombardment zone, then release R1 to fire an arrow that rains down multiple explosive projectiles over the designated area.|
|Sunny Aftermath||Assault Heroic Upgrade||Enemies defeated by the Nightstorm Arrow have a 10% chance to drop a heroic orb.|
|Storm Shadow||Assault Heroic Upgrade||Store a second charge for the Nightstorm Arrow.|
|Nightstorm Arrow Specialization I||Assault Heroic Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Nightstorm Arrow Specialization II||Assault Heroic Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Hunter's Arrow||Ultimate Heroic||Press L1+R1 to fire an AI-driven smart arrow that seeks out targets and deals large amounts of damage as it pierces through them. The Hunter's Arrow can hit targets up to 10 times before running out of energy.|
|Enduring Flight||Ultimate Heroic Upgrade||The Hunter's Arrow can now hit a maximum of 15 targets before running out of energy.|
|Broken Wing||Ultimate Heroic Upgrade||Triggering the Hunter's Arrow while overcharged increases the max number of targets to 20 and creates an explosive force on impact that staggers nearby foes.|
|Hunter's Arrow Specialization I||Ultimate Heroic Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Hunter's Arrow Specialization II||Ultimate Heroic Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
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|Melee Upgrade I||Melee Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Melee Upgrade II||Melee Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Takedown Upgrade||Takedown Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Ranged Upgrade I||Ranged Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Ranged Upgrade II||Ranged Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Ranged Upgrade III||Ranged Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
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|Intrinsic Upgrade I||Intrinsic Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Intrinsic Upgrade II||Intrinsic Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
|Intrinsic Upgrade III||Intrinsic Specialization||Choose 1 of 3 options:
- Barney Barton - Brother
- Old Man Hawkeye - Kree Timeline counterpart
- Avengers - Teammates
- JARVIS - Field Support
- The Resistance
- Hank Pym - Former Teammate and Organization Leader
- Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel - Former Teammate
- Lucky - Pet Dog
- Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) - Former Captors
- Tony Masters / Taskmaster
- Bruce Banner / Maestro - Opponent
- Tony Masters / Taskmaster (Kree Timeline)
- Maestro's Mercenaries
- In Marvel Comics, Clint Barton / Hawkeye first appeared in Tales of Suspense #57 (September, 1964). Initially introduced as the partner-in-crime for Natalia Romanova / Black Widow and enemy of Tony Stark / Iron Man, he reformed after being abandoned by the former. Barton became a member of the Avengers as part of "Cap's Kooky Quartet", alongside former Brotherhood of Mutants members Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. He has often operated under other alias, including Goliath, Golden Archer and Ronin. The Hawkeye mantle has also been adopted by other characters, most notably Kate Bishop and the supervillain Bullseye.
- Clint has been confirmed to be deaf in game, as seen with his hearing aids on the character model. In the comics, various reason have been given for it, including a childhood injury to an encounter with Crossfire. The most famous incident appeared in Hawkeye (Vol. 4) #15 (March, 2014), resulting from a fight with a mercenary called the Clown.
- Hawkeye's military background is wholly unique to the game and not found in the 616, Ultimate, Marvel Cinematic Universe or other iterations of the character in comics and other media. This might be a reference to his MCU actor Jeremy Renner portraying American soldiers in 28 Weeks Later and The Hurt Locker.
- Hawkeye's Ronin costume is heavily inspired by the identity he adopted in New Avengers #27 (April, 2007). Several characters have also adopted it including Maya Lopez / Echo, Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian, Eric Brooks / Blade and Bullseye.