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Clint Barton was born in Waverly, Iowa. At a young age he lost both of his parents in a car accident. After six years in an orphanage, Clint and his brother Barney ran away to join the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders. Clint soon caught the eye of the Swordsman who took the young boy on as his assistant. Along with the help of Trick Shot, the Swordsman trained Clint to become a master archer. Clint later found the Swordsman embezzling money from the carnival. Before he could turn his mentor over to the authorities, Clint was beaten and left for dead, allowing the Swordsman to skip town. Clint's relationship with his brother Barney and Trick Shot soon deteriorated as well.

Clint adapted his archery skills to become a star carnival attraction, a master archer called Hawkeye, known as "the World's Greatest Marksman". He spent some time as a member of Tiboldt's Circus, before joining the Coney Island Circus. He witnesses Iron Man in action and is inspired to become a costumed hero. However, after a misunderstanding on his first outing, Hawkeye is accused of theft and believed to be a criminal. On the run, the naive Hawkeye meets the Black Widow, a spy for the Soviet Union, whom he falls in love with. Blindly following the Black Widow, Hawkeye aids her attempts to steal technology developed by Tony Stark. In one of their battles with Iron Man, the Black Widow is seriously injured. Hawkeye rescues her and flees the battle to save her life. But before Hawkeye can take her to a hospital, the Black Widow disappears. Hawkeye decides to go "straight" from then on

Hawkeye later rescues Edwin Jarvis and his mother from a mugger. In gratitude, Jarvis invites Hawkeye to Avengers Mansion and stages a confrontation to allow the archer to clear his name and gain the trust of the Avengers. Hawkeye is then sponsored by his former enemy Iron Man, who sees that he is serious about becoming a hero. Led by Captain America, Hawkeye joins the team along with Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch to form the second incarnation of the Avengers. Almost straight away, Hawkeye clashes with his fellow Avengers. His romantic intentions towards the Scarlet Witch are met with hostility from her brother, Quicksilver. Hawkeye rebels against Captain America’s leadership (due to his past problems with authority figures), but over time comes to respect him as a mentor and a friend. When the Swordsman attempted to join the Avengers, Hawkeye warned them of his previous history with the villain. Hawkeye enjoys many adventures with the Avengers and proves himself a hero on numerous occasions.
Hawkeye first appeared in Tales of Suspense #57 (1964).
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Page Updated:  Oct. 29th, 2023

Comparatively to other iconic Marvel characters, Hawkeye never achieved much mainstream success. He did appear in a few old school video games... but after appearing in UMVC3 and later in the 2012 Avengers film, he's certainly getting a lot more exposure in recent times. He was never one of my personal favorite Marvel characters, but I did enjoy using him in the original Avengers arcade game. Visually, I don't think his old school design really stands the test of time. Some of his newer, updated costumes are fairly cool though.

In UMVC3, honestly I find him to be a pretty boring character. Aside from his super move featuring Ant Man, there's nothing about his fighting style that really stands out to me. Even his fighting stance animation (among others) is pretty lame if you ask me... meh. I'm also not a fan of Hawkeye in the Avengers movie. Wooohoo a generic black leather costume... he's SO interesting now! BOOORING.

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