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In the movie Avengers, Hawkeye seems like a filler character. He isn't in any of the previous movies, and there's no story about him at all. Does he just have super vision? Does he have a back story about it?

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He was briefly seen in Thor to watch over the Hammer site. But in this Marvel Cinematic Universe Cannon, he has no big backstory than whats displayed in Avengers – TylerShads Oct 13 '12 at 0:03
    
    
Making jokes while playing doctor? (...or was that another Hawkeye? ;-) – Baard Kopperud Feb 5 at 13:10
    
@BaardKopperud Yea, that seems right up Kate's alley s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f0/14/60/… – cde Feb 5 at 14:09

Hawkeye, like Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, is a human, except he is a lot more skilled than most. He doesn't have super powers like Captain America, Thor, or Hulk, but he is a master assassin.

He does make a cameo in Thor uncredited as Clint Barton, which I think you can say is a precursor before his role in Avengers, though he didn't have as important a role that Black Wdow's character had in Iron Man 2

In case you might be curious about his skillset you will find this excerpt from wikipedia enlightening:

While Hawkeye has no superhuman powers (with the exception of the period when using Pym particles to become Goliath), he is at the very peak of human conditioning; he is an exceptional fencer, acrobat and a grandmaster marksman, having been trained from childhood in the circus and by the criminals Trick Shot and Swordsman. This includes considerable strength, as a supervillain found out when he tried to use the superhero's 250 pounds-force (1,100 newtons) draw weight bow and found that he could not draw back the string to launch an arrow.[98] Hawkeye has also been thoroughly trained by Captain America in tactics, martial arts, and hand-to-hand combat. Hawkeye excels in the use of ranged weapons, especially the bow and arrow, and carries a quiver containing a number of customized "trick arrows". In his role as Ronin, Barton shows great proficiency with the katana and other melee weapons. He has gained a reputation for being able to "turn any object into a weapon", and has been seen using items such as tin plates, coins, sticks and other debris to great effect against his enemies. Hawkeye is also known to use a "Sky-Cycle" as his mode of transportation. The Sky-Cycle is modelled after a commercial snowmobile and is fitted with anti-gravitational technology. It is voice operated and has an auto-pilot steering system. The original Sky-Cycle was custom made for Hawkeye by Jorge Latham while he was employed by Cross Technological Enterprises.3 Latham was later employed by the West Coast Avengers and built several more

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Note that almost none of this information is relevant to the MCU. – Dr R Dizzle Sep 22 '15 at 9:20

Hawkeye is far from a filler character. He's been in every Avengers lineup in every continuity (Comics, Animated, Movie ... etc). Movie-wise, this isn't his first appearance either. He first appears in the Thor movie (the same way Black Widow appears first in Iron Man 2).

Like Black Widow, he doesn't have any super human powers and his past is shrouded in mystery (at least in the movies universe). Although one can argue that his skill with the bow and arrow is super-natural.

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Not really super natural. Just extra-ordinary. – SPRajagopal May 8 '13 at 14:20

In the comic Ultimate Comics Hawkeye #2 there is a spot where it mentions he has higher than normal rod cells. Normal person has hundered and fifty million rod cells and hawkeye has closer to 4 hundred million. Also the muscle around his eye allow for orb distortion giving him the ability to change focal length. This could be argued as a mutation similar to those in X-Men. Which would make him a superhuman/superhero and not just a normal human.

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Hawkeye does have superhuman vision in his Ultimate Universe story line. As a result of a super soldier program, he gained enhanced vision and some other perks. However he doesn't have the same in the other Marvel universes/versions. The MCU borrows heavily from the Ultimate universe version.

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Is it from some comics? Which? Source? Anyways the question was more for the film point of view and if you even present answer from non-canon comics atleast mention that fact. And what is an ultimate story line? – Ankit Sharma Feb 5 at 12:53
    
@AnkitSharma he means Ultimate Hawkguy, from the Ultimate 1610 Universe, which is slightly more inline with the MCU characterization of most of the cast, than 616/Main Universe is. MCU Hawkeye's costume, and the family is also taken from Ultimate Hawkeye. – cde Feb 5 at 13:09
    
@cde Does that make it canon, i hope not. – Ankit Sharma Feb 5 at 13:10
    
@AnkitSharma it makes it canon to the (now dead) Ultimate Universe, which was the second biggest canon line for Marvel. It's as much of a guess as every other answer on this question, so it doesn't deserve any down votes. – cde Feb 5 at 13:12
    
@cde i didn't downvoted it, just suggested improvements to avoid further downnvotes. Other answers are bit clear in context then this except the deleted one. – Ankit Sharma Feb 5 at 13:19

TL;DR: None that we know of, so Peak Human, but likely some Super Soldier enhancements, based on his Ultimate Universe background. He does complain about the others being overpowered a lot though.


The Marvel Cinematic Universe, where Hawkeye is in, borrows heavily from the Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610) story lines. The Avengers movie is essentially lifted wholesale from The Ultimates, Vol. 1. The some concepts shown in the The Avengers, the Triskelion, Black/SLJ Nick Fury, the costumes, The Chitauri, were all introduced in the Ultimate comic line in 2001/2002, with the same invasion plot.

For Hawkeye, his look, costume, personality, actions and backstory seem to have been taken from The Ultimates. We don't know the full details, but most of it fits. The frequent phone calls, to his wife (who's been hidden from everybody), Closely working with Fury, eventually teaming up with Black Widow, being black ops and "no more virtuous than" Natasha. Also, he was no longer blond. All of these are exclusive to Ultimate Hawkeye, and only incorporated into the main universe afterwards.

Compare Main Universe 616 Hawkeye, Ultimate Universe 1610 and MCU 199999: enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

Speculation: We also know that the MCU has had multiple Super Soldier programs. Hulk, and his arch nemesis Abomination in the MCU canon, both goth their powers from trying to recreate the Super Soldier Serum that gave Steve Rogers his power. Which was used in Agents of Shield as the Centipede Serum (With Gamma Radiation and Extermis). Red Skull attempted it as well. Fury was also using Tesseract powered weapons in Phase 2, a further attempt at super soldiers. The idea that Hawkeye has received some Super Soldier type experimental drug that helps him do what he does, in the MCU, is not without support..

From Marvel Wikia:

A former Olympic archer, Clint Barton was freed from death row and became a U.S. intelligence agent over a decade ago. Active around the world, he was present for the liberations of Kosovo and Afghanistan, as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall. He became a close friend and frequent colleague of fellow agent Nick Fury, and the two operatives were key founders of the modern intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D.. Both rose through the ranks until Fury became the agency's director and Barton (code-named Hawkeye) became an elite agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s black ops division, often partnered with ex-KGB espionage legend Natasha Romanov (code-named Black Widow). Despite his dangerous, globe-spanning profession, Barton managed to build a more stable family life than most of his peers, residing for years with his girlfriend Laura (who recently became his wife), with whom he had three children: Callum, Lewis and baby Nicole, named after her godfather, Nick Fury. Hawkeye habitually phoned his family before every mission to say good-bye, just in case he never returned; but he always returned, even after a mission which pitted him, the Black Widow and their support team against two office buildings full of extraterrestrial Chitauri sleeper agents. Most of their team died, but Hawkeye, the Widow and a handful of others survived, wiping out the Chitauri sleepers in the process.

Shortly thereafter, Hawkeye and the Widow were promoted to membership in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new celebrity superhero team, the Ultimates, complete with newly falsified backgrounds to make them more acceptable public figures. When the Ultimates thwarted a Chitauri plot to destroy Earth, thanks in part to the unwitting assistance from the monstrous Hulk, it was a wounded Hawkeye who managed to bring down the rampaging Hulk once the aliens were defeated.

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