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Kate Bishop: 5 Reasons Why She’s A Better Hawkeye Than Clint (& 5 Why She’s Not)

In the second Avengers: Endgame trailer, we saw Clint Barton training a young girl to use a bow and arrow in his backyard. Immediately, fans thought this might be Kate Bishop, who took on the Hawkeye moniker after Clint was done with it in the comics.

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We’d already seen Jeremy Renner’s Clint in an outfit that looked closer to that worn by his Ronin alter ego in the first trailer, so fans were just putting two and two together. It seems more likely that this is just Clint’s daughter, who we met in Age of Ultron. Still, just in case, here are 5 Reasons Why Kate Bishop Is A Better Hawkeye Than Clint (And 5 Why She’s Not).

10 Why she’s not: Clint saved Kate’s life in Secret Invasion

In “Secret Invasion,” the comic book storyline in which Earth faced an invasion by the Skrulls, Kate Bishop was fighting against them and got knocked unconscious. After that, Clint Barton swooped in and grabbed her bow and arrows. He continued the fight for her and she lived to see another day.

Kate is a great Hawkeye, but she clearly isn’t as great as the one who jumped in to save her life when she was battling the Skrulls. Plus, Kate and the other Young Avengers had been previously defeated by the first wave of Skrulls at the beginning of the comic.

9 Why she is: It was Captain America’s idea for her to be Hawkeye

In the comics, it was actually Captain America who inspired Kate Bishop to take up the mantle of Hawkeye. After she stood up to him, he decided that she had the chops to take on the name and position of the Avengers’ star archer. He didn’t want the Young Avengers to train without their parents’ consent, but Kate kept training anyway.

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When Cap realized the only other person besides Kate who had stood up to him like that was Clint Barton, he decided she should be Hawkeye. So, he sent her a note addressed to “Hawkeye” to let her know about it.

8 Why she’s not: Her personal life is way more complicated

Kate Bishop’s father is a crime lord who has been heavily involved in various comic book storylines as a villain. As we’ve seen, Clint Barton’s home life is much less complicated than that.

When he’s not jetting around the world and fighting with Earth’s mightiest heroes to save the universe from catastrophic threats, he’s living on a farm with his wife (played by Linda Cardellini) and kids. He actually has such a healthy personal life that he was given the same home arrest sentence as Scott Lang, so that he could spend time with his family (and sit out Infinity War).

7 Why she is: She has a better costume

Both Clint’s costume and Kate’s costume are colored with that distinctive shade of purple, but Kate wears hers better. Her dark hair color and dark leather gloves match the purple really well and she has awesome sunglasses to add to it. Plus, the actual design of the costume is more practical.

Her left arm, which she uses to hold the bow in place, has a full sleeve up to the wrist, while her right arm, which she needs to be mobile to pull back the string to various degrees as she fires out arrows, is sleeveless. It makes more sense and has been thought out more thoroughly than Clint’s costume, and that’s a huge point in her favor.

6 Why she’s not: She wasn’t the original

Clint Barton was the original Hawkeye. He was in the original line-up of the Avengers and he defined what it meant to be the guy with no powers whose only special ability is archery. Kate Bishop was simply following in his footsteps when she took up her own bow and arrow and joined the Young Avengers under the name Hawkeye.

Clint was the one who broke all the ground and blazed the trail to become the Avengers’ first archer. Kate just moved in after he was done being the Avengers’ archer and she took his name. She took the Hawkeye role in her own direction, but she did borrow a lot.

5 Why she is: She’s not a laughing stock

Ever since he joined the likes of Iron Man and Thor and the Hulk in a battle against an alien invasion in 2012’s The Avengers, Clint Barton’s Hawkeye has been a laughing stock among the MCU’s fan base.

It’s not really his fault, since he’s an archer who has to fight alongside a green monster who can stop alien spaceships with his bare hands and a super-soldier who was genetically enhanced by the U.S. government and a literal god. But the fact remains that Clint Barton is often derided as the most useless Avenger, while no moviegoers have anything against Kate Bishop yet.

4 Why she’s not: Clint’s been on more teams

A Hawkeye can’t really stand on their own – they have to be an asset to a team and provide strong support to the characters who actually have powers. Clint Barton has been a member of far more superhero teams than Kate Bishop.

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Clint has been in the Avengers, the New Avengers, the Secret Avengers, the Defenders, the Thunderbolts, the World Counter-Terrorism Agency, the Wild Pack, and many more. Kate has only been a member of the Young Avengers, which is the affiliation she is best known for, and the West Coast Avengers, which, interestingly enough, was the first ever spin-off Avengers team.

3 Why she is: She’s proficient in more forms of combat

While both Clint Barton and Kate Bishop are proficient in both archery and hand-to-hand combat, Kate is proficient in more forms of combat than Clint. She practices martial arts and boxing.

She is also great at fencing and also just generally fighting with a sword. Kate also has a couple of weapons beyond the bow and arrow that make her more competent in close combat: battle staves (two of which we’ve seen Bobbi Morse possess in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so they do exist in the MCU), trick arrows, and a sword. Suffice to say, Kate is more capable in combat situations than Clint.

2 Why she’s not: Her sidekick is way more powerful than her

Clint Barton’s closest ally, who could be called his sidekick, is Black Widow. They’re the best of friends and they’ve been going on missions together for S.H.I.E.L.D. since long before the Avengers first assembled. Like him, Black Widow is often called a useless Avenger, since she has no superpower and is merely a good fighter.

Kate’s sidekick actually has superpowers. Her name is America Chavez, otherwise known as Miss America, and she has a huge range of abilities: super strength, super speed, flight, interdimensional teleportation, and the ability to punch star-shaped portals to other realities. She greatly overshadows Kate Bishop.

1 Why she is: She’s one of the leaders of the Young Avengers

Along with characters like Hulkling and Iron Lad and Prodigy, Kate Bishop’s Hawkeye has led the Young Avengers through a number of wacky adventures. She was instrumental in their formation, since she fought against the motions passed by the original Avengers to stop them from training.

With the rumor mill suggesting Marvel is priming a new Avengers line-up to lead the MCU after Endgame – with the likes of Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. leaving the franchise and the likes of Brie Larson and Tom Holland carrying it off their shoulders – this would make Kate a terrific candidate to join the leaders of the MCU’s future.

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2019-04-17 09:04:34

Ben Sherlock

10 Things Confirmed About Hawkeye In Avengers: Endgame

After being noticeably absent in the previous Avengers movie, Hawkeye is returning in Avengers: Endgame with some noticeable changes. Like the rest of the film’s cast, Jeremy Renner has been cryptic regarding the film, not only withholding any possible spoilers or confirming or denying rumors but even going as far as creating a fake film with his costar, Paul Rudd, AKA Ant-Man, in order to deflect attention from possible Endgame leaks.

Based on the trailers, the few clues Renner has confirmed in his interviews and casting decisions, there are several things we can still confirm about Hawkeye in Avengers: Endgame.

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10 He Has A “Parakeet-Esque” Hairdo

Jeremy Renner hasn’t been shy about describing Hawkeye’s new ‘do that we’ve all seen in the trailers for Avengers: Endgame. Nicknamed the “Mohawkeye,” it features shaved sides and a long, floppy center fluff of hair. When Jimmy Kimmel asked him about it, Renner said, “It’s kind of like a Paul Mitchell prison cut. The costumes change always, and the haircuts change. Thor used to have these Goldilocks, surfer hair. It just changes. You gotta change it up once in a while.”

Fans are pretty split on the hair, with some pondering thoughts like, “Just why?” while others say that they wish all of the Avengers would sport more punk or retro styles.

9 He’ll Be Ronin

Even if Entertainment Weekly didn’t just out him as Ronin, we all knew it was coming, and with the Disney series in the works, the new ‘do AND the trailers teasing Bishop’s training, it was already evident. When Jimmy Kimmel brought up the transformation into Ronin on his show, Renner deadpanned, “Oh. Wow,” and completely deflected the conversation onto a fake movie that he and Avengers costar Paul Rudd are “starring” in called The 50-Year-Old Virgins.

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Renner’s complete refusal to discuss this plot line, particularly in the manner he goes about it, all but confirmed the truth of the fan theory, and we could also guess that we’ll be losing the Avengers who’ve confirmed this to be their last film, so the body counts have to stay reasonable. Recently Kevin Feige confirmed that Clint is Ronin and said it wasn’t a theory but a little treat explaining where he’s been to the fans, so now it’s been verified.

8 He’s Got A Sword

The most defining characteristic of Hawkeye is his bow and arrow, so when he’s seen with a sword in the new Endgame trailer it may look weird to many fans. For those who are familiar with the New Avengers comics, however, swords are probably very familiar. Ronin, the new persona that Clint will adopt in the upcoming Marvel movie (and the Disney series afterward), fights with blades rather than arrows.

For those who are skeptical about the change, keep in mind that Hawkeye’s original mentor in the comics went by the name of the Swordsman, so he’s likely had some training with the weapons. Also keep in mind that a sword is a much more personal weapon to use, meaning that something may have changed in Hawkeye’s life to cause him to desire fighting up close.

7 He’s A Vigilante

The Entertainment Weekly cover confirmed that Hawkeye will be transforming into the vigilante Ronin, which means very different things for his character. The word Ronin refers to a Japanese samurai who has no master, a vigilante warrior who works on his own, which Hawkeye is known to do. To adopt this persona, something radical had to have happened to Hawkeye during Infinity War.

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Clint Barton isn’t the first or last person to be known as Ronin; the suit was first worn by Maya Lopez and most recently Eric Brooks, who found the costume in “a big box of Clint Barton’s old stuff” in Mighty Avengers #4.

6 He’s Got A Costume Update

Naturally, as Ronin, Hawkeye will be wearing a totally different costume. Many heroes get new costume updates routinely even when they don’t shift personas so this comes as no surprise, but many fans are enjoying his new look immensely. Ronin is the alias that superheroes adopt when they become more ruthless and dark, and the costume matches. Black, gold and hooded, Clint’s new look definitely shows that he means business, particularly when he’s seen standing over a body in the trailer.

Some speculate that the reason Clint decided to use the Ronin look is to simply avoid breaking the Superhero Registration Act, but given how much he’s altered his own hair and skin something far more drastic has likely happened.

5 He’s Returning From A Journey

Back when directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo gave us the scoop on where Hawkeye was during Infinity War last year, they told us that he had been on his own journey during the events of the movie. They also said that “he has a unique reaction to the Civil War situation that puts him on a special spot in this film.”

Naturally this refers to his transformation into Ronan but what else will it mean for the character? While we’ll have to wait and see the details in Endgame in a few days, we know that it was something big enough to keep him from helping the team with Thanos, so it’s likely a life-changing event.

4 He Wields Ninja Skills

If Hawkeye’s new costume seems like it belongs to a ninja, know that it pretty much does. In Endgame his skill set will encompass that of the ninja variety, which will incorporate not only his costume and two swords but a set of throwing stars. This has been confirmed by his Hasboro action figure, which comes with all of these weapons and calls the hero Ronin instead of Hawkeye.

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For those interested in the action figures, there is also a Titan Hero series from the same company that will feature “hero-specific sounds.” A total of three different Hawkeye-as-Ronin figures will be released.

3 He’s Got A Bunch Of Tattoos

Anyone who’s seen the trailers for Endgame already knows that Hawkeye is sporting some major ink in his new look. Whatever journey that Hawkeye found himself on, fans are speculating that it took him to Asia based not only on the glimpse of Japan we caught in the trailer but also the samurai skeletal figure Clint has tattooed along with several other images in a full-length sleeve.

Fans are demanding when he had time to get a whole sleeve while Thanos was out snapping his fingers, and many speculate that the loss of his family may have triggered this new style, tattoos and persona, especially since he’s decided to join in the fight rather than remain home in semi-retirement for the safety of his family. We don’t know any of those details yet for sure, but we do know that he’s gone under the needle.

2 He Has A Relationship With A Girl

A young woman in the trailer has sparked a bit of controversy among fans. While it’s clear that Hawkeye will have a relationship of some sort with the young woman, we’re not sure about its nature. Many fans think the character is Kate Bishop, given the fact that Hawkeye seems to be instructing her in archery during the scene.

Others think that it’s his daughter. Some speculate that the two could be one and the same, given that this is the MCU and the writers often stray from the canon of the comic books. Discovering the identity of this young woman is one of the many things we look forward to doing as we see the film later this month.

1 He’ll Likely Survive

Jeremy Renner has signed on with Disney for a new Hawkeye series in which the character will pass on the mantle of Hawkeye to Kate Bishop after he becomes the assassin known as Ronin. This transformation is heavily teased in the trailers and most fans believe it will at least be mentioned in the film.

While it’s possible that the Hawkeye spin-off will take place prior to the events of Endgame, it’s more probable that Disney will focus on the future, which means that Clint will have to survive Endgame in order to carry on with the new series that’s been announced.

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2019-04-17 07:04:36

Sara Schmidt

Avengers 4: What Happened To Hawkeye In Infinity War

The first trailer for Avengers: Endgame has confirmed Hawkeye‘s presence in the movie, but features the Battling Bowman in an outfit that may hint at a terrible fate for his family. The Ronin costume also suggests a new identity for Clint Barton, mimicking the comics that immediately followed the original Civil War event.

Many Avengers fans were upset that Clint “Hawkeye” Barton was completely absent from Infinity War. A throwaway bit of dialogue in the film explained his absence, revealing that both Clint Barton and Scott “Ant-Man” Lang had accepted plea-bargains that allowed them to serve their sentences under house-arrest, after escaping from prison at the end of Captain America: Civil War. With both heroes also being family men, it made sense that they would consider the strain that having a fugitive father would place on their children and chose to put their families first. Given that, it seems more than likely that Thanos’s snap – now dubbed The Decimation – resulted in the death of Barton’s wife and children.

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While there has been nothing so far to confirm this, logically Barton would have little reason to enter the fight against Thanos at this point unless it had become personal. Even ignoring the decimated ranks of the Avengers, there is little Clint Barton could do as one man – but he would almost certainly demand to be a part of any effort to bring Thanos to account – or, at the very least, to restore the lives that were lost. The comic book version of Clint Barton is famed for his temper, and while the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have not given Jeremy Renner much chance to display this, it still seems likely that the movie version of Barton would demand a chance at vengeance.

The new costume Renner is wearing in the trailer is that of Ronin – a superhero identity used by several characters in Marvel Comics. Clint Barton was the second person to take up the Ronin identity chronologically, donning the costume to hide his identity from the public after he had been killed during the Avengers: Disassembled storyline. He was later resurrected during House of M, when Scarlet Witch used her powers to create a utopia where mutants ruled most of the world and nearly all of Marvel Comics’ heroes had been given a happy ending of some kind.

What makes the use of the Ronin costume so interesting is that House of M ended with another event called The Decimation, though that event involved Scarlet Witch depowering most of the mutants on Earth rather than Thanos eliminating half the life in the universe. Both events ended with a high body count, however, and both would leave Clint Barton as a lone warrior with no family and no one to answer to. In short, he would be a Ronin – a samurai with no clan or master to serve.

It is entirely possible that Hawkeye’s adoption of the Ronin identity in Avengers: Endgame will differ from the comics. Time will tell the truth of things, but for now it seems as though Clint Barton will be a metaphorically clanless warrior, fighting to avenge his lost family.

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2018-12-08 02:12:19

Kevin Smith Thinks Hawkeye Getting His Own TV Show is a Terrible Idea

Kevin Smith is not at all interested in a Hawkeye TV show, and said as much recently on his podcast. While the character’s absence from Avengers: Infinity War had some fans wishing for his return, clearly that’s not how everyone feels.

The recent announcement that Loki and Scarlet Witch would be receiving their own limited series on Disney’s as yet to launch streaming service no doubt has fans wondering what other MCU characters might get their own spinoffs. Marvel’s confirmed that Thor’s adopted brother and Vision’s love would not be the only characters to have shows on the new streaming service, but so far, no other announcements have been made.

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While brainstorming the most ideal MCU characters to receive such treatment on his Fatman Beyond podcast (via Cinema Blend), Smith shot down a suggestion from the audience that posited Hawkeye as the star of his own vehicle:

Oh, God, come on. Didn’t they take like…Remember in the middle of Age of Ultron, they showed us a whole episode of The Hawkeye Show and nobody wanted to watch it? We all tried to change the channel but it was a movie so we had to sit through it and shit. Yeah, the Hawkeye show I’d be interested in is like, [in the] opening episode he gets killed, and we spend the rest of the episodes with everyone going, ‘He was a pretty good guy.’ And then they go on some adventure and shit like that.

To be fair, while Smith’s answer sounds flip, he goes on to make the point that despite being wicked cool in combat and possessed of a loyal fanbase, Hawkeye simply doesn’t have the enduring popularity to ensure the return on investment Disney would require from such a venture. He and co-host Marc Bernardin also discussed the merits of a Yondu series that either brought him back to life or simply explored his backstory, as well as a similar idea surrounding Bucky Barnes’ life as the Winter Soldier prior to reuniting with Steve Rogers. They also practically salivated at an audience suggestion about a series that explored the life of King T’Chaka during his days as Black Panther in the 90s.

Listening to those suggestions, Smith’s disdain for the idea of a Hawkeye series makes more practical sense than comes across upon first reading of that quote. While there are loyal Hawkeye fans who want the archer to have a solo movie. and even Jeremy Renner’s expressed his support for such an outing, the idea of a series – even a limited one – surrounding the character seems like a recipe for disappointment. On an unrelated note, the above quote should go a ways toward dispelling the notion that Smith is on the Marvel payroll and his positive opinions have been purchased ahead of time.

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Source: Fatman Beyond (via Cinema Blend)



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2018-09-30 06:09:08 – Alexandra August

Hawkeye Montage Video Reveals The Avenger’s MCU Kill Count

A new montage video of Hawkeye has revealed just how many people the Avenger killed during The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hawkeye often gets teased for being the least useful member of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as this montage illustrates, he can handle himself in a fight.

Clint Barton aka. Hawkeye first appeared in Thor back in 2011, but has since appeared in the first two Avengers movies, as well as Captain America: Civil War. Fans were understandably disappointed when Hawkeye didn’t appear in Avengers: Infinity War; however, it is explained in an Infinity War prelude comic that Hawkeye is retired by the time the war with Thanos begins. Many people question how effective Hawkeye would really be up against extraterrestrial beings like Thanos anyway – but even with just a bow and arrow, he packs a punch.

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A video recently posted by YouTube user Matt Solazzo examines the Battles of New York and Sokovia, in order to determine a definitive kill count for Hawkeye in the MCU.  The clip breaks down both Clint’s confirmed kills and assumed kills, as well how many arrows he uses and how many arrows he can be seen recovering from the battlefield. In The Avengers, Hawkeye has a confirmed kill count of 19. As the video points out, however, this could be increased to around 57 since his quiver holds 32 arrows and viewers only see him use 9 arrows total – indicating that he used about 23 arrows off-screen. As for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hawkeye’s confirmed kill count is a little higher at 21 kills.

After watching this video, it’s clear that Clint could have been a big help in the fight against Thanos. Some fans have even created alternate Infinity War endings where Hawkeye saves the day by eliminating Thanos himself. Another YouTuber created a similar video that reveals Iron Man’s kill total (which, understandably, is higher than Hawkeye achieved). Even though Hawkeye may not be as strong as some of his teammates, it’s worth mentioning that this video doesn’t take into account the kills that Hawkeye would have racked up prior to being introduced to the MCU. Given the fact that he previously worked for S.H.I.E.L.D., it is safe to assume that Hawkeye has a large number of kills under his belt – otherwise, he wouldn’t have become an Avenger in the first place.

While it is unknown to what degree Hawkeye will be included in the next Avengers film, fans of his can look forward to seeing Jeremy Renner as Twitch Williams in SpawnHawkeye hasn’t had as much screen time as some of the other Avengers, but the character is set to return in some capacity for Avengers 4 in 2019.

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Source: Matt Solazzo [via Comicbook]



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2018-09-15 02:09:07 – Christopher Fiduccia