Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:11 PM
Clint's getting a movie/Ultimate style makeover too I've heard. And Hulk's trading torn purple slacks for purple bike shorts. And the voice actor for Hank let is "slip" he will be Yellowjacket at some point this season. Doubt they'll change anything about Black Panther. As much as I like EMH Wasp, it just seemed weird to see Jan in the same outfit for a whole 26 episodes. Traditionally 616 Wasp changed costumes at least every story arc/adventure, and sometimes changed costumes before an issue was done. If that sounds nuts, it was, but it was also a running gag that artists enjoyed playing with. Sometimes I think Perez was just trying to see how ugly a design he could come up with. Point being, I hope Jan gets at least one new outfit. (no, the space armor, and radiation suit don't count)
Let me give you Clint's 616 background... Clint Francis Barton and his older brother Barney were orphans from Iowa who lost their parent in a car crash when both were very young. They lived in an orphanage until both were tweens, then they literally ran away and joined the circus. A natural showman, Clint's natural athleticism catches the eye of one of the carnivals star attractions- Jacques Duquesne aka the Swordsman. Jacques takes Clint under his wing and helps Clint develop his natural talents. Duquesne was in personal and professional competition with Buck Chisholm, and archer who preformed under the name Trickshot. What young Barton doesn't know, (and it's unclear how many of the other carnival workers did) was that both men sidelined as professional criminals. Duquesne was the young up and comer, Chisholm the aging veteran. And Buck's not taking it well, developing a drinking and gambling problem. Never missing a chance to puck a pigeon, Jacques beats Buck badly in a card game, but magnanimously agrees to let Buck work of the money he owes by training his protégé, Clint, in archery. After a few years, Clint's skills continue to grow. But things take a turn when Clint catches Jacques stealing from the carnival paymaster. Horrified, Clint runs to report what he's seen, but a betrayed Swordsman catches, beats, and would have killed his pupil had Chisholm and Barney not come to Clint's rescue. While recovering in the hospital, Barney begs Clint to leave the carnival and come with him, Clint decides to stay. Trickshot goes on to become Clint's sole mentor, and teaches him all about trick arrows and how to use them. Yeah that's right, a good portion of Clint's arsenal started out as tricks to add spice to a carnival act. More years pass, and Buck decides Clint is ready to take on a few mercenary jobs. The plan was to hit the well guarded mansion of a wealthy crime boss. An unsure Barton is forced to shoot one of the guards with a normal arrow, and when Clint went to check to make sure he didn't kill the guard, Clint discovers the guard is his brother Barney. Having injured Barney pretty badly, Clint refuses to leave his wounded brothers side. This infuriates Chischolm, who shoot Clint in the shoulder and swears if he every sees Clint again he will kill him. Barney doesn't name Clint as his assailant, but refuses to speak with him. They will not speak again for many years.
Clint recovers from his second mentors attack, and goes out on his own, taking the stage name "Hawkeye: the Worlds Greatest Marksman" Depending on his audience he alternated between a simple buckskin outfit and an early version of his superhero costume. (yep, the wacky mask, the bright colors, the junk hiding tunic, it all makes more sense when you know it started out as a stage costume) But the challenges of a stage act were running thin, and so were audiences when the modern age of heroes began in earnest. During a Long Island stop, Clint watched Iron Man catch a couple of hoodlums and with his trade mark confidence Clint decided he could do that too. Adapting his gear into heavier duty stuff meant for more than dazzling crowds. Hawkeye tries to stop a bank robbery. Inexperience leads thugs to go sideway, and the cops mistake Hawkeye for the robber. and thus begins Clint's outlaw phase. Soon Clint falls under the spell of the Soviet spy called the Black Widow. Tasha seduced the angry bowman, and got him to take on her foe, Iron Man. Even with BW bankrolling a vastly upgraded arsenal, Iron Man prevailed after a tough fight. Despite not liking being a criminal, Clint had fallen hard for Natasha and would do whatever she asked. But the attraction went both ways, and her love for the rebellious Clint turned the Black Widow against her Party masters. The KGB always take rejection well, and they nearly succeed in having Tasha brutally killed. Natasha was taken into SHIELD custody for protection, and Clint's crimes were pardoned if he can keep his nose clean.
Then came a faithful day when Clint, trying to keep his skills sharp, saves Edwin Jarvis and his mother form muggers, Seeing a spark of nobility in the directionless archer, the Avengers' faithful butler suggests that the team he serves could use Hawkeye's talents. So together they stage his introduction to the team and Hawkeye becomes the teams second recruit. He serves steadily from v1 #16 to just after v1 #100. After that, Clint's temper and restlessness lead him to quit and comeback several times over the next few years. And when the company he was employed at in his day job proved to be a totally evil, corrupt organization, he was joined on the case by SHIELD special agent Mockingbird. They share a whirlwind romance by anyones' standard that has them going from "hello" to "let's get married" in no time flat. And with marriage comes more responsibility, Avengers chairman at the time Vision suggests the formation of a second branch of the Avengers on the west coast and Hawkeye was to be the new branches leader. To the surprise of some, Hawkeye proves to be an excellent leader, if still reckless. Really, he rates in the top three best chairman the teams every had.
But nothing lasts forever. During a time travel mission, team members got separated, Mockingbird allowed a man who drugged and raped her to fall to his death when she probably could have save him. Hard necked Clint saw that as the same as murder, and the argument over the matter led to his divorce. Soon after, the Feds have Hawkeye removed as chairman of the West Coast Branch, and the hot headed Clint quits in protest. Hawkeye serves off and on again to and through the Onslaught/Reborn/Return stories before finally quitting the team to lead the Thunderbolt, who at the time were criminals trying to reform as he once did. But since his return to the team after his group of T-Bolts disbanded, not even death, twice, has been able to keep him off the team.