Hawkeye: The "New" Marvel's Avengers Character Explained

Clint Barton, also known as the "Other" Hawkeye, is the newest character coming to Marvel's Avengers later today in Operation Hawkeye: Future Imperfect and we have everything you need to know about him going forward.

Clint Barton, who you might know from Jeremy Renner's performance in the MCU, is Hawkeye. Kate Bishop is also Hawkeye but... Let's just move on from that.

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We're talking about Clint Barton's Hawkeye character today and everything you need to know ahead of his addition to Marvel's Avengers' roster of heroes.


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We're not exactly sure as to whether Lucky is going to help you take on AIM directly, but it wouldn't really be a Clint-Kate adventure without him, right?

Everyone's real favourite Avenger, Lucky, is coming to Crystal Dynamic's Avengers title in the next update.

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You might have seen him pop up in some of the early looks we've had at Clint Barton and we just thought that this was as good a time as any to express out excitement.

For example, you can see him and his eye patch below:

Lucky the Dog, Clint Barton and The Wasteland are all coming to Marvel's Avengers in Operation Hawkeye: Future Imperfect later today.


Release Time

As you might already know, Hawkeye is due to launch as a playable character in Marvel's Avengers pretty soon.

The Next-Gen upgrade of Marvel's Avengers and Operation Hawkeye: Future Imperfect are due to launch later today on March 18th, 2021.

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Although we don't know anything specific about what time this will be, there is a Square Enix Presents digital-direct presentation due to start at 13:00 ET / 17:00 GMT. We're pretty sure it will go live then, or an hour later at 14:00 ET / 18:00 GMT.

How Does He Fit In?

Where has Clint even been this entire time, right? The world was in danger during the Reassemble Campaign and he was just... Not there?

Spoilers For Reassemble and Taking Aim ahead.

Well, as it turns out, Clint was working with Maria Hill's Underground SHIELD the entire time. He just got captured by AIM.

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APOCALYPSE - Hawkeye isn't going to be able to do this alone!

Despite this, the missing Nick Fury still managed to get a word out to Clint about how he needed him to work with AIM to stop the "apocalypse".

Using the Time Bridge, Clint agreed to help AIM's Scientist Supreme Monica Rappicini and travel forward in time to save Earth from the Kree Empire.

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TAKING AIM - Hawkeye actually worked WITH AIM to try and save the world?!

However, despite what he thought was a successful mission... It seems like the Imperfect Future that he saw is going to need more than just one Hawkeye to stop.

For a brief summary of what happened in the "Taking Aim" narrative expansion, you can see an Overview Trailer here:


Abilities & Arrows


In an effort to keep each Marvel's Avengers character unique, Hawkeye's combat is built around both swords and his iconic bow.

Although we only have snippets of what his melee combat will look like, we've got a pretty great look at all the different abilities and arrow variations Hawkeye will have as a new Marvel's Avengers character.

Below, you can check some of them out below courtesy of Crystal Dynamics.

Rocket Arrows stick to your enemies and send them flying off into the distance.


Boomerang Arrows take everything you love about boomerangs and arrows and combine them for one stylish attack.

It isn't all about Clint, though! Hawkeye's Recovery Arrow will help keep everyone on their feet in the thick of it.

Clint's Intrinsic Ability is Quick Reflex, a parry-dodge action that allows for a quick response from Hawkeye.

Hawkeye also has Nightstorm Arrow as his Assault Heroic. This is an AoE attack that will rain arrows on your opponents.


Then, Clint's Ultimate Heroic Ability is Hunter's Arrow. This AI-Guided arrow hits multiple enemies at once for a devastating attack on your opponents.


Although we don't know everything about Clint Barton's cosmetics, Crystal Dynamics has been hinting for a while at some of the outfits and emotes we'll be seeing in the Future Imperfect update for Clint Barton.

One thing that Hawkeye fans will be pleased to know is that Marvel's Avengers Hawkeye knows ASL and has his hearing aids. This means we could get a nice batch of ASL emotes going forward.

Below, we'll share some of the highlights.


This Outfit is a "modern classic" take on Hawkeye's iconic purple and black suit.

This outfit is Crystal Dynamics' take on his actual Classic Outift from his original appearances.

You might have seen Clint Barton as Ronin for the first time in Avengers: Endgame but it's hard to deny that this outfit is exceptional!

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