There are over thirty major characters in the MCU, all of them possessing individual storylines and pieces to this puzzle that will end in a 22-movie culmination called Avengers: Endgame. Certain characters have certain friendships that have stood the test of time and two of those heroes have been Black Widow and Hawkeye. Since The Avengers they have had one of the, if not the, tightest bonds in the franchise. They have saved the world numerous times together but more than anything they have always been there to help each other in their darkest moments.
So, ahead of Endgame, let’s look back at their beautiful relationship from The Avengers to now.
Through a large majority of The Avengers Hawkeye was a villain in the film as he was under Loki’s mind control. In one section of the movie, Hawkeye and Black Widow fight each other but Black Widow easily won the brief duel, literally knocking Loki out of Clint’s brain and saving him from doing anything else he might regret.
I remember when I watched this film for the first time I thought Black Widow and Hawkeye had a romantic relationship. I was so thrilled when I learned that they were really nothing more than good friends. You see, in movies, when a man and a woman are really close (and they’re not related in the film) nine times out of ten they’re involved in a romance of some sort. But that’s what’s so refreshing about Hawkeye and Black Widow’s friendship.
They have their own lives but their bond is almost sibling-like. Clint Barton helped Natasha out of a bad situation and since then they became great friends. They will have always have each other’s backs and that bond between them is going to become even more important in Avengers: Endgame.
Together, with the help of the other Avengers, these two spies would end up saving the world from Loki and his tyrannic schemes.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
In Avengers: Age of Ultron we learn that Hawkeye has a family and while The Avengers and mostly everyone watching the film (including me) was stunned by this secret guess who wasn’t surprised? Natasha.
She and Clint are such good friends that he was willing to tell her his deepest secret and she was so familiar with the family that Hawkeye’s daughter would call Black Widow “Aunty Nat.”
Like I said before, their friendship can be considered as sibling-like because they are so close and share so much with each other. And even when events turn the tide of their friendship upon its head there’s still a closeness between them that can’t be denied. Such as the events of Captain America: Civil War.
Captain America: Civil War
Even though they were on opposing sides in Captain America: Civil War there was still a lightness between their fighting that made it seem not as serious as it was, showing that whatever conflicts were taking place around them they would always be best buddies.
And now we have the events of Avengers: Endgame. Hawkeye and Black Widow’s friendship seems to be one of the primary storylines in the film, as we’ve seen a lot of clips of them together in this movie. But what makes their storyline in Endgame so emotionally impactful is the sadness that the previous Avengers film has brought both of them.
For Black Widow, it’s almost as if she has failed the world. Growing up she was trained to be an assassin, nothing more, but Clint saved her from that dark world, showing that there was more to her deadly skills than just killing people. She could use her talents to help others and she made that her mission. With Thanos winning the last round it’s almost as if everything she’s tried to do to wipe clean her haunting past amounted to absolutely nothing.
And as for Hawkeye Thanos’s victory hit him where it hurt; his family. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world. With them turning into dust it seemed like nothing quite mattered anymore. He’s become an assassin under the new alias Ronin but here comes his best friend Natasha to now repay her debts and help him through this dark time in his life.
Their love for one another is one of the most beautiful storylines that I’ve ever seen in a movie; for like I said before, it’s refreshingly non-romantic but rather a true appreciation between friends.
Together, as the ultimate superhero spies that they are, they will do whatever it takes to fix what’s happened, finish Thanos, and save the galaxy. Will either of them perish? Oh, I truly hope not, otherwise, I am going to cry a waterfall of tears because that, that would be really, really devastating.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.