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The Wrong Side: Hawkeye vs. Hulk

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The Wrong Side: Hawkeye vs. Hulk

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

This week, we take a look at perhaps the most unlikely victory you’ve seen so far in these columns (something that even the story featuring the fight would agree with)…

As always, the first page spotlights their power levels and the second page examines the fight itself.

And as always, the first question we need to ask is…

How did these people do when they fought Spider-Man?

Hawkeye is no fool. He knows that he wouldn’t last a second against Spider-Man, so when they first sort of fought, it was due to a mind-controlled Hawkeye sort of attacking Spidey in Marvel Team-Up #92, but Spider-Man settled that quickly before they then teamed up…

Spider-Man assumes that Hawkeye fainted from fear of Spider-Man due to Mr. Fear’s drugs, but if you ask me, I would imagine most superheroes in the Marvel Universe would faint if they thought Spider-Man was going to punch them. I know Wolverine certainly would (NOTE: Hawkeye later retroactively fought against Spider-Man in Kurt Busiek’s Untold Tales of Spider-Man).

As for Spider-Man vs. Hulk, we’ve covered this one before, but suffice it to say that the Hulk is so powerful that even Spider-Man is afraid of him. The Hulk to Spider-Man is like the Wasp to the X-Men. He’s constantly worried that he might get smashed.

Here’s Hawkeye’s interactions with the mindless Hulk in Incredible Hulk #321-322.

First off, he nearly gets himself killed…

Then he tells Cap that they’re basically screwed…

Finally, he, Mockingbird and Tigra jump into the fight for no real good reason (“He’s shrugging off blows from Hercules, Wonder Man and She-Hulk! Quick, I’ll stab him with an arrow and you hit him with a stick! Tigra, maybe you can lightly scratch him!”)

That was the extent of his involvement in that particular fight because, well, honestly, what do you expect Hawkeye to do with the Hulk?!?

Well, in one classic Avengers tale, the answer was apparently “beat him”…

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