With the announcement of Hawkeye, featuring the return of Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton, coming from the new Disney+ streaming service, here are the top 10 villains of the avenging archer we would like to see on the upcoming TV show. Hawkeye, aka Clinton Francis "Clint" Barton, has come a long way after Marvel Comics introduced him as an antagonist in Tales of Suspense #57. The skilled archer didn't switch sides until joining the superhero team in The Avengers #16. After the shocking events of Avengers: Endgame, we're excited to see what happens next to the Avenger and the villains he will take on in his highly anticipated action/drama series.
From what we know so far, Clint Barton (Renner) turned rogue after suddenly losing his entire family in the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War. Feeling nothing but loss and grief, Clint became the lethal killing machine known as Ronin. After the defeat of the tyrannical super-villain known as Thanos, Clint took another personal loss that struck him so hard; the death of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Now that the world is saved and the previous dead have resurrected, Barton is also thinking about passing the bow and arrows to a protege.
10 Wilson Fisk
Wilson Fisk, the elusive crime boss known as The Kingpin, has complete reign over his criminal underworld. Always working from the shadows, Fisk has cleverly managed to evade capture from the police and defeated other superheroes, such as Spider-Man and Daredevil, multiple times. Fisk has been known to extend his criminal reach into gun smuggling and high profile assassinations. With J.K. Simmons returning as J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: Far From Home, audiences would love to see Vincent D'Onofrio make an appearance as the Kingpin in Hawkeye after the Daredevil series finale.
Just like Hawkeye never seems to miss a shot, Bullseye also has the ability to directly hit his target every time and his aim never fails. As the psychotic assassin, Lester has an uncanny marksmanship and is an expert in physical hand-to-hand combat. Imagine a pulse-pounding action sequence as the two assassins duel while throwing arrows and knives at each other. Audiences watched the origin story of FBI agent Benjamin "Dex" Poindexter (Wilson Bethel) as he became the killer-for-hire in the third season of Daredevil. The story could continue in Hawkeye with Bethel returning as Marvel super-villain.
8 Helmut Zemo
In Captain America: Civil War, Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) explained what happened to his family during the Avengers battle against the evil artificial intelligence life-form. In Ultron's defeat, Clint was also an active participant during the battle at Sokovia. We do know Bruhl will play Zemo once again the upcoming The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. If Zemo were to be a recurring villain in the Marvel TV shows on Disney+, he would want revenge on Clint and hunt down the rest of the Barton family. Zemo would want Clint to suffer the exact way he lost his family.
During the climatic battle at Avengers: Age of Ultron, the super-villain replicated multiple versions of himself to attack the team. What if there is a weakened version of Ultron still around, hiding in the shadows, waiting to gather enough strength? This would be a great way for Clint to address the sacrifice that Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) made to save him. Clint does feel responsible for Pietro's untimely death. It would be another opportunity to bring back Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and make all the Marvel TV shows on Disney+ feel connected to the movies.
6 Barney Barton
In the Marvel mythology, Clint has an older brother who continued with the criminal lifestyle. Known as Trickshot, Barney Barton has always felt bitter and jealous of his younger brother. After leaving the FBI, Barney used his training to become a highly skilled archer. During battle, Trickshot loves to use razor sharp arrows as his weapons. In the MCU movies, Clint hasn't mentioned anything about his brother or discussed his family history. With a sibling rivalry between them, Clint has an enemy on a personal level, which would make for such great dramatic content on Hawkeye.
5 Buck Chisholm
In Haweye's origin story, a young Clint Barton found an unlikely father figure and mentor with Buck Chisholm, the popular archer from the Carson Carnival of Travelling Wonders. Because Clint and Barney were orphans, Buck took the brothers under his wing and taught them archery. Though he raised the Barton brothers as if they were his own children, Barney was also a conman and thief. After a heist gone wrong, Barney ended up shooting Clint in the shoulder. This type of personally tragic and familial story would be a perfect fit for the Hawkeye series.
4 Madame Hydra
The terrorist organization, known as Hydra, was able to sneak in and infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. from the inside in Captain America: Winter Solider. Though Hydra was eventually taken down, there are some prominent members unaccounted for and still on the loose. Madame Hydra serves as the official name for the top female operative in the deadly organization. Madame Hydra could be retconned as a sleeper cell waiting for the right moment to strike or a terrorist leader in the upcoming Hawkeye series.
3 Norman Osborn
If the Hawkeye series were to examine what took place during Clint's time as Ronin, the one-shot installment, Dark Reign: The List: Avengers #1, would be a perfect story to adapt. In the tale written by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Djurdjevic, Norman Osborn has been put in charge of the counter-terrorism unit known as H.A.M.M.E.R. As the head of H.A.M.M.E.R., Osborn created the Dark Avengers, which were composed of villains and psychopaths. As Ronin, the former Hawkeye went solo on his suicide mission to assassinate Osborn. If the Osborn family and the Green Goblin aren't going to show up in the new Spider-Man movies, then Norman Osborn should make his own appearance on Disney+.
2 The Tracksuit Mafia
Hawkeye Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon should definitely be one of the stories that the TV show adapts. In the must-read first volume, written by Matt Fraction and drawn by David Aja, Clint finds himself taking on a group of Russian gangsters, who practically end every sentence with "Bro." Led by Ivan the Landlord, aka Ivan Banionis, the Tracksuit Mafia is forcing the eviction of the poor tenants living in their building. My Life as a Weapon also established the mentor/protege relationship between Hawkeye and Katie Bishop, the Young Avenger.
1 The Clown
In his origin story, Kazimierz Kazimierczak became a killing machine after being traumatized by the sudden death of his childhood friend. His lust for murder consumed his mind after witnessing his friend get blown up during a subway explosion. Kaz earned his nickname as Clown because he covers his face in Pierrot makeup. With his whitened face and the black teardrop painted under one of his eyes, Pierrot is known throughout history as "The Sad Clown." The Clown would be an interesting adversary to see pop up on the upcoming Hawkeye series.