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The Past Was Close Behind: What’s Hawkeye Think About Wolverine as an Avenger?

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The Past Was Close Behind: What’s Hawkeye Think About Wolverine as an Avenger?

This feature spotlights moments, exchanges, etc. from older comics that take on a brand new light when read in concert with later comic books. Here is the archive of previous installments.

Today we take a look at some choice comments Hawkeye had about Wolverine’s chances of being an Avenger…

In 1999’s Thunderbolts #22, Hawkeye (Clint Barton) has shown up to take control of the Thunderbolts, the team of former supervillains trying to make their way as heroes. One of the first things he insists on is to have Mach-5 (formerly known as the Beetle) turn himself in because he murdered a guy. Hawkeye explains his reasoning…

Less than a decade later, though, not only was Wolverine an Avenger, he was on an Avengers team WITH Clint Barton (during Clint’s time as Ronin)…

Even more amusingly, a couple of years after they became teammates, Clint and his Avengers friends had a bit of a conflict over Clint’s desire to kill Norman Osborn (quite likely, Hawkeye’s philosophy on life changed a bit after he was killed during Avengers Disassembled and brought back to life during House of M)…

This is a lot like the last Past Was Close Behind, when Captain America ALSO said that Wolverine would never be an Avenger. Never say never, Cap!

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