Did Hawkeye Just Confirm Mockingbird?
*SPOILER WARNING* IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED “HAWKEYE” Ep. 6 ON DISNEY+, THIS IS YOUR SPOILER ALERT
That Rolex we’ve been wondering about…is a S.H.I.E.L.D. Rolex. With the number 19 on it. And it belongs to Laura Barton after all. So hello Mockingbird.
At the end of “Hawkeye” Episode 6, Clint returns the Rolex to Laura:
You’re never gonna guess what was found in a black market auction in NYC. –Clint
Thank you. –Laura
You might wanna take better care of your stuff. –Clint
Oh, you’re hardly one to talk. –Laura
In “Hawkeye” Episode 4, The Vintage Rolex that was stolen at the auction in Episode 1 is located and pinging from an apartment at 3715 Godfrey Rd., and Clint and Kate go to retrieve it. Clint tells Kate that the watch belonged “to an old friend who’s been out of the game a long time.” He continues to say that if, “Their cover is blown. No more friend.”
While trying to retrieve the watch, Kate ends up in what turns out to be Maya’s apartment—and in combat with Maya. Clint meets an assailant on the rooftop as he helps Kate escape with a zipline arrow.
Laura Barton is Mockingbird?
In the MCU, Laura Barton has always been quiet in the wings, family away on the farm in the “safehouse” the Avengers have used in a jam (like in Avengers: Age of Ultron). Clint’s family was taken in the Blip, leaving Clint angry and lost and pushing him toward the Ronin persona.
Now they’re back, and Laura is definitely more in tune with what is going on out in the world beyond the family home, but she has never really been seen in public as far as the MCU is concerned. One could argue that’s because she’s a SAHM. Another could deduce that it’s because she’s in hiding, as a former SHIELD Agent.
It’s more than plausible that the MCU could go this route. Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird even have a comic stint together in Hawkeye #4 (1983) where they’re married.
Remote location, never out in public, witness relocation anyone? Who’s to say Laura isn’t a name she was given in hiding?
The watch has to be SUPER important to make it something Clint is willing to risk his life for. It’s clear whoever had the watch and wanted that watch was after someone, not JUST the watch iself.
In “Hawkeye” Episode 4 it becomes evident that Laura and that watch is at least part of the reason Clint and Kate were targeted by the Tracksuit Mafia.
Turns out, the hunch we had is a bigger backstory and we look forward to it playing out.
Who is Mockingbird?
While not the most well-known Marvel comic character, Barbara “Bobbi” Morse/Mockingbird has been around. When she was with S.H.I.E.L.D., she worked on Project: Gladiator and was trained to be a spy (codename Agent 19).
Bobbi’s inclination for provoking opponents into battle earned her the nickname “Mockingbird.”
At one point she was sent on a mission by Nick Fury, one where she teamed up with Spider-Man along the way. During the mission, a misunderstanding caused some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to shoot at her, and she ended up in a coma. Afterward, she decided to fake her death and kill her civilian identity in order to keep her family safe.
Bobbi was a freelance agent when she met Clint Barton/Hawkeye while he was serving as chief of security for Cross Technological Enterprises. The duo teamed up to investigate reports of a mind-control device being manufactured by the company. They teamed up to investigate and were captured by Crossfire.
Hawkeye and Mockingbird defeated Crossfire, but Hawkeye suffered hearing damage due to the villain’s ultrasound technology.
Hawkeye and Mockingbird eloped a few days later and joined West Coast Avengers as a couple.
Do you think we’ll see Mockingbird in the future? Let us know in the comments!
Hawkeye is now streaming on Disney+
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