Out of the core six Avengers, arguably the two closest friends are Black Widow and Hawkeye. They were the only two who had a history together before Nick Fury assembled the team, having completed missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. all over the world, and as a result, they’ve shared some of the most awesome moments in the MCU. It hasn’t yet been confirmed if Clint Barton will be making an appearance in the Black Widow prequel next year, but it would be a no-brainer to include him in her long-awaited standalone debut.
Here are The MCU’s 10 Most Badass Black Widow And Hawkeye Moments.
10 Black Widow punching Loki’s mind control out of Hawkeye’s head
Hawkeye and Black Widow form one of the most endearing partnerships in the Avengers movies, but in the first half of Joss Whedon’s first installment, they didn’t get to spend an awful lot of time together, because Loki was controlling Hawkeye with the Mind Stone and he was technically an adversary of Earth’s mightiest heroes.
When he attacked them on the Helicarrier, Black Widow ended up fighting him, and knocked Loki’s mind control out of his head by slamming it into a metal railing. It was a gut-wrenching moment, and it had to hurt, but at least it did the trick.
9 “You and I remember Budapest very differently.”
Perhaps we’ll get to see the legendary Budapest mission that Black Widow and Hawkeye carried out for S.H.I.E.L.D. in the former’s solo prequel next year.
During the Battle of New York in the first Avengers movie, as everyone’s favorite pair of experienced secret agents face off against a threat that neither of them have ever faced before – a militant alien invasion – Black Widow says, “Just like Budapest all over again!” and Hawkeye quips back, “You and I remember Budapest very differently.” This is an early example of the mid-battle character moments that would make the MCU feel so special and personal.
8 Black Widow going to Tokyo to bring back Ronin
Hawkeye traded in his bow and arrow for a katana (and his alter ego for “Ronin”) in Avengers: Endgame after his family was killed by Thanos and he felt that there were plenty of other people out there – namely gangsters – who deserved to die more than them.
When Earth’s mightiest heroes started planning the “Time Heist,” Black Widow flew out to Tokyo to talk down Ronin and get him to come back and help them. Anyone else who tried to bring him in probably would’ve gotten themselves killed. The only person who could’ve done it and gotten out alive was Nat.
7 Nat uses Morse code to tell Clint where Ultron has imprisoned her
Midway through Avengers: Age of Ultron, Earth’s mightiest heroes intercept the titular android’s attempts to create a synthetic being powered by the Mind Stone. Hawkeye’s part of the plan involves flying the Quinjet to grab “the package” and take it to Iron Man.
However, Black Widow unexpectedly got swept up with Ultron’s crew and became his prisoner. Luckily, she was able to contact Clint and use Morse code to tell him that Ultron had taken her to Sokovia, leading the Avengers into their final stand against Tony’s very own Frankenstein’s monster. It’s a good thing Nat and Clint are trained spies.
6 Clint helps Nat out of her Scarlet Witch brainwashing
While all the other Avengers were getting targeted for a good ol’ brainwashing by Scarlet Witch, Clint Barton was one step ahead of her. He jammed one of his electrified arrows onto her forehead to scramble her mind long enough to escape her grasp.
Then, he found his old pal Natasha Romanoff, deep in the throes of her own mutant-induced vision, taking her back to the Red Room where she was trained as an assassin as a young child. All of the Avengers needed help recovering from their Mind Stone visions, but Hawkeye focused his attention on Black Widow, because she’s his best friend.
5 Hawkeye pulling his punches in Civil War’s airport battle
Hardly any MCU fans would disagree that the airport battle in Captain America: Civil War is one of the franchise’s greatest action set pieces. However, some of its moments don’t pack a real punch, because at the end of the day, the heroes on either side of the Sokovia Accords debate are friends.
There are still some moments of real impact, like the Vision accidentally shooting Rhodey out of the sky and Cap dropping a hallway on Spider-Man’s head. Hawkeye and Black Widow didn’t want to hurt each other, so they were basically sparring – and Scarlet Witch called him out for pulling his punches.
4 Assembling with the Avengers
A lot of passive fans mock Black Widow and Hawkeye, based on the assumption that a spy who can scissor-kick and a guy with a bow and arrow aren’t much use to a team with a god, a super-soldier, and a Hulk. However, they’ve proven their usefulness time and time again.
In what is possibly the MCU’s most memorable shot, the camera sweeps around the assembled Avengers team as they look up at the extraterrestrial threats they have to face in New York. Black Widow and Hawkeye are right there alongside everybody else. Relatively speaking, they might not have a lot to offer, but at least they offer it.
3 Clint’s kids calling Natasha “Aunt Nat”
It was surprising to see that Hawkeye had a family in Avengers: Age of Ultron, even if it did seem like a shallow attempt by Joss Whedon to answer criticisms that the character was boring by unwittingly making him even more boring. While the other Avengers had no idea Barton was hiding a wife and kids from them, it quickly became apparent that Romanoff was in on the secret, because the kids were calling her “Aunt Nat.”
In fact, when they arrived, Clint’s wife Laura was pregnant, and she was planning to name the baby after Nat (of course, this was before Quicksilver died).
2 “This is a long way from Budapest.”
This little call-back in Avengers: Endgame alluding to the Budapest reference from The Avengers was a fun way of reminding viewers just how much fun they’ve had with these characters over the years. But it’s also a sweet moment between Black Widow and Hawkeye. Their fabled Budapest mission was a distant memory even during the Battle of New York.
It was the craziest thing that could’ve happened to them prior to their time with Earth’s mightiest heroes, fighting aliens alongside gods. Now, they’re flying to a foreign planet to collect a stone that controls the universe. They’re a long way from Budapest indeed.
1 Fighting over who would sacrifice themselves on Vormir
Although this was one of the more controversial scenes in Avengers: Endgame, it is a scene that exemplifies not only Clint and Nat’s individual heroism, but their deep love for each other. They knew that one of them would have to go over that cliff and make that sacrifice to secure the fate of half of all life in the universe.
Clint lost his family, so he was willing to give anything to ensure they’d be brought back, including his own life, but Nat simply wouldn’t let that happen. When Clint’s wife and kids came back to life, she knew he needed to be there to see them.