Hawkeye (Kate Bishop)

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Kate Bishop as Hawkeye.
Art by Jim Cheung
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Young Avengers #1 (April, 2005).
Created by Allan Heinberg
Jim Cheung
In-story information
Alter ego Katherine Elizabeth "Kate" Bishop
Team affiliations Young Avengers
Partnerships Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
Patriot (Eli Bradley)
Marvel Boy
Notable aliases Hawkeye
Abilities Highly skilled archer, fencer, swordswoman, martial artist, boxer, and other forms of combat
Use of two battle staves, a sword, a bow, and trick arrows

Hawkeye (Katherine "Kate" Bishop) is a fictional character. She is a member of the Young Avengers, a team of superheroes in the Marvel Comics' shared universe, the Marvel Universe. She is the third character and first female to take the Hawkeye name after Clint Barton of the Avengers and Wyatt McDonald of the Squadron Supreme. Her costume appearance is patterned on the first Hawkeye and Mockingbird.

Publication history[edit]

Hawkeye first appeared in Young Avengers #1 (April, 2005). The issue was scripted by Allan Heinberg and drawn by Jim Cheung.

Alongside Clint Barton, Kate Bishop co-stars in Matt Fraction and David Aja's series Hawkeye (2012).

Hawkeye appeared in the 2013 Young Avengers series by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.[1]

Kate can currently be seen co-starring with Clint Barton in the "All-New Hawkeye" series by Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez (2015).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Young Avengers Special[edit]

Young Avengers Special revealed that sometime prior to joining the team Kate Bishop was brutally attacked in (what appears to be) Central Park. At first, the incident left Kate traumatized, but then it spurred her to engage in intense combat training. So far the team is unaware of this incident as Kate only told her therapist and Jessica Jones. The exact nature of the attack is not made clear—only the initial ambush is shown on panel.

Young Avengers[edit]

A "normal" civilian forcibly introduced to the Young Avengers in an early rescue attempt made by the team, Kate has demonstrated skill and level-headedness in high pressure situations. Independent, tough-minded, and blunt, she is also an excellent archer. Her encounter with the young team led her to investigate them on her own, following them to Avengers headquarters and donning the gear of Mockingbird and Hawkeye, as well as what may be Swordsman's sword and Black Widow's belt. When Kate first appears wearing Mockingbird's mask, Patriot jokingly refers to her as "Hawkingbird." She invites herself to join the team after freeing them and helps them in their battle against Kang the Conqueror. She was subsequently confirmed as a member of the team.[2] After the team's first adventure stopping Kang the Conqueror, Captain America and Iron Man ordered the team to break up and refused to train the team without their parents' consent. However, Kate Bishop still wanted to be a Young Avenger. Believing the worst Captain America and Iron Man could do was inform their parents, Kate took the team to an abandoned warehouse previously owned by one of her father's companies, Bishop Publishing, which became the team's lair. She also had new uniforms made for them, since Cap told them to "never wear those uniforms again."[3]

Kate is close with her friend and teammate Stature, and has a certain degree of chemistry with teammate Patriot, although their relationship is punctuated by near-constant bickering and one-upmanship; when Stature observed that "no matter what happens" Wiccan and Hulkling "have each other" and Kate has Patriot, Kate immediately objected, saying "all we do is fight". The team’s newest member, Speed, immediately referred to Patriot as "your boyfriend," prompting another denial by Kate. Upon meeting Speed for the first time, she was not her usual composed self (for lack of a codename, her self-introduction stalled after "I’m..."). Still, she is the driving member of the team, pushing everyone to stay together and operates as the team's unofficial deputy-leader when Patriot's not around, even giving him occasional orders.[volume & issue needed]

After Patriot is injured, Captain America informs the Young Avengers that he hopes that they start normal lives.[4] Kate tells him if he had trained them, Patriot might not have been injured and it was best for him to help the Young Avengers by accepting them. Jessica Jones returns to give Kate the original Hawkeye's bow and arrows with a note from Captain America addressed to Hawkeye. Jessica told Kate that the only other person to stand up to Captain America the way Kate did was Hawkeye, and that Captain America wanted her to take Clint's codename. Kate did and became the third "Hawkeye".[volume & issue needed]

Civil War[edit]

Kate has been identified as one of the 142 registered superheroes who appear on the cover of the comic book Avengers: The Initiative #1.[5] However, she and Patriot (also on that cover) make a brief appearance in Doctor Strange's home, the hideout of the New Avengers in the second issue of Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America, casting some doubt into their allegiances. However, in the same issue of Fallen Son, Iron Fist remarks that "It's been a tough week" leading to the assumption that series takes place in the week following Cap's death, and the Young Avengers may have registered after that.[6] In the same series, however Kate and Patriot confront Clint Barton, who had temporarily taken on the costume and shield of Captain America who are attempting to capture them for being unregistered heroes, leaving more confusion.[7]

Unaware of who he truly is, Kate berates Clint, saying that she took Hawkeye's name to honor him but did not copy his costume as that would be shameful; she further states that "if Hawkeye were alive, I'd call myself something else." Her words convince Clint to return the shield and costume to Tony Stark, condemn Stark for his role in the Civil War, and go his own path.[7]

Young Avengers Presents[edit]

In the Young Avengers Presents limited series, Kate assists Patriot in tracking down Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, aiding him in taking down a cell of A.I.M. cyborgs in the process.[8]

In the last issue of the series, Kate goes on an awkward date with Eli, ultimately turning him down, to his embarrassment. She is then attacked by Ronin, who tests her abilities. He invites her to the Secret Avengers hideout and reveals himself to be Clint Barton. The two discuss determination to lead and "always taking the shot." Kate bets him that he cannot split an arrow (a supposedly impossible feat), and wagers his original bow. He wins using a far inferior bow, reiterating that no matter how impossible, when the lives of their teammates depend on it, one should always take the shot. Humiliated, Kate surrenders the bow and her codename, and is rebuffed by Patriot. Speed takes Kate out on a date to ease her tension and the two infiltrate the Secret Avengers base and reclaim the bow. Meanwhile, Clint attempts to advocate for the Young Avengers to the other Secret Avengers, wishing to serve as mentors to them. He notices Kate's presence and visits her later, granting her permission to use his name and bow, acknowledging that her infiltration demonstrated the determination necessary to lead her team. He offers her the Secret Avengers' support, giving her an old photo of himself, Captain America, the Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver in their early days as Avengers. Reaffirmed, Kate approaches Eli and kisses him, asking him to be patient with her and give her time.[9]

Secret Invasion[edit]

Kate participates in the battle against the Skrull invasion with her teammates, but is defeated, despite the aid of the Initiative.[10] She and the Young Avengers later show up to join in the final fight. When she is knocked unconscious, her bow and arrows are used by Clint Barton, the original Hawkeye to continue the fight.[11]


Kate joins the Young Avengers, New Avengers, and Secret Warriors in stopping Norman Osborn's siege of Asgard.[12][13][14] Unfortunately, when the Sentry levels Asgard, Kate and Patriot are trapped beneath rubble. During a doubtful moment Patriot passionately kisses Kate, which prompts to her to push him away after a startled moment. Not long they are resucted by their friends and head to rejoin their group but not before Kate tells Patriot that was a 'Hell of a kiss.' with a shared smile, hinting the start of a relationship.[15]

Heroic Age[edit]

After the events of Siege, Kate is seen amongst the heroes celebrating at Avengers Tower.[16] Clint Barton later encourages her to keep the name "Hawkeye" despite returning to the mantle himself, saying that the world is big enough for two "Hawkeyes" for now.[17]

Kate appears alongside the other Young Avengers in Avengers: Children's Crusade.[18]

Kate also appears alongside the other Young Avengers in Avengers: The Children's Crusade Young Avengers. A One-Shot where the Young Avengers are grown up and are now the Avengers. It is an alternate timeline altered by Iron Lad continuing to alter the timestream to defeat Kang the Conqueror.[19]

Marvel NOW![edit]

Kate appears alongside the original Hawkeye, Clint Barton, in the new Hawkeye series, which takes place after the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline. The two co-star in the series, focusing on lower crime instead of being superheroes, which they acknowledge is what makes each of them Hawkeye. They maintain a mentor/student relationship, though they regularly exhibit competitiveness with each other; in a mission to help Clint, she took down and posed as Madame Masque, who is now bent on exacting her revenge and ultimately kill her.[20]

After Clint began acting increasingly aloof and hostile towards her and her attempts to help him, Kate decided to leave New York for a bit and go to Los Angeles, together with Clint's dog Lucky; however, as soon as she arrived there she learned that her father cut her off from his money, leaving her to her own devices.[21] To earn some money, Kate put an ad describing herself as half-superhero, half-private eye.[22] During her stay in L.A., she ran afoul on a criminal organization headed by Masque, and while she managed to bring it down, she learned that her father was implicated in it. Kate gave him a phone call and told him she would make him pay. She returned to New York to assist Clint in defeating the Russian Mafia after they kill one of Clint's residents, with her dad secretly conspiring with other super villains and mob bosses to put a hit on her and Clint.[23]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Kate is highly skilled at archery, fencing, swordsmanship, jujitsu, boxing, and other forms of combat. She carries two battle staves similar to those once used by Mockingbird, a sword similar to the Swordsman's, as well as Clint Barton's bow and arrows. Black Panther had also supplied her with trick arrows.[24]

Other versions[edit]

An Ultimate Marvel version of Kate Bishop appears in Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man as a 13-year-old classmate of Miles Morales. The character was initially unnamed but her identity is later confirmed by writer Brian Michael Bendis.[25] Following a one-year timeskip, the 14-year-old Kate is seen dating Miles.[26] In this reality, Kate and her family are members of HYDRA, and she believes they can make the world better.[27] Miles eventually reveals to Kate that he is Spider-Man, which freaks her out and she does not talk to Miles for weeks.[28] She tells his secret to her sister, who in turn tells her father.[27] When Miles goes to her house to check on Kate, her father drugs Miles and kidnaps him while HYDRA agents kidnap Miles' father, Ganke, and Jessica.[29] Despite the reveal Kate still seems to hold feelings for Miles and does not like to see him tortured by her father and Doctor Doom.[30] After Miles breaks free, defeats Doctor Doom, and is rescued by his friends, he breaks up with Kate and she is knocked out by Dagger.[31]

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Video games[edit]


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  2. ^ Young Avengers #2-3
  3. ^ Young Avengers #4-6
  4. ^ Young Avengers #12
  5. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #1 Character Map
  6. ^ Fallen Son - The Death of Captain America #2
  7. ^ a b Fallen Son - The Death of Captain America #3
  8. ^ Young Avengers Presents Patriot #1
  9. ^ Young Avengers Presents Hawkeye #6
  10. ^ Secret Invasion #3
  11. ^ Secret Invasion #7
  12. ^ Siege #2-3
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  15. ^ Siege: Young Avengers
  16. ^ Avengers vol. 4 # 1
  17. ^ I Am an Avenger #1
  18. ^ Avengers The Childrens Crusade #1-9
  19. ^ Avengers The Childrens Crusade Young Avengers
  20. ^ Hawkeye vol. 4 #1-11
  21. ^ Hawkeye Annual
  22. ^ Hawkeye vol. 4 #14
  23. ^ Hawkeye vol. 4 #15-20
  24. ^ Fallen Son:Death of Captain America #3
  25. ^ Johnston, Rich. "Ultimate Spider-Man’s New Girlfriend Revealed… Face It Tiger, You Just Hit The Bullseye". Bleeding Cool. 
  26. ^ Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #23
  27. ^ a b Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #7 (November 2014)
  28. ^ Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #2 (June 2014)
  29. ^ Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #10 (February 2015)
  30. ^ Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #11 (March 2015)
  31. ^ Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #12 (April 2015)