Warning: This list contains SPOILERS for the first five episodes of Hawkeye.

Hawk Eye has set up a number of mysteries over the course of the series, and one of the most intriguing is the reveal that Laura Barton seems to have a more complicated past than previously known. She seems to have as much spy knowledge and experience as her husband, and comic book fans know that Hawkeye was married to a spy named Mockingbird in Marvel Comics.

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The comic Bobbi Morse appears to be a very different character from Laura Barton on the surface, but as a spy, her biographical details are completely interchangeable. Even so, Mockingbird’s comic book history points to potential developments with Laura Barton in the MCU, or perhaps her background leading up to when fans first met her in 2015. Avengers: Age of Ultron.


Its early development

Mockingbird meets Ka-Zar in Marvel Comics.

The Mockingbird comic has evolved considerably since its first appearances. She first appeared in amazing tales #6 in 1971, co-created by writer Len Wein and artist Neal Adams, one of the best Batman artists of all time. Mockingbird wasn’t Mockingbird at all initially, but a dark-haired woman who shows up at Lord Kevin Plunder’s mansion, which comic book fans know as Ka-Zar of the Savage Land.

During her next appearances, she would gain a name, Barbara, and go from brunette to blonde. She wouldn’t become Bobbi Morse before amazing tales #15 a year later, where she is revealed to be an undercover agent for S.H.I.E.L.D.

His Agent 19 Identity

Hawkeye and Mockingbird in the sights of Marvel Comics

From this point on, “Bobbi” Morse would become known as Agent 19, one of Marvel Comics‘ most important spies. She’s initially Ka-Zar’s partner and love interest, which could potentially provide an interesting wrinkle in Laura Barton’s backstory in the MCU.

When Ka-Zar leaves New York to return to the Savage Land full-time, she stays put. She remains a presence as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. that goes in and out of the story, but she otherwise leaves that part of her comic book history behind in 1974.

The pseudonym of the huntress

Mockingbird recounts its origin in Marvel Comics.

Comic book fans know that The Huntress is a major figure in the DC Comics world, closely associated with Batman. But for a time in the ’70s, Bobbi Morse went by Huntress. She first appears in this iteration in Marvel Super Action N°1 in 1976 on an undercover mission for SHIELD

Bobbi Morse won’t get her code name Mockingbird until 1980, in The Marvel Team #95. She actually switches identities during a mission with Spider-Man, which establishes ties in later comics and could hint at things to come in the MCU.

She fell in love at first sight

For most comic book fans, Mockingbird is most closely associated with Hawkeye. It’s because of their iconic first encounter in the first Hawk Eye miniseries in 1983. The two fell in love instantly and were married at the end of the four-issue series.

Their whirlwind romance would define the two characters for decades to come and alter the trajectory of their arcs through the ’80s and beyond. Their romance would end up being very rocky and just as impulsive in her behavior as she was at the start.

She is a leader of the West Coast Avengers

A major consequence of the marriage between Hawkeye and Mockingbird was the formation of the West Coast Avengers in 1984, the first offshoot of the main team. The duo led a new team in California, potentially signaling developments in the MCU.

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Mockingbird served as co-leader of the team for much of its early days, working side-by-side with her husband against many powerful enemies and leading a team of diverse heroes like US Agent, The Vision, and The Scarlet Witch.

Ultron uses it to create his wife

Hawkeye Vibranium Arrow kills Alkhema Ultron

One of the weirdest wrinkles in Mockingbird’s comic book history occurs in early ’90s Avengers West Coast #90, when Ultron uses her to create his robotic second wife. Alkhema’s personality and behavior are entirely based on Mockingbird.

One of the more powerful versions of Ultron kidnaps Mockingbird to achieve this, as he did with Janet Van Dyne to create his first wife, Jocasta. Hawkeye ultimately destroys Alkhema, but like its creator, she would return again and again.

Mephisto kills her

Death of the Mockingbird

Mockingbird’s comic book story seems to end in the early 90s when she dies at the hands of Mephisto in Avengers West Coast #100. She throws herself in front of an energy blast meant for Hawkeye, sacrificing her life to save his.

Mockingbird will remain dead for a very long time in the comics. Versions of her would appear here and there in the comics in the early 2000s, but she wouldn’t properly return to action until 2009. Secret Invasion crossover event.

She was replaced by a skull

Mockingbird returns in the Secret Invasion comics.

Mockingbird returns during the Secret Invasion comic series, and it’s revealed that the version who died in the ’90s was a Skrull impostor, and the real Bobbi Morse was a prisoner of the Skrulls the entire time. She reunites with Clint Barton at the end of the story.

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Mockingbird’s connection to the Skrulls is potentially very intriguing for the MCU given that the storyline inspired the next one. Secret Invasion streaming series on Disney+. While the circumstances are different from the comics, it’s possible that Bobbi’s history with the Skrulls informs part of Laura’s MCU future.

His separation from Hawkeye

Mephisto tears up Hawkeye and Mockingbird in Marvel Comics.

Prior to her death, Bobbi’s relationship with Hawkeye was extremely volatile. The two were on the rocks for most of the West Coast Avengers era, especially after Clint was disillusioned after letting a villain called Phantom Rider die.

Although they were reunited after Secret Invasion, they were never able to reconcile in the comics and stay apart. Bobbi has since become involved with Lance Hunter. Clint Barton’s trail of broken romances defines him in the comics, a stark contrast to his MCU version.

She is a member of the Avengers

Mockingbird takes on the Kree in Marvel Comics.

Perhaps hinting at the future of Laura Barton’s MCU, Mockingbird has remained a member of the Avengers since returning to the comics. She has been part of many iterations of the team from the 2010s through the 2020s, including the New Avengers and the Mighty Avengers. It’s possible that Laura will return to active duty, or that she and Clint will form a version of the West Coast Avengers in the MCU.

In the comics, she recently fought with the team against the Cotati’s invasion in the Empyrean crossover event, a massive cosmic battle between the Kree, Skrulls, and Cotati that spilled over to Earth.

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