Hawkeye vs Black Widow: Who Would Win?

Hawkeye vs Black Widow: Who Would Win?

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Hawkeye and Black Widow are evenly matched and it is impossible to give a clear winner here. Both of them have similar powers; Hawkeye may be the better marksman among the two, but Black Widow has been conditioned and genetically enhanced.

In the rest of the article, we will talk about Hawkeye and his powers, and Black Widow and her powers. Then we will compare the two in more detail.

Hawkeye and his powers

Clinton “Clint” Barton, aka Hawkeye, is a superhero from the Marvel Universe, appearing primarily in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Don Heck, the fictional character first appeared in the comic book Tales of Suspense #57 in September 1964.

The character is primarily known as the archer and Avengers team member named Hawkeye, but he also used other aliases, such as Goliath (when he used a serum to change size, which had been designed by Doctor Hank Pym) and Ronin (when he used traditional Japanese weapons like nunchakus, shuriken or swords).

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with the movie Thor (2011), Clint Barton is one of the original six Avengers and is played by actor Jeremy Renner.

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Although Clint Barton does not possess any superpowers, he is nonetheless blessed with excellent vision. He is an outstanding archer, capable of shooting with great precision as well as an expert marksman.

He will one day admit to Spider-Man that he trains a lot to never miss his target because, in a team composed of superhumans and a god (Thor), that’s the only thing that makes him special.

Martial arts

He also received extensive training in martial arts, primarily from Captain America himself, which makes him a very dangerous man in close quarters combat or with bladed weapons in general.


In battle, Barton uses a custom bow with various arrows with special properties. Some are composed of adamantium or vibranium; others contain various substances or special devices (acid, explosive, smoke, taser, sonic attack, grappling hook, net, etc.).

As Goliath, Barton used “Pym Particles” to change size and increase his strength, and fought with his bare hands. As Ronin, he wielded shuriken, nunchaku, and wielded other bladed weapons as well.

Black Widow and her powers

Black Widow is the alter ego of the Russian spy Natalia “Natasha” Romanova or Natasha Romanoff, a character from Marvel’s fictional universe. She was by writer Stan Lee and artists Don Rico and Don Heck, first appearing as Iron Man’s enemy in the Tales of Suspense #52 comic book in April 1964, but later converted to a superhero.

In cinema, the character of Natasha Romanoff is played by actress Scarlett Johansson and is part of the team of the six original Avengers in the four films dedicated to them. She also appears in several other works of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Martial arts

Considered one of the most dangerous women on the planet, the Black Widow is an expert in hand-to-hand combat. Trained as a real living weapon, Natasha has mastered, since childhood, martial arts such as karate, judo, ninjutsu, aikidō, savate, various types of kung fu, and boxing; she is an expert in both the use of firearms and sidearms; she capable, if necessary, of using common objects for offensive purposes.

Tactical and leadership skills

She is a superb leader and expert strategist in military tactics, explosives and flight maneuvers; the Black Widow is endowed with a high IQ which, like Captain America, makes her capable of analyzing flows of multiple information in a few moments, evaluating threats and reacting quickly accordingly.

Espionage and psychology

Among the best spies in the Marvel Universe, employed first by the KGB and then by the SHIELD, the Black Widow is mainly renowned for infiltration and sabotage missions, however, she demonstrates a remarkable affinity for manipulation and torture psychological, is capable of brainwashing, and completely repressing his emotions.

On the other hand, if you try to manipulate her mind, it turns out to be so resistant and organized as to withstand the assault by shielding itself with pre-built fictitious identities or returning to itself shortly after.

Physical skills

And athlete, gymnast, acrobat, contortionist and Olympic-level trapeze artist, Natasha’s physical abilities (strength, agility, speed, endurance, etc.) have been biogenetically enhanced by the Kudrin Treatment to reach levels superhumans.

In particular, her coordination skills, her balance and her reflexes have reached such unlikely levels as to allow her to move with unparalleled dexterity developing a characteristic fighting style consisting of acrobatic movements almost elusive to the eye.

Also thanks to the biogenetic treatment she was subjected to in the Red Room, Natasha ages very slowly and is almost completely immune to disease; however, as a side effect, she became sterile.


Her equipment consists of the distinctive black tight-fitting bulletproof suit, also resistant to temperatures up to 1,700 ° F (930 ° C) and equipped with micro-suction pads on the hands and feet for adhering or climbing vertical walls; while her metal disc belt contains an unspecified amount of gadgets and plastic explosives.

The woman’s characteristic weapon, however, are her metal bracelets capable of emitting a discharge of 30,000 V capable of paralyzing a man called “Widow’s Bite”, a pair of extensible grapples (“Widow’s Line “) and a soporific gas called” Widow’s Kiss “.

Hawkeye vs Black Widow: Who would win?

And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Let us continue.

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If you browse around the internet, you’ll find a roughly equal number of articles giving this one to Hawkeye as well as to Black Widow. Now, while there certainly have been and will be situations where both of them win, we’re not sure that we have a clear situation on our hands. Why is that?

If you look at the powers of the two characters, you’ll see that they are roughly on the same level. Hawkeye is certainly a better marksman with much more skills with long-range weapons than Black Widow, despite her also being a great marksman.

On the other hand, where Barton wins in marksmanship, Black Widow wins in every other field. She has been genetically enhanced and she is likewise very skilled and well-trained. This means that the outcome would depend on a lot of external factors and that is something we cannot control.


Sure, Hawkeye would probably be able to hit her from a long distance, but there is no guarantee like there is no guarantee that Black Widow would kick Barton’s butt in a fight. So, who would win? Well, this is exactly why we have this one as a draw, as we do not think that either of them is superior to the other.

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