Ready! Aim! Fight of the Week! Crossover!
This week’s Fight of the Week! Crossover! is between two archers, famous for accuracy and infamous for their methods. Oliver Queen, the Arrow, from CW’s Arrow versus Hawkeye from the Avengers. (WARNING: SPOILERS FOR CW’s ARROW IF YOU ARE NOT CAUGHT UP TO THE EPISODE AIRED ON 2/5/14)
Hawkeye, Clint Barton, is one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top assassins, partnered with Natasha Romanoff, thought to be his only equal in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s employ. Barton is a world (or galactic, after the chitauri invasion) class assassin. Romanoff eventually divulged that Hawkeye had been sent to kill her but instead decided to save her. Barton, similar to his opponent, relies heavily on high tech arrows, such as explosive or, as seen in the Avengers, an arrow uploaded with a virus. One of the two key differences between these archers is that, unlike the Arrow, Hawkeye demonstrates incredible proficiency with multiple weapons, evidenced by pinpoint precision with firearms.
Opposing the dreaded assassin is an archer deadly in his own right, Oliver Queen. Queen was trained exclusively by Shado and Slade Wilson during his time on the island. Queen spent nearly 5 years total on the island, but did not meet either until approaching his second year. Wilson, who eventually receives the original undiluted Mirakuru formula, is defeated by Queen after he puts an arrow in Wilson’s eye, restoring Slade Wilson, in a way, to the traditional Deathstroke. (Appearance, capabilities) Queen also dispatched a second Mirakuru empowered in Arrow, Cyrus Gold. Queen displayed, in first season, a shoot first melee later, but the second season has shown a preference for melee combat over a kill shot, with exceptions such as against the League of Assassins or extremely dangerous criminals.
By far, the determining factor for this fight is one thing: experience. Hawkeye has been doing this for around 20 years, whereas the Arrow has been functioning as the “Vigilante” for 5 years at best (giving him 3 years on the Island). While the Arrow has fought super soldiers, Hawkeye has gone up against countless rivals with training similar to his own,and has seen nearly everything there is to see. At this point in both of their careers, Hawkeye just has the incredible advantage of experience.