Hawkeye: what does the Rolex watch mean?

Who knew a Rolex watch could give us one of the biggest surprises to come out of Hawk Eye? The six-episode Disney+ series primarily focused on the superhero origin story of Kate Bishop, the young hero who admires Clint Barton’s Hawkeye and eventually reprises her role as he struggles. get away from the superhero life. Ultimately, however, there has been another potential superhero in front of us all along, and this Rolex watch is what finally revealed it to us.

It’s all about that final scene, where Clint “rescues” the watch from the rubble of the Avengers compound and brings it home to give to his wife, Laura. He teases her about “taking better care of her business”, making it clear that the watch belonged to her before it was lost. So far, so good. But then Laura flips the watch – the Rolex watch in question appears to be the Model Datejust 31 Oystersteel – and we see a very familiar symbol on the back: the stylized SHIELD eagle logo, with a number 19 etched below it. The implication is that Laura somehow has some connection to SHIELD and issue 19, and Marvel comics fans will know exactly what that means.

In the comics, SHIELD’s “Agent 19” is also a superhero named Mockingbird. This version of the character is Barbara “Bobbi” Morse, a SHIELD agent turned superhero who frequently works with the Avengers and is married to Clint. Laura Barton also exists, but she’s only a minor character in a “reality” of the Marvel comics (not the “main” universe, though – it’s complicated) and has no personal association with the world. superheroes outside of being married to Clint.

So is Laura Barton really Mockingbird? This is a complicated question at the moment. She shares some of the comic book character’s traits, including her marriage to Clint and, apparently, her association with being Agent 19 of SHIELD. However, the fact that the MCU has already featured Mockingbird as Bobbi Morse, a main character from previous seasons of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD This character, which bears the comic book character’s name and background, has nothing to do with Hawkeye during his time on the show. Is “Mockingbird” or “Agent 19” just a title that gets passed around, like Clint passing his “Hawkeye” coat to Kate? Hopefully we’ll get some answers soon, but in the meantime, that leaves a lot of interesting possibilities open!

Floyd N. Morlan