Who owns the Rolex “Hawkeye” watch? Our Biggest Theories
Let’s talk about watches. This week Hawk Eye episode, “Partners, Am I Right?”, a bunch of MCU fans will Google vintage Rolexes not because they want to buy an old watch, but because an old Rolex is suddenly a centerpiece in the world. ‘one of hawk eyes many, many mysteries. Let’s go and throw a SPOILER WARNING and go to the analysis!
So, the Rolex…! We first saw the Rolex during the series premiere, as it was one of many superhero-adjacent items up for grabs at this secret auction. The Rolex, like Clint Barton’s Ronin sword and suit, was salvaged from the wreckage of the Avengers compound. And since the last two episodes focused on Clint’s murder trial, we forgot about the Rolex.
So far, that’s it!
At the request of Hawkeye’s wife, Laura (Linda Cardellini), Clint and Kate go on a mission to retrieve the Rolex. As Clint tells Kate, the Rolex “belongs to someone I used to work with” and “they’ve been out of the game for a long time but their identity is still attached to that watch” and if the Tracksuit Mafia finds out, it would be “blow their cover.” Goodbye my friend.” The Rolex turns out to be in Maya Lopez’s (Alaqua Cox) apartment, and the whole recovery mission gets complicated very quickly when Maya and a Black Widow assassin get in Clint’s way. and Kate.
So whose secret identity is on that Rolex watch in Hawk Eye? Is it Steve Rogers or Nick Fury?
No. For one thing, Steve Rogers’ secret identity is public…so he doesn’t have a secret identity. As for Nick Fury, none of Clint’s comments make sense to Nick Fury. If anyone could protect themselves from the Dum Dums tracksuit, it’s Nick Fury. Plus… Fury is in space! I don’t think TSM’s van has the ability to leave Earth’s atmosphere. That’s why I think there’s really only one candidate for the former Rolex owner: Laura Barton.
Yes, Hawkeye’s wife! Let’s break down the reasons!
Is the Hawk Eye Laura Barton, owner of Rolex, Linda Cardellini?
The Rolex is not on Clint’s mind at all. He is preoccupied with cleaning up his Ronin mess. It is Laura who brings the Rolex back and finds it. And when she asks Clint about the Rolex, she does it in… I think in Swedish? German? She knows several languages and knows when to switch so people around her can’t decipher the conversation.
It’s, beware, in addition to the fact that Clint and Laura really teamed up with this Sloan Ltd mystery. before the whole Rolex conversation. All Clint had to do was text his wife to look into the inner workings of this shell company, and she came back with information.
Then there’s what Clint Barton says to Kate. The Rolex “belongs to someone [Hawkeye] used to work with. Considering we just saw them working together to solve a mystery, it’s not a stretch to think that Clint met Laura while they were both working for SHIELD. They could have had a romance at work!
Then Clint says that person has been “out of the game for a long time,” which, well, Laura Barton. She’s definitely not a SHIELD agent or anything. at present. Then Clint adds that the Rolex could “blow its cover”. And it is there, as at the end of The sixth senseit becomes clear that Laura Barton has never seen outside the family farm.
That explains why when the Barton family went into town to see a musical and do some Christmas stuff, Laura wasn’t there. Her absence seemed odd at the time, but now it makes sense: Laura Barton wasn’t there because Laura Barton can’t be seen in public, because Laura Barton is in hiding.
Is Linda Cardellini actually Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird?
And here’s the biggest clue of all: In the comics, Hawkeye’s wife is SHIELD agent Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird. At first, the revelation that Hawkeye had a wife and children in Avengers: Age of Ultron was a reference to a version of Hawkeye that appeared in the Ultimate comics line, which is not part of the main Marvel comics universe. In this reality, Hawkeye had a wife named Laura. But in mainline Marvel continuity, Hawkeye’s wife for most of the 1980s was Bobbi Morse. As Mockingbird, Morse brought her spy skills to the Avengers as a founding member of the West Coast team. And if that name sounds familiar, it’s because Mockingbird had been a series regular for a while on ABC. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELDwhere she was played by Adrianne Palicki.
So here’s the thing: Laura Barton’s name could be Laura Barton, and she could be a former SHIELD agent and have no connection to Mockingbird other than the fact that they’re both spies. That would keep Agents of SHIELD already tenuous and questionable ties to the MCU remain intact. Or it could be revealed that Laura Barton is an alias of Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird. It would be a great sign that Agents of SHIELD is no longer considered canon in the MCU, but it’s something Marvel Studios already hinted at last year.
Either way, if the Rolex belongs to Laura Barton because she’s in hiding after a career in espionage, that means the absolutely fantastic and underutilized Laura Cardellini wasn’t cast in the MCU for simply playing the wife of an Avenger who takes phone calls. Fingers crossed we see Linda Cardellini getting a fight scene before this season ends!
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