Clint Barton/Phil Coulson
|Relationship:||Clint Barton/Phil Coulson|
|Alternative name(s):||Bowtie, Blackhawk, Phlint, Shieldhusbands|
|Fandom:||The Avengers (Marvel), Marvel Cinematic Universe|
|Archives:||Clint/Coulson @ AO3|
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They are the second most tagged MCU pairing on AO3 although they only interact for 47 seconds in the movie Thor and were later featured together in a few pages of panels in one of the Avengers prequel comics.
Clint/Coulson fic was posted on AO3 as early as June 2011 after the Thor film was released, but the fandom took off in anticipation of The Avengers film in early 2012, and exploded after the movie's release.
Prior to Agents of SHIELD premiered in September 2013, Clint/Phil was a popular pairing for the fandom despite the fact that there are currently no plans for Clint to be on the show. The pairing is still popular in that fandom.
Six Degrees Influences
There have been several fics that reference previous roles for both Jeremy Renner and Clark Gregg; crossovers with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (in which Renner played the spy character of William Brandt) tend to be the most common. Some notable examples are the Just Twinny verse, in which Brandt and Clint Barton are look-alikes but not related; Every Hero Needs an Origin Story, which references Gregg's previous role as Mike Casper on The West Wing; and the one out of many and all of them the same series, in which all of Jeremy Renner's previous character roles have been Clint Barton undercover.
Common Tropes in Fanworks
- Fix-it fics for the big spoiler in the movie quickly became one of the most common tropes in the pairing after the release of The Avengers.
- 10, 9, 8, car by pollyrepeat. Clint was pretty sure he'd seen this movie. Like a lot of things since he'd joined the Avengers, it had been a lot funnier when it wasn't his life. (Because every pairing needs a Groundhog Day AU.)
- Hollow Your Bones Like a Bird's by scifigrl47. In the wake of the Chitauri invasion, Clint Barton wakes up in a world that he very nearly had a hand in destroying. And confronting a loss he might not be able to cope with. (This is a classic example of the angsty fix-it.)
- Love in the Three-Ninth Kingdom by lavvyan. Clint and Coulson are in mutually unrequited love. Natasha has no patience for their drama. And if the world were a nicer place to live in, she wouldn't have to deal with it. Alas. (Fluffy get-together fic with extra pining.)
- Pigeonville, USA. by sheafrotherdon. Day 214 on the campaign trail of Steve Rogers for President. Twenty-sixteen's turning out to be a hell of a year. (A good early-written (pre-Avengers) story. Very sweet. Phil Coulson is the security chief for Steve Rogers' presidential campaign.)
- Some People Just Collect Stamps by Closer. Phil Coulson wakes up in a hospital bed. Well, damn. (An excellent post-Avengers fix-it fic.)
- Stockholm Syndrome and other drugs by AlchemyAlice. In which Coulson is his frighteningly competent self, but this time, the Avengers notice. (This was one of the first Coulson-centric fics out there. Written pre-Avengers.)
- A Matter of Proportions by sirona. A Clint Barton/Phil Coulson story with delicious suit porn.
- Won't You Please (Leave Your Mark On Me) by torakowalski. A Clint Barton/Phil Coulson story exploring bondage and submission.
- Clint. Phil. Glasses. by Marie. "As Marie put it, 'Jey flash-ficced, I speed-painted.'"
- Essouffle's 'clintcoulson' tag on tumblr has some lovely C/C fanart.
- GilesFarnaby has created quite a bit of awesome art for the pairing.
- rascal paradyne] creates high-quality C/C comics and other fanart.
- Clint/Coulson Wallpaper by freakshowbaby.
- Everyday Superhero by andromeda590. "An early (pre-movie) songvid, combining various Jeremy Renner & Clark Gregg appearances."
- I am the Very Model of a Hawkeye/Coulson Devotee by dizmo. A filk set to the 'Major-General's Song'.
Archives and Communities
- Clint/Coulson: Archer/Agent Love, a LJ community
- Clint/Coulson Prompt Meme, another LJ community
- Avengers Kinkmeme, LJ kink meme that features Clint/Phil.
- Clint Barton/Phil Coulson works tagged at AO3.
- fuckyeahclintcoulson (Tumblr)