Clint Barton/Phil Coulson

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Pairing: Clint Barton/Phil Coulson
Alternative name(s): Bowtie, Blackhawk, Phlint, Shieldhusbands[1]
Gender category: Slash
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Canonical?: Non-canon
Prevalence: high
Archives: Clint/Coulson @ AO3
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Clint/Phil is a slash non-canon pairing of the MCU characters, Clint Barton (Hawkeye) and Phil Coulson.

They are the third 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.[2]

More recently, they've been featured together in the main comics universe as well.


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.






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  1. The Avengers Ships: Master List
  2. We were asked to make this answer from yesterday a rebloggable post, so here it is!. (Accessed 08 July 2012)