Clint Barton/Natasha Romanova

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Pairing: Clint Barton/Natasha Romanova
Alternative name(s): Hawkeye/Black Widow, Blackeye, Blackhawk, Clintasha [1]
Gender category: Het
Fandom: The Avengers (comics), Marvel Comics, The Avengers Movieverse (MCU)
Canonical?: The pairing in canonical in the Marvel Comics universe, but not in The Avengers movie.
Prevalence: popular in MCU
Archives: AO3 works
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Clint/Natasha is a het pairing in the Marvel Comics 'verse and related Marvel Cinematic Universe, which pairs Clint Barton (Hawkeye) with the Natasha Romanova (Black Widow).


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Marvel Comics

Natasha, originally a villain in early comics canon, convinced a young, impressionable Clint to join her and help her further her plans.[2] Clint quickly fell for her and followed her lead, hoping she felt the same way about him. She was a major inspiration for his joining the Avengers.[3]

The pairing was broken up in the 1970s but they remained friends for decades. Marvel made them canon again in 2017, presumably due to the highened interest in the pairing thanks to the success of the MCU.

Marvel Cinematic Universe


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Marvel Comics

The pairing hasn't been canon in the comics since the 1970s but the Marvel Cinematic Universe brought in a new wave of fans who then transitioned to the comics.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

The pairing particularly became popular after The Avengers film, which indicated that Clint was the reason Natasha ends up joining S.H.I.E.L.D. and referenced their past history. The pairing was confirmed to be only friendship/partners in Avengers: Age of Ultron and no actual romance between them happened since Clint is married. Due to this and other canon established, the movie got a lot of backlash. Despite everything, the pairing remains popular, and Clint & Natasha started to being paired up together in a threesome pairing with Laura Barton.

The pairing is the most tagged het pairing in the MCU fandom, though they only appear as a background ship in a significant portion of those fics.

Common Tropes and Fanon

  • Budapest: Several fanworks have attempts to explore an exchange between Natasha and Clint in The Avengers film in which Natasha says "Just like Budapest all over again!" and Clint responds "You and I remember Budapest very differently."


  • Blackeye, Blackhawk and Clintasha are all common pairing names for the ship.






Fests and Exchanges

Archives and Communities

External Links



  1. The Avengers Ships: Master List
  2. Boyfriend Files: Hawkeye, the Marksman!, by Fuck Yeah Black Widow. 19th August 2011, (accessed 1st August 2017)
  3. "Natasha’s fate was a large part of what motivated him to join up in the first place.", by Fuck Yeah Black Widow. 24th October 2012, (accessed 26th November 2017)