#can we just take a moment to appreciate #that Clint #while holed up doing a job of watching all the scientists working away #managed to work out BEFORE the quantum physicist exactly what the fuck is going on #with the tesseract #by using pure logic #it also shows that even though Nick chastises him for doing his whole ‘brood in the rafters’ nesting thing #that Clint was paying attention the whole damn time #this is the guy who can fire arrows without looking #who can calculate on the fly the trajectory needed to lodge an explosive arrow into a propeller #I will punch anyone who says Clint is useless or a deadweight because he’s squishy-human and is only good for being a marksman #because he’s deceptively smart #and plays that close to his chest
They’ve never been to Budapest.
There were several missions planned there, over the years, but they were either cancelled or sent somewhere else at the last minute.
It becomes a running joke between them: one of them concocts an intimation of the most bizarre circumstances that occurred on this mysterious ‘Budapest’ mission, and the other pretends to have a completely different recollection of that same event. They bring it up to one another at the strangest times.
It begins to drive Tony Stark absolutely up the fucking wall, because as hard as he searches either of their records, even going in through the back door of SHIELD’s personnel databases, he cannot find even a hint of this referenced mission. He’s sure it must have been huge… mind-blowingly huge. Because otherwise why would they keep talking about it?
He actually begins to keep a small notebook of all the events they talk about, in the hopes it will help him figure out what the fuck happened in Budapest.
“Starting to root for this guy” as in “They sent me to kill her and I made another call” kind of root for this guy? Did he and Coulson make a deal after the whole whoops-Black-Widow-is-now-an-asset-sorry-Coulson deal where Coulson made Hawkeye promise to tell him when he started rooting for the person he was supposed to shoot in the head? How many times has this been a problem for Hawkeye? Is he, like, known in SHIELD for being the agent who might adopt the target you sent him to kill?
I firmly believe that this is what happened with him and Natasha. Like, Fury gives Clint the order, the next thing he knows Barton’s dragging Natasha in being like BOSS CAN I PLEASE KEEP HER I PROMISE TO CLEAN UP ANY BODY PARTS SHE LEAVES LYING AROUND PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEEEEEEASE
And his instincts aren’t bad, he manages to pick out people who will actually be assets, so it makes Coulson think twice when he says it?