The upcoming Hawkeye solo TV show has once again opened up an Internet discussion that bugs me, the “Hawkeye Is the Worst” discourse.  I’m honestly not sure where this came from (possibly his being mind-controlled by Loki?) but it has led to a decade or so of stories where Hawkeye is a ne’er-do-well jerk who knows he has no business in the The Avengers.  It’s a big change from the Clint Barton of my youth, who led his own squad and was treated as an equal in leadership by Captain America.  Still, he’s not the most underrated Avenger in the modern era: That crown belongs fully to The Wasp, who went from team chairperson to fridged wife to forgotten bit player faster than you can say “Brian Michael Bendis,” leading to today’s abandoned query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would have made a similar argument for She-Hulk before the latest Aaron run on Avengers, asking: Which of Earth’s Mightiest is the most Underrated Avenger?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Well, back in the day they dropped Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) like a cat in a sack of rocks, going from team leader to forgotten friend-of-a-friend basically overnight. Hopefully the MCU can turn that bus around.

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