You Were Never Trained For This 'Avengers' Hawkeye Concept Art

Update: Quote from Fabian Lacey
To me, of all the superheroes in The Avengers (2012) probably the trickiest to design was Agent Clint Barton known as "Hawkeye". Not because he's iconic, like Captain America, or intricate, like Thor, but because he's so boring. He's just a guy with a bow and arrow. Still, they managed to make him work thanks to his quiver of trick arrows and Jeremy Renner's arms.

Here's some concept art that takes you inside Hawkeye's quiver and a close look at those arrows he was shooting around including some alternate designs for the virus arrow that disabled S.H.I.E.L.D. and an arrowhead for disabling Iron Man.

The first ones are from Fabian Lacey (Star Trek, Green Lantern, I Am Number Four).

Lacey told me, "One of the most exciting characters to design for was Hawkeye.  It was really important to us that we gave him some credibility and some game changing weapons when it came to being able to battle with the other more well known Marvel Heavy weights. One of the ideas we toyed with was giving him an arrow that could momentarily disable Iron Man."

Quiver arrowhead changer design
An Iron Man disabling arrowhead design
Various arrowhead designs
Hawkeye's arrowhead changing controls

These are from Christopher S. Ross (Iron Man, Minority Report, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).
More Hawkeye quiver designs

Alternate Virus arrowhead designs

See more of Fabian Lacey portfolio at and Christopher Ross' illustrations at

What do you think of the illustrations? Was Hawkeye your favorite Avenger?

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  1. I'm just going to see the Avengers this afternoon, so this post is very timely. I'll have to take a good close look at those arrows during the show.

  2. Laurita, you'll enjoy the movie! Look for times when he gets close ups.

  3. I really like seeing  the different designs for his quiver.

  4. Great post! I'm so pissed I've still gotta go for it the 2nd time! >.<

  5. That's how they hook you Neil. Leave you wanting more!

  6. Jeremy, his quiver was much more interesting than I thought it would be.

  7. I saw The Avengers yesterday, and I have never seen the individual movies e.g. Thor, Hulk etc., I am always disappointed in the story but the film was really well made and I did enjoy it. And jeremy renner's arms were distracting :D but I couldn't help wonder how many arrows he had and how he kept count, but I loved the idea of changing the arrowheads to change the function and they were very cool. I like the designs but wish you could click on them for a larger view.

  8. Great post... but sooo above my pay grade :)

  9. Kate, thanks for the heads up. I didn't realize I still had the "Light Box" feature turned on. The images should go full screen now.

  10. Mark, they're not a team. They're a time bomb!


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