↳Clint Barton takes the “Hawk” in “Hawkeye” to a whole new level.
I’m just always so intrigued by the disdain with which Selvig says that though. Like, what happened? What did “The Hawk” do to him to elicit such negativity? Did Clint perhaps see something Selvig missed, hurting his professional pride? Or was there some kind of disagreement? Some sort of safety procedure Clint wanted put into place, perhaps something that Selvig felt would interfere with scientific discovery? And of course “Hawkeye” took it to the man in charge, Coulson. And of course the venerable Agent Coulson sided with his “Hawk.”
After all, everyone knows they’re sleeping together.
IIRC, it was implied in the Thor post-credits scene with Selvig and the Tesseract (and also in Fury’s Big Week) that Loki was somehow controlling Selvig, or at least had the power of suggestion over him. Therefore, under that influence, Clint and his observational skills were a major threat to Loki’s plans, and I could see Loki pushing Selvig into having an antagonistic relationship with him.
Ahhhh! Right! I’d forgotten about that!!
Oh, now I want a post-Avengers or Thor 2 fic where Clint and Eric meet again, and Clint’s all wary not just because they were prisoners together, but because before that he thought Dr Selvig didn’t like him at Pegasus.
OH MY GOD!!! I always wondered why Loki says ‘you have heart’ when he first takes clint, cause I always figured, how do you know that Loki?? But if Loki had been hanging out via Selvig, he’d have already known Clint!
Which makes sense for why he took Clint! Cause he’d have seen how smart was and knew his way around the organisation and so on.
Maybe Loki had tried to do things through his influence over Selvig beforehand, and Clint kept stopping him! Maybe that’s one of the reasons Loki took him first, cause he was a pain in the ass and he knew Clint would be too much of a threat if he was on the opposing side.