The Story of How Hawkeye is Connected To The Moon Knight
A relatively unknown comic book arc introduces fans to a previously unknown connection between two characters that are sure to be vital to the MCU moving forward: this is the story of how Hawkeye is connected to the Moon Knight.
There are few Marvel projects that have insight into the sort of intrigue and mystery as the impending Moon Knight; the story of Marc Spector, and his difficulty dealing with his own dissociative identity disorder.
Well… that and an ancient Egyptian deity named Khonshu imbuing him with his power in the cause of justice to fight under the moniker of the vigilante Moon Knight…
Nothing goes well for Spector, a former mercenary who is trying desperately to figure out just what’s real, and what is simply conjured up from his very troubled mind.
What is interesting, however, is that the source material presented a story that sees Moon Knight connected to another Marvel character that is pretty important to the overall Marvel narrative.
This is the story of how Hawkeye is connected to the Moon Knight mantle, and how Clint Barton met Khonshu long before Marc Spector was chosen.
The arc happened in West Coast Avengers #23 by Steve Englehart, Al Milgron, Romero Tanghal, Christie Scheele, and Tom Orzechowski, and it deals with the Arching Avenger getting trapped in the far distant past.
The West Coast Avengers were battling a variant of the time-traveling villain known as Kang The Conqueror, the Gyptian entity known as Rama-Tut, which lead to the character getting Stuck in ancient Egypt- during the year 2490 B.C- in which Clint is first introduced to Egyptian Moon god Khonshu.
Clint goes on to gain favor with the moon god by crafting weapons for the people opposing Rama-Tut, building boomerangs and various projectiles from Ivory; with the weapons of the time being best suited to aid Barton in defending the people against the villainous Kang Variant.
What connects the characters, however, is that those very weapons are the ones that are passed down to Marc Spector; because Khonshu valued the weapons so, he passed them down to every person he chose to inherit the Moon Knight mantle.
Because it happened thousands of years ago, but Clint appeared there because of time travel, Barton and Spector both exist in the same timeline, with the Moon Knight’s various weapons being crafted by Hawkeye’s hand and passed down throughout thousands of years’ worth of Moon Knight’s
It is interesting to consider the various weapons that Moon Knight uses in his upcoming series could, potentially, be crafted by Clint Barton in the same way; as Marvel’s Phase Four has teased the menacing presence of that same Kang the Conqueror.