Who does the Rolex belong to in Hawkeye? And what does it mean?
To say it started out so frivolous, Hawkeye has actually done plenty of legwork for the MCU’s wider continuity, reintroducing Yelena and, crucially, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin, introducing Maya Lopez/Echo and Lucky the Pizza Dog, while also setting up Kate Bishop as Clint Barton’s successor. And yet even amongst all this wide-scale storytelling, the season finale, “So This Is Christmas?”, was really defined by a subtle nod that has been steadily built up all throughout the season. And it all goes back to that errant Rolex that was taken from the Avengers compound with Ronin’s suit and sword and auctioned on the black market. But who does the Rolex belong to in Hawkeye? And what does it mean for some of the MCU’s long-term storytelling?
Who does the Rolex belong to in Hawkeye?
The Rolex has been loose since the first episode of the season, and speculations have been rife about who the timepiece might belong to. In the fourth episode, we learned it was in Maya’s apartment and that it was relevant to Hawkeye in one way or another. Speculation turned to his wife, Laura (the ever-underrated Linda Cardellini), and there was plenty of evidence to suggest that the watch might be hers.
For one thing, Laura seems like the most reasonable wife in the world. She never panics or scolds Clint even when it seems likelier and likelier he’s going to miss Christmas with his family, and he has no problems being very open with her about what – and who – he’s dealing with. It’s easy to assume that maybe they just have a good relationship, but even so, would Clint be so open about New York’s underworld elements? Unless, of course, Laura had intelligence experience of her own, perhaps as part of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Well, that’s the implication of the Rolex. In the season finale, when Clint takes Kate home for Christmas, he gives Laura the watch, and she flips it over to reveal the S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem and the number 19. Clint cautions her about taking better care of “her” stuff.
The number 19 is the giveaway, since “Agent 19” is generally the designation of Mockingbird, a superhero and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Bobbi Morse who, historically, has some romantic entanglement with Clint. Here, it seems as though Laura was Mockingbird.
Now, this is a cool development, and it’s nice to see a long-time supporting character reveal themselves as something much more than we initially thought, but it raises a few questions since Mockingbird has already appeared on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., played by Adrianne Palicki. Now, are we doing the whole small-screen erasure thing, pretending that previous versions of a character didn’t happen? Or is Mockingbird perhaps a codename shared by multiple people, allowing Laura and Bobbi to exist in the same universe? The big-screen MCU entries have rarely paid much – if any – attention to the stuff going on in the TV shows, so there’s a chance that this is a bit of a retcon. But Kevin Feige has been public about the importance of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so this is surely a question that has been raised by someone and is likely to be addressed.
What this all might mean for the future is anyone’s guess. With Clint having already found his successor, it has seemed all throughout Hawkeye that he was stepping away from the character. Will this revelation simply be a fun Easter Egg for fans, so we know that he was married to Mockingbird all along? Or is Laura likely to return to action herself in the near future, perhaps as something of a mentor to Kate? Time will tell, but it’ll be interesting to find out either way.