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New MINUTE MATCH-UPS Pits Hawkeye vs. Green Arrow!

Last April, the team at Ismahawk released the first episode of Minute Match-Ups, which set the comic book version of Deadpool against his silent (and very disappointing) incarnation from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This week, Minute Match-Ups is back with a cross-company battle between Marvel’s Hawkeye and DC Comics’ Green Arrow!

Note that this isn’t the Hawkeye from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, nor is this Green Arrow the “Arrow” from The CW’s popular series. But that doesn’t stop a few Avengers, Justice League Unlimited, and Arrow references from dropping in the episode. The trick arrows will fly and a hero will fall! It’s a short, but very well put-together fight that ends very definitively in favor of one archer.

Casual comic book fans may not realize that Green Arrow and Hawkeye have actually met before. It’s true! Back in 2003, Marvel and DC finally gave fans a JLA/Avengers crossover miniseries by the dream team of writer Kurt Busiek and artist George Perez, working on the book he was born to draw. Hawkeye and Green Arrow’s rivalry played out as you might expect.

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But late in the miniseries, Busiek and Perez presented an alternate timeline in which Hawkeye left the Avengers to join the Justice League and win Black Canary’s heart, much to the annoyance of Green Arrow.

Hawkeye and Black Canary
Given the competitive natures of Marvel and DC’s top executives, it might be a long time before we see another official crossover. But the next episode of Minute Match-Ups will also take its cue from JLA/Avengers as The Flash goes against Quicksilver this fall!

And if you want to know more about Hawkeye, peep The Dan Cave on the man, the myth, the archer:

This episode stars Adam Kilbourn as Hawkeye and Tony Smith as Green Arrow—with Danny Shepherd and Jeremy Le serving as co-directors. Shepherd also produced the episode with Adam Kilbourn, and cinematography by Le. Arhat Orphan Brotherhood, Aaron Ortega, and EZ Ortega were the Stunt Coordinators.

Comic book fans, who do you think is the superior superhero archer: Hawkeye or Green Arrow? Aim your responses at our comment section below!

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