Ultimate Spider-Man premiered in april 2012 on Disney XD, alongside the second season of the aforementioned Avengers: EMH, with both series airing inside the Marvel Universe block which continues to air today. The show sees Spider-Man as a hero-in-training for SHIELD, working alongside a group of other teenage heroes (Nova, Power Man, Iron Fist and White Tiger). Supposedly aimed at a younger audience and focusing more on comedy than action or drama the show has some good moments but most of the time isn't anything special. Most of the attempts at humor ultimately fail, as the jokes (cut-away gags, the majority of which feature super-deformed chibi caricatures of Spidey and the other characters) are just not that funny. The show has already aired 52 episodes at this point (and apparently has been renewed for yet another season), and while I admit I haven't seen every single episode from the ones I did manage to watch I didn't find any particularly good. I'd say there are maybe ten or so episodes worth re-watching, but that's about it. Hopefully the upcoming third season would improve things, though I doubt it would redeem the series as a whole either way.
Hawkeye here was voiced by Troy Baker and as far as I know has only appeared in one episode. Like I said I haven't followed the show that closely so I might be mistaken, for example he might have popped up in some of those cut-away gags I mentioned above. He debuts in the episode "Hawkeye" (titles aren't that clever on this show). He is introduced by Nick Fury and sent to protect Spider-Man from the Beetle (probably one of the cooler villains on this series). His design isn't that great either (though I think I already made it perfectly clear in this thread that I prefer Clint's purple outfit), but it works I guess. This is pretty much his default design in cartoons (with some minor modifications), and I guess it'll stay like this for a while.
While a team-up between Spidey and Hawkeye sounds like it could be great, this episode isn't really anything special. For the majority of the story the two heroes do nothing but argue (and it's not even that entertaining), while chasing the Beetle across the city. The two get stuck together - literally, thanks to one of Spidey's malfunctioning web-shooters. Spidey breaks Clint's bow accidentally, leaving the two pretty much helpless in front of their adversary. There are some long drawn out jokes about Spidey trying to name Clint's trick arrows (I admit, I did kind of find the "camarrow" and "sparrow" lines pretty amusing) but other than that their chemistry felt off and didn't really add anything to the episode; it got old and pretty annoying rather quickly. Clint uses some neat trick arrows here, and also gets a chance to show off some of his hand to hand combat skills against the Beetle.
Another interesting thing about this team-up was that Clint was portrayed as a more serious character, in comparison to pretty much every other version of him (even on Avengers Assemble he makes the occasional funny joke) - this did make him stand out more than usual especially in comparison to this show's hyper-active (for lack of a better word) Spidey. This much I kind of liked about their dynamic here, but that got overshadowed quickly enough by their constant bickering. Another neat touch I guess was that Clint wasn't exactly the first member of the Avengers Spidey would have liked to team up with, reminiscing about his other team-ups with the likes of Iron Man, Thor or even the Hulk. All in all, a decent enough introduction for Hawkeye though the story could have been much better. Seeing as how this show is supposedly in the same continuity as the other currently airing Marvel toons, this is pretty much the same Hawkeye we'll be seeing on Avengers Assemble.
April 2013 saw the release of Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, a direct-to-DVD animated movie, produced in collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and the Japanese animation studio Madhouse as sort of a follow-up to the previous Marvel Anime series, which began airing in 2010. The Marvel Anime series consisted of four different shows following the adventures of popular Marvel characters (Iron Man, Wolverine, X-Men and Blade) which for the most part took place in Japan, I'm guessing as a way to make these Marvel super-heroes even more popular over there. While the concept of a Marvel anime show sounds pretty cool, not one of these shows was that great. Neither the character designs and the animations didn't look too good (though I did kind of like how the X-Men look on their show), and as far as the story-lines are concerned, not too many good things can be said about those either. Personally I found Iron Man's anime to be the most disappointing one of them all (fortunately Hawkeye wasn't featured on his show, so I didn't have to re-watch any episodes this time), and I guess I liked the X-Men anime the best though even that one isn't anything special. But I'll most likely talk more about this one when I start another retrospective later this year.
But getting back to Rise of Technovore... The movie does seem to have turned out better than Iron Man's anime show. Apparently a different creative team was brought in for this movie, though the same animation studio was used. The characters for the most part look good, the animation has some great moments and there's plenty of neat action scenes spread throughout. The story on the other hand, isn't much of an improvement. There's lots of stuff going on here, though not much of it is actually explained and thus some scenes seem pretty pointless. The villain of the story, as the title implies is the Technovore - Ezekiel Stane (son of Obadiah Stane, sort of implying this movie takes place in the same continuity as the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe, which might seem like a big deal but doesn't really help this movie that much). He seems pretty cool at the start of the story but as the movie progresses I found him to be pretty annoying; he's constantly talking philosophy or something similar with phrases that don't make a lot of sense (I admit, there's always the possibility that they were just too "advanced" for me to understand). He's not that great of a villain though and despite him being in the movie's title, he only appears in the story for about half an hour. The rest of the story doesn't exactly focus on his "rise" either, though it does offer us some pretty cool action scenes, so at least that part isn't as boring.
As for Hawkeye, well he's also barely in the movie. Here he's voiced by Troy Baker (in the English dub, the version I watched. In the original Japanese version his voice was provided by Shuuhei Sakaguchi) and his design looks decent enough though it's basically his look from the Ultimate Marvel comics, which seems to be the only version allowed to appear in cartoons these days. He's sent alongside the Black Widow (who has a great design and luckily appears more than Clint) to hunt down Iron Man, after the armored super-hero is believed somehow responsible for the "death" of War Machine. It's a pretty odd set-up, which just keeps on going for about two thirds of the movie. Granted it does lead to some good though rather pointless fight scenes. The highlight is probably the appearance of the Punisher who helps Iron Man take care of his pursuers. The entire scene is only a couple of minutes long, so calling this the best part of the movie says a lot.
Clint appears again later on, aboard the SHIELD Helicarrier where once again paired with Natasha, try to fight the Technovore who was brought there by Iron Man. Clint manages to apparently injure their opponent with one of his arrows (he slices off one of the Technovore's arms) though that didn't last too long as the villain simply regenerated his missing limb a couple of scenes later. Also meant to mention this earlier but Clint didn't exactly use any of his trademark trick arrows here - simply old-fashioned arrows. And that's pretty much everything Clint did in this movie. That's not to say that even though the others were given significantly more screen-time, they did anything better. As I said earlier the movie doesn't really stop to explain things properly so once War Machine recovers (no surprise there his "death" wasn't real) and Technovore goes completely insane and tries destroying the entire world someway, Iron Man stops him easily enough thanks to his Arc reactor, which apparently hurts the villain though it's never explained actually why it hurts him. For such an important scene in the climax of the movie, you'd figure they could have at least explained that.
All in all, the movie is pretty much a mess. It does have some good scenes (like the Iron Man and Punisher versus Black Widow and Hawkeye bit I mentioned above), nice character designs and animation butt other than that I can't say it's something I'd wish to re-watch anytime soon. With the recent news that a sequel/spin-off/whatever anime movie focusing on Black Widow and Punisher will be released later this year (and if I'm not mistaken I saw Hawkeye briefly in the trailer), here's hoping it will turn out better.
And with this out of the way, we have reached the most recent cartoon to feature Hawkeye... Next part: Hawkeye on the currently airing Avengers Assemble!