I’m convinced Clint and Steve have the most underrated relationship in AA. The majority of their interactions seem to be awkward comic relief, but it’s also kind of endearing and profound. For all that the show makes it look inadvertent, I like how Steve takes Clint seriously. More than believing in his potential, Steve validates Clint’s personal missions maybe because they largely reflect his own?–like in Thunderbolts episodes when Clint tries to bring Mimi into the light by showing how much he believes in her potential.
And Clint, in turn, is actually pretty thrilled every time he gets to work with Steve, whether it’s wearing the Cap uniform or missioning in South America. We’re shown Hawkeye fishing for Steve’s praise a lot, but he also follows Steve’s example for reasons bigger than hero worship. And who can forget the episode where he was knocked back in time and had the presence of mind to rifle through past!Steve’s wallet so present!Steve could get a picture of his father? Iconic. Honestly, I hope we get more of Clint and Steve next season.