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If you're a fan of...well, anything, you've likely been in a versus debate. We've all had debates and sometimes heated arguments with others about what we think is better. Marvel vs DC, Batman vs Superman, Goku vs Superman, SUPERMAN VS SUPERMAN! If you were Superman, fans made sure you had beef with everybody.

Why are the nicest guys in the universe fighting?!
Why are the nicest guys in the universe fighting?!

We've gotten to witness a few of these awesome matches take place. Batman's tussled with Superman a number of times, and Captain America and Iron Man's battle resulted in the one of the biggest comic book events in history!

But what about the really crazy fights? The one's we dream about, but we know will never happen for a number of reasons. Whether it's because of legal issues, logical issues or any other kinds of issues, these fights never happen. And that makes us sad...

Well wipe those tears! Our craziest and coolest dreams are about come true! At least...the ones that have to do with geek culture icons battling each other to the death. 'Minute Match-Ups', a web series by Youtubers Ismahawk finally answers the question: Who would win in a fight between BLANK and BLANK?!

This time, those blanks are replaced with Green Arrow and Hawkeye, two archers from the DC and Marvel universes respectively. I'm a HUGE Hawkeye fan, and Green Arrow's an awesome hero too, so this fight is definitely one I've been dreaming of for a long time!

But who are these two contenders? Who are Green Arrow and Hawkeye? If we're going to see them go head-to-head in an arrow shooting, blood flinging battle to the death, it's probably good to know a little bit about them. So let's take a look at our fighters, starting with the Emerald Archer!

Green Arrow

Oliver Queen's origins have been changed a number of times since his debut in More Fun Comics #89 back in March of 1943. But the majority of them are pretty much the same, with Oliver Queen being a wealthy, partying playboy (think Tony Stark) who falls off of his boat in the middle of the ocean and gets stranded on Starfish Island.

Miles away from any form of civilization, Queen learns how to hunt to survive; fashioning a bow and arrow for his primary weapon. Again, the exact details of how he escaped the island are different depending on which origin you read. Regardless, he escaped and returned to his home of Star City.

Oliver's time on the island made him realize that he took people and his own life for granted, and he decided that he would become a better person. After going through a mature change in character, and training himself in both martial arts and archery, Oliver Queen returned home with a new goal. By day, he's Oliver Queen, CEO of Queen Industries. But by night, he's the justice bringing vigilante, Green Arrow! He vowed to rid his city of ALL criminal activity, from bank robbers to seedy, corrupted politicians and corporate officials.

And yes, Queen is very aware of that fact that he's essentially an ironic anti-establishment Robin Hood.


Clinton 'Clint' Barton was born into a poor family. His father, an abusive drunk, lost his life in a car accident, along with Clint's mother. After this incident, Clint and his older brother Barney were put in several orphanages. Fearing that they'd get separated, the two young boys ran away from the orphanage and joined a traveling circus.

Once there, Clint was taught archery and martial arts by two of the circus carnies, Trickshot and Swordsman (guess what they do). After seeing Iron Man in action, Clint was inspired to follow in his footsteps as a superhero. However, Hawkeye became a villain after an encounter with Black Widow, who enlisted him as her partner.

After a few years of crime and clashing with Iron Man, Clint grew tired of being of the bad guy. After telling him of his change of heart, Iron Man actually encouraged him to join the Avengers. After many of the team's members, including most of its founders, took indefinite leaves of absence, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Captain America formed their own incarnation of the Avengers. They called it..."Cap's Kooky Quartet"...

This was the 60's after all. Weird names, flashy costumes and loads of exposition was the norm.

Cap and quartet. Word is they're kooky!
Cap and quartet. Word is they're kooky!

Well, now that we've become a little more familiar with these impeccable archers, it's time to answer the age old question: Who would win in a no-holds-barred fight? Check out the action-packed answer below!

Wasn't that just the most epic archery competition you've ever seen? Now, obviously not everybody is going to be happy with the final verdict. But in a battle to the death, there has to be a winner and a loser.

Luckily, these awesome 'Minute Match-Ups' aren't the final nail in the coffin for either of these heroes. They're just really cool minute long fights that we can watch for pure enjoyment. So if you think Hawkeye should have won, then don't let this discourage you. Sure he may have lost this time, but that doesn't make him the lesser hero. Who you think is the best archer in the history of comic books is really up to you!

However, like most fans, you probably want a definitive answer for WHY your favorite hero lost, instead of my inspirational babble. Well, if that's the case, you can find out the reasoning behind Ismahawk's decision in this video, featuring comic aficionado Variant!

Well, now that that's settled, make sure to keep up with Ismahawk and all of their projects by clicking here! Likewise, if you like insanely cool comic book related videos, check out Variant's channel here! And if you're a Hawkeye fan like me, and you want to know what it was like to play such an iconic hero in an epic match-up, check out my interview with actor/producer Adam Kilbourn by clicking here.

Who Do You Think Should Have Won? Hawkeye? Or Green Arrow?

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