But the Vision and the Scarlet Witch’s turbulent past is on other minds as well… as witness, on Fifth Avenue, well south of the Mansion…
Hawkeye: Boy howdy, Wanda — you sure bought out the store! I’m starin’ to get sorry I offered to come along an’ play pack mule…
Scarlet Witch: Jan advised me to spend money whenever I feel depressed, Clint — but it doesn’t seem to work for me as well as it does for her.
Hawkeye: Ha! I’ll say — if ol’ Jan ever closes her Bloomingdale’s charge, I hear they’re plannin’ to retire her account number! Me, when I get antsy, I pick fights… but that might not work for you either. So what’s eatin’ at you? The Vision bein’ messed up?
Scarlet Witch: It’s partially that — but it’s also partially Wonder Man. We all thought he was dead — gone forever — and then, in Morgan’s world, I used her magic, hexed him back to life — he sacrificed himself again, or I sacrificed him — but still, I don’t feel like he’s gone. It’s like — like he’s still out there — and I don’t know why, but I feel like he’s not done with me yet—!
So the focus, in recent years, has been on the would-be, could-be romance between Clint Barton and Wanda Maximoff, and even more the fact that she killed him and he tried to kill her. That was the emotional thread than ran through Brian Michael Bendis’ Avengers issues, and into House of M and New Avengers, and finally into AxV. And that’s a compelling story on its own, but it isn’t all that Clint and Wanda are to each other.
“Classic” is a strange term to apply to a team that changes its lineup so often, but Clint and Wanda are classic Avengers as much as anyone can be. Their relationship goes back a long way, and this scene, right after the team has reassembled after another crossover event, is indicative of their relationship as it was. Basically, Wanda goes shopping and Clint carries her bags for her.
It’s interesting, too, that the people they talk about—Vision, Janet, Simon—were all removed from the team in recent years and have found their way back, just as Wanda and Clint were and have.
Busiek’s Avengers stories are filled with a lot of this type of relationship-building, the moments around the Mansion and elsewhere in between the fighting and world-saving. As a writer, he was pretty committed to giving Clint those kinds of relationships, or showcasing the ones he already had. And Wanda has always been a big part of Clint’s life, not just as someone he’s romantically interested in or who caused him emotional trauma, but as one of his best friends.
From Avengers Volume 3 #05 (Kurt Busiek & George Perez)