the thing is that nobody was prepared for clint/coulson because it was so fucking RANDOM. like. who the shit could have predicted it would be the biggest ship to come out of avengers somehow.
imagine telling that to a marvel fan of 2009. like hey pal I’m from the future and in 2 years, 90% of this fandom is going to ship that oc shield agent from the first iron man movie and hawkeye. oh what caused this ship, you ask? their friendship and working relationship is explored in multiple films and they have a lot of great chemistry, perhaps? haha no. they exchange 2 sentences via wireless communicators once and are never seen on screen together at any given point yes there are over 5000 fics for this pairing wait where are you going friend I haven’t even told you about loki’s resistance
IF ANYONE NEEDS ME, I’LL JUST BE SITTING IN THIS CORNER, WEEPING QUIETLY AND MOANING "CLINT BARTON IS LEVEL 7"