Since Avengers: Infinity War arrived last April, the fandom and casual moviegoers have been eager for any information about what’s coming next. Josh Brolin’s Thanos actually won the day and succeeded in wiping out half the galaxy with the snap of his finger, causing endless follow-up questions that moviegoers have been patiently waiting to glean answers from. One of the outstanding questions was the fate of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton/ Hawkeye, who was noticeably missing from the action in the most recent blockbuster.
The first Avengers: Endgame trailer confirmed a popular fan theory: that Hawkeye would take on a new mantle of Ronin, likely motivated by revenge over The Snap. He briefly popped up in both of the first trailers, and now it looks like we’ve got a better look at his full costume, courtesy of an upcoming action figure. Check it out.
This possible leak comes to us from Reddit, as one user seems to have access to the upcoming Avengers: Endgame merchandise. The Russo Brothers are finally bringing Clint back into the narrative for the first time since Captain America: Civil War, and he’s looking decidedly more dark and badass.
The above image shows Clint Barton’s Ronin costume in full detail, and it’s definitely a striking look. What’s most interesting is his mask, possibly hinting at the type of vigilante work that the OG Avenger is engaging in when we meet him in Endgame. This time he’s trying to keep his identity hidden, likely because the hero is using far more violent means to dispatch of his enemies.
The character’s upcoming violence is also seemingly teased by his new weapon. Rather than using his variety of trick arrows, Jeremy Renner’s signature Marvel character is taking up a katana. This could spell out bad things for Ronin’s foes, as he won’t be able to dispatch them without causing serious bodily harm or death. The Avengers aren’t typically murder-happy, so it should be fascinating to see how he interacts with Black Widow and the rest of the surviving heroes.
It’s currently unclear exactly what happened to Clint Barton, in order to convince the Avenger/S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to transition into the far more terrifying Ronin. Smart money says that it has to do with Thanos’ snap aka The Decimation. While Clint was absent from Avengers: Infinity War, it was revealed that he passed on the action due to being on house arrest with this family. But with half of the galaxy’s residents fading to dust, smart money says that his family didn’t make it out unscathed.
The biggest fan theory is that Hawkeye actually lost his wife (Linda Cardellini) and kids, watching in horror as they faded to dust before his eyes. This Leftovers-esque turn of events seems like a plausible reason for the character to turn to the dark side, and transition from Hawkeye to Ronin. But how will he factor into the mysterious plot of Endgame? That remains to be seen, as fans prepare to wait another few months for answers.
All will be revealed when Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.