Fans have noticed that Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye has been absent from the marketing of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. He hasn’t been in any of the trailers. He didn’t get an Entertainment Weekly cover… and even Mantis got one. Mantis! (Okay, she shared one with Falcon, but still.) We do know that Renner is in ‘Infinity War’, as is Linda Cardellini, who plays his wife Laura. Rumor has it, he spends some time in Japan and possibly adopts a new identity as Ronin.
But the new ‘Avengers: Infinity War Prelude’ comic book may answer the question of just where Hawkeye might be during the fireworks of the film.
The comic bridges the events from the end of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Infinity War’. Captain America returns to free the allies that fought at his side against Iron Man’s team. Where do they go from there? Ant-Man returns home to visit his daughter, The Vision and Scarlet Witch go… somewhere together, and Cap, Falcon and Black Widow head to Syria on a secret mission. As for Hawkeye, he officially retires for good and goes home to his hidden home– seen in ‘Age of Ultron’— to be with his family.
Hawkeye has always been the Avenger who has had the least to do. He was under Loki’s spell for most of ‘Avengers’ and while ‘Age of Ultron’ fleshed him out somewhat, by introducing Cardellini as Laura and their kids. He balked at taking sides during ‘Civil War’ before eventually siding with Team Cap. And it seems that filmmakers simply don’t know how to make an ordinary guy with a bow and arrows work, next to gods and super soldiers. In fact, the structure of ‘Age of Ultron’ seemed to hint that Clint would die by the end, only to twist things by having Quicksilver sacrifice himself to save him.
But we also know that Renner will be ‘Avengers 4’ so whatever happens, he survives ‘Infinity War’. Guess we’ll have to wait for the movie’s release to find out what his deal is.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, starring Angela Bassett, Dave Bautista, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benicio del Toro, Robert Downey Jr., Winston Duke, Chris Evans, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Pom Klementieff, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Pratt, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Cobie Smulders, Sebastian Stan, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong, Letitia Wright and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel opens on April 27, 2018.