Out of all the characters the Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced, it’s safe to say that Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye has had the toughest road. Although we’ve seen glimpses, the character hasn’t reached his full potential when it comes to participation. It’s a bit understandable as Barton’s powers are pretty limited in comparison to his fellow Avengers, but one can argue that Marvel could’ve found a way to use Hawkeye just as they have with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. In the recent set visit reveal by Collider, the Avengers: Infinity War directors may have revealed that Hawkeye’s story is just beginning rather than wrapping up.
Barton has been noticeably absent from most of the marketing thus far for Infinity War. One can argue that it’s because they’re waiting for the perfect moment to reveal his new identity as Ronin, others believe it’s because they don’t really know where to take his story or that he’s just not in the film that much. As part of their set visit, Collider caught up with Joe and Anthony Russo who had this to say about Hawkeye and the path he’s on in Infinity War:
Joe Russo: Coming out of Civil War, he’s in the same position that Cap and Falcon are at the end of that movie. And Ant-Man. And coming into this movie you know … the characters on Cap’s side coming out of the Civil War, some made certain decisions and others made other decisions that led to different paths in them dealing with oversight in this movie in a different way. So Hawkeye’s on his own journey in this movie.
Anthony Russo: Yeah. He has a unique reaction to the civil war situation that puts him in a special spot in this film.
Everything that has been coming out from Infinity War the last few days has pointed at the film being a direct follow-up from Captain America: Civil War. For those characters that went through that event, it seems like that story will continue and each of them will be dealing with the repercussions in their own way. And when it comes to Hawkeye, we just aren’t 100% sure what that is yet. Thankfully there’s one thing we do know, and that is that the Russo’s don’t make mistakes when it comes to putting characters on a certain path.
It’s unfortunate that the character of Hawkeye hasn’t gotten the love that he deserves because he’s actually quite a fun character, and that’s all thanks to Jeremy Renner’s personality. If Hawkeye is “on his own journey,” it’ll be very interesting to see where it takes him and how it’s connected to the larger story at hand. Does it have an important purpose or is it a way to just keep him in the loop? Hopefully it’s the former and hopefully, that story doesn’t end with a death as I believe the character has the potential to stick around for a while, especially when it comes to Renner’s love for the character and the possibility of a kick-ass TV series. One can dream, right?
What do you think of the Russo’s comments? Do you want to see Hawkeye in the fight or on a separate, more important mission? Are you hoping to see Hawkeye in the foreseeable future? The Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27th and also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, and Tom Hiddleston.