Even since the marketing push for Avengers: Infinity War started, Hawkeye is the one character who hasn’t received any attention. Well, the Infinity War prelude comic should be answering that question.
The comic goes back to the end of Civil War, where Captain America shows up at the Raft prison to free the heroes who fought by his side against Iron Man’s group.
The comic then shows where each hero went after being freed. Ant-Man goes to see his daughter, Vision and Scarlet Witch hide somewhere together, and Captain America, the Falcon, and Black Widow go to Syria on a Secret Avengers mission to intercept Chitauri weapons being sent to terrorists.
Hawkeye, on the other hand, had other plans. He made it very clear that he was officially retiring, and then he left to go to his secret home where his wife and three children are all waiting for him.
With this, it looks like the comic is suggesting that Hawkeye will retire when Infinity War starts. That would likely make Hawkeye a secondary character in the film and explain why he hasn’t been the focus of any marketing.
Now, we do for a fact that Hawkeye will be in the movie. And one out of two reasons could bring him to fight Thanos. Option one, Captain America could’ve talked him out of retirement for a special mission to Japan. Or option two, Thanos could do something terrible to Hawkeye’s family. Either way, one of these cases could justify Hawkeye taking on the new persona of Ronin.
All of us fans have noticed Hawkeye’s absence sing the first Infinity War trailer was released. And Jeremy Reiner has commented on it.
“I don’t pay attention to that sort of stuff,” Renner says. “I was just excited that we got a trailer together and it’s coming out – that is a pretty killer trailer. It’s difficult because you want to speak about the movie but you can’t. There’s a lot of superheroes in it. And it’s gonna be big and it’s gonna be awesome. But I can’t really talk about the movie.”