In the last few years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown exponentially. So many characters, so many crossovers. But if we look back to 2012, when the first Avengers film was released, the MCU was much smaller, as was our team of Avengers, which consisted of 6 members at the time. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye. And while 5 of the 6 Avengers have played key roles in many Marvel films since, Hawkeye has been noticeably absent. Why? Well, he had a family.
With a wife and two children, Clint decided to hang up his bow and arrow and stopped getting involved in the dangerous and never-ending battles that come with being a superhero. But it seems that time is over, as we see in the first official trailer for Avengers: Endgame.
The Avengers: Endgame trailer was released on Friday morning, and it had some major moments. From Tony Stark being stranded in space to Scott Lang returning from the Quantum Realm, there was a lot to be processed in just two minutes. But something we can’t overlook is the return of Hawkeye, and his very different look.
We’re used to seeing Hawkeye wielding a bow, but none can be seen in this trailer. No, instead he wields a blade, similar to a katana, and dons a black and gold hooded costume. This is a very different Hawkeye, and comic fans will undoubtedly know that this is his transformation into Ronin.
For those of you unfamiliar with the name, Ronin is an alias used by more than one character in the Marvel comics. Ronin is a Japanese term that refers to a samurai who has no master, or a lone warrior, if you will. Clint is the second person to adapt the name, and he does so after a series of extremely traumatic incidents occur. It is also the name he uses when he rejoins the Avengers. It seems the same thing is happening in Endgame. But why? Well, we don’t think that’s much of a mystery. When Thanos snapped his fingers, half of the population was wiped out, turned to ashes and dust. Clint may have survived, but our guess is that his wife and children didn’t. This is definitely hinted at in the trailer, as we see Clint just after Steve narrates that everyone has lost family because of Thanos.
But will Clint help what’s left of the Avengers? Our guess is that, while he may hesitate at first, he’ll come around in the end. If the Avengers have a plan to undo the damage Thanos caused, bringing back all of the people he wiped out, we have no doubt that Clint will be first in line to help.
Watch the first official trailer for Avengers: Endgame down below.
Avengers: Endgame Hits Theaters In April 2019.