Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye has been the long-ignored Avenger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (he’s not even in the logo before their films!) but the marketing for Avengers: Infinity War has kicked the Barton-bashing up a notch.
Aside from the initial artwork from Ryan Meinerding, and the photo of him included in the Infinity War Vanity Fair spread, there’s been absolutely no Hawkeye to be seen. Unlike the other original Avengers, he made no appearance in the first trailer for the film, which might have been fine if he had appeared in the newly released trailer – but he doesn’t.
On top of this, Jeremy Renner’s hero did not appear in the collection of 15 Entertainment Weekly covers to promote the film, or on the film’s new poster, which brought together just about everyone – except Hawkeye, Ant-Man, and The Wasp. So, while everyone else got to show-off their new pics, poor Jeremy Renner only had some awesome fan art to share.
Along with this, Hawkeye hasn’t got a Twitter Emoji, like his fellow characters, and the only merchandise out there for the archer is his toy bow. Even fellow super archer, Stephen Amell (a.k.a. the Green Arrow) commented on the lack of representation, by saying “It’s hard out here for an archer.”
It’s hard out here for an archer. https://t.co/TKsuuOtZSa
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) March 17, 2018
So, why isn’t Hawkeye in the Infinity War marketing?
There’s at least something of a reason for why Clint is off the grid. In the two years following the events of Civil War, he returned to his hidden homestead (which we saw in Age of Ultron) home to his wife, Laura (Linda Cardellini) and their three children. The Infinity War prelude comics revealed that Hawkeye sort of retired, though he will return, and Jeremy Renner has promised that fans will see “wonderful things” come from his story arc.
When ScreenRant visited the Infinity War set last summer, they got the opportunity to speak with Anthony and Joe Russo, and they asked the question we’ve all been asking:
“One thing we haven’t talked about today is Hawkeye, can you talk about his role and what he’s been up to in the last two years?
Joe Russo: Hawkeye, coming out of Civil War, is in the same position that Cap and Falcon are at the end of that movie. And Ant-Man. And coming into this movie characters who were 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.”
Until the film’s release, it’s doubtful we’re going to see much of Hawkeye – unless they’re planning some Giant Ant-Man-esque shocking reveal – so to tide you over, enjoy this all-Hawkeye version of the new poster.
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 17, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War is set for release everywhere on April 27th.