Infinity War will be upon us in 45 days and now finally the Marketing push of the movie has begun in full force. Ever since the first trailer for the movie showed up back in December, fans have gone crazy with the hype of the movie. After that came in the Big Game TV Spot which also showed quite a few new scenes in just 30 seconds. But ever since that, it has all been just new posters, concept arts, covers, and images.
A new trailer for the movie was expected to come out in the first week of this month, but we are past that. Still, the executives are saying that it is coming very soon, and we just have to be patient for it. Even after so many posters and images revealed for the movie, there has been one thing which is totally constant in all the marketing. That constant factor is Hawkeye. He has not shown up in any of the marketing of the movie. We did not see him in the first trailer, he was absent in the TV spot, was not there among the 18 new posters and he was totally absent for, the Entertainment Weekly coverage as well.
Ant-Man was also absent from everywhere, but he could be fir in as an ant in any scene and we would lose the argument. Also, we have seen a trailer for his upcoming Infinity War prequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, so we know that he is around. But, a huge suspense is being created around Hawkeye. We have only seen him in a ‘Variety’ image, in which, almost all the Avengers were there. But except that, the Hawk has been hiding in his nest.
This ‘Variety’ image is the only thing that assures us that Hawkeye will be present. We have seen Hawkeye show up in 4 MCU movies, and Infinity War and Avengers 4 will bring his MCU appearance total up to 6. When Jeremy Renner finished shooting his part for Infinity War and Avengers 4, here’s what he said:
“This is not a goodbye, only a see you later.”
So he may possibly return post Avengers 4, if he hasn’t been killed already in any of these movies. We were introduced to his family in Avengers: Age of Ultron, so Hawkeye had a good story arc in that movie, and he came back from retirement in Civil War as well when Cap asked him to. But he was imprisoned in the Raft after the Airport Battle. We know that Cap freed his team towards the end of the movie, after that, Hawkeye’s whereabouts were revealed in the Infinity War prelude comic. The reveal in this comic is possibly the reason why Hawkeye is not being featured anywhere.
In the comic, it was revealed that Steve freed his teammates from the raft, and they all parted ways. Wanda went away to stay with Vision. Scott Lang went back to his daughter. Sam continued to be with Steve and the two were then joined by Natasha as well. The 3 have been on covert missions in Middle-Eastern countries. And Hawkeye went back to retirement and has been living with his wife and 3 children on his farm ever since.
So, this is probably the reason why he has not been in the major marketing of the movie, because they have been building up something big for his story arc. We know that he will be back, and the reason why he might be back is because Cap may talk him out of retirement yet again, or Thanos may possibly do something really horrific to his family, and that is why, to seek revenge, he turns to a darker path, becoming ‘Ronin’. Whatever the case may be, we know that we will love this build up.
Fans have been wanting to see a little bit of Hawkeye before the movie comes out, but the fact of his absence has not bothered Jeremy Renner much. Here’s what he said upon this fact:
“I don’t pay attention to that sort of stuff. 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.”
We should be patient as the second trailer might just tease him as well. Avengers: Infinity War will open on April 27.