Marvel has always had a tendency of correcting the various errors that they have depicted in their past projects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now there’s more opportunity for MCU to do this because there is a better chance for character development with the TV projects. The shows have provided us to explore elements of certain characters of MCU that haven’t been explored before. The last time we saw this was with the character of Loki who was never given a chance to be explored properly and this was later improved upon with the Disney+ Loki series. We can see the same thing happening for the character of Hawkeye who has been a part of the MCU for quite a long time. The ongoing Disney+ show Hawkeye explores the character of Clint Barton and there is a chance that it would correct the Ronin mistake of Endgame.
Ronin in Avengers: Endgame
Fans were really surprised to see the absence of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye during the events of the Infinity War. While everyone was wondering what might be the case the writers revealed there was a purpose behind this. We get to see that Thanos’ snap actually affects Clint Barton’s entire family and this drives him on a very different path. Grief-stricken by the loss of his family Barton becomes an international vigilante called Ronin. He goes throughout the world on a rampage to kill criminals who survived the snap as a means of correcting what he feels is injustice.
Endgame indicates that everyone is looking for Barton and Rhodey reports to Natasha about his activities. Natasha tracks him down and asks him to join the rest of the Avengers so that they can travel back in time and undo whatever was done by Thanos’ snap. When Barton and Natasha go to retrieve the Soul Stone, the former intends to sacrifice himself with his acts as Ronin being the reasoning. While the movie had too much to deal with we never actually get to see him showing any of the psychological scars from having so many victims and him being held accountable for his actions. This is an issue considering he is seen returning to his ordinary civilian life in the end.
Endgame never actually addressed the unknown number of people that Ronin killed during the five-year span. The movie almost behaves as if this story never existed. Hawkeye takes a wholly fresh way towards the narrative of Hawkeye as the character is seen to have trauma from the events of Endgame. Here, the prime item that brings him to Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop is the Ronin costume. We see Kate Bishop acquire the Ronin suit during a black market auction of the items from the Avengers Compound. As she is shown on the news running away in the costume, Barton goes for her and finds her.
As he meets up with Bishop to take the Ronin costume back he repeatedly mentions that the suit has had a very bad history. There have been indications that the series will deal with the repercussions of Barton’s time as Ronin. It is fairly obvious that he will be held accountable for his acts as Ronin considering various past villains are starting to pop up. It is not yet known how many people know that he was Ronin considering Natasha Romanoff was the only one to see him in costume.
While Barton hasn’t revealed to Kate Bishop that he was Ronin himself considering if he does tell her that then it will have a certain impact as Bishop might have been present during the Blip and she might have heard of Ronin. She holds Hawkeye as her favorite hero and the fact that he was Ronin might change the circumstances a bit. There is a major chance that we will get to see some rather interesting arcs that were part of the narrative of Clint Barton and Natasha. We will only get to know more as we get to see the future episodes of Disney+’s Hawkeye.
Hawkeye stars Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Fra Fee as Kazi, Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, Zahn McClarnon as William Lopez, and Brian d’Arcy James in an undisclosed role.