Thearrived like an arrow to our hearts on Friday, and we got our first glimpse of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in a cool new outfit, seemingly getting into fights in Japan and confirming a long-held fan theory.
Comic fans will recognize this as the Ronin costume, but why has Clint Barton — who’s been absent from the movies since 2016’s— adopted this identity in of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
It’s possible that he lost his family — whom we met inback in 2015 — in Thanos’ . He and wife Laura (Linda Cardellini) had three children, and losing any (or all) of them may have left him traumatized and seeking vengeance.
He was also under house arrest, as mentioned in, for siding with Captain America against the government in Civil War.
In the comics, Clint was the second person don the costume, which first appeared in New Avengers No. 11 back in 2005. The original Ronin was superhero/formervillain Echo.
In feudal Japan, Ronin were masterless samurai and they’ve captured imaginations worldwide since they were depicted as wandering bringers of justice in the 1956 classic Seven Samurai.
Clint had been killed during the Avengers Disassembled storyline and resurrected during the reality warping House of M, but was (understandably) psychologically damaged by this experience. He abandoned the Hawkeye identity and rejoined the team as Ronin in New Avengers No. 27, on a mission to rescue a captive Echo in Japan.
Hopefully the Ronin subplot in Avengers: Endgame will be a little less convoluted, but it’s likely emotional trauma and/or avoiding trouble for escaping house arrest will be behind Clint’s decision to take on a new identity.