The first Avengers: Endgame trailer arrived 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 Captain America: Civil War — adopted this identity in the 22nd movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It’s possible that he lost his family — whom we met in Avengers: Age of Ultron back in 2015 — in Thanos’ deadly snap. He and wife Laura (Linda Cardellini) had three children, and losing any (or all) of them may have left him traumatized. He was also under house arrest, as mentioned in Avengers: Infinity War, 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/former Daredevil villain 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. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 23 Photos 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… [Read full story]
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