Hawkeye 'absence' explained? Russo Brothers tease character’s 'long play' storyline

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Dec 18, 2020, 5:50 PM EST (Updated)

It’s being lauded as the most ambitious crossover event in cinema history, so naturally Marvel fans have been anxious about whether their favorite superheroes will be given appropriate screen time in Avengers: Infinity War. But for those of you that have been getting your quiver and bows ready to attack over the possible absence of Hawkeye, just relax – because he's going to be there.

Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton has been noticeably MIA from the trailers and promotional material (hell, he even got cut from the recent Legacy teaser) causing fans to question if he’s somehow gotten lost in the stampede to defeat Josh Brolin’s Thanos. On the contrary, directors Anthony and Joe Russo are here to tease us that it could all be part of some long-term strategy for the master archer and marksman.

When asked the all-important question, “Where is Hawkeye?” in a junket interview with, Anthony replied: “All will be revealed.” Meanwhile, Joe added, intriguingly: “We keep saying, ‘Patience is a virtue,’ we did not forget the twice-nominated Jeremy Renner. We just cooked up a story for him that is a little bit of a long play. Not a short play.”

Excuse us for getting excited over this small crumb of information, but it certainly seems as though there’s something bigger in store for Hawkeye later down the road in the MCU. While hardly one of the most impressive of the Avengers (sorry Clint) the fact that we’re all now wondering where he is could just be a genius move on the filmmakers’ part to give him his moment to shine.

So perhaps the plan all along has been to set something up in this movie that will warrant him being a much bigger deal in Avengers 4? It's certainly working up a renewed interest in the arguably peripheral character on an already crowded stage. Consider our interest piqued.

Avengers: Infinity War will be landing in cinemas States-side with an epic superhero thud on Apr. 27.

What do you think is brewing for Clint Barton in the upcoming Marvel movies? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.