Poor Jeremy Renner just can't catch a break when it comes to Avengers: Infinity War. Clint Barton/Hawkeye has been absent from every trailer, poster, and magazine cover so far, causing many to wonder if he's in the movie at all. We'd be inclined to agree if the Russo Brothers hadn't already said he's on a "solo journey" during a lot of the film, which means he won't be present for a lot of the ensemble sequences.
Over the last day the Russos shared two photos that prove Hawkeye won't be getting his own poster anytime soon. The first is one of bearded Captain America (Chris Evans) with the words "Chris Evans is the Nomad." This should cause some head-scratching, because Joe Russo seemingly shot down the theory that Cap would giving up his iconic star-spangled title for that of the Nomad, the persona he adopted in the comics when he found he could no longer trust the American government. Russo said Rogers in Infinity War will maintain the spirit of the character without explicity being him. Some felt that Evans confirmed the theory when he signed a fan's shield as both Cap and Nomad. Now we don't know what to think.
The second photo is even more intriguing, because it could hint at the death of Steve Rogers and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) taking over as Captain America. He's now well equipped to do so thanks to Shuri (Letitia Wright) wiping the HYDRA brainwashing from his head. Posted to Twitter, this image depicts Bucky holding Cap's shield, which has three deep scratches in its surface; the caption reads "#NewProfilePic."
While Bucky was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby to be Cap's faithful sidekick, there's also a heavy precedent for the character replacing Rogers. In Ed Brubaker's 2007-08 story arc "Death of Captain America," Steve is assassinated on the Red Skull's orders following the events of Civil War. Soon afterward, Tony Stark receives a letter from the late hero saying that Captain America's legacy should continue. Stark shows the letter to Bucky and suggests he take up the mantle of his friend, and Barnes agrees on the condition that he won't have to answer to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Avengers: Infinity War assembles in theaters to fight Thanos (Josh Brolin) on April 27.