Pretty much all of the Avengers are assembling for Avengers: Infinity War, and the great marketing machine behind the film is not letting us forget that. Aside from the main poster, Marvel has released several solo character posters to hype up the film — though one character is continually left out. Jeremy Renner's Clint "Hawkeye" Barton is confirmed to appear in the film, but you wouldn't know it from looking at the promotional materials.
Not to worry, Hawkeye fans... Clint has finally gotten his own poster, courtesy of BossLogic. The fan-made poster appeared yesterday on BossLogic's Twitter account, and it depicts Hawkeye in an outfit that is much cooler than the short-sleeved thing he usually wears.
Take a look at the fan-made poster here:
The look is somewhat akin to the guise of Ronin, and fits with an ongoing rumor that Renner's Barton will become that character during or after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and/or Avengers 4. There's no confirmation of that, and there's certainly no reason to think the above costume will have anything to do with it — it's fan-made, and just for fun.
The change-up to Ronin could be a reason why Renner has been so absent from promotional material for the film, however. Another reason could be that he dies fairly early in the film — Renner is confirmed to appear in the movie (as is Linda Cardellini, who plays his secret farm-based wife), but arrows may not prove all that helpful against the Infinity Gauntlet.
Here's an even more likely theory, though: This movie is jammed with characters, and a lot of them are, dare we say it, more exciting than Hawkeye. We'd rather see Shuri or Nebula on a poster, and it's not like anyone is out there screaming "No Hawkeye? No ticket!" That's a bit harsh, as we are fans of Renner's Barton — he stole more than a few scenes in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Still, we know him at this point... he's a given. Giving promo space to characters new to this particular gathering (the aforementioned Shuri, Nebula, all of the Guardians, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man) might just make for a better use of resources. Sure, Avengers stalwarts Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk, and Captain America are still well represented, but Clint is... not them.
Either way, Barton's trailer absence appears to be for a reason, as Anthony Russo told GamesRadar: “All will be explained when people see the movie... It’s all tied into the story.”
We'll know a little bit more about the fate of Hawkeye when Avengers: Infinity War hits on April 26. At the very least, we'll know whether he will live to be snubbed yet again in the posters for Avengers 4.