Ronin takes center stage in the latest Avengers: Endgame promotional art. Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) will take a brand new moniker in the upcoming Marvel ensemble film as he ditches his old Hawkeye persona for a more ruthless one as he officially joins the rest of the Avengers in their bout against Thanos.
Fans got their first peek at Clint's brand new alter-ego in the streets of Japan as revealed in the first Endgame trailer where Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) finds him after sitting out Avengers: Infinity War. He, like Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), had been in house arrest following what went down in Captain America: Civil War, where he joined Team Cap in refusing to sign the government-imposed Sokovia Accords. The Infinity War Prelude comics revealed that he had been living a normal life on his farm until the Mad Titan's arrival.
Shared by Daniel Richtman on Twitter are two promo images for Ronin in Endgame. The first one is a closer look at the character, while the second one gives fans a full-body look, complete with hero's katana as he replaces Hawkeye's original bow and arrow set with it. Fans are digging the simple yet cool illustrations. Check them out below.
It's interesting that the first official character promo art from Endgame features Clint. The hero had been noticeably absent from Infinity War marketing, prompting people to start talking about whether or not he would even appear in the film. As the release of Avengers 3 neared with two trailers already out, it became clear that the Avengers' resident marksman was skipping the first bout against Thanos. It was obviously frustrating for a lot of his fans that the Russos reportedly even received death threats over his absence. But considering how he's usually relegated as a supporting hero despite the fact that he's one of the original members of the MCU's premier superhero team, his absence in Infinity War seems to work for the better as people are arguably more looking forward to hearing what happened to him.
It's still unknown how exactly Clint becomes Ronin, although Screen Rant has a solid theory of how this pans out. Nevertheless, given that he's going to have a mini-arc on his own, it's interesting how this will fit in the overall narrative for Avengers: Endgame. There's still so much to go through in the movie that the Russos have consistently floated the idea that the movie could be a 3-hour affair. Some might not like that, but for Marvel fans who have invested their time to follow the MCU for 10 years, it doesn't matter how long the movie's going to be, just as long as it's a satisfying conclusion to the franchise 22-film arc narrative.
Source: Daniel Richtman
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