Although fans first thought Bruce Banner appeared in one particular team shot in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, it seems the character in question is actually Ronin. In Marvel Comics, Ronin is an identity taken on by several characters, including Clint Barton, who became Ronin when he rejoined the New Avengers after their Civil War.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Clint Barton is Hawkeye, a character portrayed by Jeremy Renner. Unfortunately, Hawkeye hasn't been used much in the MCU and even disappeared without a trace in Avengers: Infinity War, though it was explained in dialogue. His disappearance had nothing to do with the Thanos snap and he will once more take up arms with his fellow Avengers in Endgame. Renner began teasing his return in Endgame last year, with rumors suggesting he would no longer be Hawkeye and would adopt the Ronin identity. Numerous set photos and leaks confirmed as much.
It turns out that Clint as Ronin is also evident in the Avengers: Endgame trailer, although it's hard to make out. Reddit user ForceGenius took a screenshot from the trailer and brightened it up to show that a character most mistook for Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) is Ronin. It's hard to see the exact detail of his costume, but it's fairly apparent that the actor in the shot is Renner and not Ruffalo. Fortunately, promo art released from Avengers: Endgame does show the Ronin costume in more detail, complete with the katana that will replace Hawkeye's bow and arrow.
At this point, Ronin's appearance in Avengers: Endgame is one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood. Even the toys associated with the movie reveal that the character will play a part in Thanos' defeat. There is still one mystery about the character, though: What happens to Hawkeye that forces him to become Ronin? One theory suggests that he loses his family, either to the Thanos snap or something else. That would certainly make sense for him to become a character more motivated by violence.
Whatever the case, Marvel fans will be happy to see Clint returning to the screen. Although he hasn't had a lot of screen time, he's still incredibly popular, so much so that the directors of Infinity War got death threats over his absence in that movie. Hopefully, Ronin will get more of a story arc than Hawkeye ever did because it would be nice for the character to get more exposure in the films before Phase 3 of the MCU officially comes to a close.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019