Hawkeye may be getting a radical new look for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. A recent set photo indicates that Hawkeye will join a growing list of characters whose appearances have been drastically updated for the movie.
Indeed, Earth’s Mightiest Marksman wouldn’t be the only character to adopt a new look for the film. Footage and posters from San Diego Comic Con 2017 show that both Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) and Captain America (Chris Evans) will also look different when we see them next. Cap will be sporting a beard in his new “Nomad” costume, while Black Widow will be seen with blond hair.
Jeremy Renner, who plays the iconic archer, posted a photo to his Instagram page which appears to show the actor sporting a mohawk sat in an Infinity War chair. The photo may come as a surprise to fans given how it differs from the previous look for the MCU character. However, the movies have already made adjustments to Hawkeye’s physical appearance by giving the MCU version of the character a shorter hairstyle, and brown hair instead of blonde.
The MCU Hawkeye resembles the “Ultimate” version of the character, which lacks a mask and favors black over the more vibrant, purple colors that the archer has become known for. Since Barton’s full MCU debut in The Avengers (after a cameo in Thor) his appearance has remained fairly constant, with only slight changes made to his costume in each subsequent movie appearance. It remains to be seen if Hawkeye’s new hairstyle will be accompanied by a costume update.
The easiest explanation for Captain America, Black Widow, and Hawkeye altering their appearances can be found at the end of Captain America: Civil War, which saw the characters on the opposite side of the law following the battle with Iron Man’s group. Hawkeye was on Cap’s team when he fought against Tony Stark over the Winter Soldier and the signing of the Sokovia Accords. Black Widow sided with Iron Man but betrayed him when she allowed Cap to escape.
With all three now being fugitives from justice, it makes sense why they would need to find a way to lay low and blend in without being recognized. It’s currently unclear if the other characters will return to their traditional appearances at some point in Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4.
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