Without his family around to ground him in reality, the five-year period between “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” saw Clint Barton embarking down a dark path that few fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe likely expected. Abandoning the superhero moniker of Hawkeye, Clint became the vigilante known as Ronin and spent years murdering every criminal he could find in an attempt to take his rage out on the world. With that in mind, despite the difference in tone between “Avengers: Endgame” and “Hawkeye,” fans shouldn’t assume that Marvel has completely forgotten about Clint’s time as Ronin, or that the studio doesn’t plan on exploring the lingering effects of his actions as the ruthless vigilante.
Bert & Bertie, the directing duo behind several “Hawkeye” episodes, even commented recently on the impact that Clint’s complicated past will continue to have on him going forward. When asked about Clint’s time as Ronin, Bert revealed that actor Jeremy Renner thought it was necessary to consider how that period may have permanently changed or altered the character. “He wanted the darkness,” Bert told GamesRadar. “He wanted to go there.”
The director added that, while Clint’s Ronin period is not the focus of the new series, fans will still see shades of that side of the character in “Hawkeye,” teasing, “There are moments that the Ronin Clint resurfaces. It’s very important to have those depths that you can explore, so that he can come out of it.”
Marvel fans can look forward to seeing for themselves how “Hawkeye” does and does not explore the Ronin side of Clint Barton when the series premieres November 24 on Disney+.