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All week long, MTV News is celebrating the Shock Cinematic Universe ahead of the predicted launch of Avengers: Infinity Warfare.

As we earn closer to the premiere of Avengers: Infinity Warfare, that would bring the entire Shock Cinematic Universe collectively for the first time, there is one Avenger on everybody’s suggestions, and imagine it or now not, that superhero is the Avenging Archer himself, Hawkeye, performed by Jeremy Renner.

Nonetheless it’s now not that of us are talking concerning the rest he did. It’s about what he didn’t carry out: seem in any marketing area topic for highly anticipated Shock film.

Where is he? Is he even in this film? Can also they originate to shut out the story saga without one among the usual Avengers? All this to dispute: What is Shock hiding?

Hawkeye has tried to step out of the game sooner than. On the tip of Avengers: Age of Ultron, we discovered out that he was leading a double life. By day, he was a superhero alongside his colleagues Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain The US (Chris Evans), Hulk (Impress Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Dim Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and by evening, he was a family man to his son Cooper, daughter Lila, and wife Laura (Linda Cardellini), then pregnant with their 1/3 child, Nathaniel. He sooner or later hung up his bow and arrow in decide of daddy duty.

Clearly, that didn’t final long. Hawkeye returned in Captain The US: Civil Warfare to fight in opposition to Iron Man alongside Cap — but after they lost the fight, were imprisoned, and escaped from the Raft, Hawkeye returned to his cosy, mute (quite talking) home life.

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That’s the final we saw of Hawkeye, even supposing Renner has been talking about being in the 1/3 Avengers flick since 2014. In 2016, he even went up to now as saying that he was “gorgeous inflamed” about Hawkeye’s upcoming myth line, and confirmed that he’ll also be in the to-be-titled Avengers four, filmed at the an identical time as Infinity Warfare and attributable to reach inspire out in 2019. Leaked home photos from October 2017 confirmed that Renner is, undoubtedly, in the movies (or as a minimum in one among the movies).

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Additional shrouding the mystery, directors Joe and Anthony Russo maintain been teasing Hawkeye’s whereabouts in assorted interviews and on their maintain Facebook page, promising that they haven’t forgotten “the twice-nominated Jeremy Renner.” (The directing duo are obviously referring to the actor’s two Oscar nominations — the suitable Avenger to attain the kind of feat, till Brie Larson officially joins the squad.)

Amongst the most illuminating explanations came from an interview with Collider. “The characters on Cap’s facet popping out of the Civil Warfare, some made fantastic choices and others made assorted choices that resulted in assorted paths in them coping with oversight in this film in a assorted contrivance. So Hawkeye’s on his maintain plod in this film,” Joe acknowledged, whereas Anthony added that the hero “has a just correct reaction to the civil war advise that places him in a just correct space in this film.”

It is conceivable that his “maintain plod” involves being a loving father and husband — and that’s price being “gorgeous inflamed” about for some of us — but that doesn’t seem indulge in one thing a Shock film would exercise time following. Plus, I left out an most primary detail when I talked about these home photos: Hawkeye was photographed taking a see now not very Hawkeye-indulge in in an all-gloomy getup with gold most primary aspects visible on his shins.

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His outfit looks suspiciously comparable to Shock Comics’ Ronin, the most primary ninja identity characters retract on after shedding their light selves — including Hawkeye when he joins the Original Avengers in Brian Michael Bendis’s famend toddle.

Now, these gold-detailed shin guards would possibly maintain been Renner’s private fashion need on the day that he was photographed — no one outdoors of the MCU knows! Nonetheless shining the cataclysmic fight in Civil Warfare despatched Hawkeye down his maintain route, perchance the motive Hawkeye is absent from the film’s aggressive marketing marketing campaign is that Hawkeye isn’t undoubtedly in this film, after all, having as soon as extra hung up his bow and arrow — finest this time, he grabbed a sword. Clearly his suspicious absence would possibly well also result in the immense-camouflage introduction of Kate Bishop, Clint’s wise-cracking, valorous protégé who also goes by the title Hawkeye.

We’ll maintain to wait and jam till Avengers: Infinity Warfare hits theaters on Friday, April 27.

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