Well if you haven’t already seen Infinity War at least twice at the cinema, you probably shouldn’t read any further, because we have some questions, some of which were answered in the film and some not. So we recommend you see the film before you read on.
Ok, so one of the questions we have is where Hawkeye was in the film. Now while this was explained briefly by Black Widow, mentioning something about being under house arrest, this still doesn’t explain his total lack of screen time.
The rugged archer with a heart of gold was totally missing in action.
Now Kevin Feige has noticed that folks have noticed this fact and is having a little passive aggressive fun with it. The Marvel head honcho had this to say to io9 about Hawkeye’s absence from Infinity War’s marketing materials and by extension the film itself:
“I think it’s one of the best things that ever happened to Hawkeye,” Feige told io9. “We [at Marvel] love Hawkeye. There are big, big story things coming up for Hawkeye and Jeremy Renner is as strong an actor as anyone in the MCU and awesome as this character. But ‘The guy with the bow and arrow jokes’, right? There are a lot of ‘Guy with bow and arrow jokes.’ He even makes ‘Guy with a bow and arrow’ jokes in some of the movies. So I love that people go from ‘Oh, Hawkeye is just lucky to be there’ to ‘Oh where is he? He’s not there? Whats going to happen? We need Hawkeye. We want more Hawkeye.’ I love it. It’s the best.”
The Russo brothers, on the other hand, are far more direct: “Audiences just need to be patient.”
It sounds like Hawkeye is one character who’s business is going to bridge Infinity War and whatever they end up calling the next one. There’s also the little matter of Ant Man, but we are just going to have to be patient and wait till July for The Ant Man and The Wasp and a full year for the sequel to Infinity War. Sigh.