New toys confirm Clint Barton has adopted more than just a new costume.
In case there was any doubt left, Hawkeye, aka Clint Barton, has definitely adopted the guise of Ronin in Avengers: Endgame.
New toys and actor Jeremy Renner’s costume — both of which were on display at the Avengers: Endgame press junket this weekend — clearly label Clint Barton’s new look as that of Ronin.
Check out the photos below.
So what makes the Ronin persona significant? As IGN’s Jesse Schedeen explained in his analysis of Renner’s costume (based on what we know from the Marvel comics):
“For those not familiar with Ronin, he’s not a character so much as a cover identity used by several different heroes. In the comics, the Ronin costume was first worn by Daredevil’s ally Echo. It then passed to Clint Barton following his death and resurrection at the hands of the Scarlet Witch (she was going through some issues at the time).
Feeling disillusioned, Clint abandoned his Hawkeye identity and took up the Ronin mantle instead. That costume change reflected a darker, more driven mindset. And while the circumstances in Endgame may be different, Clint’s motivations are probably similar. Statistically, it stands to reason at least some of his family was killed in the Decimation.
The main reasons heroes tend to wear the Ronin costume is to disguise their identity, whether to go undercover (in the case of Echo) or because their secret identity is already public. This suggests to us that the Super Human Registration Act introduced in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War is still very much in effect. The reason Clint Barton becomes Ronin in Endgame is most likely because he wants to resume his superhero career without seeming to violate the SHRA. As it is, the whole reason he sat out the events of Infinity War is that he reached a plea deal with the government and gave up being Hawkeye. He needs a new superhero identity if he’s going to evade the attention of the authorities.”
For more on Avengers: Endgame, check out our piece theorizing the Avengers lose their initial rematch with Thanos, discover what we learned from the CinemaCon footage, find out from the directors why the movie is three-hours long, and watch the latest teaser for the movie.