Spare a thought for poor Clint Barton.
Ever since Marvel Studios began the promotional campaign for Avengers: Infinity War and its 2019 follow-up, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye has been strangely absent from most, if not all of the marketing material. No trailer scenes. No posters. No photos. Nada.
It’s created quite the buzz online, too, as fans scramble desperately to find any hints as to where Hawkeye’s been hiding. He’s the archer of the Avengers and a true fan favorite, so it should come as no surprise that his absence has ruffled some feathers. Because even after Infinity War‘s recent media dump, Renner’s character is still nowhere to be found, and while that’ll likely remain the case right up until April 27th, we’ve now got some awesome fan posters to share with you which are designed to give not only Hawkeye, but also Ant-Man and the Wasp the spotlight – as they, too, have been mysteriously absent from the marketing material.
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Pretty cool, eh? While we’re unlikely to find out before release why these characters keep getting shafted, we don’t imagine there’s anything to worry about. We’re fairly confident they’ll all live to see Avengers 4 and as far as being sidelined in Infinity War itself, well, that’s probably not the case, either. Sure, they may not get as much time on screen as say Iron Man, Thor or Captain America, but we’re inclined to believe that their absence from the marketing is more to do with spoilers than anything else.
One way or another, we’ll find out soon enough, as the Avengers plan to assemble once more on April 27th, by which point we also ought to have a better reading on Infinity War and its box office projections. Early estimates indicate that a $200m-plus opening weekend is well within reach, leaving many to wonder how high Joe and Anthony Russo’s crossover will climb. $2 billion, perhaps? Time will tell.