In the Avengers: Endgame trailer, Hawkeye is using a sword instead of bow and arrows. Why?

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    Commented May 6, 2019 at 11:10
  • And I repeat that question. :)
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Based on the use of a sword, and his changed costume, there's a good chance that he's using the Ronin persona introduced in New Avengers. There, he was borrowing the identity from Echo because he was assumed dead at the time, but here it may be a matter of him dodging the fact that he's supposed to be retired.

Ronin on the cover of New Avengers

This has been confirmed, although the name did not wind up being used in the movie.

After being nowhere to be found in Avengers: Infinity War, Hawkeye is front and center again in Avengers: Endgame. Unfortunately for Clint Barton, losing his family thanks to Thanos' snap drives him a little bonkers, and he spends a little time running around the MCU in a black costume, wiping out criminals with a samurai sword, under the moniker of Ronin (even though that name is never actually said in the movie).

  • This might end up being the case, and in my opinion is probably on the right track. But until the movie is released it's just speculation. Commented Dec 24, 2018 at 16:33
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    {nods} I guess I can accept that. It just seemed such a clear reference that it was worth mentioning.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Dec 24, 2018 at 16:38
  • You might also note that (in the comics) Hawkeye's original mentor was a guy named the Swordsman. While he's incredible with arrows, he's probably gotten some decent training with a sword as well. Admittedly, that bit of personal history isn't part of the MCU at this time, but it hasn't been explicitly invalidated either.
    – RDFozz
    Commented Dec 26, 2018 at 19:26
  • (Plus, the mask he's looking at looks similar to the Ronin mask.)
    – RDFozz
    Commented Dec 26, 2018 at 19:27

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