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At the beginning of Avengers: Endgame, we learn that Hawkeye

loses his entire family to the Snap occurring at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. This made him turn into a rogue assassin, or probably Ronin.

Colonel Rhodes told Black Widow that he was chasing him. What was his intentions?

Was he planning to bring him to justice?

We also see him at the end at

Tony Stark's funeral,

A few meters behind Rhodes. Was he forgiven?

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    We might need to wait till the Hawkeye show to figure out what is happening with him. – Styxsksu Aug 27 at 13:23
  • It seems clear that Rhodes was simply keeping tabs on Hawkeye for Natasha, not attempting to bring him to any kind of justice. "NATASHA ROMANOFF: Will you find out where he's going next? RHODEY: Nat... NATASHA ROMANOFF: Please. " Also - he was only taking out bad guys..so... – NKCampbell Aug 27 at 13:23
  • @NKCampbell Sokovia accords were there just to prevent these vigilantes acting on their own. So I hardly think him taking out the bad guys make him any less criminal. – C.Koca Aug 27 at 13:25
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    we're going to re-litigate Civil War here? ;) – NKCampbell Aug 27 at 13:25
  • Also, he was already chasing Barton, Natasha just wanted inside information from Rhodes about his next destination. – C.Koca Aug 27 at 13:26
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Because Nat asked him to because of what he was doing over the world. This is made explicit in the scene where Nat and Rhodey are talking and she does exactly that. Of course it's worth noting that Rhodey could also be acting off of his own back here and he might have been initially but he seems somewhat reluctant to which indicates that Nat was the one asking him to all along.

Natasha Romanoff: Where are you?

James Rhodes: Mexico. The federales found a room full of bodies. Looks like a bunch of cartel guys. Never even had the chance to get their guns off.

Natasha Romanoff: It's probably a rival gang.

James Rhodes: Except it isn't. It's definitely Barton. What he's done here, what he's been doing for the last few years... I mean, the scene that he left... I gotta tell you, there's a part of me that doesn't even want to find him.

Natasha Romanoff: Will you find out where he's going next?

James Rhodes: Nat...

Natasha Romanoff: Please.

James Rhodes: Okay.

Avengers: Endgame

There is further evidence that Nat is the one in charge and controlling clean up in that she is staying at HQ and seems to be coordinating efforts between the Avengers.

Natasha Romanoff: Alright. Uh, well. This channel is always active. So, if anything goes sideways... anyone's making trouble where they shouldn't... comes through me.

Avengers: Endgame

They are clearly following him because of his quest of murder and destruction to either try and bring him in and reason with him or to stop him altogether. When Nat finally goes to find him herself this is exactly what she does, she reasons with him and essentially gives him a bit of a slap on the wrist.

Clint Barton: You shouldn't be here.

Natasha Romanoff: Neither should you.

Clint Barton: I've got a job to do.

Natasha Romanoff: Is that what you're calling this? Killing all these people isn't gonna bring your family back.

Avengers: Endgame

No was he forgiven at the end? I wouldn't blankly state he was forgiven for what he did during the Blip but he did a lot to make up for it. He was a vital member during the Time Heist and he helped defeat Thanos' forces in the Battle of Earth, he more than made up for it./ Of course with losing Nat and everything else that happened it's hardly a leap to assume that quite a lot of it has been swept under the rug as there have been bigger things to worry about now.

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    @C.Koca Nat is lying to herself because she doesn't want to believe what Clint is doing... she is in denial. She knows exactly what is going on when Rhodey says it in more detail. – TheLethalCarrot Aug 27 at 13:31
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    @C.Koca I think there's more evidence suggesting he was there on her orders not of his own accord considering the conversation they have. It's also worth noting she could have ordered him to follow Clint but not know where he is, she isn't saying "go to Mexico to find Clint" but "find Clint" because she doesn't know where he is. – TheLethalCarrot Aug 27 at 13:36
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    @C.Koca If she wasn't in charge Rhodey wouldn't have gone... he clearly didn't want to. She's just asking him nicely because... well... she's nice. and she's tired of the situation etc. etc. – TheLethalCarrot Aug 27 at 13:43
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    @C.Koca You mean he "answers to the Secretary of State" when he denies the order and does a "court martial offence"? I'm no expert but that seems like the exact opposite. – TheLethalCarrot Aug 27 at 14:46
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    @C.Koca Now we're going to play semantics to be honest, he was under their command but he wasn't necessarily following their orders. As of IW though he seems to have quite literally turned his back on them. – TheLethalCarrot Aug 27 at 14:50

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