The Russos On Hawkeye's 'Infinity War' Absence, Jeremy Renner Hits Back At Hawkeye Haters

By now you've probably watched the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer a thousand times like I have, but have you noticed anything missing? While there are about two dozen Avengers running around, not to mention Thanos and his Black Order, nobody seems to be able to find Hawkeye anywhere. What's up with that? A frequent complaint since Jeremy Renner notched his first arrow as Clint Barton way back in 2011's Thor is that his character has been given short shrift, but this seems particularly egregious.

Well, there's apparently a reason Hawkeye isn't anywhere in the trailer or the promotional images, and frankly the answer given by co-directors the Russo Brothers sounds like a bunch of crap.

“Hawkeye, coming out of [“Captain America: Civil War”], is in the same position that Cap and Falcon are at the end of that movie. And Ant-Man. And coming into this movie characters who were on Cap’s side coming out of the ‘Civil War,’” Joe Russo told Cinemablend during a set visit. “Some made certain decisions and others made other decisions that led to different paths in them dealing with oversight in this movie in a different way. So Hawkeye’s on his own journey in this movie.”

Anthony Russo adds, “He has a unique reaction to the ‘Civil War’ situation that puts him in a special spot in this film.”

A special spot that places him out of the promos? Just for choosing Cap's side? But that hasn't stopped us from seeing Falcon, Black Widow, Black Panther, Bucky, and others who stood against Iron Man's support of superhero registration. Whatever. I'm going to go with there were simply too many characters to promote them all and Hawkeye wasn't "cool" enough to warrant attention. That and there's a good chance he appears in this movie not as Hawkeye, but under the guise of Ronin.

For the record, Renner has some words for other Hawkeye haters out there...

Meanwhile, Twitter artist BossLogic has dropped two great pieces of fan art. The first is a poster with  enough Hawkeye to last until he's killed off next month (Kidding! Sorta.). The other, seen below, features most of the Avengers crew coming together for "The Last Schwarma".  A cool way to end Infinity War is if Thanos and the Black Order stop for some schwarma before blowing up the planet.