Get your Avengers primer right: Hawkeye and Spider-Man Graphics: Tapasri Saha
Shawarma time is over — the war is here. And Jon Snow could have been talking about this war, for all we know. Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)'s most awaited venture — Avengers: Infinity War — comes out this April. It has everything, from purple alien overlords to talking tree creatures.
Reports are already out that suggest MCU may part ways with some of its Avengers in Infinity War, the 19th film in the MCU, courtesy Thanos, aka Baba Sehgal on steroids. While Captain America (Chris Evans) has declared retirement post Avengers 4, Iron Man (Robert Downey Junior) looks seriously hurt and injured in the trailer, and we're worried, okay?
It might be hard to process, but you might be seeing some of the Avengers for the last time in Infinity War. We don't know who they are, but Vision looks hella beat, and they straight up let Captain America deal with Thanos alone — which is so unfair.
Avengers: Infinity War releases tomorrow, and we made you a primer for all the characters in the film. Chapter 4 is about the most neglected Avenger — Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and the Intern Avenger Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Grab a notepad.
Name: Clint Barton
Pre-Avenger occupation: Super assassin, also known as The World's Greatest Marksman, the 'ex-wife' MCU relentlessly ignores
MCU's official side piece — if Hawkeye was any more ignored, The Weeknd would write a single about him. The former S.H.I.EL.D agent is literally the only Avenger without a superpower. Even BFF Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) is said to have been genetically engineered before she was introduced in the MCU. But Hawkeye wakes up every day and goes to battle with actual demi-gods, without any enhancements or godly hammers or even a shield. Give the man a medal.
When Hawkeye says "I'm about to fight an army of robots and I have a bow and arrow," that's essentially his character summary, too, as his character arc never sees substantial growth. He is just a super assassin who's curiously aware of his situation amid the super-men. Besides getting into somewhat flaky details about his family in Civil War, the only non-enhanced Avenger never gets his due in the franchise.
One of the most underplayed story arcs in the Avengers revolves around the friendship between Hawkeye and Black Widow. The two super assassins met in the weirdest of circumstances — Hawkeye was originally sent to kill her and eventually ended up recruiting her for S.H.I.E.LD. In fact, fans have called for a Hawkeye arc in the upcoming Black Widow solo movie. Hawkeye and Black Widow have lived through Marvel's most fascinating political set-up, and yet the MCU somehow circumvents it. C'mon, at least tell us what happened in Budapest.
After years of playing the forsaken ex-wife ('cuz MCU literally moved on to shinier Avengers), Hawkeye doesn't even get a spot in any of the Infinity war trailers. Fans have been raving to know what happened to Hawkeye and if MCU really has a bigger plan for him. When we last saw the marksman-cum-Chitauri-hunter, Hawkeye was being held in an underwater prison facility in Captain America: Civil War. At the end of the film, we see that Captain has broken into the facility to free Hawkeye and his squad.
"There are a lot of 'Guy with bow and arrow jokes. He even makes 'Guy with a bow and arrow' jokes in some of the movies. So I love that people go from 'Oh, Hawkeye is just lucky to be there,' to 'Oh, where is he? He's not there? What's going to happen? We need Hawkeye. We want more Hawkeye.' Yeah, so do we... so what's the holdup?" MCU mastermind Kevin Feige said recently.
MCU fandom is convinced that Hawkeye is set to have a bigger agenda and will come back in Avengers 4 as Ronin, which would actually make sense considering Ronin's Samurai history and Hawkeye's assassin past. In Marvel Comics, Clint Barton takes up the mantle of Ronin in the aftermath of Civil War. Fans freaked out when they saw Jeremy Renner with the gold-and-black leggings, which resemble Ronins's costume. It is possible that you may never see Hawkeye in Infinity War at all.
Name: Peter Parker
Pre-Avenger occupation: High school student, the only Avenger who has to choose between being a superhero and going to college, the only intern Tony Stark talks to
The move to bring in a sophomore Spidey is one of MCU's best decisions and a necessary one considering the intern Avenger arc. Holland's Spider-Man starts his roll as a neighbourhood crime-fighter, true to his comic book origins. The new Spidey is still in school, trying to keep up with his new-found significance, has a new suit which might be too cool for him and still can't believe he might be an Avenger.
Spider-Man: Homecoming makes perfect use of how significant the Avengers are, especially to the youth. Peter Parker's classmates can't believe he is 'interning' under Tony Stark, especially since they can see Iron Man fighting the Chitauri on YouTube. MCU might have sneakily tried to set up the next phase with Spider-Man, and he is obviously going to be a key figure.
The teen Spidey gets vertigo on the top of a monument, as he has obviously never been that high, he gets stuck under a rubble, and still takes at least a couple of minutes to change into his suit. His struggles in the first film were very real and palpable. Holland makes Spider-Man a very viable option for a superhero, who is not a god, or Hulk, or a trained assassin, but obviously has limitations on his powers.
When Spidey declines an official spot in the Avengers, the entire fandom took a collective sigh as it was proof that MCU was not rushing the storyline. Moreover, Spidey is doing a LOT in Infinity War, going by the trailer, and we're worried okay. Somebody hide the kid from Thanos.