Phase 4 explains why Hawkeye is still a hero after the playoffs

Hawkeye becomes the bloodthirsty vigilant Ronin in Avengers Endgame, but Phase 4 will have him as a mentor for the next generation of MCU heroes.

Despite Clint Barton’s time as the bloodthirsty vigilant Ronin Avengers: Endgame, he will return as a mentor to Kate Bishop in the Marvel Phase 4 Disney + series Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton was the first hero to recruit SHIELD after the creation of Captain America. Clint spared Natasha Romanoff’s life before recruiting her and nearly neutralized Thor when the god was banished to earth. Although Hawkeye’s abilities are pedestrian compared to the other Avengers, he has managed to fight side by side with the most powerful creatures in the universe several times.

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When the Avengers failed to humiliate Thanos the universe, Hawkeye was one of the heroes to get the worst hit. He retired to help Steve Rogers Captain America: Civil War and consequently received house arrest. He then used it as an opportunity to enjoy his long-awaited retirement with his family, but all his loved ones were broken off from Thanos after him. Clint was overwhelmed with revenge and traveled to Japan to become Ronin, a bloodthirsty assassin who took the law into his own hands. Soon enough, he returned to help the Avengers defeat Thanos, but not without first sacrificing Natasha to achieve it.

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Clint Barton deserves to leave superhero affairs in the past and lead a peaceful life, but Natasha Romanoff dies before his eyes to save the universe. Hawkeye does not let her sacrifice go to waste in a moment when Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow are not there to help, much less a new generation of heroes will replace them. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania could be the start of the Young Avengers, and Clint could play a key role in their training during Phase 4. It will begin with the training of Kate Bishop, who takes over the new Hawkeye in the comic strip, in his Disney + series.

Clint Barton and Kate Bishop in Hawkeye with the Young Avengers

In the comics, Hawkeye’s protégé, Kate Bishop, chased her position in the Young Avengers. Like Clint Barton, she did not gain her abilities through a mutant gene or a freak accident, but through mere skill and disciplined training. As Hawkeye following the source material, Clint would be forced to teach her, not only because of her perseverance, but also because he feels responsible as an established hero. Although SHIELD disappeared, it was Nick Fury who recruited Clint Barton and protected his family while working with the organization. Clint’s last job in the MCU may be to pay it back and seek redemption for his time as Ronin.

The launch of the multiverse and the advent of villains like Kang (who united Kate Bishop and the Young Avengers in the comics) call for the support of more experienced heroes. Doctor Strange will be accompanying Wanda Maximoff in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming 3, Thor will be far away to fight Gorr the Butcher Thor: Love and thunderHulk will help Jennifer Walters Sy-Hulk, War machine will reduce the conflict of Armored Wars, and Nick Fury will be crucial for Secret Invasion. The least Clint Barton could do is stay active and offer his support to the new MCU heroes and Young Avengers in Phase 4.

Hawkeye suffered more than enough in the MCU. Yet, in Phase 4, his help would come in handy to keep the world safe. Avengers: Endgame may have broken him, but what he does with that pain will determine whether he is defined by the time he spent as a hero, or the crimes he committed as Ronin.

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