As Avengers: Infinity War looms ever closer, fans have become increasingly worried by the absence of Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye from the marketing for Marvel's ensemble film, leading to speculation how much of a role he'll actually play.
However, directors Joe and Anthony Russo assure fans that Clint Barton does indeed have a part to play in the upcoming movie.
"We keep saying, 'Patience is a virtue,'" Joe Russo told Joe.ie. "We did not forget the twice-nominated Jeremy Renner. We cooked up a story for him that is a little bit of a long play. Not a short play."
This statement echoes comments made earlier this month by Anthony Russo, when he insisted, "All will be explained when people see the movie. It’s all tied into the story."
Last seen being broken out of The Raft, the remote government super prison, by Captain America at the end of 2016's Captain America: Civil War, Hawkeye has since only been spotted on a Vanity Fair cover celebrating the Marvel Cinematic Universe's 10th anniversary.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others. The film hits theaters April 27.