Not much is yet known about what will go down in Avengers: Infinity War; despite the recent promotional push, we’re still not really sure about where it will leave our characters, or whether some of them will encounter the grim reaper come movie’s end. A massive movie like this, with so many various superheroes to count and the ultimate destroyer and villain in Thanos, is bound to feature a few casualties before going into the still untitled Avengers 4. One thing we do know, however, is that one of the characters who will make it out of Infinity War alive is Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye.
Portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner, Hawkeye first appeared in a cameo capacity in the first Thor movie, then went on to star alongside Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest heroes in The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. With each movie, we learned more about Clint, from his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and his evolution as an Avenger, to the shocking revelation that he had a wife Laura, three children and a very lovely farmhouse that he kept a secret from everyone except his closest friend, the Black Widow.
As one of the MCU’s original Avengers, there’s little doubt that Clint will have an important role to play in the next two Avengers film. The only question is, in what capacity?
Well, we might have been given a clue, albeit an admittedly odd one. Last Thursday, Renner appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden on CBS, sporting a very new and very different haircut. “It’s definitely for the movie we’re shooting right now,” the actor said rather coyly, fighting a grin on his face, when Corden asked him (quite a few times) if the haircut was for the new Avengers movie. The cut, with Renner’s sides completely shaven, all the way to the back of his head, is something the late-night talk show host called an “exclusive bombshell.” Corden went on to ask is this was a “huge spoiler alert” for the movie, and from Renner’s expert way of responding without giving actual answers, it seemed fairly apparent that yes, it might be a change that bears relevance. Renner’s gotten pretty used to fielding questions that Marvel doesn’t want him answering, of course, but that didn’t stop fans from posting their theories across social media. These ideas appear to have led to Renner posting a second photo on Instagram a few days later, an image that deliberately showcased the bottom half of the back of his new haircut while he sat in his sweet Avengers: Infinity War chair.
As far fetched as it may seem at first (a haircut is a spoiler??), James Corden might be right. This could very well be a massive clue to the future of Clint Barton. Now that the cameras have begun rolling on Avengers 4, it seems noteworthy to have Hawkeye sport a new haircut, a deliberate change that makes one wonder why, and especially why now?
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