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Marvel’s Hawkeye Show Doesn’t Forget He Killed All Those People as Ronin

Remember in Avengers: Endgame when Hawkeye was Ronin and killed a bunch of people? It looks like the writers for the upcoming Disney Plus series, Hawkeye, do.

In an interview with Gamesradar, the comedy writing duo Bert & Bertie (Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood), said that the six-episode lighthearted Christmas-themed show isn’t what most people would expect from Marvel Studios. The show borrows quite a bit from the 2012 Hawkeye comic run and Christmas issue by Matt Fraction and artist David Aja. Even so, it looks like the show will have some dark undertones to it.

When Clint Barton took up the mantel of Ronin, he went on a rampage after his entire family was wiped out by Thanos. Jeremy Renner, who plays the eponymous hero, didn’t want to leave that part of the character out. The vigilante is part of Hawkeye now and in the upcoming series, it looks like his murderous past will catch up to him.

“[Renner] wanted the darkness,” Bert says. “He wanted to go there. And there are moments that the Ronin Clint resurfaces. It’s very important to have those depths that you can explore, so that he can come out of it.”

The first two episodes of Hawkeye will air on Disney Plus on November 24. The most recent Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure, Eternals, arrives in theaters today. Make sure to check out IGN’s Eternals review. 2021 will close out with Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17, and be sure to also check out the full lineup of upcoming Marvel movies and shows.

George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @yinyangfooey

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