Marvel Theory: No One Ever Found Out How Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye Betrayed the Avengers

The theory states that Barton's secret conversation was not with Laura in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but with someone else completely.

Marvel Theory: No One Ever Found Out How Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye Betrayed the Avengers


  • The Avengers a closed knit group of friends and colleague, but it is possible that that there were spies amid their ranks.
  • A new theory has revealed that Hawkeye might have been a government sponsored spy, kept in the Avengers to report on their ongoings.
  • Similarly, his tenure as Ronin could have been the Government's bid to fight and take out gangs that might be benefiting from the blip.
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The Avengers are a close-knit group of heroes, where each member sees the other as more than just a colleague. Hawkeye, despite his lack of powers, functions as a core member of the team, bringing the Avengers together. However, a new theory has surfaced, pointing to the fact that Hawkeye’s presence in the team is more than a little suspicious.

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in the MCU
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in the MCU

Hawkeye’s presence in The Avengers has often been questioned by fans, wondering what an archer is doing on a team with a Norse God, a Super Soldier, a Billionaire Tech-Wiz and The Hulk. While Natasha Romanoff is also put on trial for the same, it is much easier to convince fans why a spy/assassin is better suited for a superteam than an archer. A theory suggests that Hawkeye might be there to do some spy work of his own, specifically for the US Government.

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Hawkeye: Super Spy

Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton

While there have been a lot of times that Hawkeye has found himself going out on a limb for his teammates, the theory suggests that Hawkeye might be hiding something. It boils down to the one scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Captain America notices Clint Barton talking on the phone, almost as if he was reporting to someone. We are expected to believe that this was Laura Barton, Clint’s wife and the mother of his children.

However, the theory posits that Hawkeye was a mole for the government, for whenever the character has sided with Captain America, the hero has been found and thwarted.  However, during the long absence between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Steve and his team were nowhere to be found. Hawkeye was talking to his handler when Steve saw him, and then Clint misled the team by introducing them to his wife and children, to throw them off his scent.

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Hawkeye’s term as Ronin, as a result, could be government-sanctioned.

Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton in a still from Avengers: Endgame
Jeremy Renner

It is completely possible that when Clint Barton took on the Ronin persona in the wake of his family getting snapped, he could have been on a government-sponsored mission to take out organised crime that has thrived in the wake of the Blip, but not involving the government’s name, acting as a lone wolf. This could serve to explain why Barton completely shifted his persona in the wake of his family’s demise, and why a roaring rampage of revenge against street-level vigilantes was his way to go.

Barton was processing his grief by throwing himself into work, and since there were no Avengers to monitor, the character was sent to fight and take out local mafias, much to the tune of Daredevil and Moon Knight, to reduce the number of issues that law enforcement has to focus on, as the world tries to recover from the Blip.

Avengers: Age of Ultron can be streamed on Disney+


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