In addition to losing one of the founding MCU heroes, Disney’s Hawkeye reveals a hidden effect of Iron Man’s death on the rest of the Avengers.
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Hawkeye episode 1.
Iron Man’s death had a covert effect on the Avengers, which has since been revealed in Hawkeye. After starting MCU in 2008 and being a key player in Infinity Saga, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) ended his arc by making the sacrificial game in Avengers: Endgame. While it was a tragic way to end the character’s story, there is poetry in it given that he began as a self-centered narcissist. Aside from losing one of the basic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man’s death also has some unforeseen negative consequences for the way the Avengers work.
IN Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner returns to MCU with his own TV series as Clint Barton. This is the first time he is leading a project since he quietly debuted in the franchise back in 2011 via Kenneth Branaghs Thor. The show focuses on the story of the bow and arrow swinging hero, but it also introduces the universe’s newest character Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Since Clint is already a previously established player in MCU, Hawkeye contains several references to the larger universe to which he belongs. This includes that the events of the project have ties to what happened in the Infinity Saga.
IN Hawkeye episode 1, Kate participates in an underground auction. Some of the items sold out include Ronin’s sword, suit and an unnamed Avengers watch. Apparently these were all stolen from the ruins of the Avengers Compound in upstate New York after the last fight with Thanos (Josh Brolin). This is such an interesting revelation, as it means that on the heels of the all-encompassing battle for the planet, the entire area was not secured once everyone was cleared out to return to their families and friends. It also highlights how much work Tony Stark undertook outside of dressing as Iron Man.
The ingenious-billionaire philanthropist dealt primarily with the other operational tasks, including clearing battlefields like Avengers HQ. Had he been nearby, it is more than likely that he would have immediately made sure that the perimeter of the Avengers Compound was secured and subsequently cleaned up, preventing any kind of looting. Hawkeye has not revealed exactly how the auctioneers were able to get their hands on the Avengers’ items, but given the fact that they were able to pick up a few items, chances are they were able to get access to the facility for an extended period of time.
Of course, there is a possibility that the thieves were part of the team tasked with cleaning up the area, but if Stark was nearby, he would have been more practical with the process. If not, he would have asked someone he trusted to keep an eye on what was happening, like best friend Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), because he knew most of the team’s stuff was buried in the ruins of the Avengers Compound. Other than that, the wreck would also have included numerous Stark Tech gadgets under various conditions that potential villains could reuse for any creepy plan they devised.
With Stark now gone, no one is taking care of these matters for the Avengers, because while Captain America (Chris Evans) calls the shots in battle, it is Iron Man who usually took care of the rest. The MCU looks and feels different without Tony Stark in it. Even though he is no longer around, his presence and legacy is still towering in the franchise. Hawkeye is just the latest Marvel Studios project to emphasize that.
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Hawkeye airs every Wednesday on Disney +.
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