Hawkeye’s Giant Arrow Leaves A Massive Plot Gap In The Infinity Saga

Although Clint Barton’s (Jeremy Renner) gigantic arrow in Marvel’s Hawkeye is amazing, it does leave a big narrative hole for the wider Infinity Saga:

A still of Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton using the "Pym Arrow"
A still of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton using the Pym Arrow in the Hawkeye series

While Clint Barton’s (Jeremy Renner) huge arrow in Marvel’s Hawkeye is stunning, it creates a big narrative hole for the wider Infinity Saga. Hawkeye 3 requires Clint and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) to flee the Tracksuit Mafia, requiring the duo to deploy a number of trick arrows. This includes one that makes use of Pym particles, which are generally employed by Ant-Man, culminating in a breathtaking shot of epic proportions. However, there are still questions about how Hawkeye got his hands on the particles. In Marvel’s Hawkeye episode 3, Clint advises Kate to shoot a standard arrow high enough so that it lands directly on the Tracksuit Mafia’s incoming vehicle. Clint then fires a second shaft with an arrowhead full of Pym particles at Kate’s arrow, causing it to grow to enormous proportions before colliding with and destroying the truck, employing the same mechanics as the Thomas the Tank Engine toy from the first Ant-Man or the fuel truck thrown at War Machine during the airport battle in Captain America: Civil War. While Clint Barton’s gigantic trick arrow is one of the episode’s most thrilling moments, how did he get his hands on Pym particles in the first place?

Clint Barton retired after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron:

The official 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' poster
The official ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ poster

Audiences have seen in earlier Marvel flicks that Clint Barton retired after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. He later came out of retirement to assist Steve Rogers during the Civil War, which is where he first met Scott Lang’s Ant-Man. Hawkeye and Ant-Man, on the other hand, were both missing from Avengers: Infinity War after agreeing to be placed under house arrest in order to be with their families after breaching the Sokovia Accords. Clint and Scott would join the rest of the Avengers after Thanos’ demise to try to bring back those they had lost in Avengers: Endgame. Having said that, there’s no plausible moment in the MCU’s chronology when Clint obtaining Pym particles for a trick arrow makes sense. Clint Barton had already resigned when Ant-Man appeared on the scene with the Avengers, so why would Scott Lang send Pym particles to a former Avenger? They definitely wouldn’t have come from their namesake and creator, Hank Pym, who has been open about his dislike for Iron Man as well as his condemnation of Scott’s assistance to Captain America during the Civil War. It would also make little sense for Pym particles to be distributed between Civil War and Endgame, considering that Clint and Scott were both under house arrest and Hank was a fugitive until being dusted by Thanos. Even in Endgame, where Clint and Scott collaborated to bring everyone back, the remaining Avengers’ strategy was contingent on a limited quantity of Pym particles, which were required for time travel.

Clint’s return to retirement: Scott would not have given Clint the particles after Endgame:

A Still off the Hawkeye's Giant Arrow aka The "Pym Arrow"
A Still off the Hawkeye’s Giant Arrow aka The “Pym Arrow” from the 3 episode of the Hawkeye series

Similarly, Scott would not have given Clint the particles after Endgame, considering that Clint had returned to retirement to be with his family (intending to stay retired). While this isn’t a major plot-hole in the MCU, it does appear that the epic trick arrow contains some inconsistencies. Clint Barton in Marvel’s Hawkeye has no logical justification for having the huge arrow at all. On Disney+, new episodes of Marvel’s Hawkeye are released every Wednesday.

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