(WARNING: The following contains mild potential plot SPOILERS for 'Captain America: Civil War,' as well as some discussion of character motivation within the movie. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise.)
Now, for a man who only stepped down from The Avengers in the closing moments of last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Clint "Hawkeye" Barton sure does seem to have found himself back in action pretty darned quickly. Hawkeye has, after all, been featured prominently in pretty much every piece of Captain America: Civil War promotional material we've so far seen, making the archer's imminent return to heroism about as well-hidden a secret as the Empire State Building.
The big question now, then?
Just Why Did Hawkeye Come Out of Retirement For Captan America: Civil War?
After all, not only did Clint seem pretty darned determined to step away from the action at the close of Age of Ultron, but it also seems as though he's about to join the battle on the opposite side to his closest friend, Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff.
With so obvious an argument in favor of sitting this one out, then, why the change of heart? Well, as Jeremy Renner, the man who plays Hawkeye himself, recently put it at the film's European premiere: He had to.
Discussing the merits of Hawkeye's retirement, Renner revealed:
"I think it's a good idea but maybe in practicality, maybe not so much. I think golf got a little boring for him. But, no, he had to repay a debt to Scarlet Witch, and Cap called in need. So, he came out retirement. He had to."
Which, actually makes a lot of sense. Hawkeye's protective attachment to Scarlet Witch (he's a father, after all) was evident in the closing moments of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he's never been a guy to leave his friends hanging.
Why was his debt to Scarlet Witch enough to overwhelm his loyalty to Black Widow though? Well, that's a question we might just have to wait until the movie's release to have answered.
What do you think, though?
Which side should Hawkeye be on in 'Civil War'?