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The Massacre in Tokyo was a planned mass murder carried out by Clint Barton and aimed at executing the members of a Yakuza faction led by Akihiko.

Background

"What he's done here, what he's been doing, for the last few years... If you'd seen what he's left... I gotta tell you, there's a part of me that doesn't even want to find him."
James Rhodes to Natasha Romanoff[src]

In 2018, Clint Barton was ridden with guilt after his wife and his three children were all killed during the Decimation. In the five years that passed, Barton decided to take up a life of vigilantism, serving justice to those who weren't killed by Thanos. After killing a cartel gang in Mexico, Barton made his way to Japan, where he tracked down an active Yakuza faction in Tokyo led by Akihiko.[3]

Massacre

"あなたは人々を傷つけました!"[4]
"人を傷つける? あなたは狂っている!"[5]"
Akihiko and Clint Barton[src]
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Clint Barton clashes with Akihiko

Planning to eliminate all members of the Yakuza faction, Clint Barton began to fight against them, despite their great numbers and rapid gunfire. Barton managed to make his way through all enemies with great ease, going through a building where he headed for Akihiko, a Yakuza operative. The two then found themselves in the streets, where Akihiko questioned Barton on his actions, which he informed him that they survived the Decimation and half the population didn't.

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Clint Barton after murdering Akihiko

As their the duel began to settle down, Barton was able to cut Akihiko twice, causing him to beg for his life, and promising to give Barton anything he wanted. However, Barton ignored Akihiko's cries for mercy, stating that the only thing he wanted, which was his family, could not be given by him. Barton then finished off Akihiko and cleaned his sword of Akihiko's blood.[3]

Aftermath

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Clint Barton is located by Natasha Romanoff

"Killing all these people isn't going to bring your family back. We found something. A chance. Maybe..."
"Don't."
"Don't what?"
"Don't give me hope."
"I'm sorry I couldn't give it to you sooner."
Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton[src]

Killing all Yakuza members, Clint Barton noticed Natasha Romanoff who noted that Barton's violent actions could not either, but he informed her that it was all a part of a job that he believed he had to do. Romanoff addressed how everyone Barton has murdered was not going to bring his family back, for which she then informed him a plan to bring everyone back. However, despite desperately wanting to be with his family, Barton initially rejected the idea, not wanting to be given hope, only for it to be taken away if he failed.

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Natasha Romanoff reuniting with Clint Barton

Noticing her friend in distraught of what he had endured and what he had become, Romanoff apologized to Barton for not giving him hope sooner than later. Romanoff then comforted him by holding his hand. The two then entered the Quinjet and flew back to the New Avengers Facility.[3]

References

  1. ""Why are you doing this? We never did anything to you!"
  2. "You survived... Half the planet didn't. They got Thanos. You get me..."
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Avengers: Endgame
  4. Translates from Japanese to:"You're done hurting people!"
  5. Translates from Japanese to:"We hurt people? You're crazy!"
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