Why Hawkeye’s Tracksuit Mafia Always Says “Brother”

Hawkeye presents Marvel’s new criminal organization, the Tracksuit Mafia. Here is why the criminal group is obsessed with the word “brother”.

WARNING: The following contains SPOILERS for Hawk Eye.

Marvel’s Disney + series Hawk Eye introduces the Mafia Tracksuit, the villains of the MCU show, who are an underground criminal group that has sworn revenge on vigilante Ronin – but why does this gang of criminals still use the word ‘brother’? In the first two episodes only, Hawk Eye sets the mood around this new group of protagonists – and, while they can be brutal, the air of incompetence around them turns the tracksuit mafia into something comedic. It becomes immediately obvious upon their arrival that the word “brother” represents at least 50% of their vocabulary, but why?


After losing his whole family at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) channeled his anger and grief into a new character – the vigilante known as Ronin. Ronin has traveled the world determined to eradicate organized crime in the bellies of cities from the United States to Japan. Clint hung up his Ronin costume to help the Avengers restore the world to its natural order by Avengers: Endgame. Hawk Eye sees Clint having to come to terms with his actions during his tenure as Ronin after a tracksuit mafia attack is thwarted by a young Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), making her the criminal organization’s new number one target.

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The biggest culprit behind the excessive use of the word “brother” by the tracksuit mafia is the group’s limited intelligence. They may have brute force in spades, but ultimately they lack intelligent service. Laura Barton (Linda Cardellini) summed up the criminal group best in Hawk Eye Season 1, Episode 2, “Hide and Seek” – “Jesus, not those fools. ” They cover Clint’s head with a see-through bag during her “kidnapping”, they are unable to figure out that Kate Bishop is a woman, and they are easily led to discuss the intricacies of real estate. The number of rookie errors in Hawk Eye made by criminals explains how Ronin was able to face them on his own: The tracksuit mafia is not made up of the brightest members of the underworld.

Hawkeye Mafia Tracksuit

The abuse of the word in Hawk Eye also serves to highlight the beehive mentality that makes up the tracksuit mafia. From their vocabulary to their clothes, the group is an almost homogeneous group. True to its name, each member dons matching bright red jumpsuits. Their appearances are even similar, most of them sporting almost identical beards. With each member frequently repeating the word “brother,” this only hints at the idea that each member of the tracksuit mafia is straightforward and like-minded.

The Mafia Tracksuit – and its personality – comes straight from the Hawk Eye comics. Make their appearance in Hawk Eye Number 1, the Mafia Tracksuit, which Clint calls the “Draculas Tracksuit,” the group uses their signature “brother” as often in the comics as they do. Hawk Eye. Even in the comics, the group’s lack of intelligence makes frequent appearances. Yes Hawk Eye continues to pull comics like it has so far, it’s likely that the tracksuit mafia won’t get any brighter – and it won’t lose the word “brother” anytime soon, either.

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