At one point, while watching AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, I got the impression that Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye was going to be written out of the franchise. It seemed like they were planting the seeds for his Clint Barton to ride off into the sunset so that he can be with his wife and children. But since then, it's become quite apparent that I was wrong. It looks like he plays a sizable role in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and should be back for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. It also sounds like, if Renner had his way, we'd get even more Hawkeye in our lives.
One of the big topics of conversation as of late, within fanboy circles, is the fact that the Marvel/Netflix relationship is a total homerun. All of Marvel's series that appear on the streaming network are viewed as top notch, and the new season of DAREDEVIL that just premiered on Friday, is getting binged everywhere you turn. At the Silicon Valley Comic Con, Renner was asked if he would like to see his Hawkeye get the Netflix treatment, and here's what he said:
"I think that's actually a really great model, if there's ever a way to explore the character, maybe it's in that world. These are things that are really not in my control, but I'd be open to it. I've really enjoyed getting to explore the character more recently. The Netflix model is where all the character drama goes to now, you're doing a superhero movie or a Netflix or HBO kind of model. So I'd be open to it. Not up to me, though."
Renner is clearly drawn to what can be accomplished in a 10 episode season, as opposed to a two hour movie. The acclaimed actor, with great turns in films like THE HURT LOCKER and THE TOWN, sounds like he would relish the chance to play Barton in the more intimate, layered, and nuanced way that Charlie Cox's Matt Murdoch gets.
Of course, this doesn't mean it'll ever happen, as Renner admits, but it's notable that an actor of Renner's caliber would commit to a TV series like this if it came along.
Another possibility he'd sign up for is a BLACK WIDOW/HAWKEYE movie. "In a second. I'd love to do that," he said when asked if he'd be down for a team-up with Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff.
Anyway you slice it, it looks like Renner would love to continue to develop Hawkeye. Would you like to see him get that chance? In which form? Let us know!
For now, we'll just have to get our Hawkeye fix when CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR arrives in theaters on May 6.