If any superhero was shortchanged in Marvel’s THE AVENGERS, it was probably Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Having spent most of the film under the influence of Loki, Hawkeye didn’t get as much of a chance to shine as his teammates. That changes in Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. With a clear head, some backstory, and a properly defined role on the team, Hawkeye is ready to impress audiences with more than trick-shot archery (but yes, there’ll be some of that too).
On the set of the AVENGERS sequel, Renner promised the new film will make good on the past that was teased between his character and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). His biggest responsibility, however, will be vetting potential new additions Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Renner explains:
My character has a lot to do with them. The movie is a little blurry on where they stand, as far as good or bad, which I appreciate. [laughs] I think I’m policing them to see if they’re worthy or not of being good guys. I question them a lot. [laughs]
He’s always very skeptical of new people. It’s his military thinking of, ‘I have to trust that you have my back.’ You have to work as a unit, as a team, otherwise we all die. That’s where the skepticism comes in. It’s not to just to be grumpy or to dislike somebody. It’s all there for a reason, and that plays a lot in this movie.
For those who took Hawkeye in their “Which Avenger will Joss Whedon kill” pool, don’t count him out. Renner hopes to explore the character more in movies, or on television.
There are always opportunities in the Marvel Universe to jump into a lot of different scenarios. I do not know the future, but I’m happy to be doing it now. There has to be a good rhyme or reason for it. I like the character enough and anything to explore him more is something I’m always open to.
If you’ve read writer Matt Fraction’s HAWKEYE comic book series, you’ll likely agree that it would make for one hell of a Netflix series. Perhaps that’s thinking too small, though, as BLACK WIDOW & HAWKEYE: BUDAPEST is the film we really want to see!
For more with Renner, read the full interview over at Marvel.