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CCI: Whedon Confirms Jeremy Renner As Hawkeye In Avengers

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On the eve of the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con International, director Joss Whedon has confirmed The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner will play Hawkeye in The Avengers.

“There will be some avenging that takes place during the film and that’s about all I can tell you,” Whedon tells “I think it’s well-known that Jeremy Renner is joining us as Hawkeye, which is so exciting for me and the rest of the cast.”

Rumors circulated for months that Renner would portray Marvel’s outspoken archer, leading to a report in early June that the Oscar-nominated actor was in final negotiations for the role. The studio remained quiet about Renner, perhaps waiting for the announcement of Whedon’s involvement, or for the official introductions at Comic-Con. However, most everyone else seemed to treat Renner’s casting as a foregone conclusion.

The confirmation comes quickly on the heels of a report that Marvel had reached a deal for Mark Ruffalo to play Bruce Banner in The Avengers, replacing Edward Norton. Presumably, Renner and Ruffalo will join Whedon and cast members Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson and possibly a couple of others Saturday afternoon in Hall H.

The Avengers opens on May 4, 2012.


  • Scarletspeedster7

    Not a bad choice, he looks believable and he has some acting clout.

  • Bill Reed

    A pretty excellent pick; I mean, he already played Hawkeye in The Hurt Locker, so…

  • Grant

    Kick ass. Now when can we bitch about his costume.

  • Kevin Barry

    Great casting.

  • urbaneturtle

    Avengers is going to be the death of me. I mean that in the best possible way.

  • Orpheumgen

    …it shouldn't be so bad when we see the same character he's played in 28 Weeks Later and SWAT…again in Buffy's Serenity Avengers. At least “28” was watchable. And had a quasi zombie Begby. I don't even know what this is gonna have going for it…lame pop culture jokes, Chris Evans butt-rock lines, RDJr mugging, Samuel L shouting, Mark Ruffalo's emo mangina emoting…ok, Scarlett Jo's PVC costume, but….C'mon Marvel, where's Pixar when you need em?

  • Grant

    I'm sorry they can't make an Avengers movie that appeals to misanthropes.

  • Ikea6825

    To Joss: please bring in James Marsters!!!!!!!!

  • Mr MajestiK

    How big is the cast for Avengers actually going to be? Does anyone know?

  • Lando

    Big. So far we got Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, and possibly Ant-Man and Wasp (At the very least they will be Pym and Wanda.) Loki is involved but who knows if he is the confirmed Villain…or Big Bad if you will.

  • Bill Reed

    I imagine it will hew close to the Ultimates.


    Maybe hes playing pym. I could see him playing pym and Josh Holloway (who was also rumored to be cast) playing hawkeye

  • Todd Ramsey

    I think he is an excellent choice.

  • Eric Ratcliffe

    No he's playing Hawkeye as it's been confirmed that's who he's playing.


    oh oh i didnt see that

  • redvector

    In the Ultimates AU Hawkeye has cybernetic/bionic eyes and as I recall primarily uses guns instead of arrows. I wonder if they'll be going that route with the character.

  • Tidus456117

    OMG…It's like christmas! I will love Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye!