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Renner Gets Into Hawkeye’s Head, Ponders Possibility of Spinoff

Jeremy Renner is quickly becoming one of the biggest action stars Hollywood. Following lead roles in smaller indie movies like Dahmer and The Hurt Locker, he moved on to bigger fare like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Bourne Legacy. The Los Angeles Times caught up with the actor, who played Hawkeye in The Avengers, and asked Marvel’s ace archer and the possibility of a spinoff.

“I don’t know,” Renner responded. “I think there’s always possibilities of anything in the Marvel universe. There’s gotta be a want from people to see something like that. I don’t know if there is. Maybe there is maybe there isn’t. But who knows? We’ll see.”

The actor admitted the brainwashed S.H.I.E.L.D. operative he portrayed for most of the blockbuster wasn’t what he’d signed on for, leading him to focus on the physical aspects of the character.

“There’s not a lot of back story or understanding we can really tell about who Clint Barton is, or Hawkeye, and is he working for S.H.I.E.L.D. or not,” Renner said. “There’s a lot of unanswered questions, even for me. And I was OK with that. At least I was still in the movie. And I was glad for that. The closest thing I could really link to was Scarlett [Johansson’s] character, Black Widow, because they have a history. And that definitely plays in the movie, I think. And obviously, you can’t go into too much just because there’s so much story to tell, but you definitely get a sense that they’re connected, and that there’s something really, really important that ties them together. And I could try to summarize it, but it can go a lot of places. That excites me, though, that there’s room for other things.”

Renner delved further into Hawkeye’s allegiances, something he and director Joss Whedon talked about extensively. “Just by his nature as a sniper if you will, as a guy who hangs out in rooftops, in trees, and takes out his targets from a distance,” he said of Hawkeye’s seeming loner status. “Joss and I kind of talked about that. About how he’s a loner and a lone-wolf kind of character anyway, and a rebel. I don’t know if he’s really such a team player. He kind of does his own thing … but still with goodwill and intent. So yeah, as part of this big team, I don’t know how he fits in, but he’s really interesting because of that.”

After speaking very diplomatically about the role and explaining that it was just part of the bigger story, Renner explained what aspect of Hawkeye intrigued him the most.

“It’s something plausible,” Renner said. “He’s a human being. He’s not a superhero with superpowers, he’s just a guy with a high skill set. So I thought that was kind of interesting. And that’s why I was really kind of like, ‘OK, I think I could see myself doing that role.’”


  • Patrick Keely

    Don’t forget about him being the bad guy in SWAT.

  • Chaim Mattis Keller

    Is there any possibility we see him and Black Widow in Captain America: the Winter Soldier? Maybe Soviet-controlled Bucky was involved in the “Budapest” incident they mentioned in Avengers.

  • JokersNuts

    “He’s a human being. He’s not a superhero with superpowers”

    Man am I really getting sick of hearing this.  Yeah he’s a human being who just happens to be able to do extremely implausable things.  I guess Tony Stark is just a human being too right?   These are all larger than life characters that do impossible things.  You liked playing the role because he’s not a superhero with superpowers?  like this is somehow preferable over a character like Thor?  Give me a break.  Hawkeye has a superpower, he can hit any target with a bow and arrow.  stop trying to make it seem more important or esteemed or juicy a role than it really is because he’s “human”

  • Dave

    Also the Ultimate version, that the film is arguably based on, was recently revealed to have enhancements.

  • James MacQuarrie

    He has a superpower, but it’s one that can be learned. Like Batman, he didn’t have to be born that way or find a magic ring or learn a magic word or have a science experiment go wrong; he worked at it and became the best there is at what he does. Anyone with two functional arms and one working eyeball can potentially learn to do what he does. All it takes is about 6 or 7 years of shooting 300 arrows a day and a few hours a day of physical and mental conditioning.

  • Tyler_j_langlois

    I would be all for a Hawkeye and Black Widow movie that details their origins, connection and the Budapest incident…Could be a great spy/action flick…

  • Cjorg2

    The point being made is that it wouldn’t matter how much you trained, how much money you had etc, it would still be absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to become Hawkeye or Batman in the real world so why bother , as an actor, trying to make out the character is more human or relatable than Superman or Thor.  They’re not, their skill-set is as unattainable to humans as suddenly being struck by lightning and acquiring superpowers.  Certain actors need to stop trying to legitimise a “superhero” role by making out they are only willing to play “human-based” characters because they are more plausible.  it’s stupid.  Shit, even Jason Bourne and James Bond are as believable as Galactus.

  • darthtigris

    Toooooooo true.  It could make a character more relatable, but only TO A POINT.  These characters are NOT like us.

  • Knut Robert Knutsen

    Hawkeye is more human because he’s only “Superhuman” in the way any of the top action heroes are “Superhuman”. No human being can do the most extreme things Jason Bourne does, for instance.

    We accept that, for the sake of the action. And a lot of the appeal of those action heroes is that they get hurt, they get overwhelmed, they fail. Superheroes operate in completely different context, where the conflict is more internal and intellectual (and I don’t mean that as in “smarter” but as in it’s a puzzle or contrivance to discuss themes rather than the more visceral approach of ordinary action).

    Humans get to feel and emote and bleed. Superhumans get to be clever and witty.

  • Stephen Bergstrom

    I would definitely go see a solo Hawkeye movie. 

  • brian

    well black widow just got confirmed to be in cap 2, but seeing how the entire marvel cinamatic universe was created just to screw over hawkeye I highly doubt he will be in it