Although Jeremy Renner isn’t the most popular Avenger, his role as Hawkeye has made him one of the busiest actors out of the group – using it to parlay into taking over both the Mission Impossible and Bourne franchises. In an interview with MTV, Renner opens up about how the original plans for Hawkeye – once which convinced him to sign on in the first place – were reneged on once it came time to film, but finally coming to pass with next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“What Joss [Whedon] and I, and even [Kevin] Feige and I, initially talked about with [Robert Downey Jr.] and [Mark Ruffalo] and where he wanted to go with the script,” Renner told MTV’s Josh Horowitz. “But Joss realized when he was writing the script he was doing the impossible. The only way he could do it with Hawkeye having any sort of sizeable part was for me to be the bad guy – and not Hawkeye.”
Renner goes on to say that Hawkeye’s role in Avengers was a “tough introduction” to the character and not what originally got him excited enough to sign on to play Hawkeye.
“But I trusted [Joss], and we got to put it in the second one,” Renner said, referring to 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. “Pretty much what we talked about for the first one got put into the second one; ten fold even, with more weight.”
When asked about the desire for a solo Hawkeye film, Renner reveals it’s not something he’s actively campaigning for.
“I’m happy to be in the ensemble,” the actor reveals. “I’m not scratching and clawing to do a solo movie by any means… I think he’s a utility guy that can bounce around into other people’s universes. Especially Cap… three.”
Although said with a wink, this allusion that Hawkeye might be in the third as-yet-untitled Captain America film isn’t new. Last month Renner said much the same in an interview with Collider, but said there might be issues with his availability.
It’s interesting to note that in the original script to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there was a scene featuring Hawkeye that was cut, reportedly due to Renner being busy with other projects.
“What it was going to be, we were trying to complicate the relationship between Cap and his S.H.I.E.L.D agent friends. If Hawkeye got a call from S.H.I.E.L.D saying Captain America is a fugitive, would he listen to that call or not listen to that call? That sequence actually was heartbreaking for us to cut it. I think it ultimately might have been a conflict with Renner’s schedule,” said Cap 2 co-director Joe Russo in an episode of the Screen Rant Underground podcast. “But there was a great sequence where Hawkeye was chasing Cap through Washington D.C. there was an awesome sequence where they confronted each other in a ravine on the outskirts of D.C. and Hawkeye was shooting a series of arrows closing in on Cap, Cap closing in on him. And then Cap took him down and he realized for the first time that Hawkeye was trying to trick S.H.I.E.L.D, where he whispered something into Cap’s ear that Cap had a tracker on his suit and to punch Hawkeye to make it look real, because there was a Quinjet hovering above where they were watching the feedback back at S.H.I.E.L.D.”