Jeremy Renner was aiming to do more after spending most of The Avengers hypnotized and evil, and in Avengers: Age of Ultron he says he's hit his mark.
In an interview with IGN, Renner spoke at length about his role in the sequel, from the changing team dynamics to the new additions to the team, and even some secrets his character comes into the new movie with. When asked about Hawkeye's absence from the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. as seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and on through to episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Renner said Hawkeye did have a role -- but won't reveal what until the new movie.
"You'll know in this movie where he's been, yeah," Renner says. "It's actually a really wonderful secret reveal. It's pretty awesome."
Personally, Renner says Hawkeye is "kind of a loner" and the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. was "probably a good thing" for his character.
"He's only a team player because he sort of has to be. He's not really a company man. Cap can be that guy, I guess, but Hawkeye is his own man," says the actor. "A lot will be revealed with a few simple scenes [in Avengers: Age of Ultron]. You'll understand why he thinks the way he thinks. But yeah, I don't think S.H.I.E.L.D. was ever really that important to him. Fury's awesome. [Hawkeye] likes Fury and will do anything for him, but he doesn't just punch in and punch out."
The relationship between Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow will be explored more in Avengers: Age of Ultron according to Renner, as well as his character overseeing newcomers Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) as potential recruits.
"Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are great characters. My character and them have a lot to do together," Renner says. "[Wanda and Pietro] are a little blurry on where they stand, as far as good and bad. [Laughs] But yeah, I'm sort of policing them to see if they're worthy or not of being [on the team]. I question them a lot."
When asked about Hawkeye appearing in other Marvel movies besides the Avengers, Renner says that Clint Barton "fits into that world" of the Captain America films "pretty well," as opposed to the Thor movies. Renner also states that he'd be up to appear in some of Marvel's television shows for the right opportunity.
"Yeah, I think there was talk of some of the guys jumping onto a TV show. I remember hearing something about that," said Renner. "Again, there has to be a good rhyme or reason for it, and I like the character enough to explore him more. I'm always open to it, because he's obviously not had a franchise of his own, to really deeply explore who Hawkeye is. I'd like to explore the guy more. He's an interesting character to me."