Hawkeye gets a fairly bum rap that I don’t think he deserves. Sure, he’s not one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel cinematic universe so far, but he certainly isn’t just limited to being the lamest of The Avengers. In fact, with some tender love and care, I think that the character could evolve into being a beloved repeating player on the level of Black Widow, and if Jeremy Renner is to be believed, he might be getting just that. When he talked to Collider about his prolific slate of upcoming projects (Kill the Messenger, King of Heists, Mission Impossible 5, Bourne 5) Renner said “There are rumblings of Captain America 3. I don’t know what’s going to happen there. I’ve got to find the time, man, I’m trying to stay home and I can’t.” A fairly small, offhanded statement to be sure, but by now there certainly must be some idea of weather or not he would have some sort of role in that film, which will again be directed by the Russo Brothers, the action masters behind ‘The Winter Soldier’.
I’ve held the theory that Joss Whedon just might be picking off Hawkeye in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, and while this could be some misdirection by Renner to quell that fairly common fan theory, I certainly hope it isn’t. Renner isn’t just a fantastic action star, but a great actor, and I believe that he should really be given the chance to shine as this character. If he were to perhaps step into the Black Widow role in Cap 3, perhaps as Scarlett Johanson recovers from her pregnancy (not that it stopped her before), it could lead to a whole new dynamic for the star spangled man to explore. We’ll see, but for now, I’m just looking forward to seeing him again in Avengers, which opens on May 1st 2015.
To read more of Renner’s interview, head over to Collider.com