WARNING – MILD SPOILERS @ 2:50 mark!
In our ideal Marvel-loving world, we would get to see all of our favorite movie characters make appearances on the related TV shows from time to time. That of course can’t always be a reality, but Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has pulled off a few very solid movie-to-TV star cameos from the likes of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).
When Screen Rant sat down with Smulders and her her fellow former SHIELD agent Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) at the Avengers: Age of Ultron press day recently, we naturally discussed the monster upcoming movie at hand and Hawkeye’s considerably beefed-up role in it, but also did our best to get Renner to consider a guest appearance on the show by having Smulders do the job for us. Read on to find out what Hawkeye had to say about that for himself.
What was the first reaction reading the script and then seeing the finished film?
Smulders: I haven’t seen the scr… [laughs] I haven’t read the script! I have somebody just give me my lines, it’s Shakespearean, I get my lines and wait for a pause. I haven’t seen the film but it took me like, always with these scripts it takes me a couple readings to really sink it in.
Renner: Dude seriously. That’s what I thought too. I see all these question marks I don’t get it! And then I see the movie and ‘Oh, yeah I get it now. That’s what we’re doing.’ It’s pretty dense.
Smulders: It takes a few reads. When you read those, it’s like this much action [with her fingers gestures a thick script] then a couple lines [of dialogue], then this much action, then a couple lines [of dialogue], it’s very action-heavy. I’m excited to see how that translates.
What do you like about being able to play the character in film and on TV?
Smulders: It’s really cool. First of all I love Clark Gregg so I like to do anything with him and it’s fun to pop into that world. It’s cool. It’s nice to be the through-line between the two. What they’re doing is very smart and very interesting in terms of sort of paralleling what’s happening with the movies and it’s cool to be that person who pops in and be like, ‘Hey, we’re doing this over here. Is everything going okay?’ That’s pretty much the dialogue I say, it’s really intense.
Have you convinced Mr. Renner that popping into the TV show is a good time?
Smulders: I don’t think I can convince Mr. Renner of anything, unless he wants to do it himself.
Renner: [Laughs] That’s the rub. That’s my rub, anyway.
Smulders: But it’s fun!
Renner: ‘C’mon in!’
Smulders: Water’s warm, friend.
Renner: Are you in there a lot?
Smulders: I did two episodes last year and who knows with this season.
Minimum time commitment, high fan satisfaction…
Smulders to Renner: A couple days.
Renner: Yeah but then I have to be in shape and it will take four months to be in shape.
Smulders: Oh God.
WARNING – MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW!
For you sir, was this Clint we see in Ultron the character pitched to you originally or something else?
Renner: Ah, a version of that version. Yeah, quite a bit of that was sort of what was supposed to happen in the first one but because of the difficulties of making an ‘Avengers’ movie, it had to be what it was.
It’s a nice surprise.
Renner: It is a nice surprise, fun. … It’s nice for people to [think] that I may or may not live. [That I’m] expendable.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters May 1, 2015; Ant-Man on July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.