Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye Gets Bigger Role in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 25th, 2013 at 11:15 pm,

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Jeremy Renner first went into Marvel to chat with his friend Zak Penn who at the time was working on The Avengers film script. He initially went in for Captain America but ended up discussing the Hawkeye character. Two years later, Renner walked out on the stage of Hall H along with the rest of the cast of The Avengers in the San Diego Convention Center at Comic-Con 2010. Earth’s Mightiest had found their archer.

When Whedon was hired by Marvel Studios to rewrite and direct The Avengers, he changed the script significantly and altered Hawkeye’s role. As fans know, outside of his markmanskip skills the character of Clint Barton was nonexistent and as Renner put it, it wasn’t the Hawkeye he “signed on to play.” In the sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Renner will have his chance to shine.

The witty and lone wolf Clint Barton personality from Marvel Comics was written out of the film, replaced by zombie Hawkeye who in the film’s opening becomes a mindless minion of Loki. Just in time for the final set piece Battle of New York, Hawkeye returns to form. Renner said the following about his role:

“At the end of the day, 90% of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play. I’m literally in there for two minutes, and then all of a sudden… All I could really work on was the physical part of it all, because that didn’t change. That was just the biggest challenge to overcome in playing the guy. Also, we’re pretty much introducing a new superhero character to everyone in a movie where there’s a thousand superheroes. So 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 SHIELD or not. 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’s thoughts on his role in the film earned quite a few headlines and he hoped that he – along with the other Avengers stars – would have more time to explore their characters in the sequel. According to Avengers: Age of Ultron writer/director Joss Whedon at Comic-Con 2013, Hawkeye is the character he’s enjoying writing this time around.

“It’s very much a global Avengers film. A lot of the movie has to do with their place not just in America, but the world. Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.”

Whedon’s intentional namedrop of Hawkeye is for fans, Renner and anyone who’s reading Matt Fraction’s brilliant and critically acclaimed Hawkeye comic series. With The Avengers sequel promising to dig deeper into the team dynamics and put them to the test, it’s the right place for Renner to get a chance to bring Barton’s personality to the table. The question is, will we see him cameo earlier?

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Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Please turn that boring hot piece of ass into the world greatest archer and loveable avenger that Matt Fraction is currently writing!

  2. I am so excited! I love Jeremy Renner and although I loved his Hawkeye character, I am looking forward to more character development. The longer he is on the screen the better for me! J.R. is a sexy sexy man!!!

    • Agreed I love Renner he’s an awesome choice for the character and I remember wanting to see more character depth for him in the movie good to know that will happen. Thank you Whedon

    • You and I agree on the fact that JR is a sexy sexy man!!! I adore this man and have created the blog Jeremy Renneraholics Annonymous just for him..So take a look at it if you want and leave a comment…I am looking forward to see what his character Hawkeye is going to be like in the sequel to The Avengers!!!


    • I bet itll be a running joke on Budapest. I seriously want a Hawkeye/Widow stand alone movie though w Mockingbird

  4. Oh plz it’s an ensemble you’re getting a big check. Just play it cool and continue to work on other things. He’s lucky hawk eye was even in it. Seriously an alien invasion and you bring s now and arrow.

    • Did you even read the article or just look at the pictures?

  5. I did hear that this hawkeye might be replaced so if that does happen then I want either matt damon,mark wahlberg, or russel crow to become the new hawkeye. Any one of them could pull it off.

  6. Even though this sounds a bit depressing I still can’t wait for avengers 2 and here are some characters that I hope to see in future avengers movies.

    -spider woman

    -luke cage

    -iron fist

    -doctor strange

    -ms. marvel



    -wonder man



    -spider man

  7. So excited to hear about his larger role! For a while there were rumors he wasn’t going to be in Avengers 2 at all and I was really upset about that. Not only do I love Jeremy Renner, but I love Hawkeye as well. I think he’s kind of an underrated character, and there’s a lot to play with. People always forget about Hawkeye but hopefully the new Hawkeye comic series (which is AWESOME, for those of you who haven’t read it) and a larger part in the new film will create an even bigger following.

    • YES to all of this. The popularity of the Fraction Hawkeye series speaks for itself, and I am sure, to the producers!

      The rumours that Renner might be cut out of Avengers 2 were caused by some blogger, who decided unilaterally to speculate — without any facts to back him up! — that Jeremy Renner’s comments from a year ago that he was a bit disappointed in the way his role had turned out made him into a “Marvel Outcast”. The comment itself had been qualified by JR within the same story, by him saying he was still very happy to have been in the movie, but that bit got ignored by all the internet “reporters” who decided to repeat that quote, turning it somehow into JR having “repeatedly said that …”.

      Then, the blogger’s speculation that “these comments” must have made JR unpopular with Marvel got themselves repeated again and again (I mean, who can argue with a piece that starts out with that great passive voice “it has been reported that ….”. Again, no factual basis.

      Fact is, Whedon was happy with Renner (he said so in the extras on the DVD), Marvel has signed him for several movies, and … that’s really all we need to know. :-)

  8. Well I do hope he and Black Widow have plenty of scenes together. Such chemistry should NEVER go to waste

  9. yes!i like jeremy renner being hawkeye…..i’m so exited

  10. I love Jeremy Renner, I think he was better than the avengers themselves! He’s cool, cute, awesome and just the best ever so I do hope they have more of clint as clint in the second one. Can’t wait! P.s I agree with kespy 74s description!