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. Sounds pretty cool. I was bummed they didn’t use Hawkeye very much in the first Avengers, especially with Jeremy Renner as the actor.

  2. awesome news!

  3. I still think that in Phase 3 after so many Marvel films would have hit the cinema a solo SHIELD film would do well at the BO which is the main concern for Marvel/Disney. SJ and JR could easily carry the film. Add in CS as Maria Hill who would probably have been in at least 3 Agents of SHIELD series by then and Sam Jackson as Furry plus Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson and maybe some other characters that we have been introduced to by then (possibly Luke Cage). There would be a fan base and people would know that it is connected to the Avengers franchise and it would help mix things up from Marvel.

    I doubt it would happen even with all the pros I think the project would have. We shall see.

    Bring on 2015!!!

    • Who’s Furry?

      • @ Cave-ish Man – Nick Fury. Typing error, my bad!


    • Commander Furry we have a reached Def-Con 5 with a massive flea outbreak.

      • Just shocking by me! I shall go and stick my head in the sand and not appear until May 2015.

        • I feel your pain cadet. Just having a little fun. We’re laughing with you.

          • I know you guys are messing :) It is funny though. I liked your flea outbreak remark, most witty! We should create a Commander Furry story on the Open Dis comments!!!

            • That sounds like a great idea. I’ll write the dialog.

  4. Hooray for that.

    Watch Joss kill him immediately. That would be kinda funny.

    • *laugh track*

  5. That was one of the things I didn’t like about The Avengers. I know Hawkeye might, in a practical sense, be sort of worthless, but I like Jeremy Renner as an actor and his character seemed kinda cool when he wasn’t, you know, a zombie. I hope Renner does get to play “the Hawkeye he signed on for” in Ultron.

  6. Couldn’t hurt.

  7. This is cool, I’m looking forward to seeing Hawkeye interact more with the other Avengers.

    • I’m kinda worried about this, given Whedon’s track record. What if Hawkeye gets killed off early, after the Avengers find out that Coulson is still alive, so they now have *new* motivation to fight Ultron, and they use Hawkeye’s brain patterns for the Vision.

      • I wouldn’t worry about that Luthor, I think Hawkeye wiil be around for a while. They want to explore the character, they can’t do that if he’s Vision. Besides, I think Vin Diesel will be Vision.

      • Wheadon only kills off the most popular characters, so if anyone’s in trouble I’m going to say it’s Tony Stark >:P Naw, we all know they pay RDJ way too much to kill him off.

        • That might be exactly why they would want to kill him off.

        • RDJ signed up for Aveners 2 AND Avengers 3. It would be kind of silly to kill him off in “Age of Ultron” when Marvel worked so hard to sign him for two more movies.

          So yeah, no Tony death, that’s 100%.

  8. I’m delighted, but who started the negative rumors and why?

  9. Not a fan of Jeremy Renner, not a fan of “more” Hawkeye. Would be a fan of less Hawkeye or killing off Hawkeye as a major plot twist. I just don’t get the character and probably never will. I am slightly biased as i don’t really like team-up movies all that much and prefer my Heroes by themselves, which is why I particularly don’t like team-ups with non-necessary characters (necessary defined as Cap, Thor, IM & Hulk(preferably not there solely for kids comic relief)). The idea mentioned above that would make the TV Series more interesting would be to include these non-necessary characters in that series. Most people probably don’t agree, but I guess I have an odd perspective on the enjoyment of superheroes.

    • Really sounds like the Avengers is not for you.

    • What DO you like?

      • I Like all the individual movies, a cameo here or there is ok, but the team-up is not for me. Loved IM 1, CA 1, Thor 1, IH, All Keaton’s and Nolan’s Batman films and enjoyed MOS recently. I do like the X-Men as a group but they are essentially 1 entity. Love Wolverine, but not the origins, but i am looking forward the new one coming out soon. Would really like to see a dark rated R Spawn come out.

  10. YES! i was kinda disappointed with his role in the avengers and then when i found out he is not in any phase 2 movie, even captain america i got really worried for the character.

    hawkeye is amazing and he has yet to do anything substantial. really hope he makes his spot in the avengers worthwhile, well i should say whedon should but you know what i mean XD

  11. Never been a huge fan of hawkeye, but I have faith that Whedon can write him a fantastic role in Avengers 2. Though to be honest, I’m way more interested in Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch, let’s hope they get enough screen time, and none of their scenes are cut just so we can have more hawkeye in the mix.
    I’ll accept character development and death provided it means we get a “House of M” arc, though I don’t see that happening what with fox/disney not getting along.

  12. I listened to Whedon’ commentary lament Hawkeye’s reduced presence, but his reasoning is sound. There was just too much damn movie for one movie.

    That said, the connection to Widow was strongly made if not well defined, and because we cared about her we cared about de-zombified Hawkeye.

    “Well, I… if I put an arrow through Loki’s eye socket, I’d sleep better, I s’pose. ”

    The delivery of this line was perfect. Renner did a lot with a bad set of circumstances, and I like that they are making good on his character in A2.

    • You’re totally right :)

  13. I dont think he needs a bigger role he needs a diffrent actor and writing. He acts nothing like the clint i love

    • But then again he was not the Clint we love.
      I trust Renner, now we just need Whedon to actually write the Clint Barton that we all love to see.

      • I dont think his acting fits clint, he needs to be much more of a smart ass

        • Hence the previous comment.
          It’s not the acting, it’s the way the part is written…is that easy to get.
          Jeremy is a great actor, I like Hawkeye and obviously he needs to get and play the part that he deserves. Trust me, there’s no problem in being a smartass, Renner handles it. As an actor you have to work with the stuff that you are given, if there’s no smartass line there’s no smartass delivery.

          • So true. JR did, in fact, deliver a number of smartass lines in response to straightforward declarations from the Big Guns (Fury and Thor): “I see better from a distance.” “Yeah? Get in line.” Punchy and to the point — unfortunately, that was kind of it for the writing. Not even a twice-Academy Award nominated actor can shine when he gets no lines. (Have a look at the deleted scene between him and Loki, there’s stuff there.)

            • I totally agree! I thought I was the only one who noticed those lines. Ever since I saw the deleted scene between him and Loki I wondered why didn’t they keep it in the movie.

        • He wasn’t playing that Clint in The Avengers till the last 30mins or so and he was wise cracking with a dry wit.

          “everyone has a dry wit, there’s an abundance of wit”…. Joss :)

          • I know that, that’s why it is called dry wit 😀 Can hardly wait for Avengers 2!

  14. I was looking forward to Hawkeye with Ant Man in Avengers 2. Hawkeye could launch Ant Man inside the cockpit of a special arrow head…… Getting AM into all kinds of fun action-y places.

    But now we know Ant Man won’t be in A2.

    Oh well.

    • That would have been real fun to watch.
      Now I am going to be thinking of such wasted opportunity lol

  15. Renner annoys me, which is unfortunate since I do like Hawkeye.

    • Agreed hawkeye is one of my favorite comic book characters from marvel and renner is so bland in the role

      • They had him play a mindless henchman for 3/4 of the movie. I believe he even said it wasn’t the role he had in mind once it was all said and done.

        • Which is understandable and im glad he even knew it was wrong. I just feel he doesnt have the comedic chops for the comic book version

          • No comedic chops? Have you ever watched “The Unusuals”? Howlingly funny.

  16. He will die, angry that Black Widow couldn’t save him. Then his mind will be programmed into a hate chip and become:


  17. Great news!!!
    As a fan of Jeremy Renner and the Hawkeye character overall, this a brilliant redemption moment for the character.

    I would definitely like to see how they handle the consequence of Hawkeye potentially endangering SHIELD information to Hydra during his time as Loki’s flying monkey.

    Perhaps that is why he is not heard of until Avengers 2 at this moment. Perhaps SHIELD is still looking to see if there is an after effect of Barton still being compromised.

    A cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier would be awesome.

    A thought: The fact that Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and now Hawkeye are being heavily namedropped in the new film, can we see Joss Whedon having a tribute to the second Avengers team which comprised them three and led by Captain America?

    He has made tributes in the first film having Loki as the main villain and plan to control the Hulk, Hulk vs Thor center piece, etc.

    Hopefully this is not Joss Whedon’s way of building up the character to kill him off. It looks like it though a bit.

  18. In the Age of Ultron comic, Hawkeye is one of the few remaining Avengers left who’s still out in the trenches fighting Ultron and helping people, he saves Spidey on his own!

    Hawkeye is so skilled in marksmanship that he’s dangerous in all situations, the villains constantly underestimate him. I’d have him on my Avengers Team any day of the week.

    And even possessed by Loki, he took down the helicarrier… pretty much by himself.

    • Yeah billions of dollar’s, cloaking and it only takes 1 little arrow to take it down. What a joke.

      • Man Cyborg you get upset at a lot of stuff, when they don’t put characters in films, when they put characters in films, when they give character’s bad ass moments, and when they have flubbed the use of a character. I’ve seen you mad at it all. Does anything make you happy dude?

        • No. You have to admit at the stupidity at having a billion dollar helicarrier that can be taken down by a single arrow.

          • I think the “arrow” exploded and took out an engine. I don’t think the carrier went down either. Also what would the cost matter?

            • The cost of it matters when all you need is Rambo and a tiny explosive tipped arrow to take it down. I suppose the only reason he could come close to it was the jacked plane didn’t know it was Clint. But still come on.

          • He infiltrated it because he knew everything about it. That’s the benefit of a double-agent :)

            • But he wasn’t a double agent, he was compromised and shot fury. He was to be considered an enemy.

              • Watched it last night. Don’t forget that he shot an arrow that scrambled the Hellicarrier’s programming and signaling, etc.

                Plus, technically Hulk and Thor’s damage helped destroy the helicarrier too. That WAS Loki’s plan afterall.

                • But the virus tipped arrow happened after he already infiltrated and crippled the helicarrier.

                  My point is how could you invest billions in a government project of this magnitude just to have an arrow take it out.

                  • but it wasn’t JUST an arrow/s. one had a powerful explosive, placed strategically, causing damage to 1 turbine. the other had a computer virus. it stopped 1 more engine.

                    you are correct, hawkeye was not a double agent. he was compromised, but it didn’t erase his memory. he knew where to hit them. he was being compelled, against his will, to do those things. Loki controlling him didn’t cause him to forget what he knows about shield and such. jeez. it seems like this is pretty easy stuff to figure out, unless you only watched it once, and werent really paying attention.

                    • Still not getting my point and I saw it twice in theaters. There’s no point in trying to make it anymore if you can’t figure it out. And the film was by the book nothing complex about it.

                  • You ever watch Star Wars? The hero took out the Death Star with one well placed missile. The concept is called “the Achilles heel” and is a fairly well-known, well-used trope in literature and film. Also in real life. Remember the “Challenger” and the O-ring? The trick to making it work is to find a plausible Achilles heel for any given device; in the case of the helicarrier, it’s the engines. Blow one up (with the shot of a life time, one moving vessel to the other, in high winds — did you see that sucker curve?) and take out the other with a trick-arrow that inserts a virus with another life-time shot. If you need a super hero to do it, it isn’t unrealistic that the “expensive apparatus” wasn’t prepared for that exceptionality anymore than they were for aliens to show up in Punta Arenas.

                    The bottom line is, if you don’t have any issues suspending your disbelief with regard to men in flying suits, super-serum soldiers and Norse gods wandering around doing their thing, having the World’s Greatest Marksman being able to knock out an expensive piece of hardware with the aid of inside knowledge of its vulnerability and uncanny accuracy on his side should be the least of your worries. Maybe you should stick to documentaries …?

                    • … this reply was intended for Cyborg, but there was no reply button on his comment …

  19. Great news to me hawkeye is one if my favorite marvel characters and Renner is one of my favorite actors. This is awesome :)

  20. You know what i think would be great? why not make one of these Marvel one-shots for Hawkeye? Given that he’s the Avenger that people know the least about, and its very unlikely he gets a solo film, a 12-13 min short film would serve well. It would give us a little backstory and some insight into his character. They’ve made shorts for Coulson nd Peggy carter, they can do it for clint and it won’t need any significant vfx.

    Avengers 2 starts shooting next spring. You can get Renner for a week, shoot it and release it with the guardians of the Galaxy Blu Ray, which will be out a few months before Avengers 2 hits cinemas.

  21. I suppose Hawkeye will be the creator of ultron. He should have his own film based on Matt fraction and waid’s run.

  22. Yes! This is definitely great news. I was a little itty bitty disappointed that Hawkeye wasn’t himself the majority of the first movie. Lookin’ forward to this one. =)

  23. I wonder which woman will kick his a– this time?

  24. glad to see that we will finally get to see if renner could pull off the smartmouth hawkeye is. need to give him a cooler costume or add least add a dark purple to it, instead of him wearing a black costume which makes him look like batman without a mask and a bow and arrow. this is reason why useless storylines like the mandarin debacle and extremis pepper potts should be shelved in favor of inserting hawkeye or other characters for extended scenes.

  25. I love how much f**k Jeremy Renner gives.

  26. Hope Avengers 2 is over 2 1/2 hours long, 2 hours 45 mins. would be cool,
    with all the heroes & action it would only be right!

  27. This was always gonna happen since Renner threw such a public b**** fit lol.

    • Renner commented on this exactly once, in very measured tones with the additional statement that he was still glad to have been in the movie (the full comment is in the article above). The comment on his disappointment was copied — pretty much always without the additional context — by a gazillion bloggers who don’t have their own material to draw from. That does not make a “public b*** fit.” One of these bloggers then created the utterly baseless rumour that the comment (repeated again without context) would result in Renner’s dismissal from Avengers 2, which was in turn gleefully reported by others with the then-it-must-be-true lead-in “it has been reported that …”

      The fundamental problem with the internet is that people create their own truths, and few bother to test the evidence.

  28. He got plenty of camera time.

  29. I’m happy about the news. I don’t know Hawkeye that well, but I know how his smartass personality is supposed to be like.

    So while I enjoyed dark!Hawkeye under Loki’s control, it’s going to be awesome to see the real Clint.

    Hopefully he’s gonna be added to Ant-Man or some other Phase 3 movie. He would fit into a Black Panther movie well I think.