If the hints about “death” from Avengers: Age of Ultron writer and director Joss Whedon made you worry that Earth’s Mightiest marksman may see his last bit of screen time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe this summer, worry no longer. Jeremy Renner, who plays Clint “Hawkeye” Barton in The Avengers and its upcoming sequel, previously hinted that there were “rumblings” of his character appearing in Captain America 3 (more than once) and as it turns out, he will be!
For the first time, ignoring his cameo in Thor, Renner gets to play Hawkeye in a Marvel film outside of The Avengers series. The confirmation comes from THR who report that Renner has signed on to co-star with Amy Adams in Story of Your Life, a sci-fi film to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) later this year. Before production begins on that though, THR explains that Renner will be shooting Captain America: Civil War in April for directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Consider it confirmed.
Renner – and Robert Downey Jr. – join the Captain America 3 ensemble which already includes returning Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan alongside new characters to be played by Chadwick Boseman and Daniel Bruhl. It’s easy to see why Mackie and others refer to Civil War as another Avengers movie. Did we mention Spider-Man‘s almost certainly going to be in it too?
The confirmation, while a relief to fans of the Marvel Comics character waiting (like Renner) to see Hawkeye’s personality and wit on the big screen, isn’t a surprise. The star, who also has Mission: Impossible 5 opening in theaters this summer, knew this was happening and he hints at it as far back as last June in our Avengers: Age of Ultron set interview. Renner recently mentioned that his contract included The Avengers 3 and a Hawkeye spinoff and we explained why the solo option would likely be traded for a role in Cap 3.
It’s also possible that Robert Downey Jr. isn’t the only actor adding more pictures to his contract. Much has changed in the last year for Marvel Studios; They added additional pictures to their future film slate last summer, added another shortly after before unveiling their Phase 3 slate in the fall, and have since convinced RDJ to jump in on Civil War.
The recent deal between Sony and Marvel to bring the Spider-Man franchise into Marvel’s shared cinematic universe is also changing things up for the studio and potentially some of its stars as there are now more projects in development for the actors to have supporting parts in. The latest rumors indicate Downey Jr. may also have a role in the new Spider-Man solo movie in 2017 which would mean he’s added at least two pictures to his contract extension which initially only included The Avengers 2 & 3.
Since we can expect Renner to be around up until The Avengers: Infinity War, we can discuss the other corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe he may appear on next: Marvel TV.
Adrianne Palicki joined the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its second season on ABC and has since been bumped up to a series regular. As an actress gaining momentum as an action film star, Palicki explains in interviews that her character Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse has a strong chance of appearing in the films (part of the reason she accepted the role) and she has a desire to have the character share the screen with Hawkeye since the two have an important relationship in the comics. That’s only part of it…
The show’s star, Clark Gregg, teased a potential Hawkeye appearance this season and shortly after, Renner shot a few secret scenes as Hawkeye, lending credence to the idea that the two-time Oscar nominee may meet up with the remnants of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Such an appearance may be part of the show’s tie-in story with Avengers: Age of Ultron and the top secret missions he – and TV characters Bobbi and Mack as revealed in this week’s episode – are on.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron Interview with Jeremy Renner
- Avengers: Age of Ultron Hawkeye Character Poster
When it comes to choosing sides in Captain America: Civil War, count on Hawkeye backing Steve Rogers. Renner tells us he’s not a company man and didn’t feel too upset about S.H.I.E.L.D. falling apart, but when Rogers or Nick Fury calls, he’ll answer.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.