Jeremy Renner Says Hawkeye Might Be in ‘Captain America 3′

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Hawkeye in Captain America 3 Jeremy Renner Says Hawkeye Might Be in Captain America 3

Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye has been something of a underutilized quantity in Marvel’s Avengers cinematic universe. A tease appearance in Thor; a supporting hero/villain role in Avengers… Marvel’s’ iconic archer has been treated as second tier while virtually every one of his co-stars have been given an expanded spotlight.

After Renner himself lamented the lack of onscreen time for Hawkeye, it was revealed that the character will get more to do in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Yet and still, even if Hawkeye does play a bigger role in Avengers 2, that won’t likely amount to a whole lot, overall; Age of Ultron is still a team ensemble film – and one with more new characters to service than the first film had. Compared to such demands, how much Hawkeye do you really expect to get?

No, it seems that solo and spinoff projects are where Hawkeye could realistically get more time to shine – but don’t hope for a Hawkeye solo film, because that isn’t happening. However, like his fellow (former) S.H.I.E.L.D. agents  – Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) – Hawkeye could conceivably be a strong supporting character in another Marvel solo film – and it sounds like that could very well be the plan.

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While in an interview with Collider, Jeremy Renner let the following tidbit of information drop in regards to Hawkeye’s future in the MCU:

“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 (laughs). I’m trying to stay home and I can’t.”

Considering his prominence in both Marvel Comics, Marvel animation, and his long time as a player in the cinematic universe, it really is crazy that we’ve seen so little of Hawkeye. Even when present, we’ve seen so little of the character’s trademark sarcasm and badassery; he’s been more of a ballistics tool than an actual character, all things being honest.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier took some underutilized players from Avengers (Cap, Fury, Hill) and fleshed them out into more dynamic and downright cool characters by way of a more grounded espionage thriller. If Renner is right about Hawkeye’s future, then Captain America 3 could very well do the same for his character; after all, Hawkeye looks more sensible fighting alongside enhanced humans and elite agents than he does Gamma monsters, Thunder Gods and killer Robots.

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The bottom line is: Hawkeye needs something of a meaty story arc – in whichever film we get him in. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already snagged Mockingbird (a character who has major connections to Hawkeye), so there’s little chance of that storyline playing out onscreen; that is, unless Renner is planning a trip to TV. Even Black Widow is rumored to have a full date card in Avengers 2 – and her and Hawkeye’s connection is about the only development the purple archer has had to this point. The Loki mind-control stuff could still be a factor, but how enticing would that be?

It’s literally a question mark when it comes to where this character can go – or if he can still fit into an increasingly super-powered MCU – or if the character even has enough lure on his own to compete with likes of RDJ or Rocket Raccoon. Then again, maybe that’s the hook right there: Hawkeye, a former top-of-the-food-chain elite agent, learning how to find his place in a world of Marvels.

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Whatever the case, we know Captain America 3‘s story will take place years after Winter Soldier, and will still be focused on the “complex” relationship between Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). With the fate of Chris Evans’ Cap still uncertain, Hawkeye could be onboard for one of the bumpiest rides in MCU history if he’s in Cap 3; not to mention, a lot of fans would probably get a kick out of watching The Hawk go bullet-to-arrow with Frank Grillo’s Crossbones. Fingers crossed.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Captain America will be in theaters May 6, 2016.

Source: Collider

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  1. I’d like to see a big SHIELD/Hydra fight. Sin vs Widow, Madame Hydra (NOT Viper) vs Agent 13, Crossbones vs Falcon, Baron Zemo/Strucker/Red Skull vs TWS/Hawkeye/Cap.

  2. These “rumors” or “leaks” are partially true just to keep buzz going for Age of Ultron. It won’t be released until May 2015 (US) so they have to generate interest somehow, even before the first official trailer. However, rumors, leaks, or “rumblings” are not confirmed facts.

    • ITA! These “leaks”, etc. on legit movie sites and click-bait sites are keeping the buzz alive for AoU. I’m loving it. The original MCU core Avengers team is a great ensemble, but Renner was not served well at all. Even for someone like me who is not a Renner fan, and not a hardcore comic book / Hawkeye fan. He was obviously the worse developed character and the man has 2 Oscar nominations. Something to think about…

  3. Great article.

  4. “Then again, maybe that’s the hook right there: Hawkeye, a former top-of-the-food-chain elite agent, learning how to find his place in a world of Marvels.”

    Now that would be a story arc that so many can relate to. I would be very excited about this, particularly if Netflix were to stream an entire 13-episode season (which I know is unrealistic given Renner’s busy schedule).

    • They need to blow him up and give him a bionic eye and gun arm.

  5. There il a God! I’ve been begging for more Hawkeye since his cameo in Thor, he’s always been one of my favorites so don’t even try to argue and tell me he’s useless.
    A lot of people thought he would die in age of Ultron and I’m hoping this solidifies that he doesn’t. With Thor 3, Cap 3 , and rumors of a black widow solo (yawn), that leaves only one avenger who could possibly die. I guessed it way back when Whedon first talked about killing off an Avenger, I think Tony is going to bite the dust.

    • Nooooooo marvel, don’t kill hawkeye. The funny thing is, im ready to see tony, or bruce die but not hawkeye. I found him interesting and badass. I just wish we get to see more of him. Its cool if i get to watch him on AoS. He’ll get all the respect he deserves over there. He would be like a god over there. Please marvel, do something good with hawkeye

    • He is useless.

      • He took out a helicarrier with two arrows. That ain’t useless.

      • If he’s useless so is batman.

  6. my guess is Steve Rogers gets killed in Avengers2 and Captain America3 is a tag team of Hawkeye helping Falcon who becomes Captain(i know i know it even looks weird typing it);as some reports are suggesting. I have no idea why Falcon would be the next Captain. I know the winter soldier figures into it as well so Cap3 is an Avengers-style team up of the backup squad trying to fill caps shoes. Or revive him (ala THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK)

    i CAN’T fully wrap my mind around this news because it is incredibly BOLD. But i like the idea that marvel isn’t playing it conservative. So i tend to believe that Steve does die in A2 that’s would explain a couple odd interview answers about chris future as cap.

    IDK. I’ve been following movies for a long time and MARVEL has me stumped… And i like that. They are gambling with reckless abandon. And are in the zone.

  7. My prediction for Captain America 3. SPOILERS for Cap 2 ahead!

    I don’t think either Barnes or Rogers will die, but I think the corruption in government will be too much for Steve to handle and he and bucky will switch places.
    Bucky will be the new Captain America and Steve will be a covert ops U.S.Agent/The Captain character in black (like in the comics circa. Avengers #300ish).

    So Chris Evans will star in Avengers 3 as The Captain/U.S.Agent in Black, fighting Thanos in space, while Bucky/Sebastian Stan is the New Captain America fighting for Coulson’s new SHEILD back on Earth. Maybe the film will begin with Baron Zemo retraining Rumlow and christening him Crossbones, have some Hydra troops in there, maybe a new upgraded MODOK, And instead of Hawkeye and Black Widow, bring back Falcon and have both Black Panther and Diamondback.

    I think they’re leading to an Avengers 4/Civil War where we may see the two Captain America’s square off once more.

  8. I just want to see Renner and Mackie bickering again; this time it can be Renner’s insolence and sarcasm winding up the ‘by-the-book’ soldier. I don’t see Renner’s presence being a problem for Mackie’s screen time, in Cap2 his scenes focused on his friendship with Cap, but surely in Cap3 those scenes will mainly be between Bucky and Cap. I see Cap/Falcon = supportive friends, Falcon/Hawkeye = antagonistic/comic, Hawkeye/Black Widow = close friends/more dark past stuff, Cap/Bucky = dark and intense.

  9. Maybe in Avengers 2 Black Widow is presumed killed off but later find out Bucky saves her and takes her away.

    So maybe Cap 3 is about Hawkeye, Falcon, and Cap chasing down Bucky (who has his own vigilante agenda of hunting down and killing off those responsible for “making” him.) Maybe we see that Black Widow has been helping Bucky and 2 have even sparked up a romance!

    Maybe we also get to see a grand final act played out in Wakanda!!!

  10. Niceer I want to see hawkeye and other comic heroes in the movie

  11. I would really love to see Hawkeye more. He is someone I really grew to like in the early comics and he is always my favorite character in the animated shows. I just love the sarcasm and his ability to hang with a team of people that are all enhanced in some way. I also think it’s great that him and Hulk seem to have a connection whenever a cartoon pops up, but it’s probably too much to add to the MCU now that Tony and Bruce are shown as friends and Clint appears destined to stay with S.H.I.E.L.D.

  12. Skip that trouble and just have Iron man give him some kind of a special Stark Industries suit that enhances strength, speed, agility, stamina, and senses. And could they not make Captain America 3 “years” after CATWS. CATWS sort of ended at a cliffhanger, and they need to pick up where they left off.