The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues its expansion not only on the big screen with their highly anticipated Phase 3 – beginning in May with Captain America: Civil War – but also on television with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and the Netflix series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.
Netflix has proven to be a reliable platform for big studios to launch series that wouldn’t normally be green-lit for television, making it the ideal home for Marvel superheroes, like Daredevil and Jessica Jones, as they deal with darker, more personal themes than the rest of the MCU. Both series have made references to the Avengers and the battle of New York, but it’s still unknown if they will make the jump the big screen anytime soon. But could an Avenger make the leap to the streaming device? There’s a least one who would be up for that change.
During a Q&A at Silicon Valley Comic Con, Jeremy Renner, a.k.a. Hawkeye, was asked if he would be interested in making the transition to television so that Marvel’s famed archer could have a series on Netflix in the style of fellow superhero Daredevil. Renner explained it would be an ideal way to further explore the character, but sadly, that decision is not his to make. Renner shared:
“I think that’s actually a really great model, if there’s ever a way to explore the character, maybe it’s in that world. These are things that are really not in my control, but I’d be open to it. I’ve really enjoyed getting to explore the character more recently. The Netflix model is where all the character drama goes to now, you’re doing a superhero movie or a Netflix or HBO kind of model. So I’d be open to it. Not up to me, though.”
Although a member of the Avengers, Hawkeye hasn’t got as much screen time as some of his teammates, to the point where it has become a running joke among fans. He has taken part in both Avengers movies and had a role in Thor’s first solo-adventure, but this hasn’t been enough to explore the character of Clint Barton as many fans would argue he is due. Age of Ultron offered a somewhat deeper look into Barton’s life, introducing his wife Laura (Linda Cardellini) and their children, but there’s still much more to know about both in and out of his purple duds.
At the same panel, Renner was later asked about his thoughts on a Black Widow and Hawkeye movie, to which he instantly responded: “in a second. I’d love to do that.” A Black Widow/Hawkeye movie has been a constant request from fans, mainly due to the numerous hints about their past and their missions together that have been dropped throughout the Avengers movies. Sadly, just like a Hawkeye Netflix series, this is not a decision in Renner’s hands.
A Hawkeye series would definitely help explore this character’s story and personality on a closer level, but it seems unlikely that Marvel would consider bringing a major character from the MCU to Netflix. Still, if there ever was a character who would make for a great series — not only because of the interest fans have in his background and the fact that he’s played by a major star/renovator like Renner, but also because, as a non-powered hero who makes a name for himself with archery skills, Hawkeye would be the ideal Avenger (in terms of budget) to get his own TV series. While everyone waits for a series that’s likely never going to happen, hopefully the character’s inclusion in Captain America: Civil War will provide more information on his backstory and he will enjoy more on-screen time in upcoming movies.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans– July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Source: Silicon Valley Con (via Comicbook.com)