Hawkeye’s Cut Sequence in ‘Captain America 2′ Revealed

Published 8 months ago by , Updated September 30th, 2014 at 4:32 am,

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Poor Hawkeye. Marvel’s greatest archer can’t seem to catch a break in the film franchise. From a cameo appearance in Thor and a zombified role in The Avengers to not even making the cut for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Jeremy Renner has long talked about his desire to play the Hawkeye (real name: Clint Barton) he signed on for years ago, and in next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, he’ll be finally getting some spotlight attention. Rumor has it, he might even be a key part of Captain America 3 in 2016.

He almost had a part in this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier as we learned from writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely but his role was minor and so he was cut. If you pick up Captain America 2 on Blu-ray (available September 9th), you’ll learn from the audio commentary on the deleted scenes one key sequence Hawkeye was originally going to be a part of.

As Cap 2 (and 3) directors Anthony and Joe Russo tell us when they joined us on the latest episode of the Screen Rant Underground podcast, it was mainly scheduling that prevented Renner from having a role, but they had quite the epic plan if it did work out.

I know listening to the commentary in the deleted scenes, there’s sort of a sequence there where the strike team is tracking down Cap to the city gym. I think one of you guys mentioned originally that Hawkeye was going to be chasing down Cap. Was he going to be somewhat of an antagonist in the early versions of this film?

Joe Russo: What it was going to be, we were trying to complicate the relationship between Cap and his S.H.I.E.L.D agent friends. If Hawkeye got a call from S.H.I.E.L.D saying Captain America is a fugitive, would he listen to that call or not listen to that call? That sequence actually was heartbreaking for us to cut it. I think it ultimately might have been a conflict with Renner’s schedule. But there was a great sequence where Hawkeye was chasing Cap through Washington D.C. there was an awesome sequence where they confronted each other in a ravine on the outskirts of D.C. and Hawkeye was shooting a series of arrows closing in on Cap, Cap closing in on him. And then Cap took him down and he realized for the first time that Hawkeye was trying to trick S.H.I.E.L.D, where he whispered something into Cap’s ear that Cap had a tracker on his suit and to punch Hawkeye to make it look real, because there was a Quinjet hovering above where they were watching the feedback back at S.H.I.E.L.D.

So it was a cool sequence. But look, there’s a million iterations of films, and especially when dealing with Marvel movies where characters can come in or come out during the creative process. And you keep working and working like a Rubik’s Cube till you find the right configuration where everything lines up. So even though we lost that sequence, I think we may have streamlined the movie and made it a little bit more propulsive.

With the way Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe shaped up, it’s only Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner (Hulk) and Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton (Hawkeye) who didn’t get a role. Banner of course, did pop up in a post-credits button for Iron Man 3. They’re both set to get a lot to do in Age of Ultron but we can only hope both live through the film and get a significant roles in Phase 3. As for what Hawkeye’s been up to since the Battle of New York, we’ll learn about his mission in The Avengers 2.


More: Russos Talk ‘Captain America 3′ Villains


Captain America: The Winter Soldier is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier releases on Disney Movies Anywhere August 19, 2014, and on 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand September 9, 2014. Captain America 3 opens in theaters May 6, 2016.

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  1. Marvel One-Shot.

    Send Hawkeye to hunt down Crossbones and other fugitive HYDRA agents.

  2. I just can’t get into the hawkeye character.
    I like JR and I like the Avengers but the hawkeye character has always been a level below in my eyes.

    • Have you read his self-titled monthly comic? One of the better titles out these days.

  3. Why is everyone saying its a shame he was cut? It wasn’t cut, they couldn’t film it due to scheduling conflicts. Learn to read, internet.

  4. Hawkeye: spotlight him in Avengers 2, and give him a meaty supporting role in Cap3. It’s only fair I think. He wasn’t needed in Cap2, that film was packed with characters and it was tightly directed given the cast of characters. He’s a good actor (although I am not a fan) and shouldn’t be an afterthought in an ensemble.

  5. If Falcon is in CA3,please get him an outfit so he can look more cool and smooth.I didn’t like how he was dressed in CA2,jeans and a T-shirt,do better than that please.Can’t wait to buy CA2 on blu-ray next week.This movie was out of sight,make CA3 just as action-packed and entertaining as CA2.Russo bros. y’all did a great job

    • I actually like that they have such realistic uniforms. For the situation, I thought Falcon’s outfit was good. After all, without SHIELD, where was he supposed to get something other than whatever he was wearing when they all went on the lam? In Cap 3, however, I expect that they’ll all be working for (or at least bankrolled by) Tony Stark and/or Stark Industries, so Tony will be able to provide whatever new toys/uniform Falcon needs.

  6. Perhaps Hawkeye is sent to find Loki’s scepter which went missing after the Avengers, and he finds the facility shown at the end of The Winter Soldier with the “twins”. Then Hawkeye reports what he finds to the Avengers and thus the Avengers are sent to the facility in the opening of the Avengers 2 where they take on the twins?

    • That sounds great! I hope that’s what happens! awesome theory!.

  7. Cap 2 is a great movie even if Hawkeye wasn’t in the movie,we will see him in Avengers 2.

    • I definitely agree with you. Love the character Hawkeye and all the rest of the Avengers. I bet that Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige are making sure that the Hulk and Hawkeye characters are brought back in a good way for their absence (excluding Hulk in Iron Man 3 post-credits scene) in Phase 2 for next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Can’t wait! :)

  8. I like videos