Jeremy Renner Confirmed as Hawkeye

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm,

It’s been nearly two full years in the making, but it now appears that Oscar-nominated and fan-favorite character actor Jeremy Renner is confirmed to play Hawkeye in The Avengers for Marvel Studios.

It all began in 2008 after the success of Iron Man where inside scoops pointed towards the characters of Hawkeye and Black Widow being introduced in Iron Man 2. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) got her introduction and the only legitimate discussion we heard on Hawkeye came from Renner who had gone in to meet with some Marvel people to discuss Captain America. Instead, they talked about Hawkeye and now here we are.

After a little back and forth of Jeremy Renner revealing details about Hawkeye’s costume to him saying it’s all a rumor, Joss Whedon, who’s now confirmed for The Avengers, dropped the bomb on fans last to the folks at

“I’m writing and directing it… There will be some avenging that takes place during the film and that’s about all I can tell you. I think it’s well-known that Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) is joining us as Hawkeye, which is so exciting for me and the rest of the cast.”

This a much more direct and accurate reveal by Joss Whedon unlike what he said about Nathan Fillion being his Ant-Man during a panel yesterday, jokingly of course… as far as we all know.

This is both awesome and unsurprising as word hit the net in May that Renner may have already signed on, or was at least close to signing. This was followed up again a few weeks later where reports indiciated he was about to become locked for the role of Hawkeye. Since then, Marvel’s been keeping this card under their sleeve along with several other announcements for events like Comic-Con.

It certainly is an epic cast they’re putting together in this intensely ambitious project and the other question marks that still remain involve who will replace Edward Norton as Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo reported to be near finishing deal) and what other characters may be joining the roster (Ant-Man and Wasp?).

What’s interesting is that when Renner initially discussed the part, he said last November that he thought the character of Hawkeye would show up in Thor. While that seemed strange since it made more sense for him to appear in Iron Man 2, I’d say we’ll be seeing him in Thor after all since the first footage ever is being revealed today and everything else that Renner said has already come true.

The Marvel Studios Comic-Con 2010 panel presentation for Thor and Captain America begins at 6pm today so stick around for the major announcements and confirmations.

I’ll be their reporting live as it happens from SDCC so follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes and our main feed @screenrant and let us know your thoughts.

Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012. We’ll find out what comes next at San Diego Comic-Con this week!


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  1. Bad@ss, he is a good actor he was wonderful in Hurts Locker, so i would not dout he would be good as Hawkeye

  2. Fantastic casting choice…

  3. Nice!

  4. Just what this film needs; another character! Green Arrow rip off too.

    • Which is a rip off of Robin Hood

  5. I’m getting more and more interested in this Avengers movie. Ensemble movies are a tough sell, hard to give everyone the appropriate depth. But I guess with all of these setup movies, and a fantastic actor like renner in one of the smaller, though greatly important, roles, they seem to be shaping up to have a fantastic film on their hands.

    Now if only the Justice League movie could get off the ground,

    And a better name that the Justice League.

  6. Ant-Man “the persona” doesn’t belong in Avengers BUT GIANT-MAN DOES!!!

    • Yes it does. Henry Pym was Ant-man when the Avengers were orginally formed, and later became Giant man.

      • @Robert I can agree with that to a degree but only becoming Giant-Man in order to be more of an asset for a certain situation. THE ANT-MAN MOVIE WILL BE ABOUT ANT-MAN. So if Ant-Man is to be in the Avengers, it should only be brief or just a flash back.

  7. Great choice. Maybe him and Black Widow will be partners in the movie.

  8. I feel compelled to point out that the Hawkeye drawing used up there is actually Bullseye dressed in a Hawkeye costume, but never mind, lol.

    Jeremy Renner is an excellent choice. Watched “The Hurt Locker” and it was a fantastic movie, and he’ll definitely find it easy to step into Hawkeye’s shoes. He’s probably going to feel a bit typecast though.

    • “I feel compelled to point out that the Hawkeye drawing used up there is actually Bullseye dressed in a Hawkeye costume”

      Good eye if true Phil but doesn’t he look like Renner? Nose, chin, and, even the eyes, are somewhat alike. Until someone does a shop job anyway, or they put him in costume… ;)

      • He’ll definitely make a good Hawkeye no doubt. But don’t expect the costume to look anything like the comics, though… this is one case where I wouldn’t blame Marvel Studios for going with the Ultimate look a little more bit.

          • Thanks for the link Phil! We can now get a more modern sense of his costume. Why is his shoulder pads flesh tone or being a game photo, they just look a little like shoulder pads?

            • Geez was that costume designed by the friggin’ GAP?!! That looks worse than the purple and blue costume above..

          • The costume in “Ultimates” #9 is a waaaaaay better than that one up there and it’s a more realistic tactical uniform. It’s the one where he doesn’t wear a mask,has black sunglasses and a really short buzz cut.

  9. I can definately see this. Very good choice for Hawkeye.

  10. I can definately see this. Very good choice.

  11. Why can’t they simply make an Avengers movie starting with the ORIGINAL founding members and recruiting new members with the second and third film?

    It’s all starting to look like an overcrowded cheesefest as far as I’m concerned.

    An Avengers film should be a powerful grand dramatic epic with the sci-fi, action, story, and acting as realistic as it can get.

    I would like to excercise the benefit of the doubt, but I can’t help but see this as as an overblown overcrowded extended TV episode by the extremely over rated and under experienced Joss Whedon.

    • I coudl not agree more with everything you said.

    • “an overblown overcrowded extended TV episode by the extremely over rated and under experienced Joss Whedon.”

      And will make truckloads of cash anyway! Shakes head…. :(

      • Let’s hope for MARVEL’S sake it makes a tidy profit. Even so, I don’t equate a high box office turn over as a sign of a good classic movie.

        If that was the case, the “Twilight” series of films must be cinematic masterpieces worthy of Oscar nominations. :-)

        • well, considerint the Unsuals was a great show and i was bummed ror him that it got the axe, im no longer bummed for him lol, its alawys fun to watch him in screen

  12. Keep in mind that the CORE team WILL be in this. Black Widow & Hawkeye won’t be official Avengers just yet HOWEVER THEY WILL BE S.H.I.E.L.D AGENTS.

  13. he was introduced in thor..