Will Jeremy Renner Be Hawkeye?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:19 am,

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Way back at the end of 2008, there were reports that Iron Man 2 would include and introduce two characters from the comics to the Marvel film universe: Black Widow and Hawkeye.

According to Latino Review last December, they were “told that HAWKEYE and BLACK WIDOW are definitely in Iron Man 2 and they wont be cameos either.” Well, we know at least half of that is true. As for Hawkeye, we’ve seen or heard absolutely nothing on that character and no actor was signed to play the role… at least that we know of.

In an interview in the latest issue of Empire Magazine however, actor Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, S.W.A.T., 28 Weeks Later) talks on the subject of Hawkeye and the possibility of the character making an appearance in the Marvel movies.

Apparently, Renner was a consideration for the role of Captain America but when he went into to meet with the folks at Marvel Studios, they instead talked about the actor possibly playing Hawkeye, the purple Archer, instead.

“I don’t know if I’d be right for Captain America. I met with the Marvel guys, actually, but we didn’t talk about Captain America. But one of the writers, Zak Penn, we’ve become friends over time and he was thinking maybe Hawkeye could be interesting. He sounds like an interesting character.”

Zak Penn of course is the man in charge of bringing all of the major players together in one of the most ambitious film projects ever, in writing The Avengers.

Renner continued:

“If I was a betting man, I would bet that Hawkeye would probably show up in Thor, and then be in The Avengers… But do I know for sure? I can’t say. But I’d love for that to happen. It’d be fun.”

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He then confirmed that no official offer has been made and he expects that won’t come for a little while.

“I’m just happy to get considered for big franchise roles like that… I’m not [doing the] casting. If they see me that way, right on. If they don’t, I’m ok with it.”

Is it crazy to think that this could be some super secret and that Renner is in fact already Hawkeye and is in Iron Man 2 as the old rumors stated?

Probably not, but Renner always plays bad-ass characters in his movies and I’m down for him playing Hawkeye in The Avengers. If he is to be introduced, it doesn’t make sense for him to be a part of Thor instead of Iron Man 2 since his comic book origins have him, real name: Clint Barton, crossing paths with Iron Man and Black Widow. That sounds like an Iron Man 2 intro to me.

We know there will be at least some surprises in Iron Man 2 since Black Widow, War Machine and Whiplash have all been revealed already. And as we know, each Marvel Studios film has featured an exciting cameo – what might Iron Man 2 bring on that front?

If we hear anything on the future of Hawkeye or his introduction in any of the Marvel movies, Screen Rant will let you know.

What do you think of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye?

Sources: Latino Review, CBM, Empire Magazine

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  1. I think Hawkeye will end up in The Avengers but not Thor or Iron Man 2. Those movies already have so much going on with them.

  2. I’m expecting someone to show up in a suprise cameo type role. We may not even meet hawk eye but meet the actor who will later play him. A scene a little like the bar scene in hulk with RDJr. I would be kinda suprised if we didn’t get something like that. Although we are already getting war machine and bwidow and whiplash. A lot of new peeps but I’m expecting one more in a more minor role. Hawkeye would be a cool choice.

  3. I would love it if Jeremy played Hawkeye I have been a fan of his long before hurt locker and I think he deserves it. Kudos to him. lol

  4. Part of me wanted him for Captain America if they were looking for someone more mature looking.

  5. I culd see hawkeye in thor, he is a vigilante – in a situation over his head, to many bad guys, or some supervillan – than thor shows up and saves the day- this would be in the montage of thor first being a superhero stopping varius crimes…

  6. It is a good fit having Renner as Hawkeye.
    A really good fit, or even Timothy Olyphant.

  7. Sounds really Interesting…I personally think Renner would definetley be the perfect guy in playing the role of Hawkeye..on top of that, I also believe that maybe me might be in Iron Man 2..it could be possible you never know.

  8. I also agree that Renner would make an excellent Hawkeye just hope that the Hawkeye that is used in the next Marvel films is the Ultimate “Super Assissan-like” Hawkeye insteady of the purple buckner 616 Hawkeye.

  9. Renner could easily play Thor, Hawkeye or Captain America!

  10. Hawkeye, is a natural addition for the Avengers. Keep the superpower factor with Thor and possibly Hulk.

  11. know what? when i heard that clark gregg,who played a s.h.i.e.l.d agent in Iron Man that kept wanting to question him, was going to be in Iron Man 2, i thought right away,”wow. I guess he may be Hawkeye” cause i remember hawkeye being a member of s.h.i.e.l.d in the comics.that was just a thought and i was thinking that it would be a good idea to introduce and cameo Hawkeye.but whatever,least we’ll see the Avengers roster go up

  12. can`t waita see im2. Hey simple question, have they started filming yet? so howare they gonna send it to theaters on May 7, 2010?

  13. John K

    they should be done filming in the next month or so. The rest will be cgi work.

  14. Adrian

    I agree. I hope they go with the super assassin Hawkeye.

  15. Wasn’t Hawkeye the Avenger’s leader for awhile? Like when then started Avengers: West Coast? I think he led Wonder Man, Vision and a few others.

    Renner is a good choice, I always felt that when Capt. America wasn’t around, Hawkeye was a good deputy to leave in charge. And like Cap, he wasn’t all/God powerful (a’la THOR or HULK) but very skilled with leadership qualities.

    Like Picard’s Riker, or Optimus’ Ironhide.

  16. A few years back I would have been sceptical, but after seeing Smallville I think he might work as a minor role in the Avengers.

  17. They havnt finished Filming yet..What? I thought they finished filming about 1-2 months ago from the last article I remember for IM2..Maybe the rest is CGi stuff..who knows anyway I really hope Hawkeye makes an appearance in Iron Man 2 that would be an interesting to see.

  18. Cool. Hawkeye has always been one of my favourite Avengers.

    Jeremy Renner seems to be a very good choice.

  19. @ Jose,

    They wrapped Principal photography a long time ago but some say that minor shots can still be made for cameos and such.

  20. btw, I made it my mission to watch The Hurt Locker over the weekend and did so from my hotel while away on a mini-vacation (I’m hardcore).

    Renner was awesome in it and he should be a star. I hope this is a role he gets among others.

  21. I can see this guy as Hawkeye forsure.. I admit I loved this guy In SWAT back in the day his character was so badass. Too bad the movie was pretty abysmal. But yea Hawkeye is awesome I remember him being one of my favorite avengers back when I was a kid. I think the heroes without superpowers are the coolest so hopefully this will be good.

  22. I agree, this guy would make an awsome Hawkeye but like Adrien said, it’s got to be the stealthy/assassin “Ultimate Hawkeye” dressed in all black and a little DARK purple with the “Hawkeye high tech sunglasses”. It would make more sense for him to be in Iron Man 2 and it could be done as their “easter egg” or just even a BIG SURPRISE SUB-STORY RE-WRITTEN in by DOWNEY JR & FAVERAEU. Hawkeye being incredibly cool but cocky is the way to go,like in the comics but he’s got to be more high tech and a good computer hacker type too just like Black Widow.

  23. Also his hand to hand combat skills have got to be superb. Just below Cap’n A’s. Plus he’s also got to be somewhat of a dick but still a likeable guy. I could picture Tony underestimating him before getting shot with a special arrow that shuts down his Iron Man suit.LOL!!!

  24. Hawkeye and Black Widow should be just S.H.I.E.L.D agents first. Its deffinitely gotta be the stealthy/assassin dressed in all black with a little purple “Ultimate Hawkeye”. With special tactical “Hawkeye sunglasses”. He’s gotta be a high tech dude with high computers and electronics aptitude especially for hacking into computer systems and alarms. And a superb hand to hand combatant just under Captain America’s skills.

  25. Ulik, that’s what he’ll be getting it sounds like :)


  26. i don’t agree with the sunglasses, that would make him look mora like an ordinary person & less like a superhero. we don’t want hawkeye looking like cyclops from the xmen either. just use his original costume with updated versions for the movie & please keep the mask,it looks great on him.

  27. @michael hey dude I hear what your saying but first of all Jeremy Renner doesn’t like Hawkeye’s classic costume. Also he said that he likes the fact that Marvel is making their stories and characters realistic or as he said “plausible”. You have to think in terms of who Hawkeye is, what he does and what he is capable of doing. That being said, you have to think of his skills and weaponry. If he was real then he would be like a stealth/covert opperations type of guy. Stealth doesn’t always mean hiding in the dark, it also means being able to blend in with your surroundings not being seen or “noticed”(calling attention to yourself). Some stealth missions require a man like him to work in broad daylight which means he may have to blend in with a crowd of people or city. What do you think would happen if he tried to blend into a crowd of people to escape or persue someone wearing a silly mask? Wearing “cool” “tech-shadesthat resemble his mask,nothing 70′s Elton John’ish but something that could give him night/thermo etc.,vision. He already would have phenomenal vision but would need extra stuff. He also should be proficient in knife fighting and SWORDSMANSHIP for close mele combat. Lastly he should be fluent in a few foreign languages especially Arabic,Farsi,Russian,etc. Hawkeye also has a photographic memory allowing him to hit targets “blind folded”. Hawkeye has the potential to be an INCREDIBLE BADDASS!!! So think in terms of real life, he’d probably wear a trench coat at times too to hide his weaponry or equipment especially while in a crowd of civilians or something. I respect your opinion though. I hope Hawkeye is in Iron Man 2!!!!!!

  28. One more thing, an updated version of his mask might be cool at certain instances so his face wont be recognized on certain missions but he should not wear it all the time. And especially not as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent or Avenger. He needs to wear something that is very signature but not silly or real “comic booky”. Also nothing X-Men(movie) like or Matrix. No spandex!! Maybe a kevlar/like suit contoured to his body similar to Snake’s(MGS) or Raiden’s(MGS).