Jeremy Renner Hints At Ultimate Hawkeye in The Avengers

Published 5 years ago by , Updated December 30th, 2009 at 6:44 pm,

jeremy renner as hawkeye iron man 2 avengers Jeremy Renner Hints At Ultimate Hawkeye in The Avengers

Our friend Ed Douglas had a chance to speak with the talented Jeremy Renner on behalf of SuperHeroHype yesterday at the Independent Film Gotham Awards where The Hurt Locker, for which he starred in, took home a big pile of well-deserved awards.

Renner of course made big headlines a few days ago when Empire put up an interview with him where they discussed his interest and Marvel’s interest in having him play the character of Hawkeye. Renner cleared up the current status of his involvement by revealing that they seemingly were interested in casting that character but since they’ve yet to select a director to helm the epic Avengers movie, they’ll wait until they do and see what that person wants for his/her cast.

But, we did get something interesting out of Renner in what he said about the costume ideas Marvel Studios has for the character…

“They sold me on the idea, too, because I love the idea that Hawkeye’s really not a superhero… He’s just a man with a high skill set, so I can relate to (that). The Marvel guys are great for how they made Iron Man to be, ‘Oh, that’s actually plausible’ so I bought it and I love that. They’re really, really smart guys and I’d love to work for ‘em, and we’ll see if it works out.”

Ed then asked him if he’s started doing some comic book reading to research the character and asked him about the costume Hawkeye will sport in The Avengers.

“Yeah, but it’s going to be modernized, it’s not going to be the guy with the big purple (mask), it’s not going to be a guy in tights. It’s going to be a guy in sunglasses and a vest. He’s going to be more modernized and I’m gonna say, ‘A cooler-looking version’ and not the big weird costume he had on. I don’t think they’re going that route.”

A vest and sunglasses similar to the Green Arrow from Smallville? Just like that character, Hawkeye isn’t a super hero, he’s just a man who’s insanely talented in marksmanship as Renner points out. That sure sounds like the Marvel Ultimates version of Hawkeye’s costume.

Like the Earth-616 (that’s the standard Marvel comics universe) version of Hawkeye, the ultimate version of the character shares a lot of his history with the character of Black Widow which further makes the character perfect for a cameo in Iron Man 2 (if it’s not too late for that) and a role in The Avengers alongside Scarlett Johansson.

Continue to Page 2 to see the Ultimate Hawkeye costume that Renner hints at and more on Hawkeye’s connection with The Avengers…

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  1. I lost interest around the no costume bit. I really hate these Smallville style “Costumes” that are really just high-end athletic gear…
    Of course he can’t be running around in tights but he should at least look like an actual superhero not a guy in sunglasses and a vest.

  2. Is that shot from that EOD movie he was in? I didn’t notice the flag in the movie, but it’s backwards… Army has the American flag on the right shoulder but the “union” (the blue part with the stars) is supposed to be on the top right of the flag, not on the top left like the flag usually is… Basically, the patch is a reversed flag. The best explanation of why that is the case is that it’s supposed to be like a real flag on a staff, as you walk forward carrying the flag, it waves backward. So it’s supposed to signify that the Army is always moving forward…

    Anyway, sorry, I know that has nothing to do with the topic of this article, lol.

  3. Hawkeye? Green Arrow rip off?

  4. Ughhhh! why bother? Hawkeye has really cool costume to start with (the original) they could do something really cool with that.

  5. Uh, dont go blaming Smallville for the costumes, blame X MEN, that was the time when they stopped doing proper costumes!!!

  6. Yeah I totally agree with all of you guys..I like the Purple Masked Costume better..Just leave the costume the way it is..Dont Monderize it etc..That Ultimate Hawkeye costume looks cheap..he already has an awsome costume already dont change it Marvel. Leave the Costume the way it is with the purple mask Etc..

  7. Thank god! Love the Ultimate Hawkeye and more in the character range of Renner. Such a more believable special forces type of hero for a movie still Avengers.

  8. I’m not to sure about this decision. I like Hawkeye personally… but I question whether they would put two non-super powered super heroes in their movie.

  9. Amen, Adrian. I’m glad they’re ditching that stupid costume. The moment that thing would appear on screen, you’d be hearing comparisons to Batman & Robin. Diehard comic fans need to remember that they are not the sole audience for these kinds of movies. There is a substantially larger number of people who would not be attracted to a movie with a man wearing a ridiculous purple costume with an even more ridiculous mask.

  10. I like superheroes without powers. I like the realistic touch.

  11. While I dislike Marvel’s Ultimates and wish it would go away, what works for the film adaptations works for the film adaptations. I think some of Hawkeye’s traditional costume will be retained, but I agree on that some of it also has to be ditched.

  12. As much as I love the traditional costume, it just wouldn’t translate to the big screen very well. A semblence of the Ultimate costume would work. Mostly black, but it does need to have some highlights of dark purple on it. Nothing over the top, just some of the color he’s known for here and there.

  13. Ultimate Hawkeye is made for a movie version. The entire “Ultimates” (Avengers) book is a script/storyboard for a movie.

  14. The way he described the Ultimate Hawkeye costume sounded cool but when I saw the picture I was turned off. That just looks like a regular guy. They could mix it with the original costume or just go with the original all together, but the vest and sunglasses looks lame. All the other heroes will be running around with cool costumes and masks and what is he gonna do? Put on his sunglasses and slip on his vest? That’s boring! The original purple outfit is the best way to go!

  15. i think that you couldnt pick a better person to play hawkeye it would just be plain stupid for marvel to mess this up and let renner get away idk about anyone else but im stoked about this news and think a cameo for him in iron man 2 is a must

  16. i agree on keeping the mask and original costume for hawkeye but it can be updated for the movies.

  17. Yeah why even put him the movie if hes not going to look like hawkeye. Original Costume not the Duke Nukem with a bow look.