If they don’t cast the character, they can still hint and drop an Easter Egg for the character by showing Tony Stark having some piece of equipment in his workshop that belongs to Hawkeye (a la the Captain America Shield in Iron Man). Since we know the character will be the modernized techy variant of the character, we can expect Stark to have a hand in his augmented outfit.
For those unfamiliar with the character, the ultimate Marvel Hawkeye (real name: Clint Barton) is a former Olympic archer, and the professional partner of the Black Widow. He became a U.S. intelligence agent and a close friend and colleague of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
The two operatives were key founders of the modern intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Both rose through the ranks until Fury became the agency’s director and Barton (code-named Hawkeye) became an elite agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s black ops division, often partnered with ex-KGB espionage legend Natasha Romanov (code-named Black Widow). Despite his dangerous, globe-spanning profession, Barton managed to build a more stable family life than most of his peers, residing for years with his girlfriend Laura (who recently became his wife), with whom he had three children: Callum, Lewis and baby Nicole, named after her godfather, Nick Fury. Hawkeye habitually phoned his family before every mission to say good-bye, just in case he never returned.
From the reader response to our Renner-Hawkeye discussion, it seems folks are in agreement that Renner is the man for the job. Let’s hope they pick up that director quick and that he/she agrees with us!
With Hawkeye’s connections and intertwining history with Black Widow, Nick Fury and Iron Man in both the standard and Ultimate Marvel Universes, Hawkeye is a perfect character to have play an important part in The Avengers.
What would you like to see from Hawkeye’s live-action costume?
The Avengers is scheduled to open May 4, 2012.