Not unlike Bruce Banner a.k.a. The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Marvel’s greatest marksman, Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has so far remained exclusive to The Avengers movies. Both had cameo appearances in other films (Hawkeye in Thor and Banner in Iron Man 3 post-credits scene) but their stories have remained exclusively in the hands of writer and director Joss Whedon. We’re not counting the Ed Norton/Louis Leterrier Incredible Hulk movie.
Whedon did wonders in turning Hulk into a fan-favorite with how he was utilized in The Avengers, to the point of increasing demand for new standalone Hulk movie, but for Hawkeye (Renner also signed for a potential solo Hawkeye film), it’s been a less stellar ride. Renner came in to meet for the role of Hawkeye over nearly five years ago, but the character he was pitched, the one he even discussed with Whedon did not make it to the screen…
Instead, due to script changes, Hawkeye became a pawn in Loki’s evil schemes. That meant for most of The Avengers, Hawkeye was a mindless drone under the control of the villain, and when he wasn’t, it was all mainly just action sequences. The character’s backstory, personality and development was largely left out. Worse, Hawkeye is the only character who didn’t even get a cameo appearance throughout Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Hawkeye did almost get an epic action sequence in Captain America: The Winter Soldier though, as directors Anthony and Joe Russo explained to us on the SR Underground podcast, but scheduling conflicts prevented it from happening. Instead, Barton returns for Avengers: Age of Ultron in a role that made Robert Downey Jr. describe him as a “rockstar.”
Last week, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Samuel L. Jackson all took to their social media platforms to release new official Avengers 2 character posters for Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor and Nick Fury, and continuing the pattern, Hawkeye – one of the core six Avengers – also gets his own character poster as shared by Jeremy Renner today.
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Oddly enough, in this poster the winter background represents the opening sequence of the film where Hawkeye will be wearing his new, long-sleeved costume (pictured below). Here he’s instead wearing his standard outfit as seen in Avengers 1. Someone’s going to have cold arms wielding that bow…
The poster also depicts Renner using the bow with his right hand instead of his left, hinting that the character’s ambidexterity will be showcased in the sequel. In the comics, the archer can use both hands with equal skill. Hence, the quiver on his left shoulder but the bowstring in his right hand.
If not today, tomorrow will see the release of an Avengers: Age of Ultron one-sheet for Chris Evans as Captain America, and after that it’ll be time for the new characters: Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). But that’s not all! Last week we posted a lengthy and in-depth interview with Chris Hemsworth from the set of Avengers 2 and this week we’ll followup with new interviews with Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner.
Marvel may debut a brand new trailer for the sequel tomorrow during the midseason premiere of Agents of SHIELD, and on top of all that, Robert Downey Jr. promises there will be a major Marvel movie announcement on Thursday. Lots to come!
While we’re on the topic of Avengers 2 and RDJ, the star is helping host a charity drive of sorts to help raise funds for Julia’s House, the only children’s hospice in Dorset, England, that provides care and support for life-limited children and their families. By donating at least $10, supports are entered to win prizes include the grand prize of attending the Hollywood premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron with RDJ himself. For more details, and to enter, go here.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.
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