Jeremy Renner, one of the most sought after men in Hollywood, is a little busy at the moment. He's playing opposite Tom Cruise in the fourth Mission: Impossible, poised to take over that franchise, while also talking over as leading man in the next Bourne installment. There's something to be said about him and 4th installments in action movie franchises...
On top of that, Renner also plays a key role in Marvel's ultimate project, The Avengers, where he cannot avoid questions about the project wherever he goes. While there's been talk of sequels and spin-offs for every character appearing in The Avengers, Renner can only say the same about his character - that it's possible.
In an interview while promoting Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, MTV attempted to squeeze some Hawkeye-related info from the actor but Renner responded only by saying the character is a bad-ass Bow-wielding dude and that he couldn't say anymore than that. When asked about the future of the character, he said he didn't know, only that it's "possible" for Hawkeye to get a spin-off. Basically, he said nothing.
Back in May, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige spoke on the potential of spin-off movies for the pair of non-superpowered S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye. He said they had chatter with Johansson about story ideas for her character, while they've also thought on the potential of Hawkeye on his own. Feige said all of this while emphasizing the idea of telling more stories about SHIELD, the organization behind-the-scenes in the film, orchestrating the formation of The Avengers team.
The SHIELD organization played a prominent role in Thor and they are brought front and center in The Avengers. Nearly two years ago, after Samuel L. Jackson locked in for a long-term 9-picture deal with Marvel Studios, he said in an interview that after The Avengers Marvel may pursue a SHIELD film - that is the more realistic possibility for seeing Hawkeye again before The Avengers 2.
With Marvel Studios having the capacity at the moment for only two feature films per year - we heard they wanted to bump this to four eventually - a Hawkeye or Black Widow solo film isn't going to happen. With sequels for Iron Man, Thor and Captain America on the way in addition to more Avengers installments and continued talks of Dr. Strange, Black Panther and more, there's no room to tell a story based on just Hawkeye or Black Widow. There is however, a lot of room to tell a SHIELD story which can run alongside The Avengers. Such a project would include a cast of high profile characters introduced in the films so far - most notably those included in next year's The Avengers. Such a film could lay down a lot of background on the overarching story The Avengers series plans to tell while at the same time, giving the studio a far more bankable film loaded with an ensemble cast.
Such a film could star Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Sam L as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson and other SHIELD characters expected to be introduced into The Avengers. The casting is already done, along with the character development, costume designs and background on the universe these characters exist in.
The Avengers is by itself next year since Marvel canned Runaways, followed by Thor 2 and Iron Man 3 in 2013, and a pair of unannounced summer blockbusters for 2014 for which Marvel Studios has already claimed dates for. Could one of those be the SHIELD movie? Check out The Avengers trailer for a hint of what will launch the franchise forward.
The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. It is of course written and directed by Joss Whedon, opening in theaters on May 4, 2012.
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