Though Jeremy Renner isn’t vying for a solo Hawkeye movie, the actor will reprise his role as the archer in next summer’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron - and possibly the following year in Captain America 3. In addition to his Marvel superhero role, Renner is set to star in the soon-to-be released dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger, as well as Mission Impossible 5 and a sequel to The Bourne Legacy that will continue the story of his character, Aaron Cross.
While on a press tour for Kill the Messenger, Renner talked about the progress of Mission Impossible 5, his next installment in the Bourne franchise, and more about what to expect from The Avengers: Age of Ultron -- as well as what drew him to the role of Hawkeye, a non-superpowered superhero.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Renner talked about the ongoing production of Mission Impossible 5, which began shooting in August. Though the actor didn’t reveal too much, he said the director, Christopher McQuarrie, is going to “create great action sequences” and that they’ve shot one or two so far. Renner also spoke about working with Tom Cruise again:
“Tom [Cruise] knows what he's doing in that world and I'm just there to sort of follow along and bring what I can bring to every moment.”
Although Mission Impossible 5 is on track, the next step in the Bourne franchise seems to be more uncertain. Renner said they’re still working on Cross’s next installment to the series, but that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass have “cracked an idea” for how to continue Jason Bourne’s storyline as well.
On whether fans will see both Damon and Renner in a movie down the line, the actor said: “That’s my hope, that’s my dream.” Though, according to his comments, it appears both actors will receive their own standalone films in the franchise before a team up is even considered.
Read Renner’s full quote:
"We're still working on the Aaron Cross section of that and the worlds will definitely -- hopefully -- collide and they're still a part of each other. I think it makes it really exciting that I think even Universal is sort of like 'this is really fantastic news' because now it’s kind of like the Marvel model where they have two standalones and then come back and meet each other."
It’s certainly possible that the Bourne franchise could take a page out of Marvel’s book and use its two heroes in a similar manner to that which Renner suggests -- two standalone movies featuring Damon and Renner, then a team up event film would be very exciting for fans and non-fans alike. However, Universal’s plan for the series remains tightly under wraps.
As for Renner’s next excursion into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, the actor said The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be bigger, better, and “more intimate.” In the sequel, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are pitted against Ultron, who began as a peacekeeping program, when the villain’s plans put the whole planet in jeopardy.
Read Renner’s full quote:
"I think everything that worked in the first one is exponentially going to be better in this one. I think the comedic relief, I think the action, is going to be bigger… There is more time spent with all of the Avengers together as a unit on and off the clock, if you will, which is actually really fun. A lot of secrets are revealed and more secrets are posed."
On his character, Renner said there will be a lot more of Hawkeye in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The actor also said that the archer’s lack of superpowers is what drew him to the character in the first place:
"He never did [have superpowers], nor has Black Widow; they just have a high skill-set. That's why I wanted to play Hawkeye anyway. I could relate to that, I could understand a guy who has a high skill-set, I get it. But I could never [do] like [Chris] Hemsworth does [as Thor], flying around with a hammer and sell that. But he can do it, I can't.”
Though Hawkeye may often be written off as one of the lesser appreciated members of The Avengers, fans of the archer can at least take heart in Renner’s respect for the Clint Barton character. Additionally, those that weren’t impressed by Hawkeye in The Avengers -- which may be attributed to his character arc as a brainwashed lackey for Loki -- may find the character more interesting through his appearance in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
For those that may not be looking forward to Renner reprising his role as Hawkeye in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, there will be plenty of opportunity to catch the actor in one of his other big blockbuster franchise installments debuting over the next few years.
Kill the Messenger debuts October 10th, 2014. The Avengers: Age of Ultron assembles in theaters May 1st, 2015. Mission Impossible 5 premieres December 25th, 2015. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information about the future of the Bourne franchise as it becomes available.
Source: Access Hollywood [via CBM]