Jeremy Renner says he wants to explore Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye more in Anthony and Joe Russo's Avengers: Infinity War and beyond. Renner made his brief debut as the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent-turned-superhero in Kenneth Branagh's Thor in 2011, and then reprised his role in Joss Whedon's The Avengers the following year. Unfortunately, not much was revealed about Clint's past, aside from a few tidbits that he shared with Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow. That was something that Renner wanted to change going forward as the role wasn't what he was originally pitched.
He appeared again in Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 and this time audiences were introduced to Barton's secret family (that only Romanoff and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury were aware of). His last appearance was in the Russos' Captain America: Civil War last year, in which Hawkeye sided with Chris Evans' Captain America against Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and the other Sokovia Accord supporters. Renner told our own Rob Keyes years prior that Barton is most loyal to Cap and Fury and not a "company man."
It was understandable considering that Barton would want to keep his secret family off the governments' radars. Still, aside from the comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe supplemental materials, not much is actually known about Hawkeye's past, especially with regard to the missions he had conducted with Black Widow when they were operating as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. That's something that Renner hopes to explore in future Marvel movies.
Renner has been busy promoting his latest film, Wind River, and in an interview with Collider, the actor spoke about his hopes to explore Hawkeye a bit more in Avengers: Infinity War and the currently untitled Avengers 4, as well as presumably in future Marvel movies.
"Yeah. I think so. I mean, I think they’ve got a lot going on in the Marvel world and I’m just happy to be a part of it. I do want to explore more with the character. I’m down. I’m always wanting to understand Barton much more cause I think he’s just a kick a - character and I hope we get to explore a lot more. It looks like we’re going to be pretty busy for the rest of the year, so I can’t wait to see what they come up with."
Being part of major tentpole films like Infinity War, which unites dozens of major characters together, it's understandable that some characters - and their stories - can get lost in the mix, especially when newcomers such as Spider-Man and Black Panther have joined the fold. The thing is, a part of Age of Ultron was carved out for Barton, and that brief storyline ended up becoming a foundation for the character; in some ways, his family resembles the same cornerstone that Aunt May represents for Peter Parker. But there's more to the character than just his family.
Renner's Hawkeye has been relegated to the background for most Marvel movies, and that's something he's looking to change going forward. In addition to appearing in next year's Avengers: Infinity War, Renner is scheduled to reprise his role at least one more time in the Russos' Avengers 4, which begins filming very soon. Hopefully, people will get to see more of Hawkeye's story in either, if not both, of those movies. Renner tweeted this morning a photo of him back in Atlanta where production on the untitled Avengers 4 has just begun.