Jeremy Renner was one of the last members of the original Avengers team back in 2012 to join the MCU and had the smallest amount of screen time prior to the team up. Everybody was eager to see more of him working with his fellow heroes, but instead, Hawkeye was relegated to being a pawn in Loki's scheme, mindlessly serving him for a large portion of The Avengers. Since then, he has had larger roles in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, but Hawkeye fans, or Renner for that matter, have still not had the chance to fully explore the character.
Most people thought he was a prime suspect to die at the hands of Ultron, but instead he continues to live on within the universe, currently in hiding from the Sokovia Accords dispute. However, the chances of Hawkeye ever becoming a leading character on the big screen seems unlikely with Marvel moving into uncharted territories with movies like Doctor Strange. If there is no place for a Hawkeye movie, then Renner would be interested in getting his own Netflix original series.
While speaking to IGN to promote his upcoming film Arrival, Renner was asked about this possibility. Thanks to the quality that shows such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage have been produced at, Hawkeye seems to be a great fit for the service. If Marvel and Netflix propose this idea to him, it appears he would be ready to go. He said:
I don't know the practicality of that, but any of these characters that I play I'd love to dig into more. I never feel like I get enough time with any character I play, and that's one of them.
Although Hawkeye would hypothetically fit in well with the grounded take on superhero properties that Netflix and Marvel have done in the past, there has never been any real indications it could happen. Marvel and Netflix already have a packed slate with more seasons of their pre-existing shows and potential spin-offs, so finding a space for Hawkeye could prove to be difficult. That said, Hawkeye has not been given a similarly significant role within the MCU as his fellow Avengers have, so a move to Netflix, on paper, gives him the chance to do just that. If Renner is truly interested in potentially doing a series, then hopefully the idea is given more thought by all parties involved.
Not only would a Hawkeye series be great for the character, but it could serve as the ultimate crossover chance for the MCU - assuming Avengers: Infinity War or Untitled Avengers does not do that. Hawkeye making the move to Netflix opens up the doors for him to meet the Defenders and be the first true crossover between different branches of the universe. If Marvel wanted to take it a step farther, bringing in Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird for a small role would be a fan pleaser as well. Unfortunately, this is all just speculation, hopes, and wishes at this point, but it is great to know that Renner is actually interested in this idea.
We’ll keep you updated on Hawkeye as more information becomes available.