The Hawkeye we can expect to see form Marvel Studios is definitely closer to the Ultimates version which we can tell from what Renner was told in his meetings. When he chatted about the character in November with Ed Douglas at SHH, this is what he had to say:
“They sold me on the idea, too, because I love the idea that Hawkeye’s really not a superhero… He’s just a man with a high skill set, so I can relate to (that). The Marvel guys are great for how they made Iron Man to be, ‘Oh, that’s actually plausible’ so I bought it and I love that. They’re really, really smart guys and I’d love to work for ‘em, and we’ll see if it works out.”
“Yeah, but it’s going to be modernized, it’s not going to be the guy with the big purple (mask), it’s not going to be a guy in tights. It’s going to be a guy in sunglasses and a vest. He’s going to be more modernized and I’m gonna say, ‘A cooler-looking version’ and not the big weird costume he had on. I don’t think they’re going that route.”
Marvel is only signing multi-picture deals with their superhero actors so if Renner is on board, he's here for the long haul and we can expect The Avengers to help launch several other opportunities for the character with sequels, the S.H.I.E.L.D. movie and more.
I really hope this rumor turns out to be true. Renner is talented, likable and he totally fits the bill to play Clint Barton. Make it so, Marvel (and Joss Whedon).
What do you think about the possibility of Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye?
Iron Man 2 is currently in theaters everywhere; Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012. We'll find out what comes next at San Diego Comic-Con this summer!