Captain America 3 could include numerous casting additions after it was teased Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye could be featured in a film adapted from the Secret Wars comic-book series.
Renner has so far appeared in Thor and The Avengers as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, and he’s set to return as the character in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. The Hurt Locker actor has now revealed he might be about to make a surprise appearance in the sequel to 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Solider.
“There are rumblings of [a Hawkeye appearance in] Captain America 3,” Renner admitted when talking to Collider. “I don’t know what’s going to happen there. I’ve got to find the time, man (laughs). I’m trying to stay home and I can’t.”
Hawkeye has so far been used sparingly during his cinematic Marvel appearances. In 2011’s Thor, he only had a wordless cameo, while in 2012’s The Avengers his actions were controlled by Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, and he spent most of the movie fighting Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Black Widow and Thor.
It’s probably safe to assume, once again, Renner will also be eclipsed by his superhero compatriots when he brings Hawkeye back to the big screen for 2015’s Age Of Ultron. So it makes sense that Marvel will try to boost the character’s profile in the same way they did with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, who stole the show in this summer’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
It also sounds as if Hawkeye won’t be the only new character to feature in the highly anticipated third addition to Steve Rogers’ heroic antics. Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed Winter Soldier and will also oversee the next addition to the series, have now revealed that they want to adapt the Secret Wars comic-book arc.
Joe told Cinema Blend, “Listen, when I started collecting, The Secret Wars was one of the first books I ever bought, so that’s always been an obsession of mine to see something of that scale done – a crossover. I don’t know if that would ever be possible, with all the different situations at the studios. But I would love to see a lot of characters on screen together.”
Secret War, written by Brian Michael, saw the likes of Captain America, Nick Fury, Hawkeye and Black Widow join together with Spider-Man, Daredevil, Luke Cage, X-Men and the Fantastic Four fighting numerous super-villains, each of whom had been provided with high-tech armaments thanks to a mysterious benefactor.
Thanks to the fact that Sony and 20th Century Fox own Spider-Man, X-Men and the Fantastic Four respectively, it is a certainty that they wouldn’t feature, but there’s definitely a chance that Rogers, Fury, Barton and Romanoff’s next adventure could revolve around the five-issue comic book.