If Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye is your favorite Avenger, there's good news and there's bad news. Bad news first: you're probably not going to see a Hawkeye solo flick any time soon. Good news: you might see the Avengers' archer showing up in Captain America 3.
In the midst of a team with gods, geniuses, and living legends, a guy that can shoot arrows really good would understandably be a bit of an afterthought, and such was the case in Marvel's blockbuster The Avengers. Hawkeye was relegated to the background after almost immediately being co-opted by Loki's (possibly Infinity Stone-powered) staff. Even after Hawkeye broke free of Loki's influence, the Avengers bowman got one shining moment, and it only partly worked out well.
Yeah, that arrow wound up blowing up in Loki's face, but one of Hawkeye's most powerful weapons didn't even muss the hair of the Asgardian trickster. If future Avengers movies go the way it looks like they will, with nigh-indestructible robots eventually giving way to world-conquering demi-gods, even the trickiest of trick arrows won't do too much against the Avengers' foes.
Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye, seems aware of this, and he's not exactly cheerleading for a Hawkeye standalone movie. Speaking with MTV, Renner said that he's just fine with Hawkeye playing the supporting superhero.
"I'm happy to be the ensemble. I'm not scratching or clawing to do a solo movie by any means," Renner said. "I think he's a utility guy that can bounce around into other people's universes a little bit."
But fear not, Hawkeye fans; Renner dropped a tantalizing little tidbit about Hawkeye's future. Turns out Hawkeye could pop up in other Avengers' solo movies.
"Especially like 'Cap 3,'" Renner said with a wink.
Renner also hinted that Hawkeye might play a bigger role in the next Avengers movie, presumably not by getting co-opted by Ultron in the first few minutes of the flick. According to Renner, he and Avengers writer Joss Whedon discussed Hawkeye's role in the forthcoming flick, and we can expect to see more high-powered archery and action for Renner next time around.
Renner's seeming confirmation gives us a little bit of solid information about what we can expect from Captain America 3, but it also could shine a little light on what we can expect from Marvel's next blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
If, as Renner hints, Hawkeye does show up in Captain America 3 – and if it's not in the form of a flashback – that means that he survives through to the end of the next Avengers movie. With Age of Ultron still months away, speculation has been running wild that the next Avengers movie will see one of Marvel's Mightiest biting the big one. If Hawkeye is in Captain America 3 – which, presumably, would be set after Age of Ultron – then he can't very well die next summer, can he?
If Hawkeye does show up in the next Captain America movie, it could be that Renner's character has sided with Captain America against Tony Stark. According to Marvel's official synopsis of the next Avengers movie, Tony Stark plays a big role in the creation of Ultron, the next Avengers villain. Some are speculating that Tony's actions will lead to a falling out between the members of the team, causing a Civil War of sorts between Avengers factions.
It's all conjecture and tea leaves, of course, but that's the funnest part of superhero fare. One thing seems just about certain, though: we'll be seeing Hawkeye at least twice more in the next two years.