It’s no secret that actor/singer Jeremy Renner loves his role as Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Now, he’s making crystal clear that he’d love to play the role even more. At Silicon Valley Comic Con, he announced he’d “be open to” playing Hawkeye on TV, possibly in a Netflix show.
“I think that’s actually a really great model, if there’s ever a way to explore the character, maybe it’s in that world. These are things that are really not in my control, but I’d be open to it. I’ve really enjoyed getting to explore the character more recently. The Netflix model is where all the character drama goes to now, you’re doing a superhero movie or a Netflix or HBO kind of model. So I’d be open to it.”
Renner has been nominated twice for Oscars, for Best Actor for The Hurt Locker in 2008, and for Best Supporting Actor for The Town in 2010. He’s been nominated for so many awards that he has a Wikipedia page just for his awards and nominations. He’s used to playing meaty, complex roles. So it’s no surprise that even though Hawkeye is a comic book character, created in 1964 by Stan Lee and Don Heck, Renner doesn’t want to play him as a two-dimensional cypher.
When Renner made a brief cameo appearance in Thor, playing a SHIELD agent named Barton who grabbed a bow instead of a rifle, every comic book fan in the theater audience grinned, immediately recognizing him as Hawkeye. Although his scene was brief, his ruggedly handsome good looks and witty banter with Agent Coulson stole the scene. Audiences, and Renner himself, were looking forward to more in The Avengers. Alas, as reported in Los Angeles Times, Renner was disappointed with how Hawkeye’s role was written in The Avengers. Renner said the following of playing Loki’s “zombie mind-slave.”
“It’s kind of a vacancy. Not even a bad guy, because there’s not really a consciousness to him. The interesting part was being guilty about the bad things I did do when I was hypnotized. I think he’s already an interesting enough character. To really kind of take away who that character is and just have him be this sort of robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses….I was limited.”
Katey Rich of Cinema Blend probably summed it up best.
“You can’t blame the guy for being disappointed. He signed on to play one version of Hawkeye and wound up largely playing another one entirely, and one far less interesting to perform. It’s kind of nice to see Renner acknowledge that, while also staying diplomatic enough to recognize that it was probably best for The Avengers that his character get short shrift. Way to be a team player.”
In the Avengers: Age of Ultron, the viewers get to see more of Hawkeye than just his skill with a bow and arrow. Renner got to display his real life talents as a loving father. Renner is very active on social media, and as his 1.34 million Twitter followers and 1.5 million Facebook friends can attest, he absolutely dotes upon his daughter Ava.
Tony Hicks of San Jose Mercury News said, “Another new subplot involves the alter ego of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Basically a throwaway hero in the first film, Renner gets a chance to stretch out his character this time around, making it seem as if he might even get his own stand-alone film at some point — an idea that seemed impossible three years ago.”
Jen Yamato of The Daily Beast praised Hawkeye’s character development in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“Scripted by Whedon, the humanist auteur of the Marvelverse, Hawkeye’s Age of Ultron arc lends a rare vulnerability to a squad of otherwise super-powered and practically invincible heroes who’ve defied nearly every course of nature in five epic world-saving adventures so far, including death, physics, and time.”
Chris McCoy of The Memphis Flyer (as well as a legion of fans) pointed out that Hawkeye “seems to serve as Whedon’s voice in Age of Ultron.”
Screen Rant‘s Adrienne Tyler (as well as a legion of fans) mentioned that “Hawkeye hasn’t got as much screen time as some of his teammates,” and pointed out that a Netflix show would be a good way to correct that. Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones shows are getting rave reviews. Netflix is doing shows about Marvel characters Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
Fans are disappointed at the lack of Black Widow and Hawkeye merchandise, compared to what’s available for their team mates. Would a Netflix TV series open the door for the long awaited Black Widow and Hawkeye movie? Fans have been begging for one since The Avengers first premiered in 2012; Renner said at Silicon Valley Comic Com that he’d love to do that. Will Jeremy Renner get the chance to develop Hawkeye’s character more fully in a Netflix show?
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