Captain America: Civil War comes out this Friday, and as part of Marvel’s media blitz, stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen have been hitting the interview circuit. During which, Renner may have gotten himself in trouble when he suggested he wouldn’t mind seeing a Netflix series featuring his character Hawkeye.
“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,” Jeremy Renner said during an interview last month.
Renner’s remarks reportedly got him in a little trouble with Marvel studio execs, reports Flickering Myth. When asked about a potential Netflix series featuring Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen brushed off rumors and explained the origin of Renner’s previous statements.
“I’m so sorry, this keeps coming up, because it was a joke that people took seriously. We were doing press and someone asked ‘How do you feel about Netflix and Hawkeye having his own spin off about his family?’ And it was like a banter and a joke, and now people are saying Jeremy is pushing for it,” Elizabeth Olsen apologized during an interview with Flickering Myth.
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye has enjoyed more and more screentime after briefly debuting in Marvel’s Thor, each subsequent film seems to feature more of Renner’s popular archer who became a fan-favorite after his appearance in The Avengers – even if he did spend much of that time brainwashed and working for the enemy. Still, Renner backed off of his earlier suggestions about a Netflix series today.
“I don’t get a say in that anyway. Whether I think it’s a good idea or not, jokes get me in trouble,” said Jeremy Renner during the Captain America: Civil War interview.
Then again, that’s how The Punisher started out, as a fan rumor, and before long Jon Bernthal was signing on for a stand-alone series on Netflix with the creative minds behind Hannibal. Elizabeth Olsen, on the other hand, was much more stalwart, denying flatly that she would want a Netflix stand-alone series starring Scarlet Witch.
“Not Scarlet Witch!” Olsen told Flickering Myth.
Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, though, won’t likely have any say in whether or not their characters end up on the small screen, but they had a lot to say about the work both Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch have done on the big screen in Captain America: Civil War.
Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch, after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron share a special relationship in Captain America: Civil War, as both characters have endured a great deal, and in Age of Ultron Renner’s Hawkeye gave Scarlet Witch the pep talk she needed in order to keep on fighting to save the day – despite originally siding with the villainous robot Ultron.
Olsen’s turn as Scarlet Witch wowed fans back when Age of Ultron premiered, and so did the appearance of another Avengers fan-favorite, The Vision, played by Paul Bettany. Vision and Scarlet Witch have something of a special relationship in the Marvel comics universe, something that many fans have speculated might make it to the big screen now that both characters are in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I think we were trying to root their relationship in something that’s more based from Age of Ultron and how their characters have developed within the actual films as opposed to the comics, because in the comics it’s a whole other world,” said Elizabeth Olsen, during an interview with Collider. “It’s a relationship or friendship or support that we wanted to make continue, so we focused on how they’re both powered by something similar, and how that connects them.”
Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters this Friday, May 6, and it stars Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch.
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