Seems as thought that little rumour back in late November / early December may be true after all. The web was swirling when it was announced that The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner might be joining The Avengers as Hawkeye. THR’s Heat Vision blog is reporting that he is in final negotiations to play the masked archer.
Renner himself talked about the character and Marvel:
“They sold me on the idea, too, because I love the idea that Hawkeye’s really not a superhero,” Jeremy told us. “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.”
When we asked him if he’s started reading up on his Hawkeye comic book history just in case he gets the role, he gave us a possible hint of what the character might look like in the movie compared to the comics: “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.”
He will be joining Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Don Cheadle as War Machine. No word yet on whether the Hulk (Edward Norton) will be part of the film, yet, or not. While there is no word yet on the involvement of the character in The Avengers this could lead into another spin off film franchise for Marvel.
What do you think of Renner taking this character?