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No-one can argue that being picked to play Hawkeye in the MCU hasn’t done wonders for Jeremy Renner’s career.
He went from starring in good but ultimately not very successful films, to being one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood.
Heck, in the UK, he’s even starred in a BT advert, where he essentially plays a superhero (though there are more comparisons to Captain America than to Hawkeye).
He’s become a bit of a household name.
And yet, despite all this, Marvel Studios still haven’t really done the Hawkeye character justice.
Far from just being a guy who is far more impressive with a bow and arrow than any normal human being should be, Hawkeye has been one of the most integral parts of some of the Avengers biggest stories in the past 20 or so years, with a highly successful solo run of comics, and even being the mentor for a member of the Young Avengers – he had been thought dead and came back under a different identity before hand, but shh!
And yet, in The Avengers movie, he spends most of the movie not saying anything!
And then in Age of Ultron, we’re all lead to believe he’s going to get killed off. Granted, he does have a hero’s finale with Quicksilver, but still.
And fans across the world acknowledge Jeremy Renner isn’t getting the attention he deserves.
Sadly, however, that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.
Many fans and even Renner himself have expressed that Hawkeye would probably flourish in a TV series rather than on the big screen, a place where he could shine, or even play a part alongside Black Widow, or his wife Mockingbird – I mean his ‘real’ wife, not Linda Cardellini’s otherwise forgotten time as Laura Barton.
And that way, they can build up to some more of the true character defining points, such as him being deaf! I don’t think that would translate well into an action movie like The Avengers, but it could work wonders on a TV show – just look at Charlie Cox’s portrayal of Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the Netflix series.
On the subject of potentially having a Netflix Hawkeye series, in an interview with IGN, Renner said;
“I don’t know the practicality of that, but any of these characters I play, I’d love to dig into them more.
I never feel like I get enough time with any character I play, and [Hawkeye]’s one of them.”
However, despite the fact that Renner would seemingly be more than happy to take the character to the small screen, and despite fans clamouring for this injustice to be made right, there doesn’t appear to be anything in the cards over at Marvel HQ.
In a different interview, this time with We Got This Covered, Renner mentioned how;
“It’s not a decision I get to make.
It’s not an option that has been on the table ever.
But anyway I get to explore the Clint Barton/Hawkeye character is always interesting to me.”
The studio has not been kind to Renner’s Hawkeye since his debut in 2011’s Thor, and, if we believe the speculation is true surrounding the fallout of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, we may not even really get much chance of redemption for the character.
Still, could be worse, could be Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s time as Quicksilver.