Jeremy Renner Doesn’t Want A Solo Hawkeye Movie

By September 24, 2014

After The Avengers turned into a worldwide smash hit, eventually going on to become the third highest-grossing film of all time, it seemed as if everyone was super happy with the movie and how it fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well…almost everyone. Jeremy Renner, who first appeared as a glorified cameo as Hawkeye in Thor, wasn’t thrilled with the fact that he was basically forced to become a mindless villain in a movie that half the world ended up seeing. Sure, sure – you might be saying, “Renner, just shut up and take the paycheck,” and getting upset about being in one of the most successful movies of all time is undoubtedly a first world problem of the highest kind. But taking those kinds of reactions out of the equation, and keeping in mind that I really like The Avengers, I think Renner actually had a case for being a little bit disappointed.

But fear not, Hawkeye superfans (are there any of you out there?): it seems that everything that he wanted to do in the first Avengers, he’ll actually be able to do in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. In a new interview with MTV, Renner speaks about the controversy surrounding the first film, his work on the second, how he isn’t itching for a solo Hawkeye movie, and where we might see the character again soon:

I’m happy to be [in] the ensemble. I’m not scratching or clawing to do a solo movie by any means. I think he’s a utility guy that can bounce around into other people’s universes a little bit, especially like Cap 3. [Dramatic wink]

Hawkeye’s appearance in Cap 3 has been heavily rumored over the past few weeks, and that wink – while far from official – essentially means that fans can probably expect him to show up for Cap’s newest adventure. Downey has spoken highly of Renner’s work in Age of Ultron, so hopefully we actually get to see Hawkeye become a fully fleshed out character this time. (No offense to Joss Whedon, who moved mountains to even write a coherent Avengers movie in the first place.)

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