Jeremy Renner Says He Kept Trying to Get Hawkeye Killed Off in The First ‘Avengers’

By August 1, 2016

One of the biggest issues that a lot of fans had with Joss Whedon’s 2012 Avengers film, which is still arguably one of the most beloved and celebrated comic book films of all time, was the film’s use of Hawkeye, or lack thereof really. Instead of incorporating the character into the banter and dynamic of the rest of the team members like many fans had expected, the character instead spent a lot of the time under the mind control of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, a pawn of the villain.

As it turns out, Jeremy Renner wasn’t that big of a fan of the story either apparently, as the actor revealed during a Q&A in London recently.

Renner says that he was so frustrated with the mind control aspect that he actually kept trying to convince the filmmakers and Marvel creative team to kill him off at different points in the film:

“[I]n the first Avengers…I was just getting to know who Hawkeye was, and then zap, I go round like a zombie, I’m like Loki’s minion. And I’m still not even sure who Hawkeye was at that point. So I’m a little frustrated, because I was so excited to figure out who Hawkeye was.”

In fact, the actor says he even went to some pretty ridiculous lengths to get his point across, even abruptly and randomly ending his character’s life during the filming of some scenes:

“I just had a heart attack in every scene – I’d just be walking with…Scarlett Johansson, and just like be ‘ugh.’ And they said, ‘What are you doing man?’ ‘I’m giving you an option, if you just want to kick me out of this movie. Just you know, at any given moment, if you wanna kill me off, daddy’s gonna be having a heart attack.’”

It’s an understandable issue to have as an actor, and he wasn’t the only one who took notice of the character’s misuse in the film either, with many fans either making jokes about his role in it or going so far as to also say that he should be killed off, since he remained the least developed character of the team for a long time in the MCU.

However, since then, a lot has changed and the character’s role has grown and become much more developed and dimensional than it was in the first Avengers, something Joss Whedon made a point of doing in Age of Ultron last year even. According to Renner as well, he’s much happier with his place in the MCU now than he was just a few years ago:

“I don’t really want him to die now. I really got to explore him a lot, and I can’t wait to explore him more, and there’s some really cool ideas coming up. Really cool ideas. Great deaths! Amazing ways to die.”

Considering I still he think was one of the surprisingly best characters in Civil War, despite his limited amount of screen time, I’d say that he’s become one of the more reliable and interesting supporting players in the MCU over the past few years. He’s still one of the characters that could arguably be killed off at any time in one of the upcoming movies, mainly because he’s one of the few without a franchise of his own, but at least now after a much longer and more interesting arc, it wouldn’t be an empty death this time around, if it ever does happen.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable