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Jeremy Renner discusses Hawkeye and 'The Avengers'; Does Hawkeye deserve his own movie?

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Posted by: Lance Liebl

I don't know if there's been a recent movie of Jeremy Renner's that I haven't enjoyed. He was great in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Hurt Locker and 28 Weeks Later. He looks damn good in The Bourne Legacy, and he is playing a bounty hunter in the upcoming Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. That brings us to The Avengers and his role of Hawkeye, which he nailed. Many would agree that he was awesome as Hawkeye, who was a villain most of the movie and fought for screen time with Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America. With big names like that, it's hard to develop a character, and Jeremy Renner agrees.

The actor recently spoke with the Los Angeles Times about the role and had a lot to say about it. Renner said:

At the end of the day, 90% of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play. I’m literally in there for two minutes, and then all of a sudden… All I could really work on was the physical part of it all, because that didn’t change. That was just the biggest challenge to overcome in playing the guy. Also, we’re pretty much introducing a new superhero character to everyone in a movie where there’s a thousand superheroes. So there’s not a lot of back story or understanding we can really tell about who Clint Barton is, or Hawkeye, and is he working for SHIELD or not. There’s a lot of unanswered questions, even for me. And I was OK with that. At least I was still in the movie. And I was glad for that. The closest thing I could really link to was Scarlett [Johansson's] character, Black Widow, because they have a history. And that definitely plays in the movie, I think. And obviously, you can’t go into too much just because there’s so much story to tell, but you definitely get a sense that they’re connected, and that there’s something really, really important that ties them together. And I could try to summarize it, but it can go a lot of places. That excites me, though, that there’s room for other things.

Sounds like he's disappointed that the character didn't get enough time to be developed, but he totally understands. Renner commented, "You know, there are a lot of people in that movie. And a lot of important characters. And my character, I felt like if I can help serve story, then I did my job."

The thing is, Hawkeye could become a deep, fleshed out character if he gets his own movie. And he totally should get his own movie; people love watching a badass with a bow. It would be like watching a Legolas highlight reel. However, when asked about a Hawkeye movie, Renner said, "I don't know. I think there's always possibilities of anything in the Marvel universe. There's gotta be a want from people to see something like that. i don't know if there is. Maybe there is, maybe there isn't. But who know? We'll see."

Renner has proven to be an action star and has the acting chops to carry a movie. I want to see a Hawkeye movie, potentially exploring his and Black Widow's relationship. Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. could be in it, too. He's the most likely Avengers' member to take on daily missions anyway. There's still the possibility that Hawkeye could make an appearance in Iron Man 3 or Captain America: Winter Soldier, since he already had a cameo in the Thor movie. Odds are he'll see the same amount of screen time in Avengers 2 as he saw in the first. That's to be expected when you share the screen with bigger names.

So it's time to let Hawkeye make a name for himself. I mean, Green Arrow is getting his own tv show, Hawkeye should get a movie. What do you think? Would you want to see a Hawkeye movie?

You can follow Movies and Culture Editor Lance Liebl on Twitter @Lance_GZ

[Source: Los Angeles Times]

Tags: Hawkeye, The Avengers, Marvel, Movies, Jeremy Renner

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