Oh, this is too awesome for words. Please, please, please let this come to pass.
So, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, 28 Weeks Later) was recently interviewed by Empire UK, and The Playlist has some juicy bits from it. Apparently, Renner has been talking to Marvel Entertainment about possibly playing Hawkeye (real name: Clint Barton) in cameos in at least two upcoming movies, and then finally being a full-blown member of The Avengers when that movie comes out.
This is fantastic news for two reasons: One, because Renner is a fabulous actor who is still, despite his brilliant turn in The Hurt Locker, pretty underused and this could be great exposure for him. Two, because it continues the epic, sprawling efforts of Marvel to interconnect their movies as they slowly march towards The Avengers. Here’s Renner’s money quote:
Hawkeye could be interesting. They’re going to send me some stuff on it, see what it is. But I think they’re pretty awesome, trying to make superhero movies almost plausible and not just some fantasy thing.
I love that they’re crossing actors over the different movies — Robert Downey Jr., Tony Stark showed up at the end of The Incredible Hulk, and of course Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury was not only in Iron Man, but he’s scheduled to appear in basically all of the origin movies (he’s already on the cast list for Branagh’s Thor).
For those who don’t know, Clint Barton was an orphan who joined a traveling carnival where he learned his skills from a character known as The Swordsman. Eventually, he took on the moniker Hawkeye, becoming an expert marksman who prefers a high-tech bow and a variety of fancy arrows. He joined the Avengers by breaking into their mansion to demonstrate his skills. He’s a great character (despite his goofy outfit, which they’ll no doubt change up — that purple mask just ain’t practical), and would make for an interesting addition to the franchises, particularly with Renner playing him.
It’s just rumor and possibility right now, but Marvel has been making a series of good decisions with regard to this franchise — let’s hope this is another one.