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Thank God, No Purple

By TK Burton | Industry | September 20, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | September 20, 2010 |

Of all the things that I’m excited about when it comes to Joss Whedon’s upcoming The Avengers, Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye is one of the top ones. Especially after seeing The Town — Renner was one of the best parts of an overall very good movie. Between that and his brilliant turn in The Hurt Locker, his casting is downright inspired.

It’s an interesting character — like Iron Man, Hawkeye aka Clint Barton relies more on tech and training than superpowers. He’s got a fairly colorful history, being raised by circus performers and earning his spot on the team by breaking into the Avengers Mansion. In any event, Renner recently spoke to about the role, the costume, and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen). He had some interesting stuff to say:

“I think it’s going to be a little more reality-based,” said Renner. “You can kind of tell with Scarlett [Johansson]’s character [in ‘Iron Man 2’], it’s going to be more of a uniform … and not a big purple, comics sort of thing… That’s why I think it’s more palatable to audiences — there’s almost a sense of reality to these superheroes,” he explained. “That’s what makes it interesting to me, anyway.”

I like this idea and the thinking behind it. In general, film makers try to downplay the kooky spandex costume thing to make movies more accessible to non-fan viewers, and Hawkeye’s is pretty silly, particularly the big purple “H.” It sounds like they’re headed more towards the Ultimates version of Hawkeye, which is fine with me. About his relationship with Black Widow, he said:

“We will [have a relationship], I think, in this one as well… We’re kind of a team, and what that relationship is, is still to be discovered.”

Another indication that they’re using some of the Ultimates storyline — in the early issues, Widow and Hawkeye were a sort of black ops, wet work team for Nick Fury.

It’s shaping up nicely, I must say. Now we just have to see how Thor shakes out.

(source: The Playlist)

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