Jeremy Renner Clears Up Those Hawkeye & Avengers Rumors

December 1, 2009
Source: SuperHeroHype

Jeremy Renner / Hawkeye

Over the holiday break last week, we ran an article reporting that Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner was in the running for the role of Hawkeye in Marvel's Thor and Avengers movies. This all spawned from Renner saying that Marvel was talking to him and that "Hawkeye could be interesting." Renner gave a new update to SuperHeroHype explaining that he hasn't heard anything in three weeks (since the last update) and that Marvel may wait to cast anyone until they find a director for The Avengers first. So he's not officially cast as Hawkeye yet, but the character is in the movie, which is at least good to know. Read on for more quotes.

"The last I knew is that they still have to find their director for 'The Avengers,' that's where he's really going to show up. They were just talking, 'Like maybe we should consider maybe hiring Hawkeye now' but there's no director on 'Avengers' so they don't really want to force-feed the director, 'Here's the whole cast.' It's a big role so they didn't want to do that to the director, so I think they might wait. I know they're interested, I'm interested, so we'll see if it works out."

I'm interested as well, as are most fans. He also told SHH that he loves how Marvel made Iron Man much more realistic and "plausible" and hopes that they'll do the same with Hawkeye. Renner also gave away some details about how Hawkeye will look on the big screen, even if he doesn't get the job. Here's what he said:

"Yeah, but it's going to be modernized, it's not going to be the guy with the big purple (mask), it's not going to be a guy in tights. It's going to be a guy in sunglasses and a vest. He's going to be more modernized and I'm gonna say 'a cooler-looking version' and not the big weird costume he had on. I don't think they're going that route."

Sunglasses and a vest? Sounds like some kind of even cheesier version of Cyclops from X-Men. Although that description doesn't really sound that great, I've still got faith in Marvel. And I'd be more than happy to see Renner get the job, but who knows who the director of The Avengers will want. In fact, that's something else to point out - I'm amazed that they still haven't found a director yet. It seems to be one if the biggest things holding the project back at this point. We know that Favreau won't be able do it (although they could be waiting for him) but maybe there just isn't anyone who is up for this job. What do you guys think?

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Reader Feedback - 26 Comments


I think.....Marvel should get Favreau two truckloads of money and get *him* to do the job. Not just executive producer, whatever -- director's chair.

[A] on Dec 1, 2009


Bryan Singer 😀

Logan on Dec 1, 2009


Roger Corman should direct this movie.

ed on Dec 1, 2009


"I've still got faith in Marvel." That's your first mistake.

K on Dec 1, 2009


Brett Ratner is the only choice to direct the Avengerers picture!

Brett Ratner's Mom on Dec 1, 2009


@ #5 - FAIL

mrjzn on Dec 1, 2009


bryan singer would suck. he ruined superman

samuel j on Dec 1, 2009


I love Hawkeye in his suit!!!

Robbie on Dec 1, 2009


"Sunglasses and a vest? Sounds like some kind of even cheesier version of Cyclops from X-Men" Actually Alex, that sounds a lot like the Ultimate Comics Avengers version... which are more "modernized" versions of Marvel characters... written every month by that delightful Mark Millar!

Ivan on Dec 1, 2009


Check out the Ultimate version of Hawkeye (from the Ultimates). I'm betting that's what they're going with, and daddy has no problem with that in terms of look and character

MrSmith on Dec 1, 2009


I'm with MrSmith. The Ultimate version of Hawkeye meshes a lot better with what Marvel has done with Iron Man in terms of plausibility. And thank the heavens for that, because the old purple costume looks like something Joel Schumacher would create. And as for the X-Men costumes, I'm glad they ditched the cartoony stuff from the comics. Those outfits may work in comics or in animated TV shows, but put them in a live-action movie, and you'd have a veritable laughingstock.

Corran Horn on Dec 1, 2009


They should make him look like he does in The Ultimates.

FLIOPAKK on Dec 1, 2009


People have a problem with Hawkeye's costume but a Star-spangled hero, a red and gold armored man, and a thunder god... that's all cool, right?

Ballyhoo on Dec 1, 2009


Quinton Tarantino

Big Vinny Diesel on Dec 1, 2009


Someone's been watching Smallville too much. What's wrong with Hawkeye's costume!?! He's like one of my favorite characters and I love his costume! Seriously.

Tra la la la la di da on Dec 1, 2009


I call bullshit!

JakeTheSnake on Dec 1, 2009


they could do that costume in black and red damnit!!!they always fuck things up without masks, logan never wears one in the movies but why?

yojoe on Dec 1, 2009


Ballyhoo: Personally, I hope they tone down Captain America's costume (keep the basic design but do away with that A on his forehead and those wings on his headmask). Thor, well, his design is fine by me. Iron Man's armor actually serves a purpose and is actually plausible (to some degree). Hawkeye's serves NO uesful purpose other than making look like a Joel Schumacher creation. Seriously, the doctrinaire fanboys need to get over themselves. They're not the exclusive audience for these films.

Corran Horn on Dec 1, 2009


Whats wrong with the actual costumes..i thought it worked in the batman,superman, and spiderman movies. Nobody had a problem with those

hale on Dec 1, 2009


alex and everyone else frankly, u guys should check out the Ulitmates Vol 1. Marvel seem like they're basing pretty much EVERYTHING on that series. and that's a good thing because i found it to be an awesome retelling of the avengers. epic, modernized, action packed. everything the avengers movie should be. Mark Millar really is a master.

CL on Dec 1, 2009


matt reeves should direct avengers

Darrin on Dec 1, 2009


Yeah, the whole "sunglasses and vest" thing totally reeks of Green Arrow's appearance in "Smallville". Do they really want to take two characters that are already analogues of each other, and make them even MORE similar? They should do something more medieval with Hawkeye, make him look like a bad-ass archer from the dark ages.

DRM on Dec 1, 2009


#22 - you mean something closer to Green Arrow from the early DC comics? See thats the problem with the Hawkeye, Green Arrow and his son are analoges of each other. This will be a hard transition to make it relevant without being a ripoff. I say make it a look like a bastard version of iron mans armor. bits and pieces with leg armor and bits of chest with pouches and gear. Make him a bad ass soldier boy.

harm on Dec 1, 2009


#23 I didn't mean something like Green Arrow's silver-age costume. GA's silvar age costume was modeled after a story-book Robin Hood costume, it wasn't anything at all what an actual medieval soldier would wear. I'm suggesting something more like a stylized Chainmail chest-piece with (purple?)leather pants and greaves over them. Maybe make the armored aspects of the medieval costume high-tech, like you said as being similar to Iron Man's armor. There's a world of difference between Robin Hood and a Medieval soldier. And I would much prefer that than a "Smallville" rip-off, or even a "Ultimates" styled costume...which always looked more like a gimp-costume to me.

DRM on Dec 1, 2009



tobi,leader of the akatsuki on Dec 2, 2009


Bring Renner for Hawkeye he will pull it off gloriously.

Fisherr on Dec 3, 2009

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