Jeremy Renner Might Be Playing Hawkeye in Marvel's Thor?
Man there's been a lot of Thor news recently. And it doesn't stop, even though it's a holiday! The Playlist is reporting that in the latest issue of Empire (the article isn't online), actor Jeremy Renner (last seen in The Hurt Locker) says he has been talking with Marvel about playing the character of Hawkeye in Kenneth Branagh's Thor. He simply says: "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." Not very revealing, but this isn't the first time we've heard Hawkeye mentioned.
Nearly a year ago, last December, we reported a rumor from Latino Review that both Hawkeye and Black Widow would show up in Iron Man 2, but not just as cameos. The Black Widow side of that scoop turned out true, as we know that Scarlett Johansson is playing Natasha Romanoff and has a big role in that sequel (see a photo of her here). And if that was true, then maybe the Hawkeye bit was legit as well. Word is (from The Playlist at least) that Hawkeye will appear in Thor and later join The Avengers in that movie as well. Sounds like Marvel is trying to introduce more characters that will be part of that bigger Avengers team later on.
As for Renner, if you've seen The Hurt Locker, you know he's a fantastic actor (he may even get nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars). He's had other supporting roles in The Assassination of Jesse James and 28 Weeks Later, so I've been familiar with him for a while. I've been waiting for him to break out and become a mainstream actor and if that means playing a superhero, then bring it on. Hawkeye is an archer who ran away to become a carnival performer as a kid. He later sees Iron Man in action (hint, hint) and is inspired to become a "costumed hero." He also falls in love with Black Widow and they're initially mistaken for villains.