After debuting in the #MCU with #Thor, fans have been clamoring for the purple spandex-wearing avenger, #Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to star in his own solo movie. Albeit, with a ton of #Marvel movies lined up all the way through to 2019, it has become pretty clear that we are not going to get one anytime soon. Recently, however, the flames of hope were stoked once more during an interview between IGN and Jeremy Renner — the latter was asked if he would be up for joining the likes of #Daredevil, #IronFist and #LukeCage with his own Hawkeye Netflix series. Renner replied:
"I don’t know the practicality of that, but any of these characters that I play I’d love to dig into more. I never feel like I get enough time with any character I play, and that’s one of them."
As Renner himself expressed, the practically behind it would be a challenge. After all, the MCU movies do not exactly play nice with their television show counterparts. However, if any Avenger could successfully pull off a Netflix series (besides the Thor and Darryl sitcom we're all demanding), it would be Hawkeye. Here's why exactly the big-time Avenger might better hit the mark solo, on a smaller screen.
Hawkeye Is All About Helping The Little Guy
While it was revealed that Clint Barton (Hawkeye) has a secret family, there are still a lot of things left to be explored with character. One of them, in particular, being how Hawkeye likes to look out for the little guy. Some of this side to Hawkeye’s character can be seen in his budding, mentor-like relationship (at times struggling) with Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) during #AvengersAgeOfUltron and #CaptainAmericaCivilWar.
This is something that has been pretty much sewn into the DNA of Hawkeye’s character. In Matt Fraction's run of the 2012 solo Hawkeye comic book series it was at the forefront. Barton, instead of living at the Avenger base of operations, takes up residence in a small apartment in New York. Despite seeking to get away from all the Avenging during his down time, naturally it does not take very long for trouble to find Clint Barton.
Now, along with the usual world-saving feats, Hawkeye was saving pets and warding off small gangs. This kind of street-level heroics is perfect for a Netflix series. In fact, Fraction's Hawkeye #comicbooks could be adapted pretty well into a series. It succeeds in showcasing how easily Hawkeye can skirt the line between small and big level heroics, far better than any of the other MCU #Avengers could.
No Powers? No Budget? No Problem!
Now don't get me wrong, the Netflix Marvel shows are no slouches when it comes to having a big budget, especially in comparison to other shows. Even still, when compared to their movie counterparts you can see just what a big movie budget can bring to the table, especially when it comes to making a superhero look good.
Both Luke Cage and Jessica Jones are characters with super strength, and incorporating these powers into their respected shows did not always have the smoothest execution. At times, it was even comical (albeit unintentionally) — in one scene, Luke cage hits a group of bad guys with a sofa and the bad guys then proceed to pay homage to the Three Stooges and topple over like bowling pins.
Jessica Jones and Luke cage are still fantastic shows, but when it comes to the on-screen heroics, both were pretty much beaten by the far less super-powered vigilante, Daredevil. Granted, though Daredevil has a much heavier emphasis on action, it still benefits from a non-super powered protagonist. You know who else has no powers? Hawkeye. Sure, some of his arrows have some pretty nifty effects, but hey if a certain emerald spandex-wearing archer can do it on a TV show, so could Hawkeye.
(Credit where credit is due — Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Ghost Rider, has some of the best CGI effects on television, so it can be done well).
A Chance To Get To Know More About Hawkeye, The Deaf Avenger
O'l Hawkeye has had a recurring issue with losing his hearing, having lost it partially or fully on three separate occasions. However, just like Daredevil, Barton didn't let his disability slow him down (too much) and relied on lip reading and Stark tech hearing aids to compensate. While this is something that the MCU movies probably won't explore, it's a perfect story arch for a solo adventure. This draws parallels to Season 2 of Daredevil, which saw Matt Murdock briefly lose his enhanced senses and become truly blind for the first time.
More importantly, it shows that Hawkeye is mortal. Heck, if you thought Daredevil getting the crap regularly kicked out of him was harsh enough, then Hawkeye brings that street beating to an Avengers-level worth of pain.
Nothing says "this is a Marvel Netflix series" more than having the main protagonist face some kind of mortal injury. So no worries there, Hawkeye should fit right in.
Couldn't Be A Show Without A Team — Meet Hawkeye's Sidekick, Hawkeye
If the current line-up of Marvel Netflix shows has taught us anything, it's that two things are needed to qualify; one, a supporting cast of "sidekicks" (check) and two, some kind of past incident that will inevitably cause problems in the present (check). While Hawkeye isn't exactly a character that is brimming with candidates, he does have a "sidekick" of sorts in the form of Kate Bishop. Bishop took over for Barton after the latter took on a new superhero moniker as the Ronin. Barton would eventually come back to the Hawkeye moniker, however, only now he will have to share it with his protégée, Hawkeye.
As for the second qualifier, Hawkeye has two potential candidates in the form of his old teacher — the villainous Swordsman, as well as his sometimes friendly, sometimes not-so-friendly archer brother, Barney Barton a.k.a. Trick Shot.
Ultimately, across the Hawkeye lore, there is a lot to work with. Family or no family, there is decade’s worth of material that could be utilized for the MCU version of Hawkeye in a solo show. Sadly, it seems unlikely that we will ever get the Hawkeye Netflix show that we and Jeremy Renner deserve. Although, if the MCU can get Spider-Man back (kind of) from Sony, then I say anything is possible.
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