Howdy ladies and gents, hope you're all doing well. Today I'm going to be doing a bit of an analytical post which will hopefully get some discussions going on in the comments below and the subject matter is on the superhero Hawkeye and where his character could go in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now it is no secret that Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye in the MCU is the least utilized of the Avengers team and to some degree is the least liked as well (at least from what I've seen and read on numerous websites over the last 2 years). Since making his brief appearance in Thor in 2011, the following year he then went on to be in The Avengers, but was primarily a villain as he was under mind control by Loki for like 75% of the film and since then his character has yet to reappear. So it is safe to say he has been given the short end of the stick and I don't think it was intentional by Marvel Studios, however, this is the case and it has made him look like a fairly irrelevant character, even Black Widow, who is just as human as he is, has gotten featured more dominantly than he has which makes him look even worse in comparison. Besides comic book fans, most people bash Hawkeye and talk ill of him anytime he is mentioned in the news online and that really sucks.
Personally, I really like Renner's version of Hawkeye. I think the guy is cool, his uniform (while lacking a mask or the glasses used in the promotional art), is pretty nice too, and his skills as an archer are pretty proficient and badass. I liked his first appearance in Thor and in Avengers as well. Now, while I've not read too many comics involving Hawkeye, but I have researched about him and seen him depicted in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Avengers Assemble so I have gotten a pretty good idea of who he is and what he is capable of. I know that he's supposed to have a bigger part in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but what happens beyond that? So with that in mind now I am going to suggest a few directions that the character could go in.
Put Him In Captain America 3
Now this is an option that has been mentioned/rumoured in the news recently, however, this would probably be the most logical place for Hawkeye's character to go next. It makes more sense for Hawkeye to hang with Captain America than Tony Stark, Hulk or Thor for the following reasons:
- Cap and Hawkeye have ties in the comics and I think it would be cool to explore their relationship on-screen a bit especially since he was as close to S.H.I.E.L.D. as Black Widow and Nick Fury were.
- Captain America, even with his shield and super soldier serum, is still human, and so were his crew (Falcon and Black Widow) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and look how much damage they caused. Now imagine if Hawkeye was added to that mix? Honestly, they would be a well-rounded group of heroes of the human variety doing some very good missions together both on and off of the battlefield.
- Hawkeye belongs with people he's worked with before and is able to relate to in terms of abilities and chemistry, and is definitely Cap and Black Widow of all of the Avengers.
On top of those points I believe it would be a good opportunity to show off not only more of Hawkeye's abilities in hand-to-hand combat, but also give us a bit more of his personality and show why he belongs on the Avengers team. However, it's still early days when it comes to Cap 3 and obviously you don't want the next film to be overstuffed with too many characters, that being said Hawkeye almost made it into Winter Soldier, according to a recent interview with the Russo Brothers, so may he can make it into the next Cap adventure if Renner's schedule permits it.
If Black Widow Gets Her Own Film, Let Him Join Her
There's been a lot of talk about Black Widow getting her own film for a while now and after Winter Soldier it seems like fans are definitely down for a solo film featuring the only female Avenger. Even though Marvel Studios are hard at work crafting their vision of the MCU, I do think a Black Widow film is getting closer to becoming a reality and if that is the case I feel like it would be a missed opportunity if Hawkeye wasn't included. I mean both of them are highly trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and held in high regard, but she's clearly had more missions and screen time, and with this solo film it would be a slap in the face to Hawkeye if they didn't include him in some capacity.
What they could do is give a role similar to what he did in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol where is in the thick of the action and has a big role, but isn't the main star. And of course, since Black Widow and Hawkeye have history, this film would be the best place to explore that. The small moments with them together in The Avengers were some of my favourite moments like when they discussed Widow's conversation with Loki or when they were fighting the Chitauri and briefly mentioned Budapest, that kind of stuff I would like to learn more about. Possibly have some flashbacks of their older missions or possibly when they first met, there are a lot of ways they could handle these two and it would be great for Hawkeye as he would be fleshed out a bit more while also complimenting Widow in the process.
Other Films In Phase 3 & Beyond
Now this is where I just start taking random stabs in the dark about where to place the character purely because, beyond Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Doctor Strange, Thor 3 and a potential Black Panther film, there are no solid confirmations of any other Marvel projects at the is point in time. So at this point I will just suggest two films where Hawkeye could appear and state my reasons for he would be there. Now that we know that the Doctor Strange film is happening, I feel like it would be nice to have someone from the Avengers or S.H.I.E.L.D. around to help out if the enemy was one that humans could help out with, plus it would be a good way to usher in a character unfamiliar with things of the supernatural. Another option would be to stick him in the Black Panther film, why? Because again, even though a film of this nature should just be about the residents of Wakanda and their culture, what this film could do is introduce an enemy who was after the Vibranium and maybe Hawkeye could be sent by S.H.I.E.L.D. to help. He could be a supporting character and help strengthen the connection between heroes overseas.
In the end, Hawkeye is a cool character and Jeremy Renner is a great actor and I believe he deserves more screen time to show off why his character is such a badass in the comics. Now keep in mind that all of these ideas are pre-Avengers 2 so some of these suggestions may come to fruition next year, but for now this is some of my hopes for the character that will hopefully come to pass.
So how do you feel about the character of Hawkeye? Do you like him or do you not care for him and are you down with the idea or do you feel like it is a waste of time? Comment below and let me know! :D