Now, this news could be good or bad, depending on how you feel about Hawkeye, so prepare yourselves accordingly, True Believers...
Jeremy Renner Doesn't Want To Do a Hawkeye Movie.
In fact, while speaking to MTV News, Renner revealed that he doesn't really think there even needs to be a Hawkeye solo-movie:
"I’m happy to be the ensemble...I’m not scratching or clawing to do a solo movie by any means. I think he’s a utility guy that can bounce around into other people’s universes a little bit, especially like ‘Cap 3.’"
Which is awesomely humble and all - and nicely reinforces the long-running theory that he'll most likely appear in Captain America 3 - but it also begs a very important question:
Why DOESN'T Jeremy Renner Want To Do a Hawkeye Movie?
I mean, sure, he's got a busy schedule and everything, and the fan reaction to the character back in The Avengers wasn't all that positive - but are those really good enough reasons for Renner to relegate his own character to supporting status?
Now, I'll come clean - I wasn't the biggest fan of Renner's Hawkeye in The Avengers, but that had a lot more to do with the character being side-lined as a mind-controlled pawn of Loki for most of the running time than with anything Renner himself was doing wrong. He's already shown - in movies like The Hurt Locker and The Town - that in the right role he can be as charismatic as they come. So why shouldn't he have his own chance to shine in a solo movie?
Well, I wonder whether it might not just be because the character of Hawkeye is seen by many - including Renner - as a B-list Avenger, and somehow less deserving of a shot of his own.
Well, maybe that was true when he was first introduced (as a sort-of-villain, no less) back in 1964, but nowadays, things have changed, and y'know what?
Hawkeye Deserves His Own Movie.
For two - count 'em, two - main reasons...
He's Actually Awesome
As in, he's historically been the bad-ass, wisecracking, snarky hero we all know and love - in the form of Tony Stark.
That's right, back in the comics, Stark was usually a whole lot more serious than he is as portrayed by Robert Downey Jr - and Clint 'Hawkeye' Barton was usually the foil to his and Captain America's constant seriousness.
True, Clint was also sometimes kind of an asshole, but that kind of played into his whole 'I'm actually kind of like how you would be if you were a Superhero' persona.
That, though, isn't the main reason he deserves a movie, because secondly:
He's Currently the Best Thing in Comics
Or, rather, his current series, Hawkeye, scripted by Matt Fraction and drawn by David Aja, is pretty much the best thing Marvel Comics has done in years.
In it, Hawkeye is...kind of a schmuck.
Living in a run-down apartment building, he's vividly aware of the fact that everyone sees him as - and he may well be - a B-Lister.
And, on top of that, has constant relationship troubles.
And repeatedly gets horribly injured, or beaten up by local street thugs - because, y'know, he doesn't actually have any super powers.
But, despite it all, he's...awesome.
Funny, snarky, kind of an asshole - but, just like Tony Stark in the movies - awesome.
Also, at one point, an entire issue is told from the perspective of his pet dog.
Make all of that into a movie, and, hey presto, Marvel's got a brand new (low budget) franchise...
And all they have to do is persuade Jeremy Renner (and presumably everyone who's actually in charge of the decision making regarding upcoming Marvel movies) that it's a good idea...
Ah, well, at least we'll have [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) and, from the sounds of it, [Captain America 3](movie:994409)...