Now, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe having so far given us over a hundred on-screen hours of entertainment, it's probably fair to say that we, as fans, can't have too many complaints about its existence. After all, were it not for the MCU, we would never have seen Robert Downey Jr. reveal himself to have secretly been turning himself into Tony Stark for decades, nor have watched a movie in which Bradley Cooper played a talking raccoon and Vin Diesel a monosyllabic walking tree.
If there is a downside to the MCU though, it is most likely this: because of the way everything has thus far played out, it seems unlikely that we'll ever see one of the most beloved comic-books ever made hit the big screen. Specifically, this one:
After all, the very nature of Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye, which ran from 2012 to 2015, hinged on Hawkeye being a glorious, deeply-single screw up - which means that the character actually having his act together in the MCU - to say nothing of being married with kids - pretty much ruins our chances of seeing the 'Hawkguy'-era Clint Barton in the MCU, naked leaping and all.
Or does it? Y'see...
Jeremy Renner Himself Just Suggested That We Could See Hawkeye Star in His Very Own Netflix Series
Specifically, ComicBook.com is reporting that, during the recent Silicon Valley Comic Con, Jeremy 'Hawkeye' Renner responded to a question about Hawkeye potentially having a future on Netflix in a manner that was...positive, to say the least. As Renner himself put it:
"I think that's actually a really great model, if there's ever a way to explore the character, maybe it's in that world. These are things that are really not in my control, but I'd be open to it. I've really enjoyed getting to explore the character more recently. The Netflix model is where all the character drama goes to now, you're doing a superhero movie or a Netflix or HBO kind of model. So I'd be open to it. Not up to me, though."
And, while Renner was also quick to note that he would also be very much down for Black Widow/Hawkeye team-up movie ("In a second. I'd love to do that."), it's the prospect of a Hawkeye Netflix series that is most likely to be getting Hawkguy fans the world over all flustered and over-excited.
After all, a Netflix-based series is far-and-away our best chance of seeing Hawkguy...
...Katie-Kate (a.k.a. the even cooler female Hawkeye, Kate Bishop)...
...and, of course, Lucky the Pizza Dog...
...in the mainstream MCU, even if they'd likely have to appear in dramatically different forms to the comic-books.
So, here's hoping someone actually pitches it to Marvel... Possibly even as a spin-off to a Young Avengers movie, featuring Kate Bishop?
What do you reckon, though?
How would you most like to see Hawkeye hit the screen again?