The character of Hawkeye, while he may be one of the less memorable moments of the two Marvel films he’s starred in so far, has still become somewhat of a familiar face. Or rather, Jeremy Renner’s face has become familiar. But that may not be for much longer, for if “sources” are to be believed, the actor-archer is not only absent from Marvel’s Phase 2, but Hawkeye may also be transferring to television – albeit with a different actor holding the bow.
So why all the changes? Some are saying that Renner’s big mouth may be the cause of his being phased out of Phase 2. When talking to Total Film, he had these words for his fans:
For 90 percent of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play. It’s kind of a vacancy. [He’s] not even a bad guy, because there’s not really a consciousness to him. To take away who that character is and just have him be this robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses … I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. Fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No.
It looks like his negative comments, however truthful they may be, could have pissed Marvel execs off. After all, you don’t want the actors in your movies talking smack about them and potentially hurting future ticket/DVD sales right? Just smile and nod and praise Kevin Feige, Jeremy and everything will be just fine.
If the rumors of his departure are true, it may also be true that the character of Hawkeye will be picked up by a fresh face and possibly transferred to Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a regular. Seeing as how there are plenty of other characters to choose from for upcoming films (perhaps even a few that have the potential for a film of their own), it’s not difficult to see Marvel shifting the semi-popular character over to television. Hell, maybe him and (Green) Arrow could go even go out for drinks some time, eh?
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.