In the comic books, Hawkeye has been one of the longest serving Avengers and a constant presence on the team since the 1960s, he was even the leader of the West Coast Avengers. In the movies though, Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, has kind of gotten the short shrift with a small appearance in Thor, then spending the balance of The Avengers under Loki’s control, and then having to get written out of Captain America: The Winter Soldier because of scheduling. Of all the Avengers, it’s Hawkeye who could really use some extra screentime, and it looks like he’s going to get it as the archer is joining the swelling ranks of Captain America: Civil War.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Renner will be appearing in Civil War, which starts shooting this spring. This doesn’t come officially from Marvel Studios, but THR put it in the context of pointing out that Renner will shoot Civil War before moving on to the Denis Villeneuve film Story of Your Life, based on short story by Ted Chiang about a physicist (Renner) and a linguist (Amy Adams) that team-up to find a way to communicate with aliens. That project will shoot this summer.
With Renner now onboard for Civil War, the cast includes his fellow Avengers Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), and Anthony Mackie (The Falcon), as well as new hero Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) and possibly the as-yet-to-be-cast Spider-Man. Chris Evans (Captain America), or course, will star.
Now you’re wondering, if Hawkeye’s going to be in Civil War, what side is he going to be on? Good question, because in the comic book Civil War, Hawkeye was MIA having just been killed and resurrected by the Scarlet Witch. It’s worth noting though that when he came back to the superhero business, he sided with the anti-registration team of Avengers, but it should be noted that what we know about the movie Hawkeye is quite different from the comic book Hawkeye. On the other hand, the scene with Renner that was cut from Winter Soldier featured Hawkeye helping Cap escape S.H.I.E.L.D., so maybe he’s just a rebel at hear no matter what version we’re talking about.
Captain America: Civil War will be in theaters everywhere on May 6, 2016.