Marvel Studios and Netflix launched Daredevil season two this past weekend, and considering the hype of including major characters like Punisher and Elektra, not to mention the good willed sewed with the tremendous first season, it’s safe to say it was another hit. Between Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and the building hype for the fall premiere of Luke Cage, and the presently in pre-production Iron Fist, Netflix is where its at for Marvel characters (at least until Civil War comes out), so why not bring other established Marvel characters to Netflix? Hawkeye for example? The man who plays Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner, has some thoughts on that.
While appearing at Silicon Valley Comic Con (via ComicBook.com) this past weekend, Renner was asked about whether he would like to see Hawkeye go solo on the small(er) screen in a Netflix series akin to Daredevil. And he said…
“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.”
Marvel’s been hesitant on greenlighting solo movies featuring the other half of the original Avengers line-up – the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye – even though fans have been clamoring for them. Renner himself has previously said of Hawkeye, “I think he’s a utility guy that can bounce around into other people’s universes a little bit, especially like Cap ,” but Netflix has proven itself the ideal place to launch gritty, more-grounded and realistic Marvel characters. So could it be the ideal place for Hawkeye, and even Black Widow, to grow and expand beyond their roles as Avengers? Definitely. Will Marvel make it happen? Who knows?
One thing’s for sure, you will most definitely be able to see Hawkeye fight on Team Cap later this spring in Captain America: Civil War, which will be in theaters on May 6.