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Hawkeye returned in Captain America: Civil War with Clint Barton, portrayed by Jeremy Renner, returning on the side of Captain America (Chris Evans). While Barton wasn’t around to say much in regards to the Sokovia Accords, his character came out of retirement to bring Ant-Man (Elizabeth Olsen) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) to the battle.
Zap2it spoke to Renner about Hawkeye’s appearance and developments in Civil War. Of course, when we last saw Barton, we learned that he had a family and a farm, far away from the action-packed lives of the Avengers. It was something that was rather unexpected at the time, but helped to further develop his character, who up til then, had only bits of screen-time within the MCU. Speaking with the folks at Zap2It, Renner discussed Clint’s decision to kinda retire in Civil War.
Zap2it: We found out Clint chose to kind of retire in Captain America: Civil War, so was he planning to be done with the superhero life?
Jeremy Renner: No, I don’t think so. I think it’s an order of importance kind of thing for him. If he’s needed, he’ll go like he does in this movie and maybe if he gets bored of pseudo-retirement. His priority is with his family, but I don’t think he’ll ever fully retire because he is who he is.
When we first see Barton, he’s freeing Wanda Maximoff from Vision, who has strict orders to keep her inside of the Avengers compound per Tony Stark, who is trying to avoid a repeat of the events in Lagos.
What do you think makes him chose Team Cap?
Well, Cap called first! Also there’s his relationship with the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and he kind of owes a debt because her brother took bullets for him. That selfless act is something that he kind of holds dear.
Is he holding on to some guilt about that?
Probably. I’m sure it shifts his thinking. I mean, he’s a father to kids, but he put himself in the line of fire to save a kid. He’s a pretty selfless person, and he names his child after Pietro, which is pretty cool. But yeah, I’m sure he’s probably riddled with that and probably still feels blessed that he’s alive.
Of course, the heart-breaking parts of Civil War was when old friends were throwing punches at each other. Hawkeye and The Black Widow were two old friends that hard a hard time being on opposing sides.
What can you say about the dynamic between Clint and Natasha now that they’re on separate sides?
It’s pretty cool because when you’re doing a fight, you’re usually trying to kill them, right? This one, we’re pulling our punches, and no one is really trying to hurt each other. It’s all kind of fun and games until someone looses an eye.
A fight for fun?
Yeah, it’s more of a spar than anything.
Barton and Natasha have always been great friends, and in Avengers: Age of Ultron we learned that what might have been romantic undertones were actually very platonic.
At one point, fans were expecting to see a romance between Clint and Natasha, but do you prefer to have her as Aunt Natasha?
You know, I think that relationship is still complicated and rich and deep, and it runs much deeper than what lovers may be. I like the relationship. I’d love to explore more of it, but I don’t know if it necessarily has to be in a romantic way. I don’t know if there’s time for romance.
I’m surprised they squeeze what romance they do into these films already!
I know, right? But the interaction between the characters is the most interesting thing to me in this universe.
Of course, Hawkeye got to the party just in time for the large fight at the airport.
The airport fight is getting all the attention as the scene to see in this movie, so what was filming that like?
It was awesome. It was most of the work we did – at least that I did. It’s a big long scene and a lot of moving parts. We were shooting a lot of green screen outside, and it was hot, but it was really cool.
Did you get to do any work with the new kids, Spider-Man and Black Panther?
Not Spiderman, no. Black Panther, though — I think I saw a trailer where I introduce myself. I go, “Hey, I don’t know you, I’m Clint,” and then we get in a fight real quick. Did that make it in? We’ll see.
At the end of Civil War, the captured members of Team Cap are broken out of The Raft, a floating prison for enhanced people. This seems like a bad place for a father who has retired from super-hero adventures to be.
Do you know what’s next for Hawkeye now that he’s basically on the run?
No, I don’t. I’ve talked to the Russos a little bit about it, and they have a really good take on Hawkeye and ideas for him in particular, which I dig. But as a far as story arc and what’s going to happen, I have no idea. I know “Avengers: Infinity War” is coming at the end of this year, but I don’t know what my part will be. There’s going to be a lot of characters in that one.
Captain America: Civil War is playing in theaters now. What did you think of how they moved Hawkeye’s character forward for the major battle?