While promoting his new movie Arrival, actor Jeremy Renner hinted at some possible interest in doing a standalone project based on his MCU character Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye. When asked in an interview with pop culture website IGN on whether he’d be interested, Renner stated he always feels he doesn’t get enough time to dig deep into his characters.
“I don’t know the practicality of that, but any of these characters that I play I’d love to dig into more,” Renner said. “I never feel like I get enough time with any character I play, and that’s one of them.”
Barton, part of the first iteration of the Avengers in the Marvel Comicsverse, was one of the last to join the MCU version of the superhero group. While having a cameo in Thor, Barton didn’t get major screen time until The Avengers, when the film’s primary antagonist Loki used his scepter to control his mind for the majority of the movie.
Hawkeye’s role was expanded in both Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he became an official member of the Avengers to fight off Ultron, a failed experiment of Tony Stark’s. Barton’s most recent appearance came in Captain America: Civil War as he sided with Captain America’s stance against the implementation of the Sokovia Accords. As he hasn’t signed the Accords, Hawkeye is now a fugitive, so it could make sense to do a Netflix-based show on Barton’s life as a fugitive.
In the comics, Hawkeye has partnered with both Black Widow and Mockingbird, whom both currently happen to have roles in the MCU portrayed by actresses Scarlett Johannson and Adrianne Palicki, respectively. While I don’t think Johannson would be interested in featuring in a Netflix series, I could see Palicki, who left Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to film a pilot of the AoS spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted, which wasn’t picked up by any network.
You can see the question on video below:
What do you think? Do you think Hawkeye deserves a standalone project in the MCU? Would he be a lone wolf or do you think he’d pair up with someone like Mockingbird/Bobbi Morse? Let me know in the comments below!