The finals surprise of the Avengers Comic-Con extravaganza was the announcement of Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner as gifted bowman Hawkeye. And from what he’s had to say about the role, it’s clear he’s been doing his homework.
“I like (Hawkeye) because he isn’t a superhero,” he told MTV. “He’s not a guy in tights doing his thing, he’s just a regular dude with a highly trained set of skills. I think that’s kind of cool, and I can actually connect to that more than if he was flying around with a codpiece on!”
Reassuringly, Renner has since confirmed that his character will eschew the purple spandex favoured in the comics in favour of a more military-themed outfit. “I think it’s going to be a little more reality-based,” he told The Playlist. “You can kind of tell with Scarlett (Johansson)’s character (in Iron Man 2), it’s going to be more of a uniform, and not a big, purple, comics sort of thing. That’s why I think it’s more palatable to audiences…there’s almost a sense of reality to these superheroes. That’s what makes it interesting to me, anyway.”
And if that wasn’t enough to convince you that Hawkeye is a canny addition to the team, his recent cameo in Thor surely will be. Appearing as a kind of special S.H.I.E.L.D. enforcer, Renner makes his presence felt with a slew of pithy one-liners and an authority-baiting attitude that should prove a welcome respite from the more weighty side of things. Expect plenty of scenes to be stolen when the finished article rolls into cinemas…