Hawkeye is oftentimes the last Avenger we think of when we think of a standalone film. With characters like Iron Man and Captain America having led their own stories for years now, and the masses (rightfully) clamoring for a Black Widow film…
Hawkeye gets pushed to the side. With Infinity War trailers and posters notoriously lacking some Clint Barton, people are questioning his importance as an Avenger. Here are some reasons its time for that to change and for Hawkeye to get a film of his own.
Hawkeye Has a Whole Life We Know Nothing About
Clint surprised not only the Avengers but viewers everywhere when he introduced his family in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He’d been thoroughly tight-lipped about his personal life, shocking everyone but his good friend Natasha when he revealed a wife and two kids.
His family was located in a safe house Nick Fury had helped him set up upon joining S.H.I.E.L.D. Have there ever been any challenges to his family’s safety? How did Hawkeye even meet Nick and get this deal agreed upon?
Aside from just this secret family, we know that Hawkeye was once ordered to assassinate Black Widow but failed to. Instead, he developed a deep friendship with her – she is one of the only other people to know about his family. What kind of dangers and adventures have these two faced to bond them as close as they are today?
There’s a wealth of potential for both a prequel film explaining their relationship or a sequel in the future to detail how their relationship persists, granted their survival through Infinity War.
Kate Bishop Could Be Introduced
Kate Bishop is a fan favorite character with a wealth of potential storylines of her own. Developing a mentor/mentee relationship with Clint in Marvel NOW! comics, Kate inherits the best of Hawkeye’s skills as well as some cool tricks of her own.
A solo Hawkeye film could introduce a new Hawkeye and focus on the unique relationship between Clint and Kate. Many of the actors from the Avengers films are steadily reaching the end of their contracts. Now is a better time than ever to begin introducing the next generation of heroes.
A film featuring Kate Bishop could give Clint the proper recognition and send-off he deserves. While also introducing a new character to focus on in future films. Two birds, one stone for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jeremy Renner is 100% Down for a Hawkeye Film
You can’t have a Hawkeye film if Jeremy Renner isn’t excited about it himself. Luckily, he totally is. Jeremy Renner has expressed interest in a solo film multiple times, but one interview as recent as 2017 sums up his thoughts.
“It would be a wonderful thing. Just don’t wait too long! I don’t want to be in my 50s in tights.”
Fair enough, Jeremy. In 2014 he elaborated that “it all comes down to the content, and really how the puppeteers at Marvel can manifest a story that’s worthy of a solo movie. Not sure what that is, or how that is, but I’m confident they can do whatever they want if they want to do it. And I’d be game.”
All in all, Renner is clearly ready to take on his own solo film. Appearing in more and more blockbuster films in the past few years such as Arrival and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, he’s proven himself to be capable of taking on his own Marvel film.
Most Importantly: He’s Been Waiting for His Time to Shine for Years
Hawkeye made his first appearance in Thor back in 2011. In the years that followed, he’s been in a total of four feature films. That number will grow to six by the time 2019 is up. That’s a long time to play the supporting role.
Many believed Hawkeye’s role to be particularly underutilized in The Avengers when he spent most of his time as Loki’s brainwashed lackey. Age of Ultron gave him a few more opportunities to shine, but that only showed that he had the potential to take on a bigger role.
Jeremy Renner has played the supporting role for long enough. With the opportunity to not only potentially introduce a new character but lead a satisfying and poignant storyline dating from before his S.H.I.E.L.D. days too long after, Clint Barton is overdue for his own story. Luckily, Jeremy Renner is ready to bring Hawkeye to the big screen in his own film as soon as Marvel makes the call.