Recently, Jeremy Renner, sailing along with a smile after the very much deserved attention he is getting for “The Hurt Locker”, quoted that Marvel had asked him if he had any vague clue at all who a dude named Hawkeye was. Jeremy said he didn’t. Marvel sent him some comics. Based on that tender moment, people have been picturing Renner in purple, drawing back the bow, taking aim at evil doers.
Now Jeremy says not so fast sparky. He’s words exactly, from a recent interview with Movieline:
That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I’m a big fan of them. They’re so smart about how they want to do these things…So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort of spiel on what he was, and I thought that it was kind of interesting. The only reason it came out this early, because Avengers is two years away, is that they’re thinking OK, we may throw him in Thor, we may not, as a cameo. You know what I mean? So there’s truth that we talked about it, but there’s no truth to me doing it.
But of course, as we know, this could just be the required denials as Marvel and Jeremy negotiate. We won’t hold it against him if he still wants the part. I predict extremely good things coming soon for Mr. Renner even if he declines Hawkeye.