Well, there goes Marvel’s big easter egg for fans in their upcoming “Thor”. Obviously this post comes with a huge SPOILER WARNING, so go ahead and skip it if you’d rather be surprised by what Avenger does and does not show up in “Thor” to talk smack with the guy with the really big and heavy hammer, ala what Nick Fury did with Tony Stark at the end of the first “Iron Man”, or how Thor showed up (in a manner of speaking) in the second “Iron Man”.
Okay, still here? Then I assume you don’t care if the cameo gets spoiled for you.
So let’s get to it…
The Wrap has confirmed via a source that has seen an “early cut” of Kenneth Branagh’s “Thor” that Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, does indeed appear in a cameo in the film. Renner himself has speculated that he might appear in “Thor”, the first of Marvel’s big superhero movies to open, as a way to tie the universe together, similar to how the aforementioned Nick Fury appearance in the first “Iron Man” and Tony Stark in “The Incredible Hulk”.
The Wrap’s source wouldn’t say where Hawkeye would show up in the movie, but at the very end, as a “Wow, look, it’s Hawkeye!” treat would be my guess. Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, meanwhile, will NOT be popping up. Which is kind of odd, given that SHIELD is all over “Thor”, at least from the trailers.
“Thor” strikes in May 6, 2011, but you can see Hawkeye in his full bow-slinging glory in “The Avengers” a year after that on May 4, 2012.
(By the way, we know that Marvel wants another female superhero to compliment Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in “The Avengers”, so how about Hawkeye’s Mockingbird? With Hawkeye in the picture, it would make sense, right?)