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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a constantly expanding place. What started as a small motley group of heroes in Phase One has grown into a behemoth franchise that contains a large ensemble of superpowered characters, ripped straight from comics' pages. The rest of phase three and beyond will bring a ton of new characters to the forefront of the shared universe, but there is one OG Avenger who still hasn't really been given his due: Hawkeye. While Jeremy Renner's archer has been apart of all of the Avengers films, he's the character who has had the least amount of growth and screen time. And that's exactly what Renner hopes changes with the next two Avengers movies. He recently revealed,
I do want to explore more with the character. I'm down. I'm always wanting to understand Barton much more cause I think he's just a kick ass character and I hope we get to explore a lot more. It looks like we're going to be pretty busy for the rest of the year, so I can't wait to see what they come up with.
Listen up, Russo Brothers. Hawkeye needs to finally the right amount of attention in the future, so make sure you give the guy enough scenes in the next two giant ensemble projects.
Jeremy Renner's itch to represent in future MCU films comes to us from his recent interview with Collider. While discussing his upcoming film Wind River, the subject (obviously) turned to his appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. Although the cast is sworn to secrecy regarding the film's contents, Renner did reveal how he wants to explore more with the character he's already portrayed in four films.
And Renner's statement makes perfect sense. Despite being one of the few characters to be introduced back in Phase One of the universe, Hawkeye has been the Avenger with the least amount of screen time. Add in the fact that he spent the majority of The Avengers as a mindless slave to Loki, and he's been seriously underutilized.
But Hawkeye's lack of important screen time could be easily changed in Phase Four, if he and Black Widow were given their own film. Fans have been calling for Black Widow to get a solo movie since she was introduced back in Iron Man 2, and it still hasn't happened. The character is one of the most layered and complex of the entire MCU, and there's still so much to unpack. Teaming her up for a spinoff film with her buddy Hawkeye would be a great way for the heroes to get their due. And since neither of them have superpowers, a more spy-oriented thriller could hit the shared universe for the first time.
You can catch Jeremy Renner return to the MCU when Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters on May 4, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.