With reporting by Josh Horowitz
Jeremy Renner is one of the great utility players in Hollywood right now. He can lead serious true-life dramas, like his new movie "Kill the Messenger," just as easily as he can stand next to Iron Man and Captain America in "The Avengers" or take the reins of the "Bourne" franchise.
But would he ever consider tackling his very own Marvel Studios movie, one the focuses squarely on Hawkeye?
In our most recent talk with the actor, his answer was more of a "No, thanks" than a "Yes, please."
"I'm happy to be the ensemble. I'm not scratching or clawing to do a solo movie by any means," Renner said. "I think he's a utility guy that can bounce around into other people's universes a little bit, especially like 'Cap 3.' "
That mention of the third "Captain America" movie, which is set for 2016, came with perhaps the biggest, most knowing wink I've seen in a while. Hawkeye's potential for a significant role in that film has been a hot topic of recent discussion, and it certainly seems like Renner is more than aware of that.
It would make complete sense for Clint Bartow to follow Cap on his next adventure, since he almost showed up in "The Winter Soldier." It's the most logical next place for Hawkeye to pop up... Assuming he doesn't eat it in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
"Kill the Messenger" hits theaters on October 10.