As Marvel Studios ramps up plans for "The Avengers," many fans are wondering which characters outside of Captain America, Thor and Iron Man will wind up on the team's roster — and if one actor's comments are any indication, the superhero group will have a place for Hawkeye come 2012.
In an interview with Empire, actor Jeremy Renner revealed that he's discussed playing the comic book archer in Kenneth Branagh's "Thor" and, later, "The Avengers." The intriguing rumor surfaced when Renner was asked whether he'd be interested in playing Captain America, a potentially natural fit given the actor's role as an American soldier earlier this year in "The Hurt Locker."
"I don't know if I'd be right for Captain America," he said. "I met with the Marvel guys, actually, but we didn't talk about Captain America. But one of the writers, Zak Penn, we've become friends over time and he was thinking maybe Hawkeye could be interesting. He sounds like an interesting character."
Renner was previously rumored for a role in "The Losers," but the proposed part of Jensen eventually went to Chris Evans. Perhaps Renner will have another shot at comic book cinema thanks to Marvel, though the actor has yet to receive an official offer. Still, he teased that Hawkeye would have a role to play in the studio's upcoming film slate.
"If I was a betting man, I would bet that Hawkeye would probably show up in Thor, and then be in The Avengers," he said. "But do I know for sure? I can't say. But I'd love for that to happen. It'd be fun."
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