Jeremy Renner Says Hawkeye’s ‘Avengers’ Costume Will Be ‘Reality-Based,’ Not Classic Purple Suit

We’re still a few years away from the premiere of “The Avengers,” Marvel’s blockbuster superhero team-up movie, but that just means we have more time to whet our appetites for the culmination of Marvel’s grand movie plans.

As announced during this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury, and Hulk won’t be the only characters to get the spotlight in the film. Among the new additions to the cast is “The Hurt Locker” star Jeremy Renner, who’ll play the team’s hotshot marksman, Hawkeye. MTV News caught up with Renner during the press junket for his new film “The Town,” and asked him whether we’ll see him don Hawkeye’s classic purple costume for the film, or whether we’ll get a more “Ultimates”-style take on the character.

“I think it’s going to be a little more reality-based,” said Renner. “You can kind of tell with Scarlett [Johansson]’s character [in ’Iron Man 2′], it’s going to be more of a uniform . . . and not a big purple, comics sort of thing.”

According to Renner, it’s that decision to stray from the classic look that’s helped the Marvel movies connect with mainstream audiences.

“That’s why I think it’s more palatable to audiences — there’s almost a sense of reality to these superheroes,” he explained. “That’s what makes it interesting to me, anyway.”

Asked whether Hawkeye and Black Widow will end up romantically involved in the movie as they occasionally have in the comics world, Renner indicated that it was a possibility — but the pair will start off as teammates. Given that hint, it’s likely that Hawkeye could be part of Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. team a la “The Ultimates,” but nothing is certain at this point.

“We will [have a relationship], I think, in this one as well,” said Renner. “We’re kind of a team, and what that relationship is, is still to be discovered.”

“The Avengers” hits theaters in 2012.

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