‘Avengers’ Actor Jeremy Renner On Joss Whedon, Hawkeye, And Their ‘Angel’ Connection

The official announcement of Jeremy Renner’s involvement with “The Avengers” came just two short months ago, but whispers of his involvement predate the announcement by almost a full year. In fact, Renner’s relationship with the major Marvel franchise goes back even further — at least, his relationship with director Joss Whedon does.

“I’ve known Joss actually for a long while from doing a little arc on ’Angel,’ which was fun,” Renner told MTV News, referring to Penn, a centuries old vampire who eventually adopted the serial killer moniker “The Pope.”

Based on his past experience working with Whedon, Renner feels confident that the director has a solid grasp on “The Avengers” and the greater Marvel Universe.

“He’s got a very good sensibility,” he said. “It’s a world he knows very well. He kind of gave me an idea of where the character is going. It’s all grounded in reality, which is great. It’s a character, Hawkeye, that isn’t really a superhero — he just has a high skill set. That’s something I can also connect to. I just have to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow!”

In addition to his lack of superpowers, the character won’t be seen running around in the blue-and-purple tights that he’s known for in the comic books.

“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,” Renner said previously. “That’s why I think it’s more palatable to audiences — there’s almost a sense of reality to these superheroes.”

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