Hawkeye to get expanded role in Avengers: The Age of Ultron

Jeremy Renner’s thoughts on his role in the first Avengers film earned quite a few headlines with the hope that he – along with the other Avengers stars – would have more time to explore their characters in the sequel. According to Avengers: Age of Ultron writer/director Joss Whedon at Comic-Con 2013, Hawkeye is the character he’s enjoying writing this time around.


“It’s very much a global Avengers film. A lot of the movie has to do with their place not just in America, but the world. Part of the fun for me, definitely this time around, is writing Hawkeye. He did get possessed pretty early by a bad guy and had to walk around all scowly for most of the movie so now it’s nice to actually have the character there and see him interact with the other guys.”

Whedon’s intentional namedrop of Hawkeye is for fans, Renner and anyone who’s reading Matt Fraction’s brilliant and critically acclaimed Hawkeye comic series. With The Avengers sequel promising to dig deeper into the team dynamics and put them to the test, it’s the right place for Renner to get a chance to bring Barton’s personality to the table.

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