Despite his continued interest in a Netflix series, Jeremy Renner says that a Hawkeye show has never been and is not currently on the table.
Jeremy Renner may have interest in a Hawkeye series on Netflix, but he may be the only one. As one of the original members of the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Renner has given plenty of time to Hawkeye over the years. However, even with his four appearances, he hasn’t had the opportunities of many of the other Marvel heroes. He’s had smaller roles in those appearances other than Avengers, and even then he was brainwashed (much to Renner’s disdain) for a good portion of his true debut in The Avengers.
Unlike other non-leading heroes, Hawkeye hasn’t yet been given a prominent supporting or co-lead role in another hero’s film (see: Black Widow’s role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Due to the unlikely chance of him getting his own film, fans and Renner have continued to point to Netflix as a place for Hawkeye to be fleshed out.
Thanks to his TV friendly power set, Hawkeye could be a great fit on the streaming service, but it’s nothing more than a hope at this point. Renner spoke to WGTC about the potential of a Hawkeye series on Netflix, revealing it has never been on the table for him despite his continued support of such a move.
It’s not a decision I get to make. It’s not an option that has been on the table ever. But any way I get to explore the Clint Barton/Hawkeye character is always interesting to me.
Even though the talk of a Hawkeye Netflix series have been nothing more than just talk, it is somewhat surprising to learn it’s an option that Marvel has not even considered. Maybe it’s simply due to the fact that from 2015 to 2019 Renner is scheduled to make four appearances as the sharpshooter. This is the only year he will not suit up on the big screen in that time span, which would make the filming of a series incredibly difficult.
The idea of Hawkeye being made for Netflix has always seemed like the best option for the character if Marvel did want to give him a bigger spotlight. We also have no idea how difficult a TV show would be from a contractual point of view, let alone a scheduling one. Even if Marvel and Netflix have not considered it as a possibility before, it could be something they revisit after Phase 3 – should Hawkeye survive a clash with Thanos.
Hawkeye won’t be headlining a movie anytime soon, but after a world-changing battle against Thanos, a smaller, more personal story about Clint Barton, his home life, and maybe even a pizza-loving dog could be the best way for Marvel to lower the stakes for a bit and refocus on the characters. Plus, if Hawkeye can get a series, then maybe a Black Widow series (or an appearance on Daredevil) could become options too.
Hawkeye is not currently in development.