THE AVENGERS Concept Art Reveals Ryan Meinerding's Earliest ULTIMATES-Inspired Designs For Hawkeye
Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding has revealed his earliest designs for Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye in The Avengers, and you can definitely see how The Ultimates inspired his work...
Hawkeye is currently streaming on Disney+, and the spotlight is finally being put on Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton. While it's looking like the hero's mantle will ultimately be passed to Kate Bishop, the series has definitely done this original member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes justice thus far.
While Hawkeye debuted in 2011's Thor, it wasn't until The Avengers the following year that he was really given the chance to show what he could do. While Clint is now wearing a purple costume inspired by Matt Fraction and David Aja's comic book run featuring the archer, he started off in an outfit influenced by Bryan Hitch's work in The Ultimates (a take on the Avengers based on a world very similar to our own).
Now, Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding has taken to Instagram to share "the earliest image I painted of [Hawkeye] from Avengers."
It's fascinating to see how much this character has changed over the past decade, as Marvel Studios has been able to embrace comic accurate costumes in a way they perhaps couldn't in the MCU's early days. Of course, what ended up on screen was a little different to what we see here, but you can see how Meinerding's early work ultimately played into the character's final appearance.
Check out The Avengers concept art below: