Jeremy Renner Opens Up About 'Hawkeye' Backstory Reveal In AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

With a SPOILER WARNING, check out what actor Jeremy Renner says about the pivotal Hawkeye reveal in Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as vaguely what's to come in Captain America: Civil War.



Amid all the chaos and superhero action in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's revealed that Clint Barton aka Hawkeye not only has a secret home in the country, but also a family consisted of a pregnant wife (played by Linda Cardellini), a son, and a daughter. During an interview with Zap2it, Jeremy Renner finally discussed the reveal and ultimately getting to explore a different side of the archer.

"We did speak together about some of his stories and secrets, and they just couldn't be implemented into the first one," Renner said of working with writer/director Joss Whedon on Clint's backstory. "It just didn't have room for it. Even the backstory stuff and secrets revealed in this one weren't quite the ones we talked about." About those initial secrets, Renner teases, "I still can't talk those because they can still happen, and they're just as cool -- even more so now."

"It felt like Hawkeye was almost introduced as a new character, because he's never really been explored prior with any sort of depth at all," Jeremy Renner continued. "I love the fallibility of a superhero who's really just a guy with a really high skill set, and Joss was able to come up with a really cool idea. [Hawkeye] can kind of be a really fantastic grounding rod for the group. These are all things we talked about as far as the reason why he's needed on the team, ultimately."

On Barton's happy home sort of providing a tonal balance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jeremy Renner explained, "I think we'd all get pretty bored if it was just a bunch of killing of robots and slinging of arrows and slinging of hammers. It comes back to Clint's story: Don't we all just want to go home and have a life and be happy? Captain America battles with that. If you don't know the plight of these flawed heroes, then what's the point of it all? I think the intimate moments and the character development is crucial to especially movies like this. What comes up next, it's '[Captain America: Civil War].' It's going to be arguing and trying to destroy each other. [ laughs]" 

When asked if we'll see Clint Barton's family again, Renner would only say, "That's hard to say; it's beyond my pay grade, ultimately. I think just knowing that it's there is one thing, but we'll see,. I have no idea what they want to do." We may find out in Captain America: Civil War May 6, 2016. 


Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Avengers: Age of Ultron May 1, 2015.
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