Published: Friday, 01 May 2015 23:38
Written by coolshades
"Avengers: Age of Ultron" pulls the curtain back on one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's most underused superheroes: Hawkeye. The film gives Jeremy Renner's character Clint Barton a rich backstory and establishes him as the one well-rounded character in the movie. It's something the actor has been waiting to explore for years.
Director Joss Whedon initially approached Renner with some ideas for Barton's backstory when they were making 2012's "Marvel's The Avengers," though they didn't make it into the movie. It wasn't until "Age of Ultron" hit theaters Friday (May 1) that audiences finally learned Hawkeye has a pregnant wife, children and secret house in the middle of the country.
"We did speak together about some of his stories and secrets, and they just couldn't be implemented into the first one," Renner tells Zap2it. "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."
That's right; Hawkeye has more secrets than the fact he's married to Linda Cardellini. "I still can't talk those because they can still happen, and they're just as cool -- even more so now," Renner teases.
Opening up Hawkeye as a character is just one of many ways that "Age of Ultron" digs into the humanity of its superhero world. By making him the "grounding rod for the group," as Renner says, he has a real purpose within the Avengers.
"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," Renner admits. "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."
Clint Barton really is the only Avenger who has a healthy home life -- a wife and kids -- to come home to at the end of the day. His well-rounded lifestyle is an important tonal balance for the film.
"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," Renner says. "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."
Plus, as he notes: "What comes up next, it's '[Captain America:] Civil War.' It's going to be arguing and trying to destroy each other. [ laughs]"
So will audiences ever see Barton's family again? That's something not even Renner knows.
"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," he says. "I have no idea what they want to do."