Several days ago, Jeremy Renner revealed he’d heard “rumblings” of Hawkeye being included in Captain America 3. Since the script for the threequel is still being written, obviously these rumblings aren’t anything concrete, but it would be great if the powers-that-be at Marvel started including Hawkeye in more stories. However, it got me thinking: what if this is just a deliberate misdirection? Maybe Hawkeye won’t be included in future films, and will instead meet his demise in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Well, my paranoia has been put to rest. Hawkeye isn’t going anywhere. While talking with Larry King about how he got involved with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Renner revealed his character won’t incur any fatal injuries during Age of Ultron.
No man, I don’t die. They are going to keep me around for a while.
Unless Renner is straight up lying, it would seem that Marvel’s favorite archer is in the clear. It’s funny though, because if to me, he stood a likelier chance of being killed than the other heroes. Thor and Captain America still have to complete their trilogies, so they’re automatically out. Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson still have movies left on their contract, leaving Iron Man, Hulk, Nick Fury and Black Widow safe. It’s doubtful that Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch or Vision would be killed off in their first appearance, although feel free to call me out next year if they do meet their end.With everyone accounted for, Hawkeye looked like the clear choice, but since Marvel might have plans for him in the future, the bow and arrow guy is safe from Ultron and his killer robots.
It’s for the best; there are plenty of stories to still tell with him (start putting him in non-Avengers movies!), and Marvel Studios is already killing off enough of their villains and supporting characters. There’s no need to start adding heroes to the casualties list. Although, if this supposed death is legit, I’m putting my money on Rhodey biting the dust. Unless the Avengers plan on letting him join the club rather than just hang out with them at parties, he doesn’t have much to do anymore since the Iron Man franchise is tentatively finished.