It was a month ago we first heard the idea that Hawkeye could have a cameo in the Thor movie. A few days after bringing it up, Jeremy Renner went on about the ideas that Marvel had in mind for the character. Some of us thought it was a little strange that Marvel would tell him so much if he hadn't been officially cast and also that he was being so open with the details.
/Film found an interview with Renner at Movieline and he clears things up a bit.
Now the question is, what does this mean? Did he really have a shot at playing Hawkeye? Did the fact that he was so talkative about it ruin his chances? Is he still being considered but this had to come out to throw us off. That would make sense if they want to keep the cameos a surprise like they've tried doing in the past. It seemed most people were on board with Renner playing Clint Barton. I know I'd love to see him on the big screen. Whatever the real story is, it's great that Renner actually stands up and tries to clear this up for us. Now we just need to wait and see what will happen and if Hawkeye will appear or not.
That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I’m a big fan of them. They’re so smart about how they want to do these things…So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort of spiel on what he was, and I thought that it was kind of interesting. The only reason it came out this early, because Avengers is two years away, is that they’re thinking OK, we may throw him in Thor, we may not, as a cameo. You know what I mean? So there’s truth that we talked about it, but there’s no truth to me doing it.