Renner spoke with SuperHeroHype and cleared up a few things. Renner said that he wasn't officially cast as Hawkeye but the character will be in the movie. Apparently they are going to wait until a director is attached to The Avengers before casting anyone. If that is the case, what will it mean for Hawkeye's possible cameo in Thor? The cameo shouldn't take long to film and Sam Jackson's Nick Fury cameo in Iron Man was supposedly film last minute to maintain the secrecy.
What will Hawkeye look like if and when he does show up? Renner says they're going to "modernize" the character and he won't be "the guy with the big purple mask." "It's going to be a guy in sunglasses and a vest." Sounds a little like Green Arrow's portrayal on Smallville.
"The last I knew is that they still have to find their director for 'The Avengers,' that's where he's really going to show up. They were just talking, 'Like maybe we should consider maybe hiring Hawkeye now' but there's no director on 'Avengers' so they don't really want to force-feed the director, 'Here's the whole cast.' It's a big role so they didn't want to do that to the director, so I think they might wait. I know they're interested, I'm interested, so we'll see if it works out."
The question remains how 'in the loop' is Renner? He might be a strong contender but how secure is his possibility? Does Marvel mind that he's spilling these beans about Hawkeye appearing in The Avengers? And why hasn't a director been found yet?
As much as I love Hawkeye's purple costume, I do agree that it would not work on the big screen. I just can't picture a dude walking around in a purple suit. Well, we know Prince can pull it off but that's another story. I would assume they'd go more of the Ultimate route with their costumes. That takes away some of the comic book feel but gives a little more credibility. Guess we'll have to wait until a director for The Avengers is found until we get another update on Hawkeye's chances.