It seems that Marvel's big-screen super-team can safely add another to the list. In what had to be just one of hundreds of interviews he gave during Comic-Con, the now-christened director of The Avengers Joss Whedon has officially confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet that The Hurt Locker actor Jeremy Renner will indeed join the film to play Hawkeye.
Long-rumored for the role, Renner, the 39 year-old Oscar-nominated actor will join a mega-cast of Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johanssen, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and the just recently confirmed
Edward Norton Mark Ruffalo.
According to Whedon:
"There will be some avenging that takes place during the film and that's about all I can tell you. I think it's well-known that Jeremy Renner is joining us as Hawkeye, which is so exciting for me and the rest of the cast."
As implied, the news is hardly a surprise, as Renner had been in discussions with Marvel since last fall about the role and it was generally assumed that he would be spending time "practicing his archery," so to speak.. However, Whedon's confirmation is absolutely great news for the film, since Renner's brash, hot-headed style, which was displayed prominently in his character in The Hurt Locker is the perfect fit for Clint Barton, aka: Hawkeye, as his character also fits the mold of the eccentric, rebellious lone wolf who dances to the beat of his own drum.
The question now remains; will he be on hand for tonight's Marvel Studios panel? While next summer's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger will obviously be the primary products that are being marketed, one would have to believe that with those films culminating in The Avengers in 2012, Marvel may want to provide some additional incentive by showing us a glimpse of the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow.