Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye has appeared in approximately 20 cumulative minutes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is not a girl, ergo journalists and concerned mothers everywhere want to know: Isn’t it about time he settles down with a nice solo franchise of his own? MTV News recently posed that question to Renner, reminding him that Hawkeye’s role was drastically reduced in The Avengers—something Renner says The Avengers 2 compensates for “tenfold”—and asking whether he’d ever want to go it alone someday, in a movie where that sort of thing couldn’t happen.
“I’m happy to be in the ensemble. I’m not scratching or clawing to do a solo movie by any means,” Renner said. He then added, “I think he’s a utility guy that can bounce around into other people’s universes a little bit, especially like Cap 3”—turning to the camera and giving it the sort of exaggerated wink usually reserved for Mentos commercials and mischievous cartoon mice.
Renner has been dropping these sorts of hints—with or without the pantomime—for a while now, telling Collider last month “there are rumblings” that Hawkeye could turn up in Captain America 3 in a role similar to Black Widow’s in The Winter Soldier. These rumblings now appear to have been upgraded to full-on winkings, all but officially confirming it. But as for a movie focusing solely on that guy who’s really good at archery, the millions clamoring for that will just have to resume waiting impatiently. [EXAGGERATED WINK]