Last week was poster week for Marvel Studios as it released the official photo for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Following that, stars Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Hemsworth each had their own individual character photos released for Ironman, Hulk, Nick Fury and Thor, respectively. Now, Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) has joined the mix, adding his standalone hero poster to the collection.
— Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) March 2, 2015
The image isn’t drastically different from the other character photos that have been revealed already. However, ScreenRant notes that it carries a very subtle, but cool, character Easter egg.
In the photo, Barton is drawing his bowstring back with his right hand; however, his quiver is located over his left shoulder. Any archer will tell you that this doesn’t make sense unless the person in question is ambidextrous (equally skilled with their left and right hands), which Hawkeye is in the comic books – although this hasn’t really come up in the movies.
The bow-wielding hero has had a rough time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. Despite the character capturing a new generation of fans thanks to Matt Fraction’s critically acclaimed comic book series, Renner’s on-screen depiction has been rather minimal.
The character appeared in the first “Thor” movie for a brief cameo to establish his existence. Next, he played a major part in writer/director Joss Whedon’s first “Avengers” film. However, while the character played a vital role, he spent most of the movie as one of the villain Loki’s personal flying monkeys.
“At the end of the day, 90 percent of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play,” Renner told HeroComplex. “I’m literally in there for two minutes, and then all of a sudden. …All I could really work on was the physical part of it all, because that didn’t change. That was just the biggest challenge to overcome in playing the guy.”
Luckily for fans of both Renner and Barton, Whedon has revealed that he plans to expand the character’s personality in this year's sequel quite a bit. In fact, it looks like Hawkeye’s popularity in “Age of Ultron” will springboard him into prominence in Marvel’s Phase 3 of movies. The actor has revealed in the past that he fully expects to be included in “Captain America: Civil War” coming in 2016. In addition, Spider-Man is going to need someone from the MCU to tie him into the world without stealing the spotlight in 2017. Perhaps the web-slinger will find a new ally in Hawkeye.
"The Avengers: Age of Ultron" premieres in U.S. theaters May 1, 2015.