Even on a team that’s made up of Earth’s mightiest heroes, there has to be at least one person that gets the short end of the stick. In “Avengers: Age of Ultron” that person is Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and he's had enough.
During Renner's appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday, the actor, portraying the popular Marvel hero, explained that he’s got some pretty sweet abilities in the only way he knew how – through song. Singing to the tune of Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” in front of a piano decorated with a bow, arrows and rose pedals, the hero sang about some of the things that make him special.
For those that are unfamiliar with Renner's character, he’s the team’s resident archer and super assassin. However, unlike most of the Avengers, he doesn't possess any real super powers. Still, Hawkeye is a really interesting guy, and he wants you to know it.
As it turns out, the man, also known as Clint Barton, plays trombone in a Ska band, his cat’s got its own Instagram account, he always bowls at least a 70 and even gets free guacamole at Chipotle. Still, he’s perpetually tortured by the fact that he lives in his super-powered team member’s shadows.
“Yes, I know 'bout Captain America's strength / And The Hulk becomes a towering man / I got seventh place in my fantasy league / And I once butt-dialed Jean-Claude Van Damme," reads the lyrics.
While the song and accompanying background images are nothing short of hysterical, the real reason to watch this video is to see Renner’s surprisingly gifted singing. The 44-year-old singer does justice to the Sheeran song with a smoky and soulful voice that likely no “Avengers” fan knew he had in him. Having said that, it turns out pretty much all of the cast, including Samuel L. Jackson, are talented vocalists.
Renner will reprise his role as Hawkeye in the upcoming sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The deadly archer was first introduced by way of a brief cameo in the 2011 film “Thor.” He appeared in a more significant role in the original “Avengers” film in 2012 but has remained largely absent from the Marvel Cinematic Universe since then. However, he’ll be back next year to contribute to “Captain America: Civil War.”
Check out the surprisingly catchy song parody below and share your thoughts in the comments or tweet them to @TylerMcCarthy.