Jeremy Renner Up For A HAWKEYE Netflix Series? What A Brilliant Premise!

What I consider to be one of the funniest/silliest headlines I usually ever see is when an actor says they'd love to do this or that with their character in a movie or TV series, in some production fashion, whether it be a spinoff or solo series or what not.

To me, most of the time, these seem ludicrous because that's like the janitor of a large corporation speaking out for the CEO, in regards to what they want their job position to do. These are the creative talents who bring characters to life on screen, but they aren't running the show. (Though sometimes, I think it would be better if they did.)

But then I came across some headlines the other day that is making me eat crow, to some degree.

Now first thing's first. When Jeremy Renner was asked in a Q&A session at the Silicon Valley Comic Con, about the idea of a Netflix-based Hawkeye series, his reply was,

I think that’s actually a really great model, if there’s ever a way to explore the character, maybe it’s in that world.

These are things that are really not in my control, but I’d be open to it. I’ve really enjoyed getting to explore the character more recently. The Netflix model is where all the character drama goes to now, you’re doing a superhero movie or a Netflix or HBO kind of model. So I’d be open to it. Not up to me, though.

I love how pragmatic he is about how it's not up to him. And it's true. Whatever happens with movie characters are up to the rights holders and marketing testing gurus to see if something would be worth anyone's while.

Kind of like a new Firefly series. People loved the old show, but if there were enough public traction for it, it would have happened already, in some form, besides the comics. But it doesn't.

Plus, having a movie character move over to the streaming/TV side of the world might be a bit tough, considering that the movie side of Marvel seems to have NO CLUE what's going on with the TV side of things, when Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says "I think Inhumans will happen for sure. I don’t know when. I think it’s happening on television." says a lot about the large, rumored riff between the movie and TV world.  (When I wrote this, we did not know there was actually an Inhumans series coming to ABC.  But still, even after the fact... his quote seems mushy!)

But back to Hawkeye on Netflix.

With the premise of the non-mutant, non-super-powered Hawkeye ever getting his own movie, the chances seem pretty slim to none. Sure, his role has been growing a bit through the Marvel movies, and sure, he can be pretty funny in his role as the supreme archer (with toys), but he seems less likely to get his own film than The Hulk, and we all know how that might look, from present day, moving forward!

But to pull the character down into the street-level series of Marvel's world on Netflix hit me as such a brilliant idea! Albeit if for a few wrinkles in the idea.

First would be if Renner would either get paid enough, or willing to take a pay cut to show up on the TV side of things.

Second, Netflix is already pretty busy or knee deep in development with their Marvel titles already and if they were to squeeze in a Hawkeye series, it probably would not be for some time.

Unless we talk character guest appearances. But again. it is all pretty complicated with all the behind the scenes contractual obligations and restrictions.


I doubt it will happen. It seems that even though this is the first time I've seen this premise in print, this idea has been floating around for a while I guess. And if we've never heard of something like this at this point, more than likely, it won't.

But damn, what a great idea.

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