Well, this is some interesting rumor mill fodder. According to MCU Exchange, who honed in on a recent Heroic Insider episode, the idea of a Netflix series focusing on Hawkeye and possibly Black Widow has actually been discussed.
The conversation between Heroic Insider hosts Umberto Gonzalez and Daniel Alter with guest Devin Faraci (Birth.Death.Movies.) followed a discussion on the potential for a Black Widow solo film. First, they addressed the general public’s response to a recent poll by Fandango (via USA Today) that overwhelmingly voted the super spy as most desirable for such a film over colleagues like Hawkeye, Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Soon afterwards the trio delved into the validity for this sort of project, which included the quote below from Gonzalez:
“There was a pitch document – might be a little bit of a scoop here – uh for, I think you [Devin] might have heard this as well, for Hawkeye to have like a series… and I think Black Widow was included in that list as well.”
Faraci agreed with a nod and uttered, “Right,” when Gonzalez looks to him for corroboration. Check the video below, around the 19:20 mark for the conversation:
This isn’t the first time this rumor has come around. Recently, Jeremy Renner, who portrays Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, expressed interest in leading a solo Hawkeye series for the online streaming service. Marvel has seen a few projects truly flourish on this platform. This is partly due to the fact that the Marvel properties in this arena aren’t confined to keeping a PG or even PG-13 rating for their material. They’re given far more latitude to explore their stories, which includes pretty hard-hitting violence, language and sex. The rest of their success is due to the fact that they’re just so damned well-written and executed–a likely enticement for an actor of Renner’s caliber.
The idea could work. Renner has the gravitas, garnering two Academy Award nominations in the past. He also has an obvious vested interest in Hawkeye as a character. He was reportedly unhappy with the way the character was written in Avengers and made his displeasure known after seeing the final cut. While Hawkeye is normally very likable and known for his cutting, dry wit, he was relegated to nothing more than a villain’s puppet for much of the film. Marvel actually listened and fleshed out his character much more in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. In fact, he was even granted one of the most shocking reveals in the MCU when he introduced the Avengers to his secret wife and children living on his secret farm.
Plus, we can speculate, given how publicly devoted Renner is to spending time with his young daughter, a steady gig like a Netflix series that allows him to stay in one place for an extended period of time might suit him just fine. Despite having recently become a parent herself, Johansson is less likely to gravitate towards that type of occupational stability given her almost guaranteed bankability in any movie she stars in.
For now, it’s all just rumor, but in most cases, where there’s smoke there’s fire. We’ll see where this one leads.
In the meantime, you can see both Hawkeye and Black Widow choose sides in Captain America: Civil War, which is in theaters now.
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