Hawkeye Star Wants to Replace Captain America as New Avengers Leader

By Russ Milheim Updated:
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The final Disney+ show of the year is almost here with Hawkeye just around the corner. The show is set to give Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton a much-deserved spotlight while also providing an introduction to Kate Bishop in the MCU - played by newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.

The story will see the two of them having to clean up a big mess before Christmas time, one which involves goons in tracksuits, Echo, and Yelena Belova herself.

Once all of that has been resolved, what's in store for everyone then?

Many fans have wondered what the future may hold next for Clint Barton. If the actor behind the character has anything to say about it, it could include a Captain America-influenced new job position.

Renner Wants Hawkeye to Take After Captain America

Hawkeye, Captain America

In an interview with BBC Radio, Jeremy Renner talked about something that he'd like to see Clint Barton take on in the future after the Hawkeye series.

According to the actor, [he] would personally love to see him be in that sort of Captain America leader role," with Renner referencing how his character "was the head of West Coast Avengers" for a time in Marvel Comics:

"I think where you mentioned the word, like, 'under utilised.' Well, look, he was the head of West Coast Avengers. Like, I would personally love to see him be in that sort of Captain America-leader role. Actually, which I think he would succeed in calling the shots and doing these type of things, right? Um... As a quarterback, instead of being more of a wider receiver. These type of things, right? Like, that would be really interesting, I think, to see him do.

Hawkeye and his Avengers Future

Something to note from what Jeremy Renner is saying is how his mere mentality, considering his future post-Hawkeye, seems to hint that his character won't be dead by the time the series ends.

It has been a fan theory for a while now that his upcoming Disney+ show was meant to be a proper send-off for the character as Marvel paves the way for Kate Bishop to take over.

Maybe Barton will finally learn that retiring is simply not going to happen. Seeing him lead a branch of the Avengers would be a lot of fun, with characters such as Captain America and Natasha Romanoff likely being key influential figures for him.

The current status of the Avengers team in the MCU is unknown, but with there having been no mention of them as of yet, it's probably safe to assume that the group has been decommissioned. Maybe Clint Barton is due for a meeting with Sam Wilson's new Captain America to discuss a revival.

Hawkeye premieres on Disney+ on November 24.

- About The Author: Russ Milheim
Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.