Jeremy Renner Addresses His Marvel Future After Disney+'s Hawkeye

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Updated:
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Kingpin, Daredevil

Hawkeye is the fifth entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's small screen slate on Disney+, and it will feature the return of Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton.

Directed by Rhys Thomas and Bert and Bertie, the upcoming series will see Clint team up with young archer Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Plot details of the series are still being kept under wraps, but Marvel Studios already confirmed that it will have a festive feel since it will be set during Christmas time in New York City

Before making his solo project debut in Hawkeye, Renner made his MCU debut in 2011's Thor, serving as an agent of SHIELD. After a small role in the Chris Hemsworth-led movie, the Marvel actor appeared as one of the original members of the Avengers in many more MCU entries, making his presence felt in 2012's The Avengers, 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2016's Captain America: Civil War, and 2019's Avengers: Endgame

Despite appearing in major MCU events, Renner wasn't given the chance to shine in his own project, but it will all change when Hawkeye premieres on the House of Mouse's streaming service. 

Looking ahead, it is unknown what's in store for Renner's Marvel future, but a new interview may shed some light on the subject. 

Jeremy Renner Teases MCU Future 

Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner, who plays the MCU's Clint Barton, sat down with GamesRadar+ to tease his MCU future after Hawkeye's six-part story. 

Renner admitted that he is unsure about coming back for more projects, saying that he doesn't have a "crystal ball" to know what's next. Still, the Marvel actor did tease that Hawkeye's six episodes are "pretty exciting:"

"I don't have a crystal ball, or I'm not a soothsayer. But having Hailee come in, and these characters, I think it opens it up for six great episodes for this event type of television. After that, I have no idea. But these six episodes are pretty exciting."

Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Kate Bishop in the series, was also tight-lipped about her future, teasing that Hawkeye is the "beginning" of her story: 

"I can tell you that [Kate's story is] beginning in this show, that I am so excited to be a part of, and I just am so excited to be playing a character that people have been so excited to see on the big screen for some time. I feel very lucky."

Hawkeye is the fifth entry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's small screen slate on Disney+, and it will feature the return of Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton.

What's Next for Clint & Kate? 

Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop
Marvel Studios

Considering that Kate Bishop will be present in Hawkeye's storyline, many could assume that the series will serve as Clint Barton's final adventure as he might pass the bow and arrow to Hailee Steinfeld's Marvel character. Still, it's possible that there is a bright future for the Avengers' founding member after the Disney+ series.

Renner's comments suggest that Hawkeye could serve as a launchpad for new stories in Phase 4 for his character. It remains to be seen how the series will end, but Clint's past as Ronin allows Marvel Studios to explore more of this part of the hero's story since all of it was set during the five-year gap between Endgame and Infinity War

If Hawkeye gets renewed for a second season, more stories about Ronin's past and even Clint's backstory before joining SHIELD could be given the spotlight. Renner could reprise his Marvel role again alongside Steinfeld, as Clint tries to educate his young protege about the ups and downs of being a hero. 

It's also possible that Renner could return in the already-confirmed Echo spinoff series led by Hawkeye's Alaqua Cox. Marketing for the series revealed Maya Lopez will first serve as an antagonist who will duke it out against Clint and Kate, but a heroic turn could be in the midst, thus leading her to form a bond with the heroes. 

Other potential projects that could feature Renner's Clint Barton are Black Widow 2, the rumored Daredevil series led by Charlie Cox, and the much-awaited Avengers 5

Meanwhile, Steinfeld's remark is a fitting tease about what lies ahead for Kate Bishop. In fact, the actress' comment about seeing the character on the big screen is a huge giveaway. 

While a Young Avengers project is still unconfirmed, this heroic team-up would likely serve as the next adventure of Bishop. Steinfeld previously hinted about joining the younger version of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, teasing that "there's a lot of new opportunities rising."

All will be revealed when Hawkeye makes its two-episode premiere on Disney+ on November 24, 2021. 

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.