Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye got a costume upgrade.
The “Avengers” star confirmed the news via twitter, sharing concept art and official posters for “Captain America: Civil War,” which debuts May 2016. In the new artwork, Renner’s Hawkeye wears a one-sleeved, black-and-purple suit, and Renner is totally digging it.
Hawkeye first appeared in Marvel’s “Thor” in 2011. He donned a deep purple vest and a Mathews compound bow. In 2012’s “Avengers,” Hawkeye switched to a Hoyt Buffalo recurve with false hinge pieces, giving the illusion the bow could fold. The three-year time span between “Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” allowed for several costume upgrades. When “Age of Ultron” hit theaters in May, Hawkeye had traded his vest and Buffalo for a long-sleeve suit and new Hoyt Game Master II recurve bow.
Will he stick with the Game Master II or upgrade again? Time will tell. We’ll let you know as soon as the first “Civil War” trailer drops.
— Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) August 27, 2015
One notable change to his costume thus far is the altered sleeves. Hawkeye’s new threads feature one short sleeve and one long sleeve, probably to protect his shooting arm because he draws the bow with his left hand.
Hawkeye also upgraded his suit from a deep garnet to a bright purple. According to cinemablend.com, the new purple is similar to what the archer wears in the comics.
Unlike the comics, however, the on-screen Hawkeye doesn’t wear a mask. When a young fan at Wizard World Chicago probed why, Renner said the comic book and on-screen versions of Hawkeye differ slightly. He also joked with a young “Ultron Jr.” about his archery training.
A “friend” on his shoulder, firearm on his right hip, and knife tucked into his right boot are other notable costume additions. If newly released posters are correct, it looks like Ant-Man and Hawkeye are on team Captain America in the battle of Cap vs. Iron Man.
What role does Ant Man play as Hawkeye’s “friend” in the upcoming battle? An educated guess requires research and analysis. First, note that Renner confirmed in the interview above that on-screen Hawkeye and comic-book Hawkeye are different. Nevertheless, we found evidence of their similarities.
- According to Marvel Comics, Hawkeye is a natural athlete and formidable unarmed combatant, thanks to his longtime training with Captain America. This explains his place on Cap’s “Civil War” team.
- Marvel also notes that Hawkeye is an acrobat and aerialist, which explains why he’s always jumping off buildings and somersaulting through the air.
- If the “Civil War” installment follows the comic books and picks up where the “Ant Man” post-credit scenes leave off, we might see a shrunken Ant-Man ride one of Hawkeye’s arrows, and then unshrink to help defeat bad guys.
Another arrow-donning superhero? That’s something we can get behind.
Yeah, his technique isn’t perfect. But no first-timer has perfect archery technique. The important thing is that Hawkeye makes archery look badass. And he makes kids, adults and even a tiny Ant Man want a piece of the archery action.
See Hawkeye in “Civil War” action on May 6, 2016.
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