An Oscar nomination is great and all, but playing a superhero? Now that’s an honor. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hurt Locker actor Jeremy Renner is a signature away from playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, the Marvel superhero team-up blockbuster scheduled for 2012. One of the lesser known heroes in the franchise, Hawkeye has no super powers but is such a badass with a bow and arrow that he gets to party with Iron Man anyway. Frankly, we think Renner may have the better deal: as anyone who’s seen Rambo: First Blood Part II knows, archery looks a lot more awesome than artillery.
The massive cast for The Avengers, which will follow the upcoming Thor and Captain America movies, includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Chris Evans as Captain America (Joss Whedon of Buffy fame will direct). Other characters still in question include Ant-Man (also scheduled for his own movie, to be directed by Shaun Of The Dead and Scott Pilgrim‘s Edgar Wright) and The Hulk, last played by the allegedly difficult Edward Norton. But no matter how big the final cast is, it looks like we’ll eat least get some amazing archery GIFs out of it.
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