With Marvel announcing solo shows for Marvel Cinematic Universe characters like Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), filmmaker Kevin Smith recently revealed his idea for how to open a series featuring Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
Avengers: Infinity War delivered plenty of laughs and thrills for audiences all over the world. One thing that it didn’t deliver, however, is Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye. The Marvel archer was exempt from Infinity War’s marketing, something that made fans cause quite a stir.
Fans wanted justice for Hawkeye up until the film was released, revealing that Hawkeye wasn’t even in it for more than a mention, along with Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). Renner has been very open about his character’s return for the next Avengers film by posting pictures and teasing his new Ronin look online.
If you were one of the fans demanding justice for Hawkeye, then you may not be a fan of how Kevin Smith would like to open a show headlined by the Avenger. On a recent episode of Smith’s podcast Fatman Beyond, formerly known as Fatman on Batman, the filmmaker asked audience members during the recording which Marvel character they’d like to see headline their own series. When a fan suggested Hawkeye get his own series, Smith wasn’t too keen on the idea and even offered his idea for how to open the series.
“Didn’t they take like, remember in the middle of Age of Ultron, they showed us a whole episode of The Hawkeye Show and nobody wanted to watch it. We all tried to change the channel but it was a movie so we had to sit through it and $#!+.”
Smith then offered his idea for the series.
“The Hawkeye show that I’d be interested in is like, opening episode he gets killed and we spend the rest of the episodes with everyone going, ‘He was a pretty good guy.’ And then they go on some adventure and $#!+ like that.”
Smith’s idea is obviously a joke but the writer/director is no stranger to the world of adapting comics to live-action. Not only is Smith very open about his love for comics, but he was also one of the writers who almost brought Superman to the big screen. Back in the ’90s, Batman director Tim Burton was set to direct Superman Lives from a script by Smith, with Nicolas Cage on board as the titular Kryptonian.
The script was written by Smith before the project ultimately fell through and never happened, though it did become the subject of a fascinating documentary titled The Death of Superman Lives, from director Jon Schnepp. Smith has also helmed numerous episodes of The CW’s The Flash, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Check out the full episode of Fatman Beyond below. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all news regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe as more information becomes available. Do you like the idea of MCU stars headlining their own mini-series via the Disney streaming service? Who do you think deserves their own series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!