Is gnome-faced actor Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye in the the Avengers movie, and possibly in a Thor cameo prior to that??? It depends if you like to read into things, says this interview with Empire:
“I met with the Marvel guys, actually, but we didn’t talk about Captain America. But one of the writers, Zak Penn, we’ve become friends over time and he was thinking maybe Hawkeye could be interesting. He sounds like an interesting character.”
“If I was a betting man, I would bet that Hawkeye would probably show up in Thor, and then be in The Avengers,” he said. “But do I know for sure? I can’t say. But I’d love for that to happen. It’d be fun.”
Marvel’s interest in Renner is further proof that the Californian native has finally punched through, thanks to his wonderful turn in Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker. But let’s sound a note of caution: it’s by no means confirmed that Renner will actually turn out to be Hawkeye. “No offer has been made,” he confirmed. “I think there’s a little ways from that.”
So what do you think about Renner as Hawkeye? Good? Bad? Don't care? Yeah, I don't care either. That's sort of the good thing about casting Hawkeye: no one cares. Yeah, I know you care, internet commenter, but no one else cares. He's Marvel's answer to Green Arrow, a guy good at shooting a bow and arrow: another guy good at shooting a bow and arrow. Unless you have an unnatural interest in antiquated targeting skills, you don't care about Hawkeye. Just a glorified Robin Hood at severe risk to any villain equally good at shooting a gun.
That said, I'm immensely concerned with Edgar Wright's Ant-Man movie, so I empathize with you, caring-about-a-piece-of-shit-superhero Hawkeye fan.