Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, explains how Avengers: Age of Ultron sets up Hawkeye.

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Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios, explains how Avengers: Age of Ultron sets up Hawkeye.

The original MCU Avenger with the shortest screen time is finally getting his due.

Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, has been lurking in the shadows of Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor for years, occasionally shooting an arrow or revealing a really cool tattoo sleeve.

He’s now getting his own show, thanks in part to all the time he spent in the background.

Renner’s portrayal of Hawkeye has been a fan favorite since his debut in 2011.

Clint Barton’s family was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and his friendship with Wanda Maximoff revealed that he may be a better leader than the stronger Avengers ever gave him credit for.

According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the idea that Clint could be a mentor was the inspiration for Hawkeye.

“It’s been a small cast for all of these roles.”

We got a little more from Ultron after that.

Then he starts stealing every scene.

During the Hawkeye press conference, Feige told Brandon Davis of ComicBook.com, “It was always the intention to explore much more.”

“The character has a long history.

Also, the Matt Fraction comics, which I’m sure a lot of people have been talking about, were a huge tonal inspiration for us.

And observing that, as well as this new dynamic.”

“You can see this mentor beneath the surface in all of Jeremy’s appearances,” Feige continued.

“Underneath the surface, there’s this reluctant hero, this reluctant mentor.

The scene with Clint and Wanda in Sokovia is one of my favorites from all of our films.

“When you walk out that door, you’re an Avenger,” he basically says, motivating her to join the fight.

And that was the seed of how we could tie Clint Barton’s MCU incarnation into Matt Fraction’s storyline with Kate Bishop.”

The story of Kate Bishop and Clint Barton provided Marvel with a Hawkeye story worth telling on screen, but Renner’s work on the character over the last decade also influenced the decision.

“We’d like to see a lot more of Jeremy Renner.”

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That goes all the way back to the beginning.

“We’re both MCU grandfathers now,” Feige said.

“And Jeremy’s faith in the MCU…

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