We’ve seen with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man 2 that Marvel has a habit of cross-overs as they lead up to The Avengers in 2012. Thor’s hammer and Nick Fury were seen in the Iron Man sequel, but Samuel L. Jackson confirmed earlier this year that he would not be appearing alongside Chris Hemsworth next May (he will however be in Captain America).
So which character will pop up in Thor? Tony Stark? Black Widow?
According to The Wrap, it’s Hawkeye.
Jeremy Renner will first appear as Hawkeye in a cameo in the Kenneth Branagh-directed “Thor,” TheWrap has learned.
…an individual who has seen an early cut of “Thor” confirmed to TheWrap that Renner’s Hawkeye appears in the film, although the person declined to elaborate on the context of the character’s appearance or when it will occur. They did, however, confirm Jackson’s earlier statements that Nick Fury does not appear in “Thor.”
Cameo’s never remain secret these days, but I guess this one could have been expected. Hawkeye can’t appear in Captain America because it is set in 1940, so Thor is the only movie Marvel could slot him in before The Avengers in 2012.
In September Renner said his costume will be a “little more reality-based” instead of being “a big purple, comics sort of thing”. If Hawkeye is in his costume in Thor it means fans will only have to wait until May to see their first look at Renner with his bow and arrows.