There's no room for romance in Joss Whedon's The Avengers. There are too many characters and they've all got issues, which we learned when the director recently cleared the air about the relationship between the team's local assassins: Black Widow and Hawkeye.
In The Avengers, everyone with the exception of Black Widow and Hawkeye have pre-established love interests. So there have been rumors that they'd hook up and become a dark and deadly super couple. Luckily, it's not happening. Whedon's going the platonic route with these two.
Black Widow and Hawkeye have a connection, but it's not romantic. Whedon says, "He and Black Widow share a very cool bond. I'm not gonna say, but there ain't a lot of time for kissing in my movie. I've got too many goddamn characters." In other words, they're too busy saving the world.
Whedon confirms that the Black Widow in The Avengers is slightly different from the character in Iron Man 2. "Here Black Widow is a darker incarnation than she was in Iron Man. We hint at a bit of her backstory, and it ain't pretty." As for Hawkeye, he's a "bit of a wild card and loner who keeps to himself. He's playing a sniper, so naturally he keeps his distance. He's fully engaged, but he's in his own place."
Jeremy Renner, Hawkeye's portrayer, describes him as "an outcast." He says, "His only connection is to Scarlett's character, Natasha. It's like a left hand/right hand thing. They coexist, and you need them both, especially when it comes to a physical mission."
The Avengers opens May 4.