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This year marks a decade since Jeremy Renner made his first appearance as Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, via a cameo appearance in Thor. He's since gone on to be part of three Avengers films plus the melee that was Captain America: Civil War, and this holiday season all that time as a supporting player will pay off with Hawkeye, a Disney+ series starring Renner's Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfeld as the other greatest archer in the MCU, Kate Bishop.
And yet, despite all that time in the MCU, Renner claims he never broke one key Marvel Studios rule.
"Over the decade or so of doing ‘The Avengers’ and stuff, I never took anything, because they asked us not to and my mom taught me well, so I never took anything, right?” Renner said on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week while promoting Hawkeye and his new Paramount+ project Mayor of Kingstown. “And then all the other Avengers took stuff! Those dirtbags, they stole something!"
When host Jimmy Kimmel pointed out that Thor star Chris Hemsworth has taken multiple copies of Mjolnir for his house at this point, Renner elaborated that he'd recently used his years of being a good employee as leverage to finally take a Hawkeye costume home with him. After working on the Disney+ Hawkeye series, Renner asked Marvel if he could borrow the costume for use as a "valet" at his eight-year-old daughter's school, volunteering to escort students and parents to class.
“So I said, fine, if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it dressed as Hawkeye," Renner said. "Just to kind of plus it up.”
Renner then clarified that he actually hasn't done his duty as a school valet yet, so the costume is still back at his home in Nevada, waiting to make its debut in front of his daughter's classmates. And after that, it might just end up getting lost on its way back to Marvel Studios.
“So I figured I’d do it. That’s why I have the costume,” Renner said. “I don’t know if they’re going to ask for it back, I probably won’t give it back at this point. But I got it finally.”
When Kimmel asked if his daughter would be wowed by his cosplay, Renner scoffed.
“Nah, she barely knows I’m Hawkeye," he said. "She doesn’t know anything. She’ll know, ‘That’s daddy! You’re in pajamas.'”
Hawkeye debuts November 24 on Disney+.