The premiere date for Avengers: Infinity War may still be far off yet, but that just means there's plenty of time for us to learn even more information about the impressive cast of characters teaming up in this epic superhero film.
One actor in particular is already praising the improved handling of his character -- even if he was noticeably absent from the recently released trailer. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Jeremy Renner confessed his own level of excitement with Hawkeye's presence in Infinity War:
"We’re doing a lot of really wondrous things that I’ve always wanted to do with this character. … I think everyone will be very pleased when they find out what happens."
This marks a stark change in Renner's opinion compared to 2012, where he expressed disappointment over Hawkeye being reduced to a brainwashed "robot" for a large portion of The Avengers, as well as his lack of shared screentime with the other heroes. Renner's renewed enthusiasm for Hawkeye may also have something to do with rumors of a shift to the character's Ronin era, during which Clint Barton took up a new mantle after the Civil War arc in the comics.
Renner isn't the only one excitedly promoting the upcoming Infinity War. During his appearance at Brazil's Comic Con Experience, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige assured fans that Thanos would live up to previous hype of his reputation as a Big Bad: "Within the first five minutes of Infinity War, people will understand why Thanos is the biggest and baddest villain in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe."
After having been first introduced in 2012's The Avengers, Thanos has definitely been lurking in the shadows -- but with Infinity War, he stands to become the most fearsome foe that the Avengers have ever faced. Feige understands that the pressure is on: "We’ve been teasing him for years, and the trick is when you tease something for that long you have to deliver."
With this bevy of Infinity War-related news, fans have plenty of reasons to be really excited -- and maybe a little scared, too.