Captain America director reveals details of Hawkeye's cut Winter Soldier sequence

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Sep 2, 2014

While we know the original plan was to include Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the role turned out to be so minor (in part) that it was ultimately cut ... which doesn’t mean that we aren’t the slightest bit curious to know what his Winter Soldier appearance would have entailed if he HAD appeared.

Thanks to Screen Rant and co-director Joe Russo’s DVD/Blu-ray commentary, we now have the specifics of a scene that would have seen Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) on the run from Clint Barton — with a fight sequence between the two that would have revealed that Barton was ultimately loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D. and his Avengers teammates.

It would have also explained why Cap ditched his S.T.R.I.K.E. suit (although we’ve already seen this in a deleted scene from the DVD and Blu-ray) at a gym.

Here's what Joe Russo revealed in his Winter Soldier audio commentary:

What it was going to be, we were trying to complicate the relationship between Cap and his S.H.I.E.L.D agent friends. If Hawkeye got a call from S.H.I.E.L.D saying Captain America is a fugitive, would he listen to that call or not listen to that call? That sequence actually was heartbreaking for us to cut it. I think it ultimately might have been a conflict with Renner’s schedule. But there was a great sequence where Hawkeye was chasing Cap through Washington D.C. there was an awesome sequence where they confronted each other in a ravine on the outskirts of D.C. and Hawkeye was shooting a series of arrows closing in on Cap, Cap closing in on him. And then Cap took him down and he realized for the first time that Hawkeye was trying to trick S.H.I.E.L.D, where he whispered something into Cap’s ear that Cap had a tracker on his suit and to punch Hawkeye to make it look real, because there was a Quinjet hovering above where they were watching the feedback back at S.H.I.E.L.D.

So it was a cool sequence. But look, there’s a million iterations of films, and especially when dealing with Marvel movies where characters can come in or come out during the creative process. And you keep working and working like a Rubik’s Cube till you find the right configuration where everything lines up. So even though we lost that sequence, I think we may have streamlined the movie and made it a little bit more propulsive.

While we’re sad this sequence was ultimately cut from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (it would have been a VERY cool scene to have seen, plus we’ve got to admit that we missed Hawkeye a tiny little bit in this flick), we understand the reasons why it was ultimately cut. Hopefully they’ll have an easier time to integrate Barton in Captain America 3.

Are you guys still disappointed that Hawkeye was ultimately cut from the movie? What do you think about the cut sequence?

(via Screen Rant)

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