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Founder and former head of Marvel Studios Visual Development shares unused Hawkeye design

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Sep 28, 2018

Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye (aka Clint Barton) made his MCU debut in 2011's Thor, before going on to hit his stride a year later in the first Avengers movie. And, of course, he became one of the universe's most interesting characters when it was revealed he had a family in Age of Ultron.

In terms of his superhero accoutrements, he's nothing super special or eye popping. All he needs is a tight vest, an arm bracer, and a quiver full of exploding arrow tips in order to be an effective fighter. Nevertheless, his MCU look was almost very different, almost akin to Matt Murdock's black costume from Season 1 of Daredevil. Of course, this was several years before the Devil of Hell's Kitchen would make his debut on Netflix.

This alternate Clint Barton design was shared by Charlie Wen, founder and former head of Marvel Studios' Visual Development department. He's also the creator of Kratos from the God of War video game series. 

“My biggest responsibility was to establish a cohesive visual design and tone for the myriad of characters and films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe," Wen told SYFY WIRE.

In his Instagram post of the design, he wrote:

"Urban Hawkeye! I designed this to be different than his superhero version. This would be a costume collaged together from what he already had at home."

He also pointed out that the final design was done by Andy Park, the current Director of Visual Development at Marvel Studios. 

In addition to the Hawkeye design, Wen shared an alternate look at Captain America (Chris Evans) from the first Avengers film.

“These two designs [for Hawkeye and Cap] were one of the many early explorative designs I’d done before there was a script," Wen said.

His social media post for Steve Rogers says:

"Continuing the Avengers posts, here’s a variation of my Captain America design for the film," he wrote. "Joss Whedon asked for a more superhero design compared to the WWII costume seen in Cap[tain America]: The First Avenger."

The final art was handled by Ryan Meinerding, head of the studio's Visual Development department, as well as a character designer and concept artist. 

"I was first put in charge of building the look and feel for Thor I, then set up and headed Marvel’s Visual Development team with Ryan Meinerding for all the subsequent MCU films," Wen continued. "Myself and Ryan were responsible for directing the look of all main characters, while personally designing many of the characters in the MCU. The team we brought on included Andy Park, Jackson Sze, Rodney Fuentebello, Anthony Francisco, Josh Herman, along with many other freelancers."

While he was noticeably missing from Infinity War (he struck some sort of government deal after Civil War and was placed under house arrest), Hawkeye will be back in action when Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3, 2019.

He'll be joined by Captain America, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, Iron Man, Bruce Banner, and the rest of the heroes, who survived Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet snap. 

Lately, Renner has been sharing photos from the set of the fourth Avengers movie, which is currently in the middle of pickups and reshoots. Just today, the actor made a post, revealing that it's his last day on set. 


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