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The reason Hawkeye wasn't in 'Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier'

Hawkeye was supposed to pursue Captain America
Hawkeye was supposed to pursue Captain America
Marvel Studios

Did you find it peculiar that one of Marvel's top S.H.I.E.L.D agents, Hawkeye, was not present in the pursuit of Captain America when he went rogue in "Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier"? You definitely weren't alone and the filmmakers for Marvel's cinematic universe have an answer for that question. In an interview with Captain America 2 and 3's directors Anthony and Joe Russo, we learned that Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye originally did have a part to play in Captain America's espionage adventure:

Joe Russo: 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.

Ultimately, the omission of Hawkeye in phase 2 of the cinematic universe was due in part to Renner's scheduling conflict rather than Marvel deliberately excluding him from story lines. With this in mind, it'll be interesting to see if Marvel attempts to develop that same dynamic between Hawkeye and Captain America in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" that we were originally supposed to see in "Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier."

What do you think about Hawkeye's now revealed cut scene from Captain America 2? Do you think the film was better without the proposed scene? Let me know in the comments below and on Twitter! Be sure to subscribe!