With the trailer for the new Captain America movie, Captain America: Civil War, coming out in late November, hype for the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has reached a fever pitch. The May 6, 2016 release date is still a ways off, so fans will take any piece of footage or behind-the-scenes information they can get while they wait. Thankfully, Captain America’s fellow Avenger, Jeremy Renner, has provided a special image!
Renner used Instagram to post a picture of himself in character as the archer Hawkeye (Clint Barton), while standing beside Elizabeth Olsen, who plays the Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) in the upcoming Captain America movie. As Renner notes, this is a unique “Behind the scenes pic!” The pose that he is in looks as if he is aiming one of Hawkeye’s signature “trick arrows”—arrows that contain special features, such as exploding on impact—but no arrow is actually seen. That’s because his arrows are all the product of CGI special effects, so that Hawkeye can make all those impossible shots; that’s the magic of Hollywood!
With over 72,000 likes so far, fans clearly couldn’t contain their excitement for the movie; “Omg holy s*** so excited took me 20 minutes to write this because of fudging auto correct [sic],” wrote one overeager follower. Given that this new Captain America movie depicts the heroes taking sides with either Chris Evans’ Captain America or Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, many fans used the Instagram post as a forum to declare which side they are on. It should come as no surprise that most people were on “Team Cap,” given that it’s the same side that Jeremy Renner’s character ends up on.
It’s only fair that Renner is set to appear in the third Captain America movie, because he was cut from the second one. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was originally going to feature a confrontation between Cap and Hawkeye, but it didn’t make it into the final version. Director Joe Russo cited a conflict in Jeremy Renner’s schedule causing the change, but that the sequence was “heartbreaking” to have to remove.