Why Wasn't Hawkeye in Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

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For those of you who saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and judging by the box office, there are a lot of you), one question may have permeated: Where is Hawkeye?

Jeremy Renner is Hawkeye

Well, not everyone could be in the second Cap film, so says Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige. "We will discover, later, the answers to that question,” Feige told CraveOnline.

Remember, this is not The Avengers 2 -- that is coming in the form of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

“It really came down to how many players can you have on the field at this time? We really wanted to bring in Falcon. We really wanted to team [Captain America] up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). We really wanted Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to have more of a part than he’s ever had in any of the other movies before.”

There were also characters that he wanted to introduce and a fan favorite as well. “We wanted, ever so briefly, to introduce Sharon Carter. And we had a fun place for Maria Hill to be involved,” Feige said.

Having Hawkeye in Captain America: The Winter Soldier would have felt more like a stunt than anything else.

“So we didn’t want to just have, ‘Hey, I’m Hawkeye! Hey, I’m Iron Man!’ We want to avoid the brief cameos of the week.”

Feige also said that those whom we have not seen since The Avengers -- look for their roles to be huge in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

“Not every character from every movie is going to be in Age of Ultron, for sure,” Feige said. “But Joss Whedon is excited and for the characters you haven’t seen since the first Avengers -- like Hawkeye, like Hulk -- there’s a reason for that, and that gets showcased quite prominently in Age of Ultron.”

Miss Hawkeye? Then watch The Avengers online!

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