/captain-america-3-hawkeye/Last Week, it was revealed that Hawkeye may have a supporting role in Captain America 3. Jeremy Renner revealed that he might return with more to do after being cut from the original Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenplay. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely had included Hawkeye in a very small cameo, but it wasn't known in what capacity or how he played into the overall storyline.
Speaking with Screen Rant about the deleted moments, director Joe Russo went onto explain the scene in more detail, giving a true reason for Hawkeye to be present as Captain America becomes a terrorist suspect.
"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."
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray hits stores on September 9. It will include an audio commentary with directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo where they go more into what was left out of the finished movie.