I think the main thing is that “hawkeye hasn’t been mentioned as a part of Phase 2 or 3”
I mean he was TECHNICALLY and by a lot of people’s opinions, a supporting character. Did we know Rhodey was coming back is Iron Patriot until last minute? No. it was rumored, but we didn’t know for sure. Did we know Natasha was going to have a big role in Cap 2? Not until it started shooting (that would have a been a good place for hawkguy but that’s beyond the point). Iron Man did great, but that didn’t stop them from replacing Rhodey, because he didn’t have much of a role until the second film. Incredible Hulk did alright, ed norton is a diva and they had to replace him, but not as many people saw hulk as they did Avengers. For all intents and purposes, Ruffalo IS the original hulk. Renner came onto the scene and stole A LOT of people’s hearts, and with such a high profile, important role, I don’t really think it would behoove renner or marvel studios to replace him and frankly I think they know that.
Now the marvel universe if filling up fast, Falcon, Winter Solider, Agent 13, Scarlet Which and and Quicksilver (rumored, though Joss Whedon confirmed a brother/sister duo). But would they really take out something with the potential for SO MUCH? as of now all the issues we have he could possibly deal with are: his relationship with Black Widow, PTSD from Lokiddnapping, Deafness, Loss of his handler Phil Coulson. and that’s just the start. In the comics he leads the Secret Avengers for a while, and his leaving for the west coast avengers is one of huge tipping points in the Civil War series between capsicle and Fe-Man. And Civil War has been hinted at (oh please god no I can’t handle it I cant even handle TWS).
Do I blame Renner for being peeved with his role in Avengers? No. it wasn’t what he signed up for. Honestly, I was probably as shocked as he was. and I understand that he emotional depth for a flying monkey is pretty nil. but do I think this would stop him from taking up a role where he gets to actually play the character? No. because when he wasn’t being Loki’s plaything, he was a bamf and Renner had a lot of fun with the cast, crew, and his job.
this is just my opinion, but at someone who has been following marvel studios and phase one for years, there have been very few bad decisions on Marvels part. the only one I can think of is Iron Man 3 (and it wasn’t bad. I’m just bitter).
So lets all calm down for a moment. and if they do replace him or cut him out, write some very terse letters to Kevin Feige.