New details about Jeremy Renner and Hawkeye's cut planned appearance for Captain America 2 have been revealed by the directors, Anthony and Joe Russo.
It was previously stated that Renner was cut so Captain America 2 could focus on all the characters it already had, with Black Widow, Cap, Falcon, Nick Fury and Bucky.
Now here are the details on what could have been (via Screen Rant):
"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."
Regarding Renner making an appearance in Captain America 3, the actor recently stated that he may be featured if his schedule will allow it.
Both Hawkeye and Captain America can next be seen together in The Avengers 2 next may.