Jeremy Renner performing on Jimmy Fallon’s show. Photo: YouTube Jeremy Renner as the much maligned superhero Hawkeye. Photo: Jay Maidment/AP
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Actor Jeremy Renner has surprised fans of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a piano-led tribute song to Hawkeye, his Avengers: Age of Ultron character.

Hawkeye is sometimes maligned for having lamer super powers than the likes of Thor, Hulk and Captain America.

The film’s writer/director, Joss Whedon, told MTV News that “[Hawkeye] did get the fuzzy end of the lollipop” in the previous film, in 2012, The Avengers.

A deadpan Renner looked as comfortable as a veteran balladeer, seated at a grand piano crooning (to the tune of Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud): “When you’re on a team with the Hulk and Thor … will people believe that I’m not quite as tough, will anyone even notice me?

“But listen, I’ve got powers too and they’re sweet. I promise I can do so much more than just archery.

“I’ve got a collection of scarves and berets, I play trombone … I once got to second base on my Tinder date, my cat has got its own Instagram … and I can open a pickle jar.”

Renner went on: “Yes I know about Captain America’s strength, and the Hulk becomes a towering man, but I got seventh place in my fantasy league and I once butt-dialed Jean Claude Van Dame. Baby I’m as super as they are.”

All good fun, if just a plug for the film, but if anything it yet again shows remarkable power of The Tonight Show to produce entertaining viral videos that gain millions of YouTube views with impressive regularity.

Renner’s Hawkeye tribute had racked up nearly one million views within two days of going to air.

In the past 18 months Fallon’s program has chalked up hundreds of millions of YouTube views, with some of his most popular clips including the series of lip-syncing battles, the drum-off between the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Chad Smith and Will Ferrell, Fallon’s own failure to read romantic hints from Nicole Kidman and 56-year old Kevin Bacon re-enacting his Footloose dance sequence on the way to Fallon’s desk. Last week Russell Crowe even starred in song on The Tonight Show, as have Australian acts Sia and Sheppard.

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