Jeremy Renner has been a Marvel Cinematic Universe mainstay ever since he made his debut in Thor way back in 2011. Since then, he’s maintained his role as Clint Barton aka Hawkeye. But it looks like he nearly gave up the role entirely at one point.
As discussed in an interview with Men’s Health, he gave Marvel an ultimatum after his daughter was born. Jeremy Renner wanted to spend more time with her, and understandably gave Marvel an ultimatum that they could recast him if they couldn’t readjust his schedule.
As he stated:
“It taught me how to have the nuts to say, ‘Everyone, fuck off. It’s my time with my daughter.’ I said, ‘Fine, recast me. I’m going to be here with my daughter.’ It was pretty gnarly.”
Obviously, and fortunately, Disney honored this request. Jeremy Renner’s schedule was designed in such a way that the actor would have plenty of time to share with his daughter. When you consider the vast amount of MCU projects that are always in development, and how many an actor is contracted for at a single time, it makes sense that Jeremy Renner didn’t want to get too overwhelmed. Nevertheless, fans are still getting plenty of Hawkeye – especially with the character’s own Disney Plus series on the way.
Fans will be able to see Jeremy Renner reprise his titular role as Hawkeye in the new Disney Plus series of the same name beginning November 24, 2021. The cast also includes Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop. Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez also star.
It’s definitely going to be exciting to see Jeremy Renner continue his Marvel Cinematic Universe career, hopefully on the big screen as well as the small. The actor has become synonymous with the character of Hawkeye, and fans are no doubt grateful that Marvel didn’t have to recast him over the role.