Jeremy Renner says the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ directors got death threats over Hawkeye

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  • Jeremy Renner told USA Today that it was a “nice feeling” so many fans were worried about Hawkeye in “Avengers: Infinity War” but that he also thought it was “intense.”
  • He said the Russo brothers, who directed the movie, got “way too many death threats.”
  • Fortunately, Hawkeye’s whereabouts are addressed in the movie.
  • He’s not dead and will most likely have a bigger role to play in the sequel.

After months of speculation about Hawkeye’s whereabouts, most fans by now know that the Marvel character did not appear in “Avengers: Infinity War.” And the actor who plays him, Jeremy Renner, said recently that while he was flattered by the fan outcry, he thought it went a tad overboard.

In an interview with USA Today, Renner said that it was a “nice feeling” so many fans were worried about Hawkeye but that he also thought it was a little too “intense.”

“It’s a nice feeling, I suppose,” Renner said. “I think the Russo brothers got way too many death threats. I’m like, ‘Wow, dude, that’s intense. I’m sorry!'”

That was the first we’d heard of any “death threats” against the film’s directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, so Renner could be exaggerating. But fortunately for fans, Hawkeye’s status is addressed in the movie. He’s not dead – he’s just on “house arrest” after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” in which Hawkeye defied a superhero-registration act and became a fugitive. In the latest film, Black Widow explains that Hawkeye took a deal with the government for his family’s sake.

At the end of the movie, half of humanity disappears after the villain Thanos acquires all of the Infinity Stones and snaps his fingers. But it’s worth assuming that Hawkeye is alive and well and will play a bigger role in the sequel next year.

“Everybody’s got to bite their tongue,” Renner told USA Today. “But if you like ‘Infinity War,’ there’s some stuff to come. What I do know is it’s going to be awesome.”

Since the other original Avengers remained intact at the end of the movie, we guess that Hawkeye did, too, and will finally join in on the action for the sequel.

We have our own guesses as to how exactly Hawkeye will return: Since he’s technically a fugitive, he could return as a character named Ronin (a Japanese term for a lone warrior), which is a mantle he takes on in the comic books after the events of the “Civil War” series.

We should know for sure on May 3, when the untitled fourth “Avengers” movie is scheduled to hit theaters.