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Marvel Star Jeremy Renner Reportedly Missed Out on Leading His Own Movie Series After Scarlett Johansson Sl*t-Shaming Controversy

Jeremy Renner and Black Widow

Jeremy Renner has played the MCU character Hawkeye since 2011. He starred in the 2011 Thor as Hawkeye for the first time and has reprised his role in many MCU films and shows. He finally got his own Disney+ show, Hawkeye, in which he starred alongside Hailee Steinfeld. The show was released in 2021, ten years after Renner’s first appearance in the MCU. Fans have always asked the reason why one of the Avengers did not have a solo film or show yet.

Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner

Not just the MCU, Renner had a number of successful movies under his name. After two Oscar nominations, the actor appeared in many movies including Mission Impossible and The Bourne Legacy, but he did not return or their sequels. Reports claimed that the actor lost these movie series after Scarlett Johansson sl*t-shaming controversy.

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Jeremy Renner S*ut Shamed Black Widow

Three years after the original Avengers, the studio released Avengers: Age of Ultron. During the promotion of Age of Ultron, Jeremy Renner called Scarlett Johansson’s character a s*ut. The Dahmer actor said, “She’s a slut, a complete wh*re.”

After which Renner faced a huge backlash for s*ut shaming the character. Chris Evans who joined Renner for that interview apologized alongside the Hawkeye star for their words. Jeremy Renner said that he had no idea that joking about a fictional character would offend people and it was not meant to be serious in any way.

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Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye

After this controversy, his ex-wife Sonni Pacheco accused The Hurt Locker star of threatening to kill her. Renner and Pacheco got married on 13 January 2014. After ten months of their marriage, the coupler got divorced. This all led to ruining the reputation of the Tag star. Reports have claimed it as one of the reasons why Renner did not have a movie series.

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Jeremy Renner Missed Out on a Number of Movie Series

Jeremy Renner was in demand after having two back-to-back Academy Awards nominations in the category of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. After this, he joined MCU as Hawkeye alongside a major supporting role in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

After Renner was featured in Mission Impossible, rumors had that Renner would reprise his role in future movies under the franchise, but he did not. Later he starred in The Bourne Legacy as Aaron Cross. Rumors once again started that Aaron Cross would have a spin-off series featuring Jeremy Renner. However, Renner did not return for the sequel.

Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner

Renner then starred in the 2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. After the release of the film, rumors claimed that the sequel to the 2013 movie is under development and there were also reports that a director has been hired for the sequel in 2015. However, no further updates have been released about the Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters sequel.

After the Scarlett Johansson s*ut shaming controversy and the allegations from his ex-wife, the Avengers star was among the controversial figures in Hollywood. He had several movies under his name, but he lost almost all of those projects. However, he continued to play Hawkeye in the MCU and was featured in his own Disney+ series, Hawkeye.

Hawkeye is available to stream on Disney+.

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Source: CheatSheet

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.