Jeremy Renner’s Controversial Past Could Still Threaten His Future in the MCU

Jeremy Renner is an acclaimed actor who is best known for his portrayal of Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

He has appeared in a handful of Marvel films, including the blockbuster movie Avengers: Endgame, and is set to reprise his role as Hawkeye in an upcoming Disney+ series.

Still, Renner recently became embroiled in a very serious dispute with his ex-wife, a dispute that could threaten his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Recently, fans took to Reddit to discuss Renner’s troubles, debating whether his past could bring an untimely end to his big Disney+ project. 

How did Jeremy Renner become famous?

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Jeremy Renner was born in California in 1971. As a young man, Renner intended to become a computer scientist, however, his attentions turned to acting while he was attending Modesto Junior College.

In the mid-nineties, Renner landed a few small roles in various movies, including National Lampoon’s Senior Trip, and appeared in a number of television movies and shows. He was willing to do whatever it took to make it in the movie business — even working as a makeup artist for a brief period of time.

By the early 2000s, Renner had made a name for himself as a powerful dramatic actor. His roles in movies such as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and 28 Weeks Later earned him acclaim, and by 2010, he had received several award nominations.

In 2011, Renner made his first appearance as Hawkeye in Marvel’s Thor — although the role was a mere cameo, fans responded well to Renner’s portrayal of the comic book hero. He has since portrayed Hawkeye in The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Endgame

Jeremy Renner was involved in some drama with his ex-wife

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Jeremy Renner’s work in the MCU has made him a bonafide star, and he has since landed major roles in blockbuster films. In addition, he is set to reprise the role of Hawkeye in the Disney+ show Hawkeye, which is set to debut in 2022. Still, as Renner’s professional life has thrived, his personal life has suffered.

In January 2013, Renner married his longtime girlfriend, Sonni Pacheco, the mother of his young daughter. The marriage lasted less than a year, and in late 2014, the two divorced.

While the divorce seemed relatively low-key at the time, some drama has surfaced recently that has fans buzzing.

According to The Cut, Renner’s ex-wife described an incident where Renner allegedly wielded a gun, firing it through the ceiling with the intention of harming her.  

What do fans say about Jeremy Renner’s future with the MCU?

The case is presumably still being dealt with in court, and it has avoided making headlines in a major way, but fans on Reddit recently discussed it, debating Jeremy Renner’s future as Hawkeye in the MCU.

One fan asked, “So is Jeremy in the clear now?” with another responding that “I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s in the clear yet, but it definitely seems to have blown over for now in the wave of a million other news stories. It might be one of those things that pops back up once he’s in the news more with the show.”

“Considering that nothing has come up about it since, either things have blown over or didn’t suffice,” one poster pointed out. Another claimed, “I think one accusation from an ex-wife isn’t gonna do it. If more pop up, they’ll reevaluate, I’m sure.”

At this point, it seems as though everything is on track for Renner’s series with Disney+ to go on as planned — but fans should keep an eye on the headlines to see if anything else crops up.