This Marvel Avenger Almost Became the Ice Truck Killer in ‘Dexter’

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of talented actors with diverse portfolios. Ironically, one of those heroes almost played a demented villain in the Showtime series Dexter. Find out which MCU hero almost played the Ice Truck Killer in Dexter season 1. 

Kevin Feige, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner
Kevin Feige, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner | Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

‘Dexter’ will make a return in 2021 

Fans were excited to learn that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall are once again working together. Dexter will have new episodes in 2021.

Dexter is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” Gary Levine, Co-President of Entertainment at Showtime said (via Deadline). “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series. Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world.”

The ninth season will not ignore the highly-disliked drama that unfolded in the series finale. Many fans are hopeful that much of the original cast will make a return, including Jennifer Carpenter’s Debra Morgan and a reprisal of Dexter’s dearly departed biological brother, Brian Moser — better known as the Ice Truck Killer. 

Jeremy Renner was almost the Ice Truck Killer in ‘Dexter’ 

During the first season of Dexter, Michael Cuesta was the co-executive producer and a recurring director. He left the crew after the conclusion of season 1. But during his time on the show, Cuesta suggested Jeremy Renner for the role of Dexter Morgan’s biological brother, Brian Moser. 

“[Cuesta] wanted me to be in Dexter!” Renner told Cloture Club. Renner met Cuesta on the set of 12 and Holding.

“I was blown away by him,” Cuesta said. “In the book, I knew Dexter had a brother and after the pilot was picked up, there was this talk, ‘Who’s going to play the brother?’ Of course I [wanted Renner].”

“I told him I can’t do any other serial killer movies or TV shows,” Renner admitted. That’s because Renner had already done a very sinister role. Before he became Hawkeye, Renner played a serial killer. 

Jeremy Renner’s portrayal of Jeffrey Dahmer almost landed him the role of the Ice Truck Killer 

In 2002, Renner played the infamous serial killer in the biopic Dahmer. Renner tapped into the role of the exhibitionist so well, Dexter showrunners were interested in casting him as the Ice Truck Killer. 

Unfortunately, Renner was busy with other projects when he was offered the Dexter role. “I was doing 28 Weeks Later; that’s why I ultimately didn’t do it,” Renner said.  

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“He just played the most infamous serial killer of all time [in Dahmer]!” Cuesta chimed in. “I totally get the choice.” 

After Dahmer, Renner went on to do other films and television series. Then, in 2012 he became Clint Barton — Hawkeye in the MCU. Of course, the Ice Truck Killer’s role went to Christian Camargo, who starred in The Twilight Saga, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Penny Dreadful, and House of Cards