What Would a ‘Hawkeye’ Show Look Like Without Jeremy Renner?

Disney+ is going to be at your fingertips before you know it. The new streaming service is set to debut Nov. 12, and the site is already jam-packed with things to watch. Disney Channel Original Movies? Old episodes of your favorite Disney shows? Yep, it’s all there. And the original series start with The Mandalorian premiering on launch day. 

Also, Marvel has a slew of shows coming in the next couple of years, including Hawkeye. But because of recent allegations surrounding Jeremy Renner, there’s been speculation that Disney might go a Renner-less route with the show. What could that look like? It’s not all doom and gloom. 

Jeremy Renner speaking during the 'Hawkeye' panel at San Diego Comic Con.
Jeremy Renner of Marvel Studios’ ‘Hawkeye’ at the San Diego Comic-Con International | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

The allegations against Jeremy Renner

First off, no one from Marvel or Disney has made a statement about Renner’s employment. Renner’s ex-wife Sonnie Pacheco alleged that Renner threatened to kill her, according to court documents reported on by TMZ on Oct. 14. Renner denies these claims. 

The rumors of Marvel replacing Renner are purely that, but Disney does have a track record of breaking ties with people who have a bad rap. It fired James Gunn after pedophilic jokes he made on Twitter, only to reinstate him as the director and writer of Guardians of the Galaxy 3

There’s a straightforward plot to follow that doesn’t include Renner

Renner isn’t necessarily mandatory to make a Hawkeye show. In the comics, Kate Bishop goes by the codename “Hawkeye” while Clint Barton is using the name “Ronin.” Renner actually took on that Ronin persona in Endgame. So Marvel could make Hawkeye all about this new hero, Bishop, getting her bearings as the archer. 

Who is Kate Bishop, and which actress is playing her?

Marvel confirmed the show would feature Bishop, and Variety reported Marvel is eyeing Hailee Steinfeld for the role. In the comics, Bishop joins the Young Avengers, and some fans think this would be the perfect route to go with the show.

In terms of Steinfeld playing Bishop, she isn’t giving any hints either way. “That’s not something that’s necessarily happening,” Steinfeld told RadioTimes on Nov. 2. “We’re going to wait and find out, I guess.”

But she mentioned her new Apple TV+ show, Dickinson, is giving her an excellent crash course in streaming platforms. “I think generally speaking, this sort of experience has prepared me for working in this sort of space,” she said. “So whatever opportunity might present itself in this space, I do think I will be able to tackle it, now that I’ve had some experience under my belt.”

Whoever the star of ‘Hawkeye’ is, it’s going to be an expensive show

All of the original content coming from Disney+ has a substantial budget. But the first three Marvel series have budgets typically reserved for feature films. Collider reports: 

Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Hawkeye at as much as $25 million per episode, totaling $500 million, though how you spend $200 million on Hawkeye alone is anyone’s guess. Pretty pricey for TV, though Disney+ brass has previously touted movie-sized budgets for their programs …

With such a considerable financial investment, Hawkeye will have a lot riding on it. And more announcements from Disney and Marvel about the show are likely still to come.