Why Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye Will Be the Next MCU Hero to Die, According to Fans

Jeremy Renner is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, mainly known for his role as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The MCU has run for 23 films, with many heartbreaking character deaths throughout. Hawkeye has seen many of these deaths firsthand, which has had a negative impact on the character’s mental state. In the non-Marvel universe, the real Renner has been the subject of controversy as of late, which has led some to wonder about his future in the Marvel series of films and shows. 

Which Marvel Cinematic Universe characters have died? 

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There have been a number of deaths in the MCU, both to the heroes and villains of the saga. Some of the most memorable character deaths in MCU history include Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Yondu (Michael Rooker), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), and perhaps most tragically, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

These deaths and their funerals have left a mark on fans. Of course in superhero stories, no one is really dead forever. Story devices like time travel, multiverses, and super serums, are common in comic book adaptations, so it is more than possible that any of these characters could return at any point in the MCU future, or past.

Still, it is interesting for Marvel super-fans to speculate about which character is next to pass on to the afterlife. Many of these fans believe that Black Widow’s best friend and her unwilling killer is the next Avenger to go, for on the screen reasons and off. 

Who are Jeremy Renner and his character Hawkeye?


Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye is Probably Headed for Retirement, Fans Say — But He May Already Have a Replacement

Renner’s character Barton/Hawkeye is one of the original Avengers, along with Iron Man/Tony Stark, Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and his fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and friend Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff.

Hawkeye, and Black Widow, does not have any super-powers or a super-suit, but does he have incredible accuracy with the bow and arrow. Hawkeye is one of the few Avengers that has not yet had his own movie, but he is set to star in an upcoming Marvel series on Disney+.

Hawkeye also has a family and children and is seen training his daughter in the art of archery in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but many fans believe the Barton clan will not be a part of the upcoming show.

Besides playing Barton/Hawkeye in various MCU films, Renner has appeared in such films as Tag, American Hustle, and The Hurt Locker. Despite the actor’s success, many fans believe his time in the MCU is coming to an end. 

Why do fans say Hawkeye is the next character to die? 

Renner’s portrayal of Hawkeye is set to be one of the starring roles in the upcoming Hawkeye Disney+ original. According to ComicBook.com, the show will have the working title Anchor Point, but it is unclear if that will be the show’s title once it is released.

The show is also set to include the character Kate Bishop, who will be played by Hailee Steinfeld. Bishop is the common successor to Hawkeye in various Marvel comic stories, and it seems that the show will follow the tradition of sidekick taking up the mantle.

According to fans on Reddit, this could make for an opportunity for Hawkeye to exit the MCU, and for a new Hawkeye to take over. This could be as a result of the original Hawkeye retiring to be with his family, or killed off.

Hawkeye is the only human Avenger remaining, and has made some powerful and dangerous enemies throughout the years. Renner’s real-world controversies could also factor into the show being the send-off for the first Hawkeye.

Some other characters who fans predict could meet their end include Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) Drax (Dave Bautista) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Whoever is the next to go in the MCU, it is certain to have a lasting impact on the future of the ever-growing MCU.