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Finally: Jeremy Renner Reveals Why He Left That Massive Franchise

By Andrew Sanford | Film | June 4, 2024 |

By Andrew Sanford | Film | June 4, 2024 |


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Jeremy Renner’s career spans decades. He’s been acting consistently since the mid-90’s. He was collecting a series of starring and supporting roles. Then, he starred in the 2008 Kathryn Bigelow film The Hurt Locker. That role arguably turned him into a star. It leads to him becoming an Avenger a few years later. He plays the arrow-slinging Hawkeye, and landing that part pushed him over into superstardom. Like, the “make your own app for no reason” kind of fame.

Renner will likely be remembered most for being a member of the MCU. Yes, he has been in plenty of films and TV shows, but the MCU is unlike anything that has come before it (and won’t be replicated anytime soon). It is a massive juggernaut of a franchise that dominated movie theaters for a decade and has an indelible cultural impact. Still, it’s not the only franchise Renner has dipped his toe into.

The Bourne Legacy was released in 2012 and was meant to reboot the franchise without its original lead (Matt Damon). The cast is stacked, it was written and directed by Michael Clayton and Andor creator Tony Gilroy, and it more-or-less flopped. Critics didn’t love it, and in the same year as the first Avengers, audiences did not turn out to see it. While Renner’s attempt at leading a franchise didn’t work, he was already a supporting character in another.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is one of the best films in the franchise. The Brad Bird-directed entry felt like a new direction for the films. Renner was added to Tom Cruise’s team in the movie and fit in pretty perfectly. He was then in the follow-up, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Renner has not appeared in any of the movies since, and he’s finally revealed why.

While speaking to Josh Horowitz on his Happy Sad Confused podcast, Renner explained that his daughter was very young at the time, and he didn’t want to be away filming for so long. He also didn’t want his character to get killed off. “I remember they tried to bring me over[seas] for a week so they could kill my character, and I was like, ‘No, you don’t get to do that. You’re not going to drag me over there and just kill my character,’ like get out of here!” Renner told Horowitz. “If you’re going to do this and you’re going to use my character, you’re going to do it right.”

While Renner has said he wouldn’t mind returning to the franchise now, he apparently took a tone with director Christopher Mcquarrie. “I yelled at [director Christopher McQuarrie],” Renner joked. “Dude, you’re not going to do this to me like that; you’re not going to do me wrong.” Now we know why we didn’t see Renner tangle with Henry Cavill or an AI satellite that controls spies(?). We still might, as long as the team brings him in the “right” way.