Jeremy Renner’s a busy guy, and understandably so. With roles in both The Avengers and Mission: Impossible franchises, he probably doesn’t have much time to relax, or even make non-blockbusters. He still does squeeze a few in here and there, like the rather excellent Kill the Messenger, but it’s clear that his schedule is pretty packed.
That’s why it’s not too surprising to hear that he may have to give up his role in Mission: Impossible 6 if he hopes to keep his commitment to Marvel in tact. With the film now being confirmed for a summer 2018 release, that puts it within striking distance of Avengers: Infinity War. The former is set for July 27th, 2018 while the latter will roll into theatres on May 4th, 2018, meaning they’ll be shooting at roughly the same time.
Speaking to Collider about the conflict, Renner said the following:
“I’m not sure what’s happening! I know that they’re really wanting to get it going, and I haven’t spoken to Tom about ultimately where it’s at. I know that there might be some conflict with schedules, so I’m not sure what’s going to happen. Avengers is going to eat up a lot of next year – gladly – but I certainly hope that won’t get in the way of Tom and I and the gang getting back together, because I’d love to.”
Given that Infinity War is the bigger film here, not to mention the bigger paycheque, it’s clear that’s where the actor’s priorities lie, and understandably so. Besides, even given its strong supporting cast throughout the series, Mission: Impossible has always been more of the Tom Cruise show, as the A-lister always tends to demand the spotlight. While Renner’s Hawkeye is by no means the main focus in Marvel’s juggernaut franchise, he’s still a better role for the actor and the studio has been trying to flesh out the character even more in recent outings.
None of this is to say that Renner won’t be able to do both, as he may find a way to work out the scheduling conflicts, but as of now, it looks as if his commitment to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes may knock him out of Mission: Impossible 6.