– by Joseph Jammer Medina

A couple days ago, we reported on a rumor from Showbiz 411. The report from the outlet revolved around Jeremy Renner’s involvement in a number of things. In addition to stating that he wouldn’t be around for Mission: Impossible 6, the report also stated that he would return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Hawkeye in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

This seemed like a particularly inspired character to bring back into the Ant-Man fold, as the two had some great interactions in Captain America: Civil War. Plus, we can’t forget that awesome moment when Hawkeye shot an arrow with Scott Lang hanging onto the tip. It was pulled directly from the comments and really capitalized on some of the ways that these superheroes could interact with one another.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like it was meant to be. Peyton Reed, director of the first Ant-Man, as well as the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp, took to Twitter to dispel the rumors. Here’s what he had to say.

Ouch. Not only did he have todebunk the rumor, but he had to go all political while doing it.

I have to admit, this is a bit disappointing to me. Hawkeye is a character that’s definitely been shortchanged in the past, and I think he could benefit by being a strong supporting character in a smaller film á la Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Of course, there’s always the possibility that Hawkeye could end up in the film, but given this very extreme bat-down from the director, it seems very unlikely. While directors have lied in the past (J.J. Abrams), Marvel Studios and their directors don’t really have a track record of doing so.

One has to wonder if this means that rumor surrounding Jeremy Renner not returning to the Mission: Impossible franchise is also bogus. We’ll have to wait and see.

Ant-Man and the Wasp hits theaters on July 6, 2018.

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SOURCE: Peyton Reed (via Twitter)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.