This coming May will mark 14 years since the MCU began with Iron Man. Over the last decade, the MCU had grown only stronger and into one of the biggest movie franchises in the world at the moment and has seen so many stars joining Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) as superheroes. One similar actor is Hawkeye star Jeremy Renner, who made his MCU debut as Clint Barton in 2010’s Thor. Renner became one of the original six Avengers in 2012 alongside Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk). During a recent conversation with the Armchair Expert podcast (via The Direct), Renner talked about the bond that he shares with the rest of the original Avengers.
“The greatest thing that ever came from the last 11 years of the Marvel world for me, or even all of us, is the original A6 that have been along the whole journey. There’s been marriages and divorces, and kids being born, and a lot of shifts and changes in our personal lives as well as our acting lives that we all shared together in a very specific way,” Renner shared. “All of them, they’re like family to me. You can’t replace that or quantify it, and we all got tattoos together just to symbolize our bond and love.”
In another chat with ComicBook.com‘s Brandon Davis, Renner went on to share a similar sentiment, talking about the alleged ongoing Avengers group chat.
“Just because you die on camera doesn’t mean you die in real life, so we have a group chat and it’s all of us, some that are still alive and dead on screen,” Renner explained. “Yeah, we’re all very, very good friends, and we don’t really speak too much about our job, and that’s what’s also great about being, you know, Avenger friends, you know. We speak about our kids. You know what I mean? We speak about our kids and, you know, divorces and marriages and house building. We speak about just our life stuff, you know?” He added, “Our friendship is very, very special and very unique, and I love them. I love them.”
Renner was seen in the Disney+ series Hawkeye recently, which ended last month. Recently, Marvel Studios boss, Kevin Feige, talked about Hawkeye and revealed that he hopes it will go on to become a Christmas classic.
“I love the idea of it being a perennial that people can check out every holiday season,” Feige shared. “I love that it’s debuting just before Thanksgiving, it concludes just before Christmas. For the first time, you get a title Avenger on Disney+, which is great. Jeremy Renner, of course, is the best, and he’s the reason to do it. Thankfully, Hailee [Steinfeld] wanted to work with him, so we got her to play Kate Bishop, and it’s that pairing that I think is gonna make for very happy holidays.”