Rumor of the Day: Jeremy Renner’s being replaced as Hawkeye in Avengers 2

There’s a rumor going around that Jeremy Renner could be replaced as Hawkeye for Avengers 2.

The news comes from Comic Book Movie, which is reporting that a source has said Hawkeye’s role could be recast for Avengers 2.

So out with Jeremy Renner and in with [insert hot actor of the moment here]. But why?

Well, last year the actor had made it widely known that he’d been quite unhappy with the role he was given to play in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, saying to Total Film in August 2012:

"For 90 percent of the movie, I'm not the character I signed on to play," Renner said to Total Film. "It's kind of a vacancy. [He's] not even a bad guy, because there's not really a consciousness to him. To take away who that character is and just have him be this robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses ... I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. Fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No."

Now this apparently didn’t sit well with Marvel’s head honchos, and Renner may have badmouthed himself out of the role of Hawkeye, which he first played in 2011’s Thor as a cameo; even though the fans agreed with the fact that this wasn't how they wanted to see the Marvel superhero archer.

Same thing kinda happened with Hugo Weaving, who played the villainous Red Skull in Captain America. He badmouthed the role, saying he'd never return again. Even though the guy's under a multiple movie deal, Weaving'll probably never appear again in any future Marvel flick.

And so the Daily Superhero's Hollywood source now claims that Renner is out.

This should come as no surprise to most of you, since Hawkeye has not been mentioned at all as part of Marvel’s Phase 2 by Marvel Studio boss Kevin Feige or even by Joss Whedon himself, for that matter.

The source went on to say that there was an itsy-bitsy tiny bit of hope that Renner could be back for the Avengers sequel, but that most likely the role would be recast.

What do you guys think? Do you believe Jeremy Renner is OUT as Hawkeye for The Avengers 2? Do you believe the role will be recast? Or do you guys think they’ll simply drop the character for now?

(Comic Book Movie via Digital Spy)