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Infinity War's Directors Received Death Threats Over Hawkeye's Absence

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Hawkeye, played by actor Jeremy Renner, was absent from most of the marketing material for Avengers: Infinity War and did not appear in the final film, leaving many fans curious about the character's whereabouts and well-being. It seems the character's absence may have also resulted in death threats for directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

USA Today asked Renner how he felt about fans worrying about the character. "It’s a nice feeling, I suppose," he said. "I think the Russo brothers (Anthony and Joe, who directed) got way too many death threats. I’m like, 'Wow, dude, that’s intense. I’m sorry!'"

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Although he didn't appear in Infinity War, the Russo brothers previously claimed Hawkeye's absence is "tied into the story," so it's possible he'll appear in Avengers 4.

Renner didn't give many details about Avengers 4 during the interview, saying of the hotly anticipated sequel, "Everybody’s got to bite their tongue. But if you like Infinity War, there’s some stuff to come. What I do know is it’s going to be awesome."

Infinity War has already grossed more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time. The movie currently sits at 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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In theaters now, Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin.

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