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Watch Jeremy Renner dodge one Marvel rumor, and maybe start another, on The Tonight Show

What does Hawkeye know about the MCU's future, and what is he just making up?

By Matthew Jackson
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Jeremy Renner has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for more than a decade now. Along the way, he's been privy to some of the biggest secrets in the Marvel Studios arsenal, and unlike some of his co-stars, he has a knack for avoiding spoiling them to the public. That means when you ask him questions, he's generally pretty good at least pretending like he's got nothing to give you.

But even Renner likes to have a little fun with the Marvel rumor machine, and on The Tonight Show this week, he took the opportunity to feed the fire of at least one question lingering among MCU fans right now. 

From the moment the trailers for Hawkeye started popping up, fans took notice of the in-universe phenomenon that is Rogers: The Musical, a Broadway show inspired by the life and legend of Captain America himself, Steve Rogers. It turns out that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige actually called composer Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) in to work on the snippets of Rogers that we see in Hawkeye, so there's legit musical talent behind what seems to be a one-off bit. In past interviews, Feige has framed the musical as simply a device that gives Clint Barton and his kids a reason to be in New York City at the start of the new Disney+ series. But since it already exists in some small form, fans have already begun asking...what if there's more of Rogers?

On The Tonight Show this week to promote Hawkeye and his new crime drama Mayor of Kingstown, Renner fielded a question from host Jimmy Fallon about Rogers, who wanted to know if the brief snippet in Hawkeye could lead an "actual Avengers musical."

"Kevin's mind is really turning on this, he's the head of Marvel," Renner said to Fallon and the studio audience. "And I have no idea what he's going to do with it. There was a lot more of the show [than what's] in the Hawkeye show, but who knows? I don't know. I'm not a soothsayer."

"Do you know if there's more than one song?" Fallon asked.

"I think there are," Renner responded.

Sensing that he wasn't going to get anything else out of Renner on that, Fallon moved on to asking about Yelena Belova's (Florence Pugh) final scene in Black Widow, which suggested that she'd be going after Hawkeye as the person responsible for her adoptive sister Natasha Romanoff's (Scarlett Johansson) death in Avengers: Endgame. After a few moments of pretending that he didn't know who Yelena was, Renner responded to the idea of the character appearing in Hawkeye this way:

"I watched [Black Widow] with my niece, and she's like 'Ooo, Uncle Jeremy, what did you do?' I said 'I didn't do anything, darling.' And that's all I know about that."

Fallon's final rumor-based question was a bit more straightforward: "After this show, will we see you play Hawkeye again?"

Renner's response was less straightforward: "Who?"

Maybe we'll know a little more about Clint Barton's future after Hawkeye completes its run on Disney+. The show launches tomorrow on the streaming service.