In Kill the Messenger, which opens on Friday, Jeremy Renner plays embattled journalist Gary Webb, an investigative reporter who, in the mid-’90s, unearthed a shocking U.S. government conspiracy that reached back to the Reagan-era White House. In a plot that would later be outlined in Webb’s 1998 book Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion, the CIA had turned a blind eye to the crack-cocaine epidemic that gripped many American inner cities. Because those drug sales were funding a secret war in which the Reagan-era White House armed Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
Jeremy Renner might not be planning on a Hawkeye solo movie, but that doesn’t mean he’s not entertaining spin-off possibilities. In a snapshot posted to WhoSay from the Age of Ultron set, Renner accessorizes his Hawkeye costume with an eerily lifelike mask of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character. #iftheyhadababy #widow #hawkeye.” While the effect of seeing ScarJo’s face on Renner’s ripped body is undoubtedly creepy, it does leave us wondering: Was Renner just goofing around? Or was he preparing to stunt double for a then-pregnant Johansson? On-set cosplay aside, Renner (who just confirmed a secret marriage to Sonni Pacheco, the mother of his 17-month-old daughter Ava) said in a recent interview that he doesn’t anticipate having an Avengers spin-off to himself — though he wouldn’t be opposed to making an appearance in, say, the next Captain America movie.