According to Jeremy Renner, the Avengers stars are still close and have a private group text. Since 2011’s Thor, the American actor has played adept archer Clint Barton in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making him one of the team’s original members.
Renner stars in the Disney+ miniseries Hawkeye, which launches its first two episodes on November 24, after years of supporting roles.
Avengers are still close and have a group text
The Avengers team has altered drastically since it first came together in 2012’s The Avengers, despite the fact that audiences have been living with this edition of Marvel superheroes for more than a decade. This critically acclaimed first team-up film featured Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye as the titular squad, with a few S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives offering some important backup.
Half of that cast has died or aged out, with Renner’s swansong rumored to be the soon-to-be-released Hawkeye, in which he transfers the bow-and-arrow to Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop.
Renner is asked if he competes with Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo to be the last man remaining in the decreasing Avengers group chat by a Phase Zero interviewer, but Renner tells him that the actors haven’t truly died. In fact, he claims that the original cast members’ group chat is still highly active. They are still close enough friends to share whatever is going on in their personal lives rather than talking about their work.
Members of the Avengers cast have previously discussed their group chat, and the original co-stars clearly remain close, regardless of who’s time in the MCU has come to an end.
Given that other members of the Avengers have come and gone in the years since the team’s inception, including Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, and Paul Bettany’s Vision, Renner’s comment remains ambiguous regarding who qualifies to be part of the exclusive messaging chain. Only the original Avengers received the custom tattoo, with the exception of Ruffalo, who Scarlett Johansson referred to as “a party pooper.”