Dinklage Is In, Renner Is Out Of “Infinity War”?

First it was his absence in the teaser trailer, then his lack of an EW cover, now the lack of his name credit or face in the new poster and trailer just released for “Avengers: Infinity War” have led to a big question that has resounded throughout the internet today – what has happened to Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye?

Considering the character has been a core one in the previous “Avengers” films, his absence is striking. We do know he’s confirmed for the fourth film and that Renner has definitely shot scenes for some of it. Is he in the third though? For that matter is Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man considering he is absent from both the trailer and poster as well?

Rudd’s character will show up this Summer anyhow in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” which follows on directly from events of ‘Infinity War’ so his lack of a major role isn’t a surprise. But what about Renner? Joe Russo revealed in a set visit report recently on Slashfilm that Hawkeye is up to something:

“Coming out of Civil War, he’s in the same position that Cap and Falcon are at the end of that movie. And Ant-Man. Coming into this movie, you know… Characters on Cap’s side coming out of the Civil War, some made certain decisions and others made other decisions that led to different paths in them dealing with oversight in this movie in a different way. So Hawkeye’s on his own journey in this movie.”

While Renner may be absent, one person whose name is conspicuously on the poster is that of “Game of Thrones” alum Peter Dinklage. The poster confirms the actor has a major role in the action, but as whom is unclear and the trailers aren’t giving it away. Speculation right now is that he’s playing a key member of Thanos’ Black Order or someone else who hasn’t been revealed.

Within six hours of pre-orders going up, advance ticket sales for “Avengers: Infinity War” have broken the record for first day advance ticket sales for a superhero movie on Fandango, beating out both “Black Panther” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” easily. “Avengers: Infinity War” opens everywhere on April 27th.