Marvel Studios had plans for a 'Hawkeye' movie before pitching a Disney Plus TV series instead

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  • Marvel Studios planned to make a "Hawkeye" movie starring Jeremy Renner before deciding to make a Disney Plus TV series instead, Bloomberg said in a Disney Plus report published on Thursday.
  • Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was "nervous about his pitch" for the Disney Plus series, Bloomberg said.
  • But Feige told Bloomberg that Renner "totally got it and said, 'Let's do it.'"
  • Disney Plus launches November 12 and "Hawkeye" debuts on the service in fall 2021.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe's master sharpshooter Hawkeye almost starred in a big-screen solo adventure.

Marvel Studios had plans for a "Hawkeye" movie starring Jeremy Renner - who played the character in the "Avengers" movies - before the Disney Plus TV series manifested, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

Bloomberg said that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who was also recently named chief creative officer of Marvel, was "nervous about his pitch" to Renner for a TV series because Marvel already had a deal for Renner to star in a movie based on the character.

But Renner was on board with the change, according to Feige.

"He totally got it and said, 'Let's do it,' " Feige told Bloomberg. A representative for Renner did not immediately return a request for comment to Business Insider.

Disney Plus, Disney's streaming competitor, launches November 12 for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. The "Hawkeye" TV series starring Renner is set to debut on the service in fall 2021.

Other MCU shows in development for Disney Plus include "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," "WandaVision," "Loki," "Ms. Marvel," "She-Hulk," "Moon Knight," and the animated "What If?"

The Hollywood Reporter reported last month that "Hawkeye," "WandaVision," and "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" will cost $25 million per episode. Variety had previously reported that the shows would be six to eight episodes long, so each series could cost between $150 million and $200 million.

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