Most actors working today would kill to be part of one major franchise. Jeremy Renner is lucky enough to be part of two. He is currently playing Hawkeye in The Avengers movies, in addition to showing up from time to time in other Marvel Cinematic Universe adventures, as well as playing Brandt in the Mission: Impossible franchise alongside Tom Cruise. Unfortunately for him, one franchise may be keeping him from the other in the near future.
The actor recently spoke with Collider about his latest movie Arrival. At the end of the interview, he was asked about the status of both Avengers: Infinity War and Mission: Impossible 6. He seemed very optimistic and enthused about Avengers, but also noted that because of scheduling, his participation in Mission: Impossible 6 isn't a sure thing at this point. Here is what he had to say.
"M:I 6, I'm not sure what's happening. I know they (the Mission: Impossible 6 producers) really want to get it going and having spoken to Tom about where it's at I know there might be some conflict with schedules, I'm not sure what's going to happen. Avengers is going to eat up a lot of next year, I certainly hope it doesn't ultimately get in the way of Tom and I and the gang getting back together for that because I'd love to."
Jeremy Renner has played Brandt in the last two Mission: Impossible movies, Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Both of these movies were considered high marks for the long-running franchise and even if he wasn't the main reason, Jeremy Renner was part of what made both movies work so well. Paramount likely won't want to mess with the winning formula, so they will probably do anything they can to have Jeremy Renner return.
Despite the desire for Jeremy Renner to return for Mission: Impossible 6, the franchise could find a way to move on without him. It seems much less conceivable that Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers 4, which will shoot back to back over the course of next year, could get by without Hawkeye. Not to say that a bow and arrow is going to do much good against the likes of the Mad Titan known as Thanos, but he is a central character in the franchise. Mission: Impossible 6 is going to have to shoot next year to make its summer 2018 release date work, so it all depends on just how much Hawkeye is in both of these new Avengers movies and how his shooting schedule works out.
Rebecca Ferguson is reportedly set to reprise her role from Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, which makes sense given that her character was one of the highlights of the movie for many. Save for Tom Cruise, who recently settled a contract dispute so he could get paid more money this time around, no other cast members have been confirmed for the movie. Also returning for Mission: Impossible 6 is director Christopher McQuarrie. That will become the first director to have ever directed back-to-back Mission: Impossible movies. Mission: Impossible 6 is currently set for release on July 27, 2018.