Jeremy Renner was finally able to leave the hospital and go home this week following his serious snowplow accident, but it sounds like the Marvel star will have a long road of recovery ahead of him – potentially sidelining him for years.
Renner, who plays Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, had to undergo emergency surgery after suffering life-threatening injuries when he was accidentally run-over by his own snowplow on New Year’s Day. Details about the actor’s injuries have been vague, with reports that he suffered blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries.
Thankfully, the surgeries have been successful thus far and Renner has been taking to social media to provide updates on his status. The updates have been uplifting, for sure, but new details have emerged that paint a much more bleak picture of the actor’s current condition.
Celebrity gossip website Radar Online exclusively reports that close friends of Renner describe the actor’s condition as “much worse than anyone knows.”
Going into more detail, the source told the website, “The right side of Jeremy’s chest was crushed, and his upper torso had collapsed. He also had a bad head wound that was bleeding and a leg injury.”
“Jeremy was in a lot of pain, and was having difficulty breathing,” the source added.
Meanwhile, another insider said Renner has a long road ahead of him, and that it could take as long as two years before he’s back in fighting shape. "Word is the damage to Jeremy’s chest was so substantial it had to be reconstructed in surgery,” the source said.
Although Marvel was seemingly on its way to phasing out Renner’s Hawkeye, or at least reducing his role in the MCU, he still played a mentor to Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop and figured to have at least some role in future Marvel projects. A two-year recovery would sideline Renner until possibly 2025 at the earliest, which puts his availability for filming into question as Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is set to release in May 2025.
Of course, these movie worries come second to Jeremy Renner’s health. Given the extent of the injuries reported, it sounds like he’s lucky to even be alive right now.
Renner has so far had two surgeries and "will likely require more in the weeks ahead on his leg," said a source. "Doctors tend to space out operations to allow time for the body’s natural healing process to kick in, and that’s the case here.”
Hopefully, any remaining surgeries go smoothly and he makes a full recovery.